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Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights Paperback – March 10, 2020
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- Publisher : Tor Books (March 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765337223
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765337221
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.76 x 1.38 x 8.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recommend this book to anybody who is a completest in the game/stories or anybody who's interested in reading a good book of short stories. I don't think that you'd need to know much about Thedas to understand what's going on.
All the stories stand on their own as good reading, but I especially enjoyed "Down Among the Dead Men" by Sylvia Feketekuty, "The Wigmaker" by Courtney Woods (true horror story), and "Eight Little Talons" by Courtney Woods (similar to Christie's 'And then There were None'). Of course, I pored over Patrick Weekes "Dread Wolf Take You" story for clues to the next game. It's a good fantasy read, especially for fans of all things Thedas. I just hope we get more to tide us over until the release of DA4.
They're all good, though some will appeal more than others.
Horror at Hormak is very Cthulhu Mythos, and one of two stories with Grey Wardens acting more like Grey Wardens in Origins.
If you just absolutely must do yet another iteration of Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians", as "Eight Little Talons" does, at least it's a good job with compelling characters and, of course, Antivan Crows improve everything. (But seriously, this story and Heart of Darkness need to be retired from writing.)
"Callback" is a love note to all the little characters around Skyhold, and great fun.
There are other great stories. A couple meh stories. They go to some effort to introduce Lords of Fortune, a group we'll certainly see later and that I really didn't need in my life, but okay. Also, we get to meet some lower status Tevinter mages, which is really fun because all we've seen so far are there big deal sorts.
The stories were well written. It seems to focus on introducing the parts of Tevinter Dorian doesn't know much about (he does have a cameo), the Mortalitasi, the Antaam still acting without sanction, these Lords of Fortune, and the Crows. Also Philliam, A Bard! And Genitivi share a story.
The best stories tread familiar ground w/ a Dragon Age setting--a retelling of the 1958 film The Defiant Ones w/ a Tevinter and elf, a parody of Clue w/ Antiva Crows, etc.. Like remakes of popular games, these are proven narratives that don't take a lot of risk but deliver satisfaction.
Less engaging stories are the ones that seem like scripts for video game quests--someone goes missing, the protagonist investigates and inevitably discovers some monster, conspiracy, or both. This type of story would be better told through gameplay than text. The authors are no doubt trying to appease a readership that is primarily familiar w/ the IP through video games, but the medium of short story is an opportunity to tell different tales--ones of politics, intrigue, romance, & everything else in between swords & fireballs.
The last story, unsurprisingly, is a tease for the next game. It has little literary merit to those unfamiliar w/ the franchise's lore, but ought to excite those who do. Those who love the series, like myself, should be assured that the next game is heading in the right direction, at least narratively.
Whereas I, like most Dragon Age fans, have things I'm particularly interested in, the writing here was uniformly strong. There were at least two reveals that were awesome, and I greatly enjoyed reading descriptions of things that fans had their own take on from the perspective of various Thedan characters. On that, it was fantastic to see known and loved characters appearing in the stories both peripherally and directly. I devoured the book overnight and immediately bought it for a friend so we could discuss it together. No regrets. :)
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I really enjoyed the novels, even though most of them fall into the same Introduction-mystery-final battle pattern. Despite repetitive plot points, it gives a reader a glimpse into what it's like to live in different parts of Thedas. The ones about Grey Wardens, mortalitasi, Crows, Lords of Fortune and loyal soldiers of the Inquisition are the most captivating ones.
And we mustn't forget: The Dread Wolf rises!