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Lord of Souls (The Elder Scrolls #2)

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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 C
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Del Rey (first published 2011)
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Oct 17, 2011 Jesse rated it it was ok
"Stop right there, hack author scum! You've taken a rich fantasy world and boiled it down to tasteless mush! Now pay the court a fine or it's off to jail!"

I wanted to like these books and despite getting the feeling of the Elder Scrolls universe very wrong found the previous book in the series The Infernal City to be tolerable. Lord of Souls, along with each of it's characters story lines completely falls apart by the end.

If you want to read something amazing and Elder Scrolls related, an ingen
Lucy Cokes
May 05, 2012 Lucy Cokes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I have shocked people a little, being one of the very few who have given this book five stars. You would have thought reading English Literature at university had really refined my criticism skills when reading books but this is not so - case in point, Lord of Souls.

I really, really enjoyed this book. It gave me shivers of delight when I recognised mentions of things I recognise, whilst at the same time providing die-hard fans who think they know everything about this world they're immer
Sep 29, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As an experienced gamer who’s played the last two Elder Scrolls roleplaying games, Morrowind and Oblivion, I grabbed at the chance to learn even more about one of the most realistic and epic fantasy gaming worlds ever created.

Reading “Lord of Souls” seemed a sure-fire way to immerse myself once again in the sophisticated, detailed culture, history and politics of Tamriel, a continent on the planet of Nim filled with countries and kingdoms, cults and cabals, guilds and governments, wizards and w
Catherine Ford
May 17, 2015 Catherine Ford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. Review to come.
Janne Varvára
Apr 28, 2013 Janne Varvára rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the latter part of two novels, which reads very much like one continuous novel (I don't at all understand why it was published as two books), so it was only natural that I had to know what was going to happen.

Overall, this is quality writing. Even though I'm not wetting myself over it, the novels are a testament to the author's solid abilities and talent. He shows that, *and* experience.
It's not an absolutely amazing novel, but all-round well executed, both in terms of characters, plot a
I won an Advanced Uncorrected Proof of this book in a First Reads giveaway.

Lord of Souls is the sequel to The Infernal City and exceeds it in every way, but still falls short. The story is filled with action, but there is just not enough backstory or context for all that action to matter very much. There continue to be references to characters, races, places, and events that seem to have importance but we never find out why. The motivations of several of the characters remain a mystery.

Yet t
Feb 18, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this series. After reading The Infernal City and being neither blown away nor disappointed by it, this sequel was a bit of a let down for me, both in story/characterization and writing style.

One of the first and foremost things that sucked me right out of the book was the author's major faux pas of using "you" in the narration. Example (paraphrasing, can't remember the exact line): "The man's nose took up most of his face but what you really noticed were his blue eyes." U
Karine Darnessy
Le premier tome m'avait plu malgré un ennui lors des 150 premières pages. Dans ce deuxième tome on reprend là où l'on s'était arrêté. Nos héros s'en prennent plein la tête et leur aventure est semé de beaucoup d'embûches.

J'ai eu le plaisir de retrouver Annaig et Attrebus ainsi que l'univers des elder scrolls même si j'ai été un peu perdue en chemin sur certains évènements que je ne connaissais pas( ne côtoyant que l'univers de skyrim). Ils ont dû prendre des décisions horribles à certains momen
Alice Watkins
While I will comment that the overall story to this is conceptually interesting but has nothing in relation to the TES games other than the occasional name-drop, I can separate my level of enjoyment purely through the different chapters and the perspectives they follow in each.

The highlighted main character of this story, Annaïg, has an ok story arc, though its irrelevance to anything that's ever been seen in the TES universe before makes it really difficult to get invested in it because a lot o
Nov 11, 2015 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, it-was-free
To anyone who likes the Fantasy genre, I totally recommend this book. I enjoyed it the whole way through.

