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Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 1

(Dragon Age Universe)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,342 ratings  ·  79 reviews
For Dragon Age newcomers, this comprehensive volume brings you up to speed on everything you need to know about the regions, religions, monsters, magic, and more! For dedicated fans, never before have the secrets of BioWare's epic fantasy been revealed so completely and so compellingly!

* Filled with never-before-seen art by the creators of the games!

* New Dragon Age game
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Dark Horse Books
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May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personally I think it's very sexy of me to have an obsessive, encyclopedic knowledge of Dragon Age that I remember better than the entirety of my undergraduate career. ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dragon Age fans, world-builders
I just finished a cover-to-cover read of this book. It exceeded my expectations: I was expecting to get a lot of lore and some attractive art. I was pleasantly surprised, though, to find it such an interesting read. It isn't a simple dump of information, but a piece of nonfiction that's embedded within the fictional world it describes.

The book's point of view isn't from Bioware. It's from scholars within Thedas trying to understand their own land and history. As such, much like our own history b
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, gaming, art
I'm a sucker for art books and it took all my will not to tell Labyrinth Books to shut up and take my money when I stopped at their row upon row of shelves at Fan Expo last weekend. My bank account wouldn't have been happy, so I wisely opted to get only this, since it was far more than an art book dedicated to a game series that I love.

The World of Thedas is just that. Think of it as a wiki on beautiful, beautiful crack. There definitely is artwork included. Every page is covered in it. But I'm
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Dragon Age fans

This is one of those books that's long overdue, given the success of the franchise. World of Thedas Vol 1 doesn't expand all that much on the Dragon Age universe and falls short in key areas.

Chapters include: Legend, Map of Thedas, Races, Nations, Magic, Religion, The Fade, The Blight, Bestiary and Glossary. It reads like an RPG sourcebook; granted it's derived from an RPG so that's hard to avoid, but I felt like I should have some dice handy while I was going through it. The layout is gorgeous-
(3,8 of 5 for very nice but shallow guide trough the world of Thedas)
I'm not very fond of those fictional world "encyclopedias", but I do like the DA world. Well, this one is nice, there is a little bit of history, geographic, demographic, beliefs and bestiary. I would love to read this before I started playing any Dagon Age game. In retrospect, it's a very nice refreshment, well-sorted but a shallow land a little bit bland. If you didn't pay attention trough the game much, here is your chance t
Ranjeev Kirupairajah
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
We all know I'm a sucker for lore, and this delivered it all ! ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fic-fantasy
I've been in love with the world of Thedas since I first played Dragon Age: Origins so it was awesome to see more of the world than just playing the videogames gives you. The book is split into different sections on races, countries, religion, magic and the Blight with a bestiary at the back. If you bothered to read the codex while you played the games then a lot of this will be information you have already seen. But since I rarely read the codex (and the artwork is gorgeous), I loved getting to ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is so beautiful, and I am so nerdy.
Sara Portela
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Anyone who follows me for a long time has certainly seen me read a lot of things related to Dragon Age and this is no exception. I'm a total sucker for illustration books or compendiums of stories and facts about a certain world I might love, and this was no exception.

It is fantastically well written and illustrated. It just explains a lot about the world and it even has some extra codex entries which for me were the highlight of this book since a lot that was written here was no longer
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 5-stars
I'll go to my grave saying that the Dragon Age setting (or rather THE Dragon Age Setting, the origin of the word THEDAS) is one of the best RPG and fantasy settings that are there.

And this book is perfect for a fan like me.

While it didn't say much that I didn't know but it presented everything in an entertaining way and provided just enough of new things to really grab my interest while delving deeper into the stuff I knew a bit about. Part art book and part world description it was written in a
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This first volume is no A World of Ice and Fire, but it's doing a decent job nonetheless. Had the illustrations been a bit better (that Circles in Tevinter might be the worst photo mixed with drawing "art" I've ever seen), I think I would have given it four stars. Of course, there's not much in terms of new informations but it's nice to see everything fleshed out clearly, instead of having to search all the codex pages to find that one piece of info you think you remember. And I must admit some ...more
Lara (SapphicBookClub)
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful books I own. The artwork is fantastic, the information about the world is all there. Remarkable quality of the paper and print itself as well. A must-have for a fan.

Dragon Age is my favorite video game, and probably my favorite fantasy universe and piece of media. I'm really happy this book exists (and I plan on getting my hands on the second volume eventually as well). I do admit I haven't yet read it all cover to cover, since sometimes it's a lot of information to tak
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The video game company Bioware provides some of the best world-building in the industry, and partnered with Dark Horse Comics, these books are a true work of love for the game's fans. World of Thedas V1 is full of great artwork and information on all the characters, creatures, and lore from the early Dragon Age Universe. ...more
Brittany Cavness
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love love love this book! Dragon Age is, in my opinion, one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, because of its amazing ability to tell a story and make you care about the outcome. The rich history and detail put into this book (not to mention the GORGEOUS illustrations) made me fall in love all over again. So glad I finally picked this up!
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this experience, though at times the information felt a bit dry. Some parts stood out to me, such as life under the Qun, and I also loved the concept art, although admittedly it isn't the most polished art book out there. As a huge Dragon Age nerd, I have only gained from it, and that's final. ...more
Frida Andreasson
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is great. A lovely blend of images and different forms of text. I enjoyed the clean cut factual texts blending with texts that are written as if people in the world of Thedas were the people being them.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's a lot of history and cultural info that I didn't necessarily pay attention to in the games. This is pre-Inquisition. A really nice resource (see volume 2 for corrections to a few small errors) ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read for fans of the series. Gives background, stories, and facts about characters, history, and culture...basically it's exactly what it says it is. ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sadly too much recycled content from the game codex entries. If it was more original content it would have gotten 5/5.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dragon-age
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
B. Zelkovich
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, I love this franchise and this book is no exception. However, it does contain some errors which the writers have since acknowledged. Super dry and dense, but the artwork is amazing.
Franki Webb
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is almost academic in its presentation of the history and world of Thedas. A great book for any Dragon Age fan.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragon-age
i've reread the entirety of both volumes of world of thedas so many times. it's a must read for any huge fans of the game series ...more
Corinne Lynema
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My brain is on full Dragon Age lockdown and this was emphasized today when I sat down and read this entire thing on a whim. It's a Dragon Age textbook. It's fantastic. ...more
Bode Cauthon
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
It makes me so nostalgic for this world. Time to play again!!
Loran (Inked with Curiosity)
This is an absolute MUST READ for any fan of the Dragon Age franchise. When I picked this up I figured it was going to be a beautiful coffee table book with lots of pretty artwork and it is that...but so so much more. This completely exceeded my expectations and I ended up reading it cover to cover and learning so much about the world, lore, races, and religions of Thedas. This is, in essence, an introductory encyclopedia that combines artwork, graphs, maps, timelines, codex's and written inform ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Chock full of lovely artwork and a what's what of Thedas. Not as enlightening as one might have hoped, but I'm sure they had to keep it spoiler-free for Inquisition.
Nerine Dorman
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while there’s a book I simply must have a physical copy of in the house, and this is one of them. Hardcover, full colour printing throughout and devastatingly beautiful art – enough to make me want to purr, caress its cover and breathe sweet nothings into its pages.

This is one for the fans of BioWare’s Dragon Age game franchise, and it’s well worth the clams forked out and the effort of importing. (And rushing down to the postbox every time the postman whizzes by on his bicycle.)
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very detailed information and beautifully illustrated. This book I never felt the need to fly through, it's very much a pick up read a little and then put back. Very lovely book for my collection! ...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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