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An Elder Scrolls Novel: Lord of Souls: 2 (Elder Scrolls 2) by Greg Keyes
Titan Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780857680877
Date: 23 September 2011 List Price £6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

With the much vaunted release of the new Elder Scrolls game Skyrim recently, it's no coincidence that a new tie in novel has also been let loose into the world.

Author Greg Keyes pens his second Elder Scrolls novel, Lord of Souls, which is published in paperback original by Titan. Keyes is a veteran in the world of tie-ins, having sharpened his teeth in the Star Wars universe half a dozen times. He's a fine writer - and I'd be happy to see more of his original work having first encountered him with his excellent Age of Unreason series (written under the name J. Gregory Keyes) and also his more traditional fantasy series, The Kingdom of Blood and Bone, the first of which, The Briar King, I reviewed eight years ago (Yikes!) whilst moonlighting over at our sister webzine, SFSite.

"Forty years after the Oblivion crisis, the empire of Tamriel is threatened by a mysterious floating city, Umbriel, whose shadow spawns a terrifying undead army. Reeling from a devastating discovery, Prince Attrebus continues on his seemingly doomed quest to obtain a magic sword that holds the key to destroying the deadly invaders. Meanwhile, in the Imperial City, the spy Colin finds evidence of betrayal at the heart of the empire if his own heart doesn't betray him first. And Annaļg, trapped in Umbriel itself, has become a slave to its dark lord and his insatiable hunger for souls.

How can these three unlikely heroes save Tamriel when they cannot even save themselves?

Based on the award-winning Elder Scrolls® series, Lord of Souls is the second of two exhilarating novels that continue the story from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, named 2006 Game of the Year by numerous outlets, including Spike TV, the Golden Joystick Awards, and the Associated Press."

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