The Infernal City: Elder Scrolls Series #1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Four decades after the Oblivion Crisis, Tamriel is threatened anew by an ancient and all-consuming evil. It is Umbriel, a floating city that casts a terrifying shadow-for wherever it falls, people die and rise again. And it is in Umbriel's shadow that a great adventure begins and a group of unlikely heroes meet. A legendary prince with a secret. A spy on the trail of a vast conspiracy. A mage obsessed with his desire for revenge. And Annaïg, a young girl in whose hands the fate of Tamriel may rest.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 27 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 09, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #23,611 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#20 in Fantasy Movie, TV & Video Game Tie-Ins
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#504 in Action & Adventure Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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- New Elder Scrolls story that doesn't rely heavily on pre-established storylines (i.e. the games)
- Unique, interesting characters that are easy to get attached to
- Excellent detail, making imagining sights, sounds, and even tastes easy
- Enough twists and turns that make the story largely unpredictable
- Typos aplenty
- Overuse of complex terminology hinders more often than adding to the experience
- Language and dialogue sometimes feel out of place compared to normal writing styles in the games
Overall, this book is absolutely worth a read for any fan of The Elder Scrolls. However, considering that it takes place in a well-established universe, it may be less enthralling to newcomers (or could lead to an interest in the games).
World building or knew what the elder scrolls were. But I did enjoy it in the moment!
I would have enjoyed reading the book more had not small annoyances taken me out of the story so often. First, the book could have been edited at least one more time. There are places where words are either repeated or missing, and there are spelling mistakes. Throughout the novel, I also had to go back and re-read because I couldn't figure out who was speaking. Speakers are too infrequently labeled, which causes confusion. The book contains too many characters in too few pages, which means that none of the characters are completely developed and aren't especially sympathetic. Fans of the video game series will see many inconsistencies in the author's writing. On the one hand, there are places where I enjoy recognizing a Khajiit name when I see it or recalling what Bravil looks like. On the other hand, in the first five or more chapters in the first part of the book, the names of characters aren't consistent with their characters' video game "races." Players of the games would call this "not lore-friendly." I don't think I've ever seen so many letter "X"s. I've played literally hundreds of hours of these games and have barely seen the letter "X." I honestly think that many of the names throughout the novel are weird for the sake of being weird, which is distracting.
Overall, "The Infernal City" is a niche novel based on a game franchise. If you are not a fan of the franchise before reading this novel, then I believe you might have difficulty understanding the context of the story, which might make it less likely that you will enjoy reading this book. I would give this novel two-and-a-half stars, if possible. I don't know if I should round down because I feel that the audience for this novel is limited or if I enjoyed reading it enough to round up. Bearing in mind that this is the first novel of two, I'll round up and hope that the second novel is better and that the story finishes strong.
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What makes it is the truly alien setting of the floating city. It isn’t generic medieval fantasy setting #1,502. It is weird and unsettling, in the best way possible.
It is short, though. I feel a full book has been split into two. Still I enjoyed spending time in Vardenfell. and the characters are great, and the story moves on nicely. Definitely intend to buy the follow up book. or the other half of this one...