From what I've been able to gather from other people's comments and reviews, this book is based on some sort of gaming world (which I love 1st person RPGs, but have no idea what this is, or even what platform it plays on) and there was at least one book before this that I have not read. This explains why some of the races were not really explained or fully introduced, so I never really got a
Tyler Abercrombie
I had grown an interest in playing elder scrolls games and I also enjoyed learning more about the lore, but when I learned about the book I was very excited, After I read it it didn't see as good as I thought because it bends the lore and almost destroys it. Still utilizing the lore it just wasn't good enough. I am still glad it read it
Michael Rushanan
If you're self-proclaimed Elder Scrolls fan, then this is the must have (and surprisingly, only) Elder Scrolls fiction. From the beginning its not known how the plot will seamlessly weave in the varying characters it introduces, but it does so very well. It's a story about growth and change, and every character reflects that change. There are times when old habits exhume themselves, only to become a source of conflict and resolution later (every action is not without consequence).

[My review is
Sep 07, 2014 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like its prequel, I absolutely adored this book. The characters are all their own with no crossing over of personalities and they are easy to connect with, their feelings are absorbed into your own mind as you read and you eventually begin to feel as though you are experiencing all of the events firsthand. I honestly don't believe that this could have been written any better, however, I would love for more novels based from this series, perhaps even printings of the in-game books. Overall, ...more
Alexia Chantel
Many want to bring it down, some covet its power, and few love it.

If you are a fan of Oblivion, Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls you will enjoy this book. You get to continue on the journeys of Annaig, Mere-Glim, Attrebus and Sul, and Colin. A delicately twisted tale in which Everyone's fates are affected by the floating city of Umbriel. The power plays are well planned out, deception and back stabbing abound.

There is so much going on with multiple characters it is difficult to know where to be
Sep 21, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord of Souls (the Elder Scrolls Novel) Book 2

Second book in a series based on a game. I have never played the game nor read the first book The Infernal City. The 2nd book I won thru Goodreads first reads program. Even through I know nothing about the game or the 1st book, the 2nd book was an enjoyable read for me. The characters did have mystery about them with only a little history in regards to who they were and where they came from but it did not hinder my reading of the Lord of Souls. You d
Alyssa Archambo
Despite the fact that I haven't read the first book, nor have I played the game, I had no problem picking up on what was going on. It took a little bit, and I'm sure some of the finer details of the world were lost on me, but during no point in the book was I thinking, "What is going on?!" So I appreciate the fact that Greg Keyes did an awesome job in making this read like a stand-alone novel.

Besides that, it's a really interesting story. As is usual with fantasy, there are multiple viewpoints,
Christopher Stilson
Nov 09, 2011 Christopher Stilson rated it really liked it
It doesn't really assuage the anticipation for Skyrim, but for a quick delve into the Elder Scrolls universe, this duology works nicely. Individually, each book leaves something to be desired - the familiar Elder Scrolls elements are almost completely absent from the first book, while the second book jumps around too much to convey the impression of continuity that the games have - but collectively they are excellent representations of the universe.

The metaplot of the story is somewhat ridiculou
Sep 02, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Well this once again proves to me don't read others review prior to reading the book. Most of the reviews out there said that it was to in-depth, and if you didn't know the story of the Elder Scrolls you would be lost, also that it was helpful to have read the first book. Knowing this I started with trepidation, I was worried I would be able to understand that the fantasy would be above me and that I wouldn't enjoy this book. I dreaded starting it, and kept putting it on the back burner when oth ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Tanya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The two Lord of Souls books bridge the gap between the Oblivion and Skyrim video games- well, sort of. Set a generation after Oblivion, it transports you to a world where the floating, bizarre city of Umbriel is making its slow and steady way towards The Imperial City, a hideous undead army in its shadow. Its up to a haphazard yet courageous group made up of various Elder Scrolls species to save the day. Although it touches briefly on the events of Oblivion, and a small part of the book is set i ...more
Margaret Fisher
I have been a fan of The Elder Scrolls for a number of years now, and when I heard the news of two novelizations that would "bridge the gap between Oblivion and TES V," I was apprehensive. Game-to-book adaptations rarely seem to turn out well, and I doubted these would be much of an exception. The Infernal City fit this description perfectly, but Lord of Souls took a much different approach. While its predecessor focused primarily on the inner workings of Umbriel and only had significant plot in ...more
Kristina Franken
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Robert Beveridge
Sep 30, 2011 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, cle-pub-lib
Greg Keyes, Lord of Souls (Del Rey, 2011)

When we last left the odd, but desperate, ensemble of characters attempting to stop Umbriel, the terrifying piece of Oblivion floating above Tamriel and turning every creature touched by its shadow into an undead thrall (viz. The Infernal City review, 16Jan10), things looked pretty hopeless. I haven't read Greg Keyes' work before, so I'm not sure if that kind of “staring into the yawning pit of despair and pondering how it's possible that your ragtag band
Jan 01, 2012 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first Elder Scrolls book, The Infernal City, and liked it, so I was excited to finish the adventure in the second book.

