Friday, 8 October 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: The Elder Scrolls: The Infernal City - Greg Keyes

Release Date: 25/06/10


Four decades after the Oblivion Crisis, Tamriel is threatened anew by an ancient and all-consuming evil: Umbriel, a floating city, casts a terrifying shadow - for wherever it falls, people die and rise again. And inside Umbriel's shadow, a great adventure begins - and a group of unlikely heroes meet. A legendary prince with a deep secret. A daring 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.


As a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls games by Bethesda, I really couldn’t wait to get my hands on this offering, as I thought that it would help give some of the magic back whilst awaiting the announcement and release date of the fifth title in the series.

The title is set 40 years after the events in Oblivion and looked like it had the opportunity to bring the game to the print media in such a way that it would generate more readers and could have been a great way to get more gamers back into reading. Add to the mix a title that has an established name behind it and I thought that I was in for a real treat.

What unfurled within however was an offering that I just couldn’t take seriously/ The story arc was sadly lacking in the complexities of the game, the characters were two dimensional and the names went from ridiculous to the absurd. Add to the mix that this title was aimed at an audience that should have been clamouring for this offering and it falls sadly short of the mark. A real shame all in as this should have been something really special.

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