“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 Annaig, a young girl in whose hands the fate of Tamriel may rest…
Based on the award-winning The Elder Scrolls, The Infernal City is the first of two exhilarating novels following events that continue the story from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, named 2006 Game of the Year.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! It’s Meaghan with another review! This time I picked up a book based on a video game series I play, which is not a genre I read often!
Stars (Out of 10): 8/10 Stars
Overall Thoughts: While some reviews on this book originally had me worried on how well I would understand the novel (I’ve personally only played Skyrim, not Oblivion), I actually was able to follow the plot and references fairly well (after a quick 2 minute search on the plot of Oblivion.) In addition, the cast of characters and somewhat complicated plot completely drew me in, and I love how well the author transferred over the video game universe to a novel.
The Good: I really liked the plot, and the characters as well. There are also so many intertwining stories at once, and seeing them all connect to each other later was awesome. I also loved how well the world of Tamriel and the Elder Scrolls games was intertwined into this novel, while it still remained its own separate tale!
The Bad: Hard to understand with little background knowledge of the Elder Scrolls series, as most things don’t get explained right away. In addition, many places are mentioned randomly with little explanation of them, with their background/history somewhat hinging on background knowledge, but I found that the farther into the book you got, the less this hindered the reading experience.
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
The Characters: I really love what the author did with the characters in this story. It was diverse both in personality and race, as we saw Imperials, Khajiit, Argonians, and many more. I also love the unique skills all the characters had, and how they were all important and useful to the plot in their own right.
The Plot: While originally the plot seemed fairly simple, I loved how developed and layered it became later, and how so many parties and races were at play. I also loved the intertwining of both the Daedric princes, Oblivion, and the standard races of Tamriel were used to their fullest extent to create a rich and diverse story.
The World Building: While most of the world building was taken from the lore of the Elder Scrolls, I felt the author still did a fairly good job of writing the history of Tamriel in his own way. In addition, parts that not every reader may know where elaborated on. However, this was not the case for basic info, so readers without some basic background knowledge may be confused at points by certain references.
The Favorite Character: Annaig for sure!
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