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Dragon Age Library Edition Volume 1 Hardcover – June 17, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Age
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Mti Dlx edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616553847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616553845
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Gaider is Senior Writer at Boware Games Edmonton studio where he has worked since 1999. He is the lead writer of Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age: Inquisition and is responsible for story and setting design. Prior to Dragon Age he worked on Baldur's Gate, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. The author lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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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 AmnTM, Star Wars ®: Knights of the Old Republic TM, and Neverwinter Nights TM.

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Love the library edition!
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Must have for big Dragon Age fans.
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Good story and pretty good art.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Dragon Age Library Edition collects the 3 comic volumes that start the King Maric story arc. Beautifully illustrated and staying true to the DA Origins universe, there's a lot here to love. The cover gives a good idea of what you will get: A story centered around Alistair, now King, but also predominantly featuring Varric and Isabela. This really is for those into the Dragon Age game: non-game players will be lost without the history and lore of the DA universe.

The story starts with Alistair on a quest with Isabela and Varric to track down clues about his father - the king who was believed to be captured and not killed. Through the three stories, Alistair will get closer to finding his father. And at the same time, we will learn a lot more about Varric and Isabela's pasts as well. New characters (a female Qunari, a swamp witch, a 'mae west' inspired mage) add dimension to the story.

This collected volume includes notes written on the side of the book about various topics, from how the panels were inked/colored to ideas about the plot and intentions when writing. At first, I felt they might be too annoying, taking me out of the story and distracting. But this is a book that's great to read through without peeking at the notes - and then go back in subsequent readings and check out the side panels. I could wish for a bit fewer back pats and congratulations to the other contributors in the notes - but it is what it is.

There is a lot of story within these three stories and a good several hours for just the first read. A lot of value for the money and the production values are superb.

This definitely whet my appetite for the next release of the game - one of my all time favorites. As much effort, story, and art went into the game, so too went into these three stories. I rate this four stars instead of five due to it not completing the arc in this volume and instead ending abruptly.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. McCoy on July 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
'Dragon Age Library Edition' collects three sets of stories in the King Maric storyline. The main characters are a young king named Alistair, a cynical dwarf named Varric and a resourceful, beautiful pirate named Isabela. The art is quite good and this edition features artist commentary in the margins of some of the pages.

Alistair is in search of his father and he enlists Varric and Isabela to help him. They go in search of a swamp witch who controls dragons to find answers. This leads them to the Qunari, where Isabela is captured and attempted to be converted. The final showdown for this book is a big fight with Titus, where we learn the fate of Alistair's father, enter an odd dreamscape, and learn a bit more about some of the characters.

It's all based on a series of video games which are artistically beautiful. The comic is also. The commentary at times was a bit too congratulatory, but the comments about style choices or how a character were portrayed were interesting insights. My best advice is to read them after you've read either the whole thing as a graphic novel, or just the page, since some of the notes do include spoilers for the current page.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will Nation on August 2, 2014
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I bought the Mass Effect library edition first, and really, there's no other way to own these, if you can wait. The quality is amazing, it looks and feels great, and the commentary and good looks are worth the wait. Highly recommended.
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By Meagan on July 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Though this is an "omnibus" of three separate comics, it was a VERY quick read with a fair amount of cliched dialogue. That being said, the artwork is indeed beautiful and I truly enjoy learning about events that contribute to the overall Dragon Age gaming experience.
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Had the electronic version, tablet fell off shelf. Got e-books moved to computer but can't transfer comics so I bought the (really) hard copy. Art work is worth it. Came on time and well packaged. Worth if you're a fan, or want background on the games.
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By S.T. Marie on August 26, 2014
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Love the library edition! Hardcover is always the way to go for me and the collaborator's notes are an interesting addition to the original comics.
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The library edition was totally the way to go. This book is heavy duty and a great expansion into the world of Dragon Age.
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