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Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Paperback – March 3, 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 AmnTM, Star Wars ®: Knights of the Old Republic TM, and Neverwinter Nights TM.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a bit dubious about reading a book from a video game series; however, Dragon Age is an incredibly detailed, intricate, video game series so I took a chance and I am glad I... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sabrina
I'm a fan of Dragon Age, I was curious about the backstory of Maric and Loghain. This was certainly worth a read as it gave so much more depth to Loghain (villain of Origins)... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Rayne
The lore behind Maric's rise to be king is absolutely exciting and interesting. You really get a feeling of disgust and hate towards the invaders and feel very sad about the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Julian Milam
David Gaider is great at writing for a game; not so much when he attempts to make a novel.Published 13 days ago by Li Dai
Excellent book that adds really well to the Dragon Age world. If you are a fan of Dragon Age and care a lot about the story this is worth a read!!!Published 27 days ago by Ryan
I read a sunmary of the Drgaon Age world in Kotaku and afterwards I became imidiately eager to know more about this world that is more than just a video game. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lorenzo Gomez
I am not a hard core Dragon Age player by a long shot but always found the world created for the games to be very interesting. Stolen Throne did not disappoint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Soul
Loved it from start to finish. Nicely ties in with the RPG, giving background information on characters making them more relatable.Published 2 months ago
It's a fun read. It fits well with dark fantasy of the dragon age games and is enjoyable to read.Published 3 months ago by Megan Schultz