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Worth a read for those in need of an Elder Scrolls fix
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!