losLord of Souls (Elder Scrolls #2) by Greg Keyes
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: NetGalley
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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 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?

Based on the award-winning Elder Scrolls series, Lord of Souls is the second of two exhilarating novels that continue the story from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, named 2006 Game of the Year by numerous outlets, including Spike TV, the Golden Joystick Awards, and the Associated Press.

Review:

I immediately liked this book better than the first one, I think because I already knew the story and what was at stake.  The dialogue is sharp and sarcastic enough that I laughed multiple times right from the beginning.  I love the intertwining storylines between Annaig and Mere-Glim.  Annaig appears to have grown up very fast.  She’s learned some hard lessons in the kitchens, and she’s discouraged.  Glim, on the other hand, has learned something important and continues leading the skraws’ young rebellion.  Colin the Inspector adds an Imperial element to this quest of rogues.  He’s got a story of his own, but he is mostly searching for the man who put out the hit on Attrebus.  Meanwhile, the Prince is stuck in Oblivion.

Annaig is still having a rough time of it while Glim seems to have found his niche.  Murder and betrayal are all daily events in the kitchens, but Glim has much more freedom.  He makes a friend up in Fringe Gyre, and she feeds him information every once in a while.  There are silly sexual undertones throughout this novel (and by silly, I mean amusing), Glim and his friend on example, Annaig and Attrebus another.  You get the idea that these people like each other, but they’re too busy trying to survive to really get into it.  Speaking of the Prince, he and his Dunmer friend have appealed to a daedric lord and have resumed their search for the sword.  I like Attrebus a lot more than in the last one, and I’ve always liked his friend, Sul.  Plans for destruction and/or escape are being made on all sides.

I think I liked the story best of all this time around.  The last novel was pretty anticlimactic, because there was a lot of character-building going on. The buildup in the last one was good, but this sequel was like nonstop climax until the end (get your mind out of the gutter).  Nothing is really solved and people you love die, but life goes on, even if it’s life on Umbriel.