I’ve had this book on my shelves for far too long (and yes, it bothers me that I have II and not I and III as well) and I finally started reading it this year. I kept reading little bits and putting it aside for long periods until I decided it needed to be finished last month.
The Skyrim Library volume II: Man, Mer & Beast by ???
My Edition: Hardcover – 231 pages – 2016 – Titan Books – ISBN: 9781783293209
This is a little collection of stories, poems, and histories about the races, creatures, factions, and wars of Skyrim. I think (though I could be wrong) that these are the actual books which can be found throughout the game. If that’s the case, it’s much easier to read them in printed format than in-game.
Like any collection of shorts/lore, some stories were more interesting than others. Some of my favorites were:
Palla – a horror-esque tale about being careful what you wish for
Confessions of a Khajiit Fur Trader – much darker than I expected, very cool
The Wraith’s Wedding Dowry – this was a fun dungeon-run type story
I also enjoyed the shorts about the Nightingales and the terrible origins of the Night Mother.
My favorite art was of the wispmothers (so pretty!) and the hagravens (so badass and creepy!)
If you’re a fan of books that add to the lore and world building of video games, and you love Skryim, then I think you’ll enjoy this book. I do want to get the whole set, not only to satisfy my inner completionist, but because they’re nicely put together.