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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Reprint edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616551151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616551155
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even though I guess everything in this book can be found in a wiki.
Rezaul Haque
This book goes into full detail about the world of Thedas, and the type of cultures and species that inhabit this vastly-constructed universe.
The binding is great, the artwork is so gorgeous and the information is very interesting and entertaining to read.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Melysande on May 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The hardcover gets 5 stars - lets be very clear - this review refers ONLY to the Kindle Edition:
1. not searchable
2 can not enlarge type or enlarge the page - this makes the book unreadable even with Dalish eyes
3. can not highlight, make notes in the book, look up words, etc
4. only viewable as portrait
Bottom line: NO KINDLE FEATURES are available with this book - 0, zip, nada, none

There is way - even thought the magnifying glass doesn't work: When you first open the book - a pop up will instruct you on how to use Kindle Frame reader (for comics usually) - it does work. double tap the section you want enlarged (so you can read it) SHARPLY. Read or appreciate the art work. Double tap SHARPLY on the enlargement. Awkward, but better than nothing. Wimpy taps will not work, btw, or ones that are too long. Quick and sharp.

I bought this book on Kindle to use the features. I have the hard copy. I went through the Kindle entry and found nothing warning me that no Kindle features worked on this book. If I had been warned I wouldn't have purchased it. It did warn that it was only available on Kindle and not the PC reader, but I thought that's OK.

I feel quite scammed. If Kindle features will not be available on a book the entry should say so to allow the buyer to make an INFORMED decision. Shame on you Amazon. Shame.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Valerie DeBill on May 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Edited 5 Jun 2013 to add that there is a World of thedas errata sheet (written by Brother Genitivi, of course) available now on the BioWare blog. I can't put a clickable URL in the review but it is located at
blog DOT bioware DOT com /2013/06/05/world-of-thedas-volume-1-an-errata

I bought the Collector's Edition through Bioware as well as the regular hardcover from Amazon and both of those get four and a half out of five stars. Five for art and design, four for content and accuracy. The Kindle version gets one star, for reasons enumerated in the last paragraph.

For a book that Mike Laidlaw claims is "ruthlessly fact checked" it has a number of obvious errors, and John Green's review already covered many of them.

Examples of a few timeline inconsistencies that John didn't cover:

- Dragon Age: The Calling covers the events of King Maric's return to the Deep Roads in the company of some Orlesian Grey Wardens including Duncan. Someone editing the World of Thedas timeline got very confused and decided that the events at the end of The Calling took place in 9:10 and the ones that make up the bulk of the book took place in 9:14.

- The timeline claims that Empress Celene was born in 9:6, but the body of the text says she became Empress at age 16 in 9:20.

- Early in the timeline the Avvars split off from the Alamarri in -1815 Ancient and the Chasind split off and move into the Wilds in -1415. In 1:50 Divine they combine forces and Hafter holds them off, becoming the first teyrn in the Ferelden valley. In 5:42 Exalted, the timeline says that Calenhad united Ferelden.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Green VINE VOICE on April 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that's long overdue, given the success of the franchise. World of Thedas Vol 1 doesn't expand all that much on the Dragon Age universe and falls short in key areas.

Chapters include: Legend, Map of Thedas, Races, Nations, Magic, Religion, The Fade, The Blight, Bestiary and Glossary. It reads like an RPG sourcebook; granted it's derived from an RPG so that's hard to avoid, but I felt like I should have some dice handy while I was going through it. The layout is gorgeous- some stunning artwork from familiar names like Joy Ang, Fran Gaulin, Jae-Keum, Steve Klit, Caspar Konefal and Nick Thornborrow. Simply beautiful.

There's cameos from some old friends- Varric, Leliana, Morrigan, Anders, and even Flemeth and Corypheus. Brother Genitivi acts as the resident scholar, often supplying commentary on the entries as well.

Much of the information presented is not new, simply fleshed out. And that's where the problems come in: while there are some interesting nuggets and pearls, too many times you'll see either a contradiction to the established canon or something so lacking you wonder why they even bothered with it. And others just leave you scratching your head.

Here's a few examples:

Endrin Aeducan is stated to be mourning the loss of his eldest and youngest sons (it's supposed to be his eldest and middle child). Seems small but it's a huge error if you know the franchise... and how'd they miss it?

Noble ranks in Ferelden- the place we're all most familiar with- are also off, listing an arl as the equivalent of a mayor. Really? Isn't an arl supposed to be an earl or something? Heck, the Bioware chatrooms have better and more detailed info than this 'official' release.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. on September 20, 2013
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Three stars for a book that has a number of positives and negatives.

First, the positives! The illustrations, as many have said, are quite beautiful. Be aware that they follow the concept art style of Dragon Age 2 and subsequent material (Silent Grove, etc) more than Dragon Age: Origins. Not unexpected, as that seems to be the overall art direction of the franchise. A little more vibrant, a little more stylized, but you lose that edge of realism if it's what you prefer. Either way, it's a personal preference issue, and the art in the book is plentiful, high quality, and much of it is brand new. The layout is excellent, reminiscent of a textbook with main sections and plentiful sidebars, the latter of which range from more detailed analysis of a topic briefly touched on in the main body of the text to humorous anecdotes, timelines, and more. While the layout is 'textbook,' the author's have done a good job of making sure the text itself never lingers on one topic long enough to become dry - this is intended as an entertaining reference to a fictional world, and it pulls that off nicely.

Unfortunately, there are negatives, as well. One is not rightly attributed to this book alone - canon issues within the greater Dragon Age universe. They are numerous at this point, and there is nothing this book could have done about them within it's pages, though it does introduce some inconsistencies that are all its own, as well, which have already been pointed out in other reviews. Be aware however that the information here should be taken with a grain of salt, especially if being used as a reference for a tabletop campaign, fan fiction, etc.
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