The Elder Scrolls is one of the most successful and influential video game series of all time. Greg Keyes was enlisted to expand on the rich lore of the Elder Scrolls universe through two novels: The Infernal City and Lord of Souls. Read on for my thoughts on the audiobook version of Lord of Souls.
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 Annaïg, 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?
As has been the case recently, I chose to listen to the Lord of Souls audiobook using the Downpour app on my phone. Doing so was a breeze, and the Downpour audiobook library is massive, so I highly recommend checking it out. Michael Page, the narrator for this audiobook, does a fine job. His voice is pleasant and doesn’t distract from the narrative at play. Speaking of which, this book is a continuation of The Infernal City, and it’s a terrific second act to an intriguing tale set 40 years after the Oblivion crisis. My first Elder Scrolls experience was playing Oblivion, and it’s still my favorite game in the series. So, listening to this audiobook brought with it a certain level of comforting nostalgia, while at the same time providing a fresh story to enjoy. If you’re an Elde Scrolls fan, or you simply enjoy fiction and fantasy, these audiobooks are worth a listen.