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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Skyrim Library, Vol. I: The Histories (Skyrim Library #1)

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For the first time, the collected texts from the critically and commercially acclaimed fantasy video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are bound together in three exciting volumes. Lavishly illustrated and produced, these titles are straight out of the world of Skyrim - and a must for any wandering adventurer.
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Titan Books
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Alice There might be some things that wouldn't make sense, but overall I think you'd be ok just reading the books. Some of the in game books talk about…moreThere might be some things that wouldn't make sense, but overall I think you'd be ok just reading the books. Some of the in game books talk about historical events that don't actually happen in game so you would be fine there, but some of them do reference previous games (all the games are set in the same world, but during different times and places). That being said, I don't think it's crucial to have played the games to fully understand what's going on, I've only played 2 of the games and I found I wasn't lost reading the books. I would recommend just checking out The Elder Scrolls wiki, there's a lot of information on every aspect of the games there, and it's free :). (less)
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Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of my favourite video games of all time. I’ve spent hundreds of hours travelling in the northernmost province of Tamriel, slaying dragons, collecting treasures, murdering in the name of the Dark Brotherhood, and exploring a whole world of fantastic legend.

I realized at some point I was missing out on something. I was too busy exploring and fighting to actually read all the tales one can stumble open in old, dusty tomes inside the game itself. I tried reading so
Bookdragon Sean
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I’ve recently started to play this video game again, and to accompany it I bought this. I have very mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it is as lavishly illustrated edition that is a great collector’s item, and on the other hand everything inside is already freely available within the video game. So, its value is limited.

However, when I played the game I didn’t bother reading the books. Who when slaying mighty dragons wants to stop and read a city guide or some herbalist lore? Not me, that’s
J.V. Seem
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gaming
This is a wonderful collection of the books of Skyrim, or the ones pertaining to history anyway. All those books you never really take the time to read when you're actually collecting them in the game. I learned so many new things about my very favorite place. Many of the books enrich your experience of the game, and some of them are actually very funny as well! My favorite has to be the play The Lusty Argonian Maid.
This volume is also lavishly illustrated with works from different stages of the
Beautifully crafted book, with an embosed cover, thick pages and gorgeous artwork. The history books you read in Skyrim are all here (my favourite is 'The Lusty Argonian Maid' and 'The Sultry Argonian Bard', which is a hilarious play/s.)

This is a collection dealing with the Elder Scrolls...of course it's fantastic!!
Tazio Bettin
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a real pleasure to finally be able to read all the books contained within the game of Skyrim. While I play the game, I rarely dedicate time to that endeavour because it slows the playthrough down considerably an I already have little time to dedicate to it. Plus I'm not very keen on reading on a screen. So this book is just perfect for me. After having seen the title of the books dozen on times on shelves and in dungeons in the game, it's good to finally actually read said books.
Now, some o
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Absolutely gorgeous illustrations alongside stories that draw the reader into the deeply immersive land of Skyrim. This volume enriches the already impressive world building--which made it al the more jarring when a sentence cut off in the middle and jumped to the next paragraph. I wish someone had run this through the editing process one more time before publishing. Still, I loved reading the histories! It's so easy to skip them while playing the game (who has time to read when someone's flingi ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the best.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
“…and the annual Dumbest-Book-To-Write-A-Review-This-Long-For Award goes to…”

(Note: I split up my review into sections with spoiler links to keep things organized and minimized. This review doesn't contain any spoilers.)

For the uninitiated

When members of big nerdy fanbases try talking with outsiders, there’s always a bit of a disconnect. Fans can’t understand why outsiders can’t appreciate the little details and stories set in the universe they love so much, and the outsiders can’t understand wh
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bookworm Speaks!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Skyrim Library, Vol. I: The Histories

By Bethesda Softworks and Aaron McConnell

Series: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (June 23, 2015)
Language: English
Subject: Fantasy


The Story: For the first time, the collected texts from the critically and commercially acclaimed fantasy video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are bound together in three exciting volumes. Lavishly illustrated and produc
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Шикарно изданное собрание текстов из игры, дополненное огромным количеством иллюстраций и концепт-арта нестыдных размеров, вплоть до целой страницы.
В TES III: Morrowind я сбирал все доступные книжки в свой частный дом в Балморе и расставлял их по виртуальным полкам. Теперь я предпочитаю именно такой способ узнать/освежить историю игрового мира — комфортно развалившись на кресле или диване.

Главный недостаток — тяжеловатый и излишне декоративный шрифт основного текста. В русской версии, по сравн
Emma-Jane Cosgrove
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
The Elder Scrolls video game franchise as a whole is one of my all-time favourite video game franchises so when I saw these books, I had to buy them. Although they are good books for a collection & have beautiful illustrations, I'm not sure they are worth the money I paid as all of the content in the book features in the video game. Bethesda does a great job of creating in game lore exc.. & it really shows for example stories in the in-game books you can read, this book is basically a co ...more
Samantha  (Samsara Parchment)
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is gorgeous & is really an amazing edition for collectors and huge fans of Skyrim! I'm a book nerd even in game and always want to stand around reading all the books & collect them all & carry them around with me even though they add unnecessary weight, so this is perfect for me!!! It isn't anything that isn't already presented in game (with the exception of beautiful and interesting illustrations), but it is all collected in one easy convenient place. Awesome collector's i ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good way to kill a few hours. Yes, the stories can also be found in-game but it's nice to have them all in one place.

