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The Stolen Throne (Dragon Age #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,254 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews

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

ebook, 400 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bookworm Sean
Imagine yourself strolling through the woods one day. The weather’s nice, you’ve got nothing but catching your dinner on your mind. Everything’s quite peaceful. You’re poaching with your mates. Suddenly, a young prince comes stumbling through the undergrowth. He’s unarmed, exhausted and being chased by your hated enemy.

What would you do?


Well, you don’t know he’s a prince. So you take him home to your father’s camp. A day or so later you find your land surrounded by an army of enemies. It’s obv
They howled again, and Loghain raised his voice even further. "Your prince is not here! But when he returns to us, we shall hand to him his stolen throne! Here at the River Dane is where the Dragon Age begins, my friends! Today they will hear us roar!"

The old and strong Kingdom of Ferelden have suffered under the oppression of the Orlesian Empire for almost a century. The relentless conquerors are bent upon destroying the last remnants of resistance and putting the ancient line of Fereldan kin
Mar 12, 2011 Barend rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2015 Shii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DAO players exclusively
Recommended to Shii by: Markus
3 rounding up to 4 because of the feels!

- It feels good to fight, to stand up to those Orlesian bastards and tell them NO MORE! Your prince is not here! But when he returns to us, we shall hand him his stolen throne! Here at the River Dane is where the Dragon Age begins, my friends! TODAY THEY WILL HEAR US ROAR!

Stolen Throne kicks off from the very beginning giving us a good amount of action. The Rebel Queen Moira has just been set up and murdered, and Prince Maric is on the run for his own li
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
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
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
Jul 11, 2012 Emilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
May 10, 2009 Georg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Augusta Li
Jun 27, 2011 Augusta Li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2016 LaylaNoir is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, game-based
Buddy read with Sorina at Buddies Books and Baubles, because we want to know how Ferelden achieved independence from Orlais... And more.

So far, this feels like a "real" fantasy book rather than "just" a novel based on a game.
Sep 03, 2013 Rinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
5 stars

I cannot with this book. I'm sobbing. SOBBING.
I'm not stupid, I knew this book was going to be tragic, because as a prequel to a game I must have played at least half a dozen times, I knew the events that happen in this book, and more.
But still, the intricate details of how Maric, Rowan and Loghain got the stolen throne back is... tragic as fuck (and if anything, it would made me hate Loghain more than I did).

Excellent EXCELLENT book. Recommend, but also recommend you play Dragon Age
Apr 16, 2016 Ainoa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard such bad reviews of this book that I did not know what to expect. In the end, I enjoyed it thoroughly and read it in a day and a half. If you like Dragon Age, you'll like this book. The Stolen Throne follows Prince Maric's struggles after witnessing how his mother, the Rebel Queen, is murdered. Maric finds an unwilling ally in Loghain, our dear friend from Dragon Age: Origins (ehem). Together with Rowan, Maric's future queen and friend since birth, they kick some Orlesian ass and fight ...more
May 29, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mari Landgrebe
Jun 04, 2011 Mari Landgrebe rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
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
Mar 27, 2012 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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?
Jan 25, 2010 Dennis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
This book was useful with regard to learning some of the history and lore of DA, but the writing was atrocious. Like totally ridiculous. All telling and little showing. Out of place phrases. And convoluted sentence structure. This book could have done with massive editing. Sometimes the characters behaved in completely unrealistic unnatural ways and made childish decisions. I'm conflicted about this book. The I formation was good and thus it served it's purpose for me, but the poor writing zappe ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm giving this four stars instead of three because I love Dragon Age. This book is a prequel to the first Dragon Age game and the reason I picked it up. I feel like my hopes for it were too high, but I enjoyed it as it was a fairly quick for me once I sat down to read it.
Nerine Dorman
Jul 02, 2015 Nerine Dorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows me well will know that I’ve an insatiable appetite for lore. They’ll also know that I’m an incorrigible addict when it comes to fantasy that involves dragons, elves and magic. So needless to say, now that I’ve fallen into the black hole that is BioWare’s Dragon Age franchise, there is no hope for this Middle-earth veteran.

My main motivation for picking up The Stolen Throne *was* for the lore, as well as the backstory for characters and events. When you’re looking at a setting th

Aos que não sabem, eu adoro Dragon Age. Tipo, muito. Então quando eu soube que havia livros que se passavam no mundo dos jogos consegui ignorar o receio que tenho com obras desse tipo (o livro de Assassin's Creed meio que me traumatizou) e tentar o primeiro volume, The Stolen Throne. Não posso dizer que me arrependi de ter tentado, mas bem, minha cisma com livros baseados em jogos continua (infelizmente) firme e forte.

The Stolen Throne é um prequel de Dragon Age: Origins e conta a his
C.T. Phipps
Jan 17, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grimdark, fantasy
The Dragon Age universe is one of my favorite D&D inspired fantasy settings. It has a direct developer link to Baldur's Gate, which means it's linked to Forgotten Realms, which means it's plugged directly into my childhood. Dragon Age takes itself very seriously despite being game-fiction, which I enjoy a great deal. As a thirty-three-year-old man who reviews video games as well as books, I need to pretend I'm not still the big kid at heart I am. Anyway, to understand this novel I should len ...more
PandaCat Reads
Aug 10, 2014 PandaCat Reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2011 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval-fantasy
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 21, 2016 Sorina is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

Buddy read with Layla at Buddies Books and Baubles!

The 'based-on-a-video-game' books marathon continues!
Dec 23, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. More like 4,5 stars. I looove the video games and this book gave me more insight in what happened to... for example, Loghain. Didn’t like him in DA Origins but I think he was my favorite character in this book. Weird how that can happen. Anyway, liked this a lot better than Asunder and some day I look forward to reading the other books.
Sure, some times it was slow and a bit repetetive (I probably wrote that wrong) but all in all, a good story. Enjoyable.
Jun 01, 2015 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media-tie-in, fantasy
While there weren't any big surprises or twists, this was an interesting story well-told. I appreciated the additional background for Loghain, but found it a little difficult to reconcile the book's sympathetic version with the video game's harsher presentation. It has been some time since I played the game, however, perhaps my memory is faulty. I look forward to reading David Gaider's subsequent Dragon Age novels.
Jan 23, 2016 Mai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one a LOT. Okay, I'm absolutely biased, I'm currenty gaming my way through all three parts of Dragon Age and bother my friends all the time with all those bits and pieces of Thedas and what I think about the world, its characters and storylines. So a lot of my enjoyment is pure and unashamed fangirling. But it is indeed a pretty good fantasy novel in my opinion. I liked Maric. I wasn't sure what to expect of him, I don't know if this will change with other books in this series, bu ...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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