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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 (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,991 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 Audio 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.

Customer Reviews

For Dragon Age fans, I highly recommend this book!
T. Imdacha
Like the others here, I was surprised when I started getting deeper into this book, that it was actually pretty good.
Brian Martin
The characters are believable, the setting fantastic, and the story moves along at a good clip.
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44 of 48 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 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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19 of 24 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R Osterman on March 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I got the book I was expecting an interesting story set in the world of the Dragon Age video game. I was not disappointed based on my expectation. There are a few plot twists but not so many as to really make it suspenseful or surprising. As a fan of the video game I liked following the characters and learning more about the world of Dragon Age, though those not familiar with the lore may find it a little dry. It does have its own fantasy setting with the usual players (Dwarves, elves, mages), but a little bit of uniqueness to set it apart.

I recommend it to fans of high fantasy or the original game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John I. Cody on September 27, 2010
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Five stars

The Stolen Throne (book), The Calling (book), The game (Dragon age origin RPG) are each independently enjoyable. I have personally found that the two novels and the game each feed into and enhance the enjoyment of the other two. The novels are exceptionally well written and can be enjoyed independent of each other or the game. I will not get into the actual storyline, what I will say is that with a comfortable chair and an open mind either book would be difficult to put down. The stories will take you to a wonderful land of fantasy full of triumphs, disappointments, love and betrayals, it is easy to visualize and hear the characters as you read the book. And the characters if brought into a modern-day setting could easily remind you of so many people that you have met, seen, or know about.

If you have played the game prior to reading the novels my bet is that you will want to replay the game. If you have read the novels prior to playing the game you will find yourself anticipating and appreciating the interaction with the various characters. If you do not intend to play the game that's all right too -The Calling (Dragon Age) because it is a wonderful standalone novel.

The storyline could easily carry six, eight, maybe even 10 additional books and if they were as well written as these two I would both recommend and purchase all of them.

My only complaint is that I would like more David Gaider/Dragon age novels.
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