The Stolen Throne (Dragon Age #1)
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
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
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
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
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
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
And I do get pleasantly surprised every once in a while. I just finished reading Dragon Age: The Sto ...more
Never heard of Dragon Age? No interest? Haven't played a game since Atari? ...more
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
That's really the only reason to read this. I enjoy it but I've played the entire Dragon Age game series. If you haven't played Dragon Age Origins or Dragon Age 2, this review isn't for you as it may contain spoilers for both games.
This is simply the story of King Maric, Alistair's father, and how Loghain saves his ass. If I were to create a tag for this book it would be "thank god for Loghain". King Maric is the weakest element to this entire book- he's supposed to be charmi ...more
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
There was a lot lacking in this book, starting with character and relationship development. I laughed when ...more
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
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
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
Set thirty years before the events that take place in the game, this story focuses on two unlikely friends, Maric (a prince) and Loghain (an outlaw), and their contribution to the rebellion of the Orlesian Empire.
The world in which we join the story is one where there isn’t much hope; a rebellion force exists but their leader, the rightful Queen Moira, has just been killed under the false pretence of forming an alliance. Her son, Prince Maric, is now the only hope the rebellions have…but th ...more
It reads like you're explaining the plot of a movie to a friend. "So Maric made it back to the army, and Loghain spent a few months wandering around with Rowan. And then they had a battle."
Description, characterization, and even action melt seamlessly into a tedious lump of who-gives-a-crap. There's no sense of voice and no reason to care about the characters apart from the fac ...more
Quite enjoyable, although not as satisfying as the gaming experience.
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.
In short there was nothing on offer here that you couldn't find in a hundred other books written by better au ...more