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
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
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
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
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!
This is a well-written book: Gaider's prose is easy to follow, and interesting without cramming too many superfluous wo...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
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