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on 27 March 2011
At first I was a little skeptical whether this book would have the same feel as the Elder Scrolls games and take into account the extensive histories (including biased historical accounts), cultures and agendas of characters, nations and races involved. Was very nearly put off on hearing of the absurd names mentioned, but found these few and limited to the beginning of the book thankfully. The main female character although fairly aimless at first and naive as to the chances of dying quickly when you try anything adventurous in ES world, is balanced by her Argonian companion, who I found to be in character race-wise and likeable. Neither are heroes, but are faced with coping and simply living after landing in the middle of some nightmarish events.

Other characters I think were respectable in their realism and grittiness, and even the also naive but not without potential prince. But the dunmer has to be my favourite with his dark past and interesting ability, who I hope to be further included in the sequel.
I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of Khajiit with a fair ammount of description on their culture and current state of Elswyr.

The pictured 'city' itself may be based on an item in previous lore described as an unnatural chunk of land basically spat out by a certain familiar half asleep world-eating dragon. As a gamer I do hope events in this and following storys are linked into the upcoming Elder Scrolls Skyrim game even in subtle head-nods or historical mention in books.

Although certain areas in the book are depressing, I realise they actually also give a similar feel of some of the more dynamic and dangerous places in the games. But I do look forward to learning of some big time destruction and comeuppance for various 'bad guys' in future.
Even if The Elder Scrolls doesn't always insult us with all-smiles endings!
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on 3 August 2010
What is it outlander? I haven't much time.

Oh Nerevarine! Your honour, forgive me I did not recognise you in that enchanted daedric helm. I have news sire, whilst your service to the dunmer race has been celebrated by the inhabitants of Morrowind, House Telvanni has a further request: that you procure a book entitled 'The Infernal City' from the imperial library. Here, let me mark it on your map.

Originally penned by a Bosmer by the name of Greg Keyes at the beginning of the third era, it prophesises a wonderous story, never heard before across the lands of Tamriel. From the wretched swamps of the Black Marsh to the arid sands of Elsweyr, the glory of the empire and the struggles of the native races are vivdly portrayed. It also details a mysterious floating island, but is it from a far away province? Or from oblivion itself? We have yet to find out, and this why the House Telvanni MUST get hold of this book. Who knows what evil could be spawned if it got into the hands of the Mythic Dawn!

There is much to be learnt from this great tome, you will gain points in such skills as alchemy, alteration, and speechcraft from the main character a female Breton. As you read deeper you will discover the swiftswim spells and water breathing powers of the argonian, the inherent agility of the redguard, and the resist fire spell of the scamp, plus many many more.

Take the stilt strider to Vivec immediately and then the boat to the Imperial Waterfront in Cyrodiil, there is no time to waste!

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on 11 December 2010
A good book for fans of the Elder Scrolls games. Although if you are unfamiliar with the Elder Scrolls you might find it a bit vague as not much emphasis is placed on explaining background information. Should note that this book really sets up for a sequel so be prepared to buy the next book if you want to get some closure.
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on 15 May 2014
If you are a fan of elder scrolls games, you will enjoy this book. It is competently written on the whole, although some sentences are a little confusing. (slap wrist for editors)

It is short, though. I feel a full book has been split into two. Still I enjoyed spending time in Vardenfell. and the characters are great, and the story moves on nicely. Definitely intend to buy the follow up book. or the other half of this one...
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on 4 April 2012
Thoroughly enjoyable. Read the sequel too for the full experience. I am an elder scrolls fan but I'm sure this will appeal to most fans of heroic fantasy.
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on 27 March 2015
If you're a diehard fan of the Elder Scrolls saga you'll find some value to this book. Otherwise it is slow getting going with references that require even a veteran Morrowind/Oblivion/Skyrim player to google for understanding.
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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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on 21 February 2014
really enjoyed the Skyrim game so was nice to read book based on the Elder scrolls i mean it references things from the lore of the game like Umbra which any true Fan of Elder Scrolls will know
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on 28 May 2013
Only get this if you're interested in the Elder Scrolls. The story is quite bad and the characters are the typical fantasy bunch, with possible exceptions in Mere Glim (name correct?) and Sul, who actually have emotion and make you want to find out more about them. This is definitely worth buying if you love Elder Scrolls, due to the references and the lore, but it isn't a very good novel. I mean, a book based mainly on kitchens? Really? But yeah, buy if you're an Elder Scrolls fan, don't if you're just looking for a good read.
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on 5 May 2015
Loved the book so much, was very interesting and kept me wanting to read more everytime I put it down. You can really visulize the scenery Especialy of you've played the games. Very good
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