Four decades after the Oblivion Crisis, Tamriel is threatened anew by an ancient and all-consuming evil. It is Umbriel, a floating city that casts a terrifying shadow-for wherever it falls, people die and rise again. And it is in Umbriel's shadow that a great adventure begins and a group of unlikely heroes meet. A legendary prince with a secret. A spy on the trail of a vast conspiracy. A mage obsessed with his desire for revenge. And Annaïg, a young girl in whose hands the fate of Tamriel may rest.
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"This action-based fantasy will find a following among YA and adult gamers." (Library Journal)
Yes, its was a good story.
Hmmmm, not sure but I would say in general he did a good job. Took a little getting used to since I hadn't hear him before but as usual once you get used to him, he sounds fine.
Not really, it would probably be cheesy.
This book felt rushed. The story changed very fast at times. I think if the author was given the time, it could have been really good. Or thats my guess. Otherwise they are just bad at transitions? So it is stuck at just good or decent.
It was not what I expected. I expected a generic story with elder scrolls lore. The story was actually fairly unique for a fantasy book. It almost sort of reminded me of gregor the overlander at times. So i liked it for being fairly original.
I am playing skyrim for the second time and can't wait for elder scrolls online game so I decided to listen to the books. I do plan to listen to the next book.
If you like elder scrolls stuff, this is a good read. If not, its an ok read.
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
I can tell you as one who has played the Elder Scrolls games regularly, this book left my Tamrielic palate satisfied. It was great to hear references to Oblivion, Skyrim, Argonians, Dark Elfs, Imperials, Kajit, etc etc.
We become farmilar with the main character Annaïg who gets stuck on Umbriel to work in the kitchens. Other plots take shape in accordance to the appearance of a flying city on a straight path of death and destruction towards the Imperial City. The story leaves us wanting more and thankfully, Keyes graces us with a sequel.
Yes .... The book was nothing special but neither was it bad. It's an Elder Scrolls book, which there are a surprising lack of in the day and age of expanded video game universes.
This is an easy read. There is nothing special here and the authors only slightly catch the feel of the Elder Scrolls world, however if you are a fan of the games it will give you more of what you like.... Elder Scrolls.
I love a good story and will always give my honest opinion of a book, not matter if its my favorite author or not.
It is a little slow at first but as you get into the book it is very good. It makes it easier to understand if you have played the games.
"Not all those who wander are lost" -JRR Tolkien
Having accumulated hundreds of hours (according to my Steam account) in both Oblivion and Skyrim, this was a fun read.
Taking place after the game Oblivion, the plane of Oblivion has founds its way back into the prime material plane by way of The Infernal City, shown on the cover of the book. The ultimate goal is the gold tower in the middle of the Imperial city, while collecting souls along the way to power it.
Cons: The book was a bit of a light read and I usually like books to be fleshed out, even though I'm already familiar with the world of Tamriel. Newcomers will feel a little left out of some information containing the Daedra princes and places, but will not be bored if you're already familiar with the fantasy genre in general.
I've been listening for about an hour and I have absolutely no idea what's going on! I have not played the game, so I don't know the characters or the plot. There are tons of characters, all without clear descriptions, with "fantasy names" that are impossible to remember and no apparent connections between each of the tiny groups. It may be possible to follow it in written form, but it fails as an audiobook to keep my interest. The narrator gives each character as much distinction as he can, but since there are so many of them, it's still impossible for me to keep track. Fortunately, I purchased it in one of those "buy three for two" deals, so I'll consider it the freebie and turn my attention to other audiobooks that will, hopefully, be more listenable..
Greg Keyes writes very well and the Elder Scrolls world is fascinating.
The narrator does a great job with different voices
I've read and listened to the Infernal City, and have found it very fun.
I was a little skeptical when I first saw this book. In my experience, novels based on games are little more than poorly hashed head-canons filled with unnecessary adverbs. This one, however, was a pleasant surprise. Keyes managed to fully develop several different characters and give them challenging yet plausible situations. The author's powers of description are perfectly balanced, giving the reader just enough detail without dominating the imagination. The narrator's gritty Dunmer voice took a little getting used to, but after a while it was just another character voice.
I highly suggest it for Elder Scrolls Fans. Though Keyes explains important parts of the lore, I found the experience deepened by my own understanding of the world.
In short, The Infernal City was an exciting and emotionally engaging read. I can't wait to read Lord of Souls!
When I first started the novel I wasn't sure about the narrator and his voice. But once I had been sitting listening for a time it was perfect. This was a wonderful jaunt through the world of Tamriel and I have already gotten the sequel.
Many of the elements of a great book are here. if you are a fan of the Elder Scrolls games and lore you will enjoy it greatly. The characters are enjoyable, compelling, and believable. Unfortunately, this is only half a book. and additionally the reading is much more enjoyable at 1.25 or 1.50 the speed, leaving only 6 hours which finishes with the story only half way through. the title does say "Series #1", but "part 1" would have been more appropriate. There is virtually no satisfaction at the very abrupt ending without purchasing the second 'book', or part, rather.
so in summary? it's just not enough book, despite the excellent story, to merit my credit or $16. I'd be willing to pay $8 though. I'll undoubtedly have to buy the next part just because of this nagging sense of incompletion and anxiety at the cliffhanger of this book.
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