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Dragon Age: The Calling Paperback – October 13, 2009
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About the Author
David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked for video game developer BioWare since 1999. He is the lead writer on the upcoming Dragon Age: Origins role-playing game and has previously worked on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn™, Star Wars ®: Knights of the Old Republic ™, and Neverwinter Nights ™.
Top Customer Reviews
On the surface, the story seems simple. A King guides a motley crew of Grey Wardens through the treacherous Deep Roads to help them find a missing Grey Warden. But what it is, is so much more. It is about loss and regret, it is about trust and friendships. It is about how far a person will go to do the right thing, and how far a person will go to correct his or her mistakes. It leaves you with a feeling of uncomfortable uncertainty about the nature of evil and of good. And if you are a dog lover, it has a scene that will leave you misty eyed if not a complete emotional wreck.
In the end, it leaves you with a satisfying sense of closure, but you will see the Thedas universe with new eyes. No longer will you see the darkspawn as pure evil. No longer will you see those who defend humans against them as pure good, and suddenly, everything in the Dragon Age universe just acquired a patina of nuance that was until now not quite obvious.
And even if you are not into the Dragon Age universe, it is still an entertaining, action packed fantasy romp. Mr. Gaider's style is very confident and assertive in this book, his story is very expansive and lore filled, and yet he never loses his strengths- great interactions, a very intimate sense of story telling and characters that you will feel for strongly whether you want to hug them, or slap them silly.
I really enjoyed this book.
As a book standing on its own, this was truly terrible - bad writing, bad characters, and too many action scenes. As a big fan of Dragon Age hoping to see new insights into the world, it was disappointing but not awful - the conversations with the darkspawn were fascinating, and young Duncan was a little interesting, but a lot more could have been done. I'd recommend the earlier Dragon Age book (Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne) over this one any day.
As a brief intro: THE CALLING is a novel based in the Dragon Age RPG setting created by the fine folks at BioWare. This is also the second novel in a series: a series primarily created to complement the video game. Because this book draws so heavily upon its prequel, and even more so upon the video game, there is almost no chance that someone who isn't a fan could pick up this book and know exactly what is going on. This book occupies a very limited niche.
But onto the story itself. It chronicles the return of the Grey Wardens to Ferelden, after the Orlesians were forced out of the country over a decade ago. We're introduced to a young Duncan (who fans of the game will definitely remember), his commander, and a few others who comprise the group. Their purpose in returning to Ferelden is to ask King Maric's assistance in tracking down one of their order, who was captured in the Deep Roads. Maric agrees to help them out, since it's possible they could put a stop to a Blight in the process. So, the group ventures into the Deep Roads, where they run into darkspawn aplenty, and a few mysteries that will definitely leave fans intrigued.
I would call myself a hardcore fan of the Dragon Age property. The game is one of my favorites, and the world (while derivative in some regards) is well thought out with a rich history to it. I read ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked learning more about King Maric, and the beginnings of the love of my live, Alistair. :D These books just add so much more color and oomph to my already huge... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Wendy Georgevich
As a Dragon Age fan this book provided some great context to the series. Also Alistair is my favorite character and this gave him some interesting backstory~. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fadburger
Fantastic story outlining the end of the road for most Grey Wardens. This is also a view into Duncan's past and gives a whole new perspective on a beloved DA character.Published 2 months ago by Aaron Garlits
Id rate this book a 4/10 as far as books go, but as a dragon age fan I had to bump it up to 10/10 because there's so much here for a fan to bite into. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CCHat Man
So the book kinda slowed down when they were entering the deep roads, but it picks up after that. It is good to see Duncan in action again and Maric. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julian Milam
Excellent book that adds to the amazing Dragon Age world, if you like Dragon Age story and Bioware writing then you will like this book!Published 4 months ago by Ryan
I freaking love this book!! I had to read this twice to get all the subtle details put in here, and play the Dragon Age: Awakening game to see the fruits of those details to truly... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kristoffer Engnes
Was gripping & intriguing from start to finish. Gave a deeper understanding of characters met in the RPGs world. Had some editing issues though.Published 5 months ago