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Dragon Age: Asunder Paperback – December 20, 2011
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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 award-winning role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins and has previously worked on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights.
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Fans of the game series (and if you're reading the book, you probably are one) will probably enjoy:
- The backdrop - centered around the Templar/Mage conflict, with a healthy (unhealthy?) dash of demons thrown in. You'd be surprised (or maybe not so surprised--more details-oriented fans have debated this for a while actually) who they can possess.
- The events of Dragon Age 2 are mentioned. This book begins approximately one year after the finale in Kirkwall.
- A little more background info about what we had previously only seen in in-game codices and brief mentions, including some interesting but not really in-depth tidbits about the more powerful Chantry figures.
- Cameos! Yay. It takes place in Orlais, so you might be able to guess who makes an appearance. Someone else does too, at the same time resolving a small but quite long-standing debate about a detail in the "canon" Dragon Age storyline.
If you've never played the game then I don't think this book will stand out at all. It is well-written, but those who come in not already knowing a bit about the world of Thedas would probably feel a bit lost.
Another little tidbit in the Kindle edition that I found annoying is that apparently the book refuses to write the verb "lie" (as in "lie down") in past tense. Numerous times I see things along the lines of: "Her head hit something hard. She lie there, the world spinning...Read more ›
Welcome to Asunder, and a world that has received the news of what transpired in Kirkwall and is, understandably, none too happy about it. As you may recall, in Dragon Age 2, our psychopathic companion known as Anders decided it might be a good idea to stuff some TNT in the Chantry because "fireworks are cool." The templars, however, didn't get the joke and decided to put everyone through the blade.
If I'd had my way, the Qunari would be ruling Kirkwall now.
Anyway, this event has served to rile up the mages throughout Thedas and put the templars on high alert in case anyone tries for a repeat. The mages, as usual, demand more freedom, even if some of them don't know what that is, while the templars would be more than happy to tighten the noose all the way to the Maker. Between them stands the Chantry and Divine Justinia V who has her own agenda to try and bridge the gap between the two and is at least ten times more proactive than Elthina, thank the Maker!
In this volatile situation, Wynne, one of the Warden's companions from Dragon Age: Origins, recruits mages Rhys and Adrian, along with a reluctant templar by the name of Evangeline, to find a Tranquil that may or may not have found a way to undo the Rite of Tranquility. As if the templars didn't have enough on their plates already.
First, let's talk about the Templar v Mage conflict. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author actually addressed this subject quite skillfully. Yes, you do have the expected zealots on both sides but, and this is the important bit, you can empathize with them even if you don't necessarily sympathize.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, my gamer son loved it (16 yo).Published 12 days ago by DKM Integrated Software Solutions LLC
A must read. Shale, Wynne, and the groundwork for Inquisition are all here. What else do you need to know?Published 3 months ago by CCHat Man
This was a good addition to my favorite game universe. I love Wynne and Shale, so it was really nice to have them in a lot of the story. Highly recommend for fans.Published 3 months ago by Uke_gurl
I immediately loved Cole as a character while playing Inquisition, and was happy to become acquainted with this original rendition of him.Published 3 months ago by Tenaya
I believe those familiar with Thedas and the Dragon Age universe need no introduction to David Gaider's work. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
IMO this book is a Must Read for any and all Dragon Age fans. I think any regular Fantasy Fan can also enjoy this book, but of course you would be a bit lost not knowing the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kyle Couch
This one is strictly for enthusiasts of the Dragon Age games. Easily the best of three Dragon Age books written by David Gaider. Read morePublished 5 months ago by fitness buff