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The Silent Grove

(Dragon Age Graphic Novels #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,989 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Available in print for the first time, Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is the perfect introduction to BioWare's dark fantasy universe In this essential, canonical story from David Gaider, lead writer of the games, King Alistair, accompanied only by rogues Isabela and Varric, embarks on a quest deep inside the borders of Antiva - a nation of assassins Together, they will encou ...more
Hardcover, 82 pages
Published July 25th 2012 by Dark Horse Comics (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sean Barrs
I really didn’t think this story would work. The situation seemed like a real impossibility, so I’ve been avoiding this for years. In all honesty I just thought it sounded desperate, an attempt to rake in some more dollars on the back of a successful franchise. I mean why the king of Ferelden would be going on a quest with two lowly rogues, I couldn’t begin to guess at. But, then I began reading and I realised how well this story is put together, and how perfectly it slots into the dragon age un ...more
I requested this as my partner is quite obsessed with the game and although I haven't played it myself (I'm still in the throes of Fallout: New Vegas) I've always enjoyed watching him play this as the graphics, storyline and missions were all rather spectacular.

I was not disappointed by this graphic novel at all though I suspect if I had played the game I would have enjoyed and understood it a lot more.

The artwork was definitely a highlight for me, it was absolutely fantastic, and I will read th
Let me start this by saying that I will be reading most of the Dragon Age brand throughout the next year because the game series has destroyed my life/taken over my life. I am a huge fan who once spent 36 hours playing the game, fell asleep with the controller in my hand, then woke up and continued playing.
That being said, this comic was a bit of a disappointment. I felt at once both elated at seeing great characters from Origins and 2 meeting up, but anger when they didn't explain how they met
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
In reviewing this graphic novel, I am fully aware that I will be revealing myself as a world-class geek! I am also aware that I'll be alienating a few readers here. However, I feel it's worth coming out of the nerdy closet just so I can be a bit of a video-game fangirl in my excitement over this!

I love the Dragon Age games. I like video games in general, and I have ever since I was a kid. I used to love watching my brother play games like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid. I loved the stor
Bill Tillman
Hold onto to your shield and bucklers! A graphic-novel with a clear plot & dialogue, I mean you will know each character & their intentions beginning to end. Colorful and dynamic art, I even jumped out of my skin when the serpent like dragon came onto the scene. This is too good to pass up, get it.
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I received a digital copy of this graphic novel from netgalley and whilst I had a few troubles as mentioned in other graphic novels read this way I didn't have so many this time because most of the font was large enough to not be over pixelated. Any how obviously I'm a fan of Dragon Age and even though I didn't complete the game (it's not my fault, I'm a hoarder, it's a disease!) I had played enou
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-not-on-shelf
My very first graphic novel review! Where do I begin? Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is set after the Fifth Blight (Dragon Age I) and follows Alistair, king of Fereldand (Dragon Age: Origins) and Isabela the pirate captain and Varric the ground dwarf from Dragon Age II. Alistair is forced to work with the two rogues in his quest to find his father, and the first step is to raid the archives of The Crows for information. This quickly sets him on the course of his adventure, where he chased by The C ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the game
Ohkay. Dragon Age: The Silent Grove. Another video game inspired graphic novel. I can’t say that I hate the idea of reading more about a game I enjoyed playing but most of the time the stories end up disappointing me.

In Dragon Age: The Silent Grove we follow the footsteps of Alistair who is to become King of Ferelden. Alistair used to be my love interest in the game (yes, I was desperate) so it’s funny to see him being all badass when, in truth, he’s just a little insecure man. I never liked hi
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The Silent Grove is graphic novel set in the Dragon Age universe, written by the same man who was the main writer of the games, David Gaider, along with Alexander Freed and Chad Hardin. If you've read this site at all, you know I loved Dragon Age: Origins and it's related content, and came around on Dragon Age 2 in the end. What's being reviewed here is the collection of six comics previously only available via the Dark Horse comics store.

