The Stolen Throne (Dragon Age, #1)
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The Stolen Throne (Dragon Age #1)

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The thrilling prequel to Dragon Age: Origins, the hit role-playing video game from award-winning developer BioWare!

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne

After his mother, the beloved Rebel Queen, is betrayed and murdered by her own faithless lords, young Maric becomes the leader of a rebel army attempting to free his nation from the control of a foreign tyrant.

His countrymen live

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ebook, 400 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published January 1st 2009)
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Barend
Initially I had rather high hopes for this novel. For those who don't know, this is a prequel novel to the video game: Dragon Age: Origins. The novel was written by the writer of the game, so having enjoyed the writing there I assumed I was in for a treat. Unfortunately I did not enjoy reading this novel.

I did not enjoy the writing style and I never managed to forget the text and just enjoy the story. The manner in which the story was told felt inconsistent and never settled into a comfortable...more
Keiji Miashin
I'll admit out front that I am a big Dragon Age fan. I've played and beaten both the main two entries in this video game series as well as the first flash game, and am steadily pecking away at the second. Even now, as I write this, there's a miniature Grey Warden replica sword on my desk that functions as a letter opener.

That said, I was cautiously optimistic to read The Stolen Throne by David Gaider, who was the lead writer for the Dragon Age games and has worked on a few other classic favorite...more
Cameron Harris
What do you get when a video game writer tries his hand at writing a novel? In all honesty, a novel overflowing with horrid plot pacing and unrealistic characterization.

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne serves as a prequel to the video game Dragon Age Origins. The Stolen Throne intrigued me mostly because it was written by David Gaider. Gaider has been a blessing to the video game community for his work on Baldur’s Gate and Knights of the Old Republic. Sadly, Gaider does not understand that writing...more
Georg
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Augusta Li
First off, I have to say I'm retarded for Dragon Age and I'm sure it had influenced my opinion of this book. I was so happy to get to be in Ferelden again!

The premise of The Stolen Throne is the story of how King Maric, father of Cailin and grand-father of Alistair (your fellow Grey Warden in DAO), drives the tyrannical Orlesian invaders from Ferelden and takes back his ancestral throne. He's assisted, reluctantly at first, by Loghain, who you'll know well if you played Origins. Both Maric and L...more
Jason
If you enjoyed the Dragon Age series of games, this is an acceptable read. It provides a back story to the kingdom of Feredlen, and little more. There were a few good moments, and I did think a bit about a couple of the characters after concluding the book, but overall I can't recommend it to anyone who isn't just thirsting for more Dragon Age story.

As the lead writer for Origins, the Stolen Throne reads just like the game. I can see Maric choosing the 'witty' dialogue choice throughout the book...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
This is going to sound really nerdy, but I do love game lore. I love it a lot. Books based on video games aren’t always all that good, but I’m not reading them for the award-winning writing. I pick them up for what they bring to the table in terms of the back story and character development. It’s why I choose to read them in the first place, and not just some brief article on the game’s wiki page.

And I do get pleasantly surprised every once in a while. I just finished reading Dragon Age: The Sto...more
Emilia
It is very hard to write an objective review about a story that had engrossed you even before you read the novel. The Stolen Throne was written as a prequel to BioWare Dragon Age: Origins. To people who love the games it almost functions as a manual - containing all the information necessary to understand the relationship between Loghain and Maric. To others - I believe it is not detailed enough. Here we have a book which functions as an introduction to the world of Ferelden - crowded with Elven...more
Traci
This is a media tie in book for the videogame Dragon Age. A prelude to the events of the game. So first thing out of the way. A disclaimer, I used to be a RPG junkie. There was a time when I played more games than I read. Today not as much. But I still make time for Bioware the creators of Dragon Age. Although the last few weeks have tested that fandom >_< Okay, so as a admitted fangirl, take my review in two parts.

Never heard of Dragon Age? No interest? Haven't played a game since Atari?...more
Dennis
It's not awful, but it's definitely not good. The first chapter consists almost entirely of straight-up description. The rest is littered with anachronistic cliches, typos (e.g. "you're" for "your". Seriously!), redundant description, poor word choices, and weak metaphors.

Everything about the book is on-the-nose. The reader is left with nothing to ponder or imagine.

What's good? The plot, I guess. It's a prelude novel to the Dragon Age video game, by the lead writer, David Gaider. Bioware should...more
Wendy Browne
I’ve recently finished two playthroughs of Dragon Age: Origins and in both, my Warden permitted the same fate for Loghain Mac Tir. It was the fate deserving of his crime, but I never could appreciate the reasoning given for that crime as there seemed to be much more to Loghain. Hence my need to read the books that precede the game.

I had the same desire with Mass Effect’s books in reference to Saren and The Illusive Man, but was disappointed that Drew Karphsyn’s writing was not as spectacular as...more
Mari Landgrebe
Unless you've played and pretty much loved Dragon Age: Origins, the video game this book is a prequel to, then don't read it. The writing is rather subpar, even so far as finding "Qnueen" instead of Queen. Seriously? I spent much of this book skimming past all the extra descriptives. There was a lot of telling and not nearly enough showing, which overall kept me on the surface of the story.

There was a lot lacking in this book, starting with character and relationship development. I laughed when...more
Justin
Well... hmm. I'm glad I played Dragon Age: Origins before discovering and reading this prequel book. In fact, I kind of wish I could just write a review about Dragon Age: Origins. That game took me by surprise; even though it sold itself as yet another medieval fantasy derivative, the story and characters exerted a surprisingly strong grip on me. One of the standout elements of the game was its writing, which is why I was excited to find this book. Unfortunately, it looks like talent with lore-w...more
Kelly
David Gaider is the lead writer for the Bioware game Dragon Age Origins. I've played a lot of computer games, but never before has one had such an emotional impact upon me. The story is good, the characters are great, the dialogue is excellent. The voice acting is superior to many movies and the cut scenes make the game a cinematic experience you're directly involved in. Why am I talking about the game so much? Because it's the reason I picked up this book. It's set in the same universe and is t...more
Crystal
I picked this book up (and the other one titled "The Calling"), because I LOVE Dragon Age. The game is fantastic. I expected the book to be of the same standard.

