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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Age
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hoye is a deliberate narrator who maintains a steady, forceful pace as he recounts the many challenges Maric encounters through battles and ordeals against strong odds." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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


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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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I would recommend this as a must read book for any fan of the game or anyone that enjoyed playing through Dragon Age Origins.
Adynathor
This book feels like an over-the-top fantasy style of writing with way too many cliches and no sense of serious danger for the main characters.
Nick B
While Gaider's writing is not the strongest, his storytelling skills are good and the fantasy world he has created is interesting.
NorCalLover

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Peter A Smith on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow. What a surprise.

This is a prequel novel to the upcoming video game Dragon Age: Origins, by Bioware. I was reading it more to `get in the mood' for the game than anything, and I had very low expectations, to be honest. And I was blown away.

I'm giving it 4 stars, and that is judging it against all fantasy, not against "pre-generated world" fantasy (novels based on games, movies, tv series, etc). Within that sub-genre it's a 5 star book, easily.

As the story begins, a cruel usurper sits on the throne of Ferelden, and the Rebel Queen has been betrayed and murdered. The only member left of the royal family is young Maric, a charming but slightly inept princeling, now on the run for his life. He soon teams up with a young commoner named Loghain, and the two set off to reunite with the rebel army, and begin the daunting challenge of trying to push the usurper from his ill-gained throne.

There's a bit of game-ness to the book here and there as character classes are mentioned, but it isn't very intrusive and if you didn't know it was a game-prequel novel, you might not even notice it.

The story has everything you could ask for in a fantasy. A noble, seemingly impossible quest, great battles, characters who feel very real, and who interact in ways that also feel very human. A smattering of magic and strange creatures. Joy and pain, victory and defeat. All written with genuine emotion.

A nice change of pace is the way elves are handled, and particularly elves, who are definitely second class citizens in this world, scraping by working as servants and living in squalid quarters of most cities.

All in all, a very, very enjoyable read, and a very 'self-contained' novel.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. Lippincott on April 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are moments and even decent stretches of Dragon Age where David Gaider's talent as a writer comes out. There are even a few scenes that might send shivers down your spine. But in the end the book is seriously flawed for reasons that can be all traced to a single source: this is an epic story jammed into a single 400 page book.

The result is that we are treated to long narrations meant to summarize the passage of significant time. Long narrations that take the place of real character development, which leads to character actions and decisions that are not set up by the story. I don't want to spoil things too much, but I think all you need to know is that the epic battle, the one that decides the whole story, is only related to the reader in a brief reference after the fact.

Mr. Gaider has skill, but hopefully next time (and another Dragon Age book has already been announced) he delivers a story that fits the scope of a single volume.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of Bioware for a while, and have been interestedly watching the slow progress of Dragon Age since it was first announced. Naturally, I was intrigued by the news that a prequel would be coming out in book form. (Luckily its release date was not postponed... Silly EA.) I didn't expect high art; I just hoped for an interesting story and a glimpse at the world I'll encounter when I play the game. Thankfully it was, for the most part, an interesting story. It kept me reading, anyway. And the glimpse of the world was, while not enrapturing, not revolting either, so I am content to continue anticipating the game's release as before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandros Tsourakis on September 1, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For a start I have to say that I read the book after finishing the game and that made me have greater expectations of it. If I was in the mood of reading a book based on/inspired by a game then I would have found this book was Great, now I find it Good.

The language used is fine, not too much not too little.
The main plot is, well, a classic fantasy plot with all the clichés you can ask.
The characters are... my big disappointment. The one I loved most at the game was that most of the characters where gray. The Good guys weren't that good and the Bad guys had some good in them, too. In the Stolen Throne you had to do with mono-dimensional characters. What saved the day was the very last part of the book where we saw a twist in the main characters, but it felt as though it was forced to become like that, it wasn't natural.

Overall, this is a good book and I do recommend it to anyone enjoying fantasy. It's fun to read, you learn about the world and the history (which is nice because they have created a great world) but it, really, could have been a great book if it tried to leave the safe path as the game did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gamingjunkie on April 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It's a prequel, it provides backstory and flavor for a fantastic video games series. I received this as a Christmas present and I loved it. While reading this novel you will get the chance to learn more about Logain so you have a better appreciation of why he behaves as he does in Dragon Age: Origins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wonderweedle on January 24, 2011
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This book is very well written and it explains a good bit of the video game as well. I read it cover to cover as well as The Calling. Must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 23, 2010
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I have played the game several times and I love it but I was always left wanting more. After searching online I found the books. I wish I would have read them first. They are well written and provide so much insight into the game. It truly is a wonderful story and I would recommend reading the books to anyone who loved the story of the game. It lets you get to know King Maric and his struggles and it gives a lot of background on Loghain. At the end of the second book it even begins the story of Alistair. I loved the books and loved the game, I would definitely be interested in anything else produced David Gaider that concerned Dragon Age.
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