Bethesda and Del Ray Books to Produce Elder Scrolls Novels

Are you a huge Elder Scrolls fan? Did you ever want to know about the worlds surrounding games like Daggerfall, Arena, Morrowind, and Oblivion? If so, Bethesda is taking steps to give you exactly what you want.

bethesda-logo.gifIn a press release, Bethesda announced today that they have reached an agreement with Del Ray Books to publish two novels based on the Elder Scrolls series. While two books doesn’t sound like a lot of room to detail the massive world and events of the Elder Scrolls series, you can bet that if these two sell well, there will be plenty more to follow.

I have to admit that I’m fairly interested by this idea. I enjoy reading fantasy novels, as my groaning bookshelves will attest. As I’ve always enjoyed Bethesda’s offerings, I will probably be first in line to pick up some of these as well.

Of course the big question is this: Who’s writing these novels? Find out, and get more details on the first of these two novels after the break.


greg_keyesIn any situation where you’re hiring someone to pen a novel for you, it’s a good idea to find someone with experience and a proven track record. Bethesda obviously knows this, as they have brought in Greg Keyes, a New York Times bestselling author. You may know him from his prior works, which include the following:

  • Age of Unreason tetrology
  • The Waterborn
  • The Blackguard
  • The Babylon 5 Psi Corps Trilogy
  • Three Star Wars novels in the New Jedi Order series

Pete Hines, vice-president of public relation and marketing at Bethesda, said, “We’ve been big fans of Greg’s work for a long time, and we’re thrilled he agreed to bring his talents to The Elder Scrolls. We see these books as a natural extension of the franchise and think fans will love the stories and characters Greg has created.”

Here’s how the first novel, the Infernal City, is described in the press release:

The Infernal City is set after the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the latest game in the video game series, and finds the citizens of Tamriel once again facing an uncertain future. Floating high above the land is a strange and mysterious city that is casting a horrifying shadow – wherever it falls, people die and rise again as undead. It is up to an unlikely duo – a seventeen-year-old girl named Annaig and the Emperor’s young son, Prince Attrebus – to rescue the kingdom from doom. Annaig and Attrebus’ quest will take them through the Elder Scrolls universe and their adventure is sure to add to the series’ already magnificent mythology.

Am I the only one who thinks is just cool? More importantly, am I the only one that hopes this succeeds so they’ll make Fallout novels?

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