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Those Who Speak

(Dragon Age Graphic Novels #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,249 ratings  ·  71 reviews
In this canonical story from the lead writer of BioWare's Dragon Age games, reluctant monarch King Alistair travels to an empire of evil mages.

Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, Alistair will stop at nothing to uncover the fate of his lost father — even if it means battling an army of cultists singlehandedly!

The fight turns even m
Hardcover, 74 pages
Published February 13th 2013 by Dark Horse Books (first published August 22nd 2012)
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Sean Barrs
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of dark fantasy
Isabella is one tough bitch.

She comes across as cocky and almost careless, but it’s confidence born of skill. Her appearance is a weapon, one she uses to ensnare many men and even a few women. She gives her enemies a false sense of security; they think they have won her, though in reality she has manipulated them into letting their guard down. And that’s when she likes to strike. That’s when she kills.


This is, of course, Alistair’s story, though the addition of Isabella’s point of view helped
Paige (Enchantology)
Would it be rude to say that Isabela is sorta what Celaena Sardothien should have been? The two of them are very different, obviously, but I think the traits they share are shown better in Isabela than Celaena. *shrugggggg*
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't realize this was Volume 2 of the series - that might explain why the characters felt a bit muddy and confused - you're supposed to know them already and understand the shorthand. Having finished the first Dragon Age game, I do know a couple of people who show up (King Alistair, and another friend from the first game), and I gather the rest are probably important to the second game. That being said, comics should be legible without all of the source material, and this doesn't quite get t ...more
Arc from NetGalley.

Ah, the Dragon Age world. Fun to be visiting that again. It was an interesting read. Isabela joins up with Alistair to find out if his father is still alive, and alongside with Varric the two of them get into trouble.

It was fun seeing new and old characters alike. It was interesting to get an fleshed-out Isabela. She felt more human, you get to understand her mentality better and some of her background. It made her more sympathetic. It was also interesting to learn some more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I never was a fan of Isabela, which makes me the minority here.
I don't know... The story has gone along with my canon version of the video game, but I can see how it would really alienate people whose canon was completely opposite. You can actually have Alistair executed in the game, yet here he is as the King of Fereldan... It must be quite annoying for those people. I know not everyone can be pleased, but they've written content before that hasn't pointed towards any of the decisions made in
Jacqueline Passey Mason
IMO these three graphic novels by David Gaider are mandatory reading for all Dragon Age fans. Not only do we get new adventures with three of our favorite characters (Alistair, Isabela, Varric) but Gaider also reveals information with significant implications for the future of Thedas. He's obviously building up to something big regarding the role of dragons in the world and I suspect that these graphic novels contain hints about the major plotline for a future game. ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The story's okay, the artwork is good, but I can never quite accept the objectification of Isabela in a vast amount of drawings. There's a limit to how much t&a you can stand, and for me that limit is low. On the plus side, she's a cool character and it was good to get some of her background revealed. ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I'd say the story and the art are both okay, nothing that special. The other issues were better in my opinion but its still something worth picking up. ...more
Sara Portela
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

This comics are fenomenal! i'm so kicking my head for only reading them now. The qunari, FRICKING STEN, the trio Isabela, Varric and Alistair make. I'm loving this. Can't wait for the next.

Definitely recommend! :D
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Bioware certainly knows how to add depth to their worlds and they have a way of feeding you the information so that you’re always hungry for more, which is exactly what David Gaider does with Those Who Speak.

Anyone familiar with the Dragon Age games immediately recognizes the names Alistair, Isabela and Varric; and though it does seem like a rather unlikely trio it works out perfectly. Alistair with his semi sarcastic/semi awkward humor, Isabela with both the street smarts and the fairly inappro
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: gaming, comics-manga
The Silent Grove re-opened a few issues raised in Dragon Age: Origins and the prequel book, The Stolen Throne, and added a few new ingredients. I was worried that Those Who Speak would fail to deliver an appropriate conclusion to all of that in a mere three issues – and I was right. Fortunately, Those Who Speak is not a conclusion, but rather an interlude where King Alistair Theirren and his companions, the pirate queen, Isabela, and the dwarven businessman, Varric Tethras, gain a new old ally a ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
King Alistair has learned that his father, King Maric, might still be alive, and that a Tevinter mage is likely behind Maric's disappearance. Enlisting the help of pirate captain Isabela and Varric, he goes to Tevinter to find the mage in question. But they don't count on getting mixed up with the Qunanri, or meeting up with an old comrade of Alistair's.

I very much enjoyed this story; it's nice to see tales of people we played with in the games but will likely not see again, except in passing, i
Erika Williams
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I actually read this one a while ago, yet somehow whenever it came time to do reviews, it kept slipping through the cracks. I love all things Dragon Age: I’ve read the books, I’ve played through both games multiple times (in the case of Origins, on multiple consoles) and I even own a shirt that suggests I enjoy feeding Alistair to the archdemon for breakfast. Isabella and Alistair are even two of my favorite characters, so Those Who Speak should be right up my alley, right next to this lovely ha ...more
Forgotten Realms Queen
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So this is going to be quick, simple and to the point. BioWare and Dragon Age creator David Gaider have been collaborating on a graphic novel series of the Dragon age game, taking place after the events of Dragon Age II.

The first one, Silent Grove, sets Alistair on the path to finding his father’s killer, with hints that he might still be alive. Here, in the second installation Those Who Speak, the focus is taken off Alistair and placed squarely on the vivacious Rivian pirate queen Isabella.