Out of the four sections (Histories, Skyrim, Morrowind & Dragons) I probably found Morrowind the most uninteresting but I've never been fully interested in Morrowind to begin with. Histories did drag on a little bit too but the Skyrim and Dragon sections were a really good read!
Kim Norberg
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it, but when you think about it, all in this book can be found in the game. I have collected all of these and read about half of them in game, but I still like this book quite a lot. And the pictures were a nice addition, although I would have wanted them to be a little bit more related to what you're actually reading. I'm still going to give it 4 stars though, because I'm a sucker for the Elder Scrolls.
Yanik Franken
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good collection of in-game books. Some are to obviously tied to game mechanics but most are wonderfully concise and even some pretty big lore stories.
The design of the whole thing with beautiful illustrations and font typing and cover make this a treasure for any TES fan.
Riley Beckner
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Skyrim is one of my favorite games that I have spent many hours playing. I remember I would always run around finding all of the books in this world and it was actually good reads and I'm surprised that Bethesda had so much time for that amount of detail if you play the game defiantly start collecting the books It brings whole new stories in one of the best stories of all time
Callum Shephard
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Few can build a world quite as immersive and detailed as Bethesda. From their contributions to the Fallout series to the many Elder Scrolls instalments, there is a constant sense of wonder and creativity. However, while they might be truly beautiful, often criticisms surrounding the games list them as being shallow, lacking dimension or immersive lore to keep the world interesting. This first volume of The Skyrim Library proves just how wrong that assertion truly is.

Serving as an in-universe doc
Joseph Hare
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a franchise Elder Scrolls is not known for the story. The unfortunate truth is that when it comes to interactive media a good plot lends itself better to a linear experience. The main questline in Skyrim tends to feel a bit awkward. At the end of the day, everything in the game has to be able to bend to every nuance of possible disruption that can be caused by the player, important characters dying, wars being ended before they become relevant, ect. Because of this, the writing is limited. In ...more
Lucy Cokes
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls series. Note: this book is undoubtedly for fans, and someone new to the universe and game may not appreciate it very much.

I find it very difficult reading things on screen, especially in-game, so I was thrilled to find out that books from Skyrim were being published on paper.

The book is beautifully produced with lots of awesome concept art.

I did enjoy most of the readings, although I found some of the 'non-fiction' sections were often boring. But hey - they'r
Jack Wright
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One might say that buying a copy of writings and documents collected from a video game is silly. That I could go in-game and find these exact same books to read them, or by visiting The Imperial Library website where even more books have been collected and again, read them for free, why would I buy a physical copy of just a selected number of books? Well, because I never had the time to read those books in game and the fact that the hardbound copy of this book by Titan Books is quite a beautiful ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
An excellent addition to any Elder Scrolls fan's library. Even though I've played the game for thousands of hours, I found new snippets of information that I hadn't yet discovered. I loved holding the physical edition of the in-game books and found it to be more fun to read than on a screen. The illustrations are largely compiled from concept work, both for Skyrim and Oblivion (and possibly Morrowind), nothing new, but they're still lovely to have. The binding of the book itself is beautiful, an ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Did you know that someone put all of those Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim books into a set of physical, hard-bound books? No? Well, neither did I, until I shockingly received one for my birthday. And then I totally fell in love with the novelty of it all.

The Skyrim Library Volume 1: The Histories was (obviously) written by the talented people at Bethesda. However, it was published in a physical edition in 2015 by Titan Books. What you get is a fairly nice hard-bound book with the Skyrim logo indented o
Took me a while to finish this one, but this is mainly because I have read most of these texts in game, so it was a casual read. :)
Plus it was awesome finding some short stories/lore that I hadn't read in Skyrim before, which was interesting.

From reading a lot of reviews, a lot of people didn't like that the font from the game was used in this book. But I really liked it, it gave the book an authentic feel, it made me feel like I was actually reading these stories in Skyrim.

Another great aspec
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
All of the books in this volume, as well as the other two volumes, are present in the game(s). To be honest it feels like a bit of a cash grab, but it's nice that they made a physical version of the books for us - I did read some of the books in game, but there's a lot I didn't. I liked the artwork interspersed within, although it seems they used the same art in the other volumes as well, which is a little disappointing, I'd have liked different art in each volume, I'm sure there was a lot of co ...more
Kelly Rickard
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Skyrim and while this book is beautiful and insightful the spelling mistakes annoyed. It's. It hard to get a good editor and it's a shame that so much effort has been put into this but then fails at the last hurdle. I have five of these and the sixth is on order. Let's hope they got a good editor
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The nine lands of Tamriel have fascinating histories, but finding the books scattered across the land can be difficult. Now, Bethesda has an easy solution; to compile the books into one very nice volume. If you're a fan of The Elder Scrolls, this is worth the price.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really dense reading but very enjoyable! Any fan of the Skyrim game will enjoy reading this. A lot easier than finding the books in the game and trying to read them in order. Looking forward to reading volume 2.
Brian Rubin
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was really, really excellent. Fleshed out the world lovingly. Can't wait to read more.
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I just love this stuff....
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a masterpiece of the lore from the games the elder scrolls.
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