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Lord of Souls: An Elder Scrolls Novel Paperback – September 27, 2011
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Born in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1963, Greg Keyes spent his early years roaming the forests of his native state and the red rock cliffs of the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. He earned his B.A. in anthropology from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, where he did course work for a Ph.D. He lives in Savannah, Georgia, where, in addition to full-time writing, he practices ethnic cooking—particularly Central American, Szechuan, Malaysian, and Turkish cuisines—and Kapucha Toli, a Choctaw game involving heavy sticks and no rules. While researching the Age of Unreason series, he took up fencing, and now competes nationally. Greg is the author of The Waterborn, The Blackgod, the Babylon 5 Psi Corps trilogy, the Age of Unreason tetrology (for which he won the prestigious Le Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire award), and three New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels in the New Jedi Order series.
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I was really impressed with how Keyes managed the four disparate groups, driving them all towards their goals within the fold of the story without needing to dream up unrealistic or poorly fitting reasons for their actions. The story continuity is pretty seamless. As you move from group to group, the plot continues to develop alongside them. I feel this in particular has become something of a lost art amongst fantasy writers these days, and so i appreciate it all the more. There is a tendency for authors to lose track of the plot as they develop characters. Not so here. Everything fits perfectly, and you can easily develop an attachment to pretty much all of the characters.
Anyway, i wont really go into the actual details of the book, as i think you will enjoy it better without spoilers, but i think you will really enjoy the plot development and the pacing, the characters and the overarching story.
This book is definitely worth a read. Greg Keyes is an excellent author. He describes events and scenes just enough to convey what is important, but not too much to clutter your mind's eye. His dialogue is natural and engaging.
The first book, "the Infernal City," introduced the plot and the characters and left off with a giant floating city coming towards the Imperial City.
In this second book, the characters are all brought together (in pairs at various points in the novel), and the plot lines are resolved. (Although I did not enjoy how all of the lines were closed out.)
The prince, Attrebus, and his dark elf guide, Sul, are able to travel through Oblivion and eventually made bargains with several of the denizens there to recover a sword that Sul hopes will allow him to slay the master of the floating city.
Annaig and Glim are still trapped on the floating city and lead decidedly different lives; Annaig becomes a chef in Hell's kitchen (or at least Oblivion's) while Glim leads a revolution for more rights and consideration for the proletariat.
Colin continues to uncover rot at the heart of the Imperial city.
The first book could have taken place in any fantasy setting. The second book definitely has an Elder Scrolls feel to it.
Beware, take care for spoilers follow ...
In the end, the sword is unable to harm the protagonist, but there is a work-around ... Annaig and Glim are able to point out to Attrebus and Sul where the soul of the antagonist is held.
In the end, it is a group effort that brings down the evil overlord of the floating island.
Attrebus and Annaig are getting along famously, and they have both grown from their experiences. The Prince is less self-engaged, and Annaign is more serving and has more confidence.
Glim wills the floating island to "where the trees came from," and, well, yes, that seems like a bit of a "jump cut" for .
Colin also makes out poorly. He finds the female infiltrator that we met in book one has decided that it is time to reimburse herself for all of trouble she has gone through. The final scene is Colin stopping her from taking over the world at the price of his own life. Bummer ending.
I recommend this book if you liked the last one.