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Der Seelenlord

(The Elder Scrolls #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,611 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Vier Jahrzehnte nach der Oblivion-Krise wird Tamriel erneut von einer tödlichen Bedrohung heimgesucht: Der fliegenden Stadt Umbriel! In ihrem düsteren Schatten sterben Menschen, nur um sich dann wieder als Untote zu erheben. Prinz Attrebus bleibt nur wenig Zeit, um den Schock einer verheerenden Entdeckung zu überwinden, denn er muss seine fast aussichtslose Suche nach dem ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published July 16th 2012 by Panini (first published 2011)
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Jesse
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Lucy Cokes
May 05, 2012 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
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Antonis
3+ / 5

Lord of Souls is the second novel in the Elder Scrolls series and constitutes the final part of the duet that started with The Infernal City. As a whole this book is more interesting, better paced and generally an improvement compared to the first book, if only marginally.
The big improvement here is the story and the pace. While the first book felt aimless, finally in this one there's some cohesive direction that the reader can follow. There's an actual story with high stakes, which I act
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SonLight
Sep 29, 2011 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
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Catherine Ford
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. Review to come.
J.V. Seem
Apr 16, 2013 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
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Alyssa Nelson
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for my honest review.*

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 st
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Kathi
6/10
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
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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
Martin Hassman
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tahle série je průměrná fantasy. Ale pro lidi co mají rádi hry The Elder Scrolls a hlavně Oblivion je to úžasný pohled do herního světa.
Gabby_LM
didn't need to be two books

an enjoyable conclusion to the tale, with everyone getting a good payoff and things escalating quickly. a few too many twists around the centrAl mystery got a little annoying. should have been a single chunky book
Jason
Jan 01, 2012 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.

Summary
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
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Ryō Nagafuji
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
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Sean
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Beveridge
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cle-pub-lib, finished
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
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Malkhai
I could almost make a copy & paste of my previous review of The Infernal City, but that wouldn’t be fair. This second book is slighty better. Even though it lacks the same things as the first part; I was prepared for it, so the disappointment has been cut down.

It is supposed to continue the story from when we left it in the Infernal City, but it’s obvious there has been some development between the two of them that is not told by the author. It also presents a new plot line starred by Imperi
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Mathew
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic ending to this two part tale. Character growth and a wonderful happy but mixed ending. Definitely worthy of Elder scrolls cannon.
Shelley
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
After finishing the first book, I wanted to continue the story.
This was not to be found at the library nor for a discounted price.

Lord of Souls was broken into three segments, as was The Infernal City.

We join the main characters, as they continue to deal with the situations developed, in the first book. And face even bigger challenges.
It was interesting to see how they would react and if they would continue to grow.
There were a few moments I wondered about the choices they made.

Definitely, e
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Ben Briles
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, much like the first book, I powered through this one. Not just because I wanted to get ahead in my reading challenge for this year, but because I really enojyed it! It definitely has a lot of references to Elder Scrolls lore, so casual readers beware, but it makes it all the more enriching for fans of the series. The prose was well-written and engaging, and the plot was comfortably familiar while still throwing a few surprises in. Overall, I don't think it's going to be a pillar of the fan ...more
Ebster Davis
Well the first book was really weird but quirky and fun, this one plays out like a spy-thriller that isn't too great at being a spy thriller.

Parts of the action and characterization were a bit hard to understand, and the story jumped around a bit much. I also think they could have had the "cliffhanger" in the first book lead into this one a lot better.

Overall, I still think it was enjoyable but the two stories could have easily been one book and it would have flowed a lot better.



Note:

Colin is a
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Michael
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it's pretty good, I found chunks of the end kind of difficult to follow and the whole subplot with the orc lady was kind of pointless in my opinion, although I see its purpose as a way to show the reader what Umbriel is doing from the perspective of someone on the ground but I just didn't really care what happened to her by the end. Other than that it's good, not great. Probably a 3 1/2 star book actually but still worth your time if you like fantasy or elder scrolls, or read the first o ...more
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
It's so rare, or maybe I just don't pick them up very often, but all the same, it's so rare to find a good novel based on a videogame storyline that's written well. The Floating City and Lord of Souls are based on the Elder Scrolls videogame, and well are exceptionally well written. I can't imagine what the story is like in the game, but the books, I loved them. So well developed, so well written, just undeniably great. I loved it.
Rodrigo
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A magnificent history comes to an end. Sadly the quality of the history degrades from time to time, leaving a sour taste at the culmination. I did enjoy the book, in 2 days it was completely read, but was surprised to discover how the same author Greg Keys, felt short. His magnificent way of giving life to the book and its story just wasn't there, the book felt not to his height, I firmly believe he could have done better, but still, I thank him for a fantastic journey.
Robin Waldvogle
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book of the Elder Scrolls was better than the first one. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I have not played the role game so had/have no pre-conceptions. For me it was a pure science fiction/fantasy read. I always like multiple life twists going on in a book. Pretty much a happy ending for the characters I came to care about. Recommended for hard core science fiction/fantasy readers!
Iamkeebler
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The way the second books wraps up this story is perfect in my eyes. I loved that I was kept guessing on how they'd resolve the story. The growth in the characters and how they dealt with their realizations of who they were was great to read. This series fits in perfectly with the elder scrolls lore and is worth the read for any true fan.
Giovanni Idili
Not as good as The Infernal City

Definitely not a page turner, too many additional characters and threads, but enjoyed it as a conclusion to the infernal city. If you're into the lore you'll appreciate it more, if not you probably should not read it.
Aaron
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fans of the Elder Scrolls (of which I am one of millions) - 4/5
For fans of fantasy novels in general - 3/5
For everyone else - don't bother.

You'll either think it's great, or think it's schlock. There's no middle ground here.
Riakm
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An improvement on the first.
Troy Grindley
Again nothing special, but still a decent read
Koen Crolla
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, vidya
It looks like Keyes realised the build-up in The Infernal City was too momentous for what was actually happening, and decided to paper over the gaps in the setting by just pretending swathes of it never happened, and in the story by just throwing Daedric Princes at it until things resolve themselves. It sort of works, until it gets to the end—prior to that point, the rules of the world have been flexible but at least kind of in line with the games (which, of course, have also been flexible); in ...more
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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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