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.

  • edifanob April 27, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Interesting news. I liked ELDER SCROLLS and I like Greg Keyes. I read The Age of Unreason series. I bought the Kingdom of Bone and Thorn series recently. It is getting really difficult what to read next after Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson.

  • Jebus April 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Just started “The Born Queen” this morning. I struggled with the first book in the series but once about halfway through that it just “clicked” with me and I’ve absolutely loved it. I only ever played the original Elder Scrolls game but I reckon this could certainly be an interesting read.

  • Adam Whitehead April 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

    OBLIVION is a good game, though crippled by some massive flaws (thankfully solved by patches and mods). A few months ago news of Keyes writing a book set there would have had me picking up the book straight away, but given the train-wreck that was the final THORN AND BONE book I’ll probably wait for a few more reviews before checking it out.

  • aidan April 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I dunno. Though I’ll admit that The Born Queen had its problems (rushed/confusing), I still enjoyed it quite a bit. I don’t think it’s reason enough to be concerned about Keyes’ future novels, especially considering his overall track record.