The story follows Alistair, King of Ferelden in the conti
Melinda Landry
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to start off my review openly handing you the salt shaker, should you need a grain or two. I am not only a huge fan of Bioware and the writer (David Gaider), but of the specific characters chosen for this tale. This could have been the story of recently deceased Grey Warden Alistair riding a bog unicorn through the rainbow clouds of the Free Marches, en route to deliver Varric cake to the Anderfels, and I would have salivated.

That said - this was an incredible start to the continuation of
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dragon Age Fans
I received this as an ARC through Dark Horse Comics from

Pretty quick read. It's only 83 pages long.
It took me a little while to get into it. I read the description and my first thought was immediately, "but Alistair wouldn't galavant around with Isabela and Varric --- especially not after defeating The Blight". I love Dragon Age: Origins (and Alistair) so I had to overlook this detail and read it anyway. (No, I do not like Dragon Age 2.)
My thoughts were confirmed in the first coup
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dragon Age fans
I received a copy of this through netgalley to review. The story is written in part by David Gaider who was the main writer for both Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II and I think that helped a lot with how much I liked this graphic novel. It also helps that I am a huge Alistair fan (yes, I know, not many of us out there) and the plot revolves around him, so we get to learn a little more about him.

I loved the witty banter between Isabela and Varric, that is one of my favorite parts about Dra
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Interesting. The plot and art were just fine and I loved meeting Yavana. What I didn't love was the whitewashing, the coloring was OFF. The writing was a little boring and Alistair didn't feel very Alistair-y (guess it's because he's got the morbs at the moment), but Varric and Isabela were spot on. Also didn't like the (verbal and literal) beating up on Isabela, she got more injuries than the others combined. At a certain point (in a very particular panel) it just seemed like someones fetish hm ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Being a fan of the game I have sourced alternative stories in between the games. This is a good little story with Alister and the grand storyteller himself, Varric. They are attempting to find out what happened to Alistairs father and throwing themselves into an adventure of their own. The story is interesting but for those outside the lore will struggle with the backstory. The story isn't grand and is basically setting up for bigger things. As a fan it covers some interesting ground. ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
The art style isn't quite appealing, and it is not that much fun to read a storyline that conflicts with the world state you've created in the games. Overall, meh. ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the artwork but not sure what the story is about at this moment
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shadowhawk reviews the graphic novel sequel to Bioware’s Dragon Age games, a new narrative penned by David Gaider and published by Dark Horse Comics.

“Quite a mystery thriller set in the world of Ferelden, Dragon Age – The Silent Grove offers a lot of intrigue, swordplay, double-crossing and subterfuge but does not quite go the whole distance.” ~The Founding Fields

Note: After writing the review I randomly found myself on the Dragon Age wiki and found that Ferelden isn’t the name of the world in t
Steve Stivaktis
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An extremely in-character and interesting adventure with brilliant artwork to match.
Lakis Fourouklas
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is one of those graphic novels that take the reader on a long but beautiful journey into the not so bright worlds of the creators’ imagination.

In this dark tale one can find just about everything, apart from romance, but maybe that’s to come in a future volume.

This is the story of King Alistair, an unwilling King, and his quest to discover the whereabouts of his missing father, King Maric. Alistair never wanted to be a king, he wasn’t supposed to be one either and he
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm falling more and more in love with comics the more I read them. This is such a great introduction to this whole world and it's left me feigning for more. Between the artwork and the snark I really couldn't get enough of it.

