Elder Scrolls fans the third volume of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Skyrim Library series is now upon us, and like the first two volumes it sports an authentic presentation and all sorts of great Scrolls lore.
The third book in this volume is all about the arcane, so it focuses on the magic, religion, and culture of the Elder Scrolls universe. The first section is all about magic, and over the course of 55 pages you’ll find anecdotes and other short stories about how it has been used and portrayed throughout Skyrim history. The second section focuses on the various religions that are paid homage to in the Elder Scrolls franchise. This section makes up a bulk of the first half of the book and breaks down the Gods worshiped by relating short stories about the particular faiths that the factions of Skyrim subscribe to. The third section of the book is a detailed account of the last year of the first era and breaks down 10 stages of this monumental event. The final section is set aside for the Aedra and Daedra, which essentially mean ancestors and not ancestors with the latter making up some of the mythical magical beings found in the world of Skyrim.
This book is really about the written content, think of it as a collection of Tolkien-like short stories to help breathe life into the lore of the Elder Scrolls franchise, with a heavy focus on Skyrim. Although, there are amazing art pieces scattered throughout that could stand on their own in an art book of sorts. These consist of character shots, artifact shots, and full on environment paintings to help readers visualize the short stories and information that they’re taken in. The pages aren’t glossy, but thanks to their paper feel they add a bit of authenticity to a book that is more or less a recording of the histories of the Scrolls universe. It’s similar to a book Sam may find at the Citadel’s library in Game of Thrones to help him learn about the white walkers and how they were beaten in the past.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Skyrim Library, Vol. III: The Arcane is now available on Amazon for the reasonable price of $23. It’s well worth it if you own the first two volumes, or if you just want to get super geeky with Skyrim arcane lore. It looks period authentic, so it will make a nice addition to your bookcase or coffee table. It will also make you a much more scholarly Elders Scrolls fan thanks to the sheer amount of knowledge it packs into its 200+ pages of content.
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Review Statement: The author of this review was provided a sample of the book from the publisher for the purposes of this review.