The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Skyrim Library, Vol. III: The Arcane (英語) ハードカバー – 2016/9/13
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For the first time, the collected texts from the critically and commercially acclaimed fantasy video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are bound together in three exciting volumes. Lavishly illustrated and produced, these titles are straight out of the world of Skyrim - and a must for any wandering adventurer.
"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." - Entertainment Buddha
“A must-buy for any die-hard fan” - Bio Gamer Girl
“If you’re a longtime fan of The Elder Scrolls or a newcomer looking to expand your knowledge of the many facets of life in Tamriel, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Skyrim Library, Vol. III: The Arcane is a fantastic read that demands a spot in your collection” - Hey Poor Player
It has color illustrations, and that easily triples its value. The illustrations are really nice too, they kind of resemble paintings. The pages themselves resemble the parchment from the in-game books, which I think is neat.
For those who hate to read things on screen (like me), it's priceless. I haven't read that many in-game books in Skyrim despite being an avid reader because it's difficult for me to focus on reading while sitting there playing. The game always distracts me. I'm in game mode, not reading mode.
The content itself is great! Obviously, they're mostly short stories. The author is pretty talented. I just finished the Feyfolken books, which are my favorite. It's a story about a guy who goes insane after enchanting his quill with the Feyfolken soul gem (a daedric soul gem).
This volume is primarily focused on the nature of magicka in the world of Tamriel and the planes beyond, as well as spirituality, religion, and the nature of the supernatural elements found within the series. It collects multiple in-game texts from Skyrim and previous Elder Scrolls games into a lovely hardcover book, subdivided into sections based off the books topic, including Magicka, Religion, Aedra and Daedra, and the entirety of the 2920 book series which gives an account of the last year of the First Era.
Accompanying many of the stories are lovely drawings from the series, some will recognize the art from Oblivion's character classes, as well as concept art from Skyrim, and previous games. The art itself is fun to look at and helps to break up the multiple stories contained within while never detracting from the stories themselves. While there is plenty of art within (I counted at least 107 unique art works), the 231 page volume is still predominantly text, containing 66 unique stories (or individual books from the games themselves).
I would highly recommend this volume for the Elder Scrolls lore aficionados and collectors out there, as well as the previous two volumes. Altogether, the stories while containing no new text not found in the games themselves, provide an excellent new way to experience the lore itself as well as appreciate the fantastic art that goes into making the games.
If I could write only a single caveat to the books themselves it is that they appear to have weak binding, which means the pages can be torn loose if not properly taken care of, certainly handle with care and you shouldn't have any issue though.