Bethesda has announced The Infernal City, a novel set after the events of Oblivion. The story will be penned by Greg Keyes, who is also known for his work with the Babylon 5 and New Jedi Order books.
“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,” said vice president of public relations and marketing Pete Hines. “We see these books as a natural extension of the franchise and think fans will love the stories and characters Greg has created.”
The plot will revolve around a city that appears in the skies above Tamriel and begins raising the dead. As usual, it’ll be up to an “unlikely duo,” in this case Prince Attrebus and a girl named Annaig, to put a stop to it. Looks [sic] for The Infernal City this fall.
I heard rumblings about this a few months ago, but it’s interesting to have it all finally confirmed. Greg Keyes is one of my absolute favourite writers. His Kingdom of Bone and Thorn series is criminally underread and is best described as taking the best parts of Terry Brooks (easy-to-read), Tad Williams (a wonderful, diverse world) and George R.R. Martin (a myriad of characters, multiple plot lines, and political intrigue mixed with magic). Like Tobias Buckell working on a Halo novel (Halo: The Cole Protocol), Keyes name alone is enough to get me interested in this tie-in novel, despite not being very familiar with the Elder Scrolls series.
Not long ago, Tobias Buckell and one of the fellows from Microsoft dropped by A Dribble of Ink to shed some light on the world of tie-in novels. The conversation can be found in the comments section of this post.