Monday, November 23, 2009

Elder Scrolls: The Infernal City

In my preview of this title I talked about my experience playing Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. As I read The Infernal City, I was stunned by how Greg Keyes managed to capture the feel of the game, and constructed characters based on classic role playing game archetypes, without the book feeling cliche or formulaic. The Infernal City has made me want to go back and give Oblivion another go, if only to get a better picture of the background against which this book is set.

When the infernal city of the title, known to its occupants as Umbriel, threatens the lands of Tamriel and Morrowind with unprecedented levels of death and suffering, and as the major political powers sit on their hands rather than deal with the potential threat, its left to the self-obsessed heir to the imperial throne to find a way to stop the city from consuming the souls of the innocent. Cut off from Imperial aid, the prince must make do with the help of a mage with a chip on his shoulder, an amateur alchemist, and a tribe of the cat like Khajiit, in his quest halt Umbriels advance.

Umbriel is a city of secrets, with a darkly beating heart, and a trail of destruction in its wake. Will the prince overcome his fears and find a way to stop its path of destruction?

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