It's a fully realized world that gives me everything I'm looking for in a fantasy (kind of like Gaider tapped into my head and pulled out my fantasy needs) without overdoing it. There's magic and sorcery and dragons and villains and damaged heros and anti-heros but none of
Cayt Landis
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is the first volume of the Dragon Age graphic novels, written by David Gader, lead writer for the Dragon Age video games. This particular story follows King Alistair as he, along with Isabela and Varric, attempt to discover the answers to a mystery involving magic, The Crows, and the past King of Ferelden. The story is canonical and adds to the lore of the Dragon Age universe.
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I really love Dragon Age and the entire universe surrounding it. I read all of the
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Video Game, Fans of Adventure
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source:NetGalley

I have been waiting on this one! Dragon Age Volume 1: The Silent Grove is definitely a graphic novel for fans of the game, Dragon Age:Origins and Dragon Age II. We see the return of Alistair who is our main character, on a quest to find his missing father Maric. Along beside him for the journey are Isabela, who you may recall is a thief and the captain of the pirate ship, The Siren’s Call.
João  Jorge
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Just DA Fans!
The best I can say about “The Silent Grove” is also the worst. Its decent. Its a safe comic, that doesn't take any risks and satisfies any “Dragon Age” fan without ever being or even trying to be anything more than average.
The art is good enough, shining especially in the details in the armors, Isabela's attire and Varric´s Bianca but with no moment of brilliance or any really amazing pages to stick in your mind.
The story deals with Alistair and Maric and has huge lore potential but things alw
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Anyone who has ever played Dragon Age knows it’s one of those games with a lot of lore packed into it. I mean everywhere you go you uncover more history and it becomes world rich in history. It’s also one of those games that you want to see more about, especially if you actually read all of the lore like I do. So this graphic novel is the perfect place to find out more about it all, including some of your favorite characters from the games.

As soon as I saw the cover I knew this would be somethin
--Review courtesy from Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--

Kings, dragons, villains, and some mysterious sorcerres are what are scattered in Dragon Age, Volume 1. King Alistar is trying to recover his long-lost father , King Maric, has been imprisoned in , Velabanchel Prison, a seeming horrible place to be. He uncovers to his surprise that has been taken instead by Yavaneth a dragon witch. King Maric has agreed to be spirited away though much to the confusion of King Alistar. Through a last ditch eff
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
I find it ridiculously difficult to rate Graphic Novels. What do you rate them on: the story, the dialogue, the art, all of the above? I'm never sure. I do know that this is my favourite GN of all time however, because I LOVE Dragon Age. In case you didn't already know that. I love the whole concept of the entire trilogy, everything about them is amazing.

This book brings back Alistair, my favourite character from the video games. Of course. I'm a girl. I fell in love with him hook line and sinke
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I came into this at a disadvantage because I'd never played the video game or learned anything about the Dragon Age world before picking up this book. I enjoyed it, but I imagine I would have enjoyed it more had I been familiar with the world and the characters. I felt like I was thrown into a story somewhere around the midpoint.

Alistair, a king and the main character, is on a quest to find his missing father. He's assisted by a pair of pirates, a fight-happy dwarf and a smart-mouthed lady thief
Eric Piotrowski
I was skeptical about this title, only I had been browsing at the comics shop for 45 minutes (as we waited for our Thai food takeout) and I felt bad. I'm a huge fan of Dragon Age: Origins, so I decided to take a chance.

I'm glad I did. The characters and storyline are intriguing enough, but what really stands out here in the artwork and the narrative skill. No panel is wasted, and -- true to BioWare's best efforts -- the locations and people are superbly crafted. We're back with some people we kn
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing artwork, and a really interesting story!
I didn't think the characters were out of character at all, especially considering the story is meant to take place almost 10 years after we last saw them and therefore they have changed. I guess I understand why people might think Alistair seems different if they didn't make Alistair King or if he didn't do the Dark Ritual which these comics assume both. Alistair never wanted to be King, and he still doesn't want to, which is why he se
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
This series makes a lot more sense if you've already played Dragon Age 2, rather than just Dragon Age. It features Alistair from the first game, but he is travelling with Isabella and Varric from the second game, so knowing them first makes it a lot more enjoyable. The story is fairly light; Alistair hires Isabela and Varric to help track down his father, missing for over a decade. There's a good bit of action and a lot of Varric and Isabela's character coming through, but ultimately the story d ...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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