Incidentally, this is the first book I bought for my Kindle, and the first book I’ve read on it.

The floating city of Umbriel is advancing on the Imperial City of Tamriel. Prince Attrebus and his dark elf companion, Sul, are sent back to Tamriel by the daedric prince Malacath to fulfill Sul’s vow of vengeance against the master of Umbriel, Vuhon (Malacath being
Normally when one picks up a licensed novel, particularly of the sci fi and fantasy genres, the reader has mediocre expectations. Let's face it, we read licensed fiction not because of the high levels of authorship, but because the fictional worlds are fun.

Just as in the first one, Keyes's tale is nuanced. Though some of the subplots are less than central (the orc female's and Colin's), one can see why Keyes felt the need to include them. The former was to round out what is happening to the peop
Lord of Souls: An Elder Scrolls Novel[return]Greg Keyes[return]Del Rey (2011), Paperback, 336 pages[return][return][return]I may have approached this book differently than some reviewers; while I know of the video game universe in which this is set, I have never played it and only barely seen it. Instead of reading it as a tie-in I took the book to see how it stands on it's own two feet, as it were.[return][return]Without knowing any of the backstory I found myself rather scattered early in the ...more
Sep 28, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TES lore fans only, and only if they come armed with infinite patience
Shelves: fantasy
In my review of the first TES tie-in novel, The Infernal City, I mentioned that one of its major failings was that it was just too slim a book to focus properly on such a wide cast of characters and storylines, resulting in all of them being dull and underdeveloped. The story would have been much better served by trimming out all but a select few, and focusing in on them instead.

So, naturally, Lord of Souls does the exact opposite. It actually adds in yet more characters about halfway through, a
Richard Reinhar
Feb 11, 2016 Richard Reinhar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
First of all I want to ask why people hate this book so much??? They say it has nothing to do with Elder Scrolls. It tells the story about what caused the Red Year which is a major event in this world. But the kitchens!!!! Please they tell you the culture of the invading city. People read the book and stop dragging down the ratings with your whiny reviews. As Umbriel heads towards the heart of the Empire can Sul, Attrebus and crew stop this from happening? 5.5 stars!
George Brian
Apr 26, 2014 George Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely loved reading this after I had read the previous one, the build up in the strengths and the weaknesses in the characters is amazing as we find out how certain characters feel towards one another and how they handle having the fate of cyrodil and as such the fate of tamriel on their shoulders. Yet another novel that I truly loved and definitely liked the ending, but I won't tell you how that went.
I really wanted to love these books. I'm in love with Tamriel, and I was hoping for much more than these books were. Honestly, I'm disappointed. Extremely so. As a stand-alone I suppose they're fine. But this "great playground to run around in" has been completely thrown aside for the sake of his own creation. He is M. Night Shyamalan, and the Elder Scrolls are his Avatar movie.

It's just that bad.
Mar 09, 2013 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic conclusion to this two part story. Keyes really hit his stride with the writing style, and I was enthralled by the numerous plots that were so skillfully intertwined at the denouement. Needless to say, I could hardly put the book down in the final 100 pages. What I was most pleased with was the development of Annaïg and Glim's relationship, how they both departed from their initial childish escapades and grew into the grim roles forced upon them.

I also appreciated Mazgar's perspecti
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Gregory Keyes is a writer of science fiction and fantasy who has written both original and media-related novels under both the names J. Gregory Keyes and "Greg Keyes".

Greg Keyes was born in to a large, diverse, storytelling family. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State and the University of George before becoming a fulltime writer.
He lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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