10 Books Like ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ | TheReviewGeek Recommends

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Skyrim is the latest Nordic-inspired adventure from Bethesda, filled with plenty of sprawling dungeons, intricate lore and plenty of diverse races all trying to live together.

If you’re in the mood for more of the same, fret not! We’ve gathered together 10 books to check out when you’ve finished playing The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed any of your favourites, do comment below and let us know!

Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

In a sprawling world filled with magic, prophecies, and political intrigue, Sword of Truth follows Richard Cypher, a woods guide who discovers he’s the prophesied Seeker of Truth. Along with the Confessor Kahlan Amnell and wizard Zedd, he faces various evils to prevent the world’s descent into darkness. 

The series’ rich fantasy world, with its lore, magic, dragons, and battles against dark forces, aligns well with the Elder Scrolls universe, particularly Skyrim, where the protagonist is also guided by a prophecy.

Malazan: Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

If you’re looking for deep, intricate layers of lore in an expansive fantasy world, Malazan: Book of the Fallen is a must-read. This epic fantasy delves into the tales of the Malazan Empire, weaving together a vast and complex tapestry of characters, gods, magic, and millennia of history.

The extensive world-building, ancient histories, gods, and intertwining fates of various races and characters certainly reflects the depth and complexity of the Elder Scrolls lore, especially the world of Skyrim with its mix of races, factions, and ancient gods.

The Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore

Set in the Forgotten Realms universe, The Icewind Dale Trilogy follows the legendary dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden, who befriends a dwarf, a barbarian, and other characters while facing off against various threats in the icy region of Icewind Dale.

The northern, frigid setting of Icewind Dale mirrors the cold landscapes of Skyrim. Both stories contain classic fantasy races, and center around camaraderie and epic battles against powerful foes.

Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne

Set in a world shattered by the war of the gods, the story follows three main characters, each with their own quests, as they navigate a land teeming with fallen gods and giant monsters. 

The theme of gods and their impact on the mortal realm, as well as the Nordic-inspired setting and mythology, share strong parallels with the Elder Scrolls lore, particularly the Nordic culture and mythology in Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls series by Greg Keyes

Based on the Elder Scrolls video games, these novels take place in the same universe and delve into stories that run parallel to the games’ main plots. They offer new tales and further insights into the rich lore of Tamriel and are a great companion piece to Skyrim.

Of course, given that these novels are set in the Elder Scrolls universe, they are directly connected to Skyrim in terms of world, lore, races, magic, and many other elements. The interconnected narratives and familiar setting make it a direct extension of the world.

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin’s sprawling epic focuses on the power struggles among noble houses in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where allegiances shift, winters can last lifetimes and a new betrayal lies just round the corner. With plenty of political intrigue and war, a supernatural threat grows beyond the Wall up North, threatening all life as we know it.

Like the world of Skyrim, Westeros is a complex, medieval-inspired setting with its own political and supernatural threats. The presence of dragons, intense factional rivalry, and the looming danger of the White Walkers echoes both Skyrim’s dragons and the draugr threats.

Arcane Ascension by Andrew Rowe

The Arcane Ascension series centers on Corin Cadence, who enters the Serpent Spire—a tower with numerous challenges—to find his missing brother. Along the way, he discovers artifacts, develops magical abilities, and confronts numerous different dangers.

This exploration of powers, dungeon exploration, and the quest-driven narrative resonates with Skyrim’s themes of magic study and exploration of ancient ruins filled with threats.

Dragonlance by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Created by authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the Dragonlance world is filled with dragons, magic, and various races, detailing the adventures of a group of companions as they combat forces of evil.

Both universes revolve around dragons as central elements—be it as allies or foes. Furthermore, the rich lore, variety of races (including elves and dwarves), along with the emphasis on heroism against insurmountable odds align with Skyrim’s core themes.

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

These books chronicle the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a “Witcher” who hunts and kills deadly monsters. Set in a gritty world where moral ambiguity reigns, Geralt navigates political issues, wars, and personal dilemmas.

Both this and Skyrim’s world are dark fantasies teeming with monsters, magic, and moral choices. The role of the protagonist as a monster hunter in The Witcher parallels the Dragonborn’s destiny as a dragon slayer in Skyrim.

The Neverwinter series by R.A. Salvatore

Another series by R.A. Salvatore, The Neverwinter series continues the tale of the famous drow, Drizzt Do’Urden, as he ventures with his allies into the city of Neverwinter, facing off against both old and new adversaries.

Neverwinter, like Skyrim, is a place filled with danger, dungeons, and a deep sense of history. The struggles against dark forces, emphasis on camaraderie, and the hero’s journey of a legendary figure mirror many of the adventures players undertake in Skyrim.

These are just a few books that will give you the vibe and feel of Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. What did you think of the list? Have you read any of these books before? Or are we missing a must-read novel? Comment below and let us know!

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