Matthew Godlewski
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Action packed follow up to the Silent Grove comic bundle by David Gaider. While the first one was narrated by Alistair as he tries to find his father, this one switches perspective to Isabella. The story continues with Alistair, Varric, and Isabella catching up with the mage who was pointed out in the Silent Grove bundle as King Maric's abductor in Tevinter. From there, it's a dangerous trip into Qunari waters trying to track him down after he escapes a confrontation with the heroes. The group i ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Quick storyline with two of my favorite characters from Dragon Age. I'm a little disappointed Varric didn't talk about his books and getting himself into mischief. The book was a little too short but it is so close to the game that all is forgiven.

I actually was falling asleep when I was writing this so I didn't finish my little review of the book.

The issue I had with this story was the lack of any real villains, the second game also struggled in this department. I enjoy the universe and the cr
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Reviewing at my site also.

Following Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, Dragon Age: Those Who Speak takes Alistair, Varric and Isabela to the Tevinter Imperium, giving us a taste of that foul place, continuing Alistair's quest to find out what happened to King Maric. This book seemed to move along a bit better, and gives you some insight into our favorite pirate lass. There's one more 'friendly' face that appears but I won't spoil it. Definitely worth picking up if you're itching for something to hold
Chelsea Gouin
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This second volume is through the voice of Isabela the Pirate Queen. And she's awesome. I loved her backstory, very engaging. There was a lot more sword battles in this one, true to Dragon Age fashion. However, the issue I'm having is we got so little plot progression. Right now the series is in three parts with this being part 2...and we only get one nugget of information. There is just so much set up...where is it going to end? Instead of publishing 3 short adventures one large one would have ...more
When I first saw Isabela's Dragon Age II incarnation I paused and couldn't help but roll my eyes. Thinking she was purely some sex doll thrown into the plot for the benefit of younger male gamers. But as I got to know her, I found I really enjoyed the character as she often made me laugh. In the end Isabela turned out to be a well rounded character, one I could empathise with, so I found the back story (of sorts) contained in this volume especially interesting. The overall bridging story fell a ...more
The Sapphic Nerd
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whereas "The Silent Grove" focused on the story behind Alistair's bloodline, "Those Who Speak" focuses on Isabela's story. "Those Who Speak" continues "The Silent Grove", bringing Isabela, Varric, and Alistair to Tevinter where we are introduced to Maevaris Tilani, a relative of Varric's, encounter a former companion, meet a (to me at least) very interesting potential qunari antagonist, and learn about Isabela's past and character. It leaves you eager to find out what position Isabela will be in ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So this is my favorite issue because if narrates from Isabela's POV. I think the author does a great job with keeping the characters in, well, character. The story continues where The Silent Grove left off and we stumble into the arms of Isabela's favourite race of Thedas. Two, you guessed it, the qunari...and all hell kind of breaks loose. Good fun adventure and we get to know more about Isabela's past. ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh. I do not like the characterization of Alistair and Isabella. At all. But, because I can't stay away from anything Dragon Age-related, I will probably read the third volume and return to complain about that one too.

If only the comics' canon was not so distant from my own! My Grey Warden cries at the state of events and being so wrongfully separated from her one and only beau...:(
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Isabela's perspective! It's so interesting. Isabela is Isablea. It's hard to expain. What a great character, and learning more about her back story was so interesting. I loved the artwork done for teen-Isabela. ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Probably my favorite of the Dragon Age comics. It's hard to say no to all my favorite characters in one spot. ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lexine Higgins
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I liked the second part of this story so much more than the first. Alistair took centre stage in part 1, The Silent Grove, but he takes a backseat here, and we see more of Isabela, who I've never really liked all that much as a character.

I wasn't too keen on her in Dragon Age 2, though I gave her credit for (even if it was grudgingly) doing the right thing in the end, putting aside her selfishness. Here in this graphic novel, we learn so much about her. Why she stole the Tome
Chloe Natasha
This is how I abandon my friends, for the sake of flea-ridden bottom feeders who can barely hoist a sail without vomiting up last night's wine. They're my crew, and my bloody responsibility. Whatever else I am, I am a damn good captain.

Isabela of Rivain, you are the queen of my heart! This comic provided some wonderful insight into Isabela's guarded heart, and allowed us to slip between the cracks of that carefully constructed mask she wears. She's confident and seemingly careless, but Isabe
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book two picking up shortly after book one stopped off, this one further expanded the story and world they were in. From Isabella's point of view this time, which I think was a good move, and showed the rather conflicted / dark past she has had, and what drives her going forward. Interesting happenings with various antagonists and protagonists, with few being clear cut. More enjoyable than the first one, a good read all round. ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thoughts regarding this graphic novel are very similar to how I felt about "The Silent Grove".

I liked seeing Isabela's perspective and learning more about her. When I played DA2 I was a duel-wielding rogue like Isabela - so I rarely had her around enough to get to know her, even though I quite like her character.

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Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was great! Shorter than the first one but a lot more interesting in my opinion. I didn't care for Isabela in my first playthrough of DA2 but I loved her in my 2nd playthrough (maybe because I actually had her in my party lol) and it was awesome to get more of her backstory here. Cool cameo from Sten too.

Also I really loved the juxtaposition of Isabela fighting the quanari (don't remember her name and Alistair fighting Sten.
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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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