The book is a bout King Maric, Rowan (his Fiance), and Logain. It is the story of how they fought the Orlesian usurpers and won back the throne of Ferelden. I think the head writer David Gaider needs to stick with writing for video games. This book was beyond awful. There was too much description, no plot movement, the characters were b...more
Stavros Tsiakalos
As mentioned in the other reviews, this was a prequel book to the Dragon Age: Origins video game.
And sadly, the writing shows this. There is a lot of information about Ferelden (the country the story is based in) that just clutters up the plot without advancing it meaningfully. Many things have been added simply so the readers, once they become gamers, can feel that "Hey I know this!" Thus one has cameos of characters and groups, that are nothing more than the author remembering that there will...more
Rinn
Muuuuuch better than I thought it would be, having read some of Bioware's Mass Effect books. A little slow in places but eh, it was nice to get a good background story on some of the characters.

The only thing is, I'm now conflicted over how I feel about Loghain Mac Tir. Meeting this determined, decent young man after meeting the older version in-game, I'm all:



And seeing as I let Alistair behead him at the end of Dragon Age: Origins, I now feel very... strange. He had so much potential!

(And Mari...more
Renee
May 25, 2014 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Dragon Age
I read this in anticipation of the upcoming Dragon Age video game, and plan to read the other three (+ comics) books in the DA universe. I've played all of the DA games thus far, so it is difficult for me to judge how coherent this book is without that background knowledge, but I would guess that it works better as a tie-in than a stand-alone novel, but I cannot say for certain.

This is a well-written book: Gaider's prose is easy to follow, and interesting without cramming too many superfluous wo...more
Oliver Eike
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Ashlee
After recently re-playing the video game Dragon Age: Origins, I decided to try something a little different from the world of Fereldon. Since the game involved such a deep background story and religion that the main story was set upon, it was intresting to learn of the events that brought the reader/player to the world of origins.
Quite enjoyable, although not as satisfying as the gaming experience.
Eric Leblanc

I read that book after playing the game 3 times.

I liked it since I could get some additional insights about the world of Ferelden, and most especially, Loghain. Considering his role in the game, that was very interesting. And it is well written for a book that comes from a videogame.

However, I doubt someone who didn't play the game would give more than 2 stars for this one.
Chelsea
As a fan of both Bioware and the game franchise I loved this book. It delivered an insight into the history of Maric and Loghain's friendship and gave me a whole new perspective on Loghain, which greatly increased my empathy for him. (Still despise him, but that's a tale for a different day.) The writing was as expected - amazing. David Gaider is a genius as far as characterization and story telling goes, and getting to read his work instead of seeing it play out in the game was wonderful. Not t...more
Nicola
Loved getting behind the game. However, quite a few errors that should have been spotted and corrected in the editing process.
Sam
In a word: Disappointing. The whole thing felt very bland with little originality and even less depth. None of the characters felt real, the plot was recycled and even as an additive to the game there didn't seem to be much in the way of interesting back story. It was interesting to get a look at Loghain's past, but that didn't carry this novel or make up for the rest of its shortcomings.

In short there was nothing on offer here that you couldn't find in a hundred other books written by better au...more
Eva Ebert
Don't be put off by the ugly cover (and seriously, that is an ugly cover. Loghain looks like a Neanderthal). It's actually quite a good book.
This being a prequel, if you've played the game and paid the least attention in the cutscenes, you already know what the story will end with. (I have no idea how this book would read to someone who has not played the game. Sorry.) But it still manages to be interesting, sometimes touching and even pulls off a few twists that I didn't expect.

What I thought w...more
Aida Jacobs
Not only does this book read like a Dragon Age game (right down to the party banter), this book delves deeper into the lore of Dragon Age and acts as a prequel to the Dragon Age Origins (DAO)game. It brings to light Loghain's history and why he is the way he is in the game, and I found myself liking him more and more with each page that I read (and impressive feat considering how much I hated him during all my play-throughs of DAO). Suffice to say, my feelings about him will no longer be so cut...more
Stephen Huang
I really this book because it taught me a lot. This is the story that take place before the game, Dragon Age: Origins. When I play this game, I don't have to be confuse because when you play the game it doesn't tell much about the pre story so this really help me out. The book start out with the country of Ferelden occupied by the neighbouring Orlesian Empire. Queen Moira, who sought to expel the Orlesians has been killed by traitors, but her son Maric has escaped. While attempting to flee the a...more
Joe Informatico
Kind of surprised, actually. Dragon Age: Origins was my first exposure to BioWare, and I'd heard a lot of hype about how great the writing and storytelling were. DA:O definitely delivered. Although the setting was pretty generic for epic fantasy, the game populated that world with compelling characters and a number of interesting plots with no pat endings. And though generic, the setting was extremely detailed and thought out, the game only hinting at the depths that could be explored in future...more
Skut L
Although there were times I felt like Gaider missed chances for characterization, I enjoyed this book overall. If such a rating were possible though I would award it a 2.5 out of 5. The writing lacked depth; I had hoped for a richer history of the conflict and the landscape. I also found the stock characters very stereotypical; the insipid, cruel foreign ruler, the power-hungry mage,and the clever rogue with a heart-o-gold redeemed by 'twue wuve'. There was nothing to them, they were completely...more
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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 Amn, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights.
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