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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.

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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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  • 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: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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50 of 55 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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14 of 18 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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21 of 28 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katrin von Martin on October 17, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've never been much of a gamer, yet the "Dragon Age" series captured my interest and kept me playing for hours. It seemed the perfect blend of high fantasy and RPG. When I learned that there were tie-in novels written by the games' lead writer, I eagerly tracked down the first installment and tore into it. Sadly, I was far from impressed with "The Stolen Throne." Spoilers follow.

The novel is a prequel to "Dragon Age: Origins" and opens with young Prince Maric fleeing his mother's killers. With the Rebel Queen now dead, the responsibility of overthrowing the Orlesian usurper and reclaiming Ferelden's throne falls to Maric...if he can survive. He meets Loghain, the stoic leader of a rebel group, and is reunited with Rowan, his bride-to-be since birth. With their help, Maric organizes a rag-tag army challenge the Orlesians, growing into his role as Ferelden's next rightful ruler in the process.

Fans of the game are treated to familiar settings and characters along the way; the heroes scramble through the Becillian Forest, encounter Flemeth, traverse the Deep Roads, and align with the Legion of the Dead to give a few examples. We also meet new characters in the form of Katriel, a hired elven bard from Orlais, Meghren, the incapable figurehead placed on Ferelden's throne, and Severan, a conniving mage and Meghren's duplicitous advisor.

Honestly, if you're familiar with fantasy at all, the story presented here is hardly new. In fact, it's something of a staple in the genre: a young, naïve protagonist faces a seemingly insurmountable challenge and must join forces with others while growing into an unfamiliar role to defeat evil and save the day.
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