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Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 2

(Dragon Age Universe)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  757 ratings  ·  47 reviews
BioWare's newest game Dragon Age: Inquisition will expand the universe of their epic series in profound ways. This comprehensive book of lore features exclusive art and information, exploring every corner of this dark fantasy masterpiece!
Newcomers will appreciate how this volume covers everything they need to know about the world and characters of these smash-hit games! De
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Dark Horse Books (first published April 21st 2015)
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Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
My objective mind says 3 stars and my inner Elf Boy Slut says 5 stars for the Zevran and Fenris concept art. Sorry everyone but I can't help who I am. ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
At first glance it seems there's a lot to like here. Layout's the same as last year's book; artwork features those frescoes we've come to know and love. Scenic paintings are lush and vivid; some we've seen already, but still nice to look at and adds atmosphere to the text. You even get a two-page mural of all the personages that helped shaped the Dragon Age, with a listing to help identify who's who, because honestly- some of these folks are unrecognizable. Could've done a much better job on tha ...more
Matthew Ciarvella
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Despite my love for in-game lore and the lore of Dragon Age, this book falls into the "so okay it's average" camp. That's not for a lack of trying on the author; the production value on this book is tremendous. The art itself is gorgeous. I spent a long time looking at the two-page spread on the inside cover that has (as far as I can tell) every named NPC from all three games in a group portrait. The rest of the book is lovely as well, with different colors and styles to create the feel of a doc ...more
Jul 10, 2020 added it
I had a lot of fun with this, especially the illustrations. I like how it had quotes and letters like a "real" history book and I especially enjoyed the recipes section. This is a must have for fic writers who are in way too deep, such as yours truly. One thing I didn't see that I was hoping for is info about the Dalish/Elven patheon, even though the Andraste section is pretty extensive and we even learn about the Dwarven Paragons. With everything that happens in DAI involving the Dread Wolf and ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just as in the first, the writers of Dragon Age deliver another amazing volume of the history behind the video game (along with beautiful art). It's hard to believe that DA wasn't originally planned as a book series due to the sheer amount of detail and effort put into the backgrounds and the world itself. It never seems dreary to read, like other similar "world of" books tend to get, instead keeping you involved and interested in the content. Even includes some DA-themed recipes that you can tr ...more
Kirsten Simkiss
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book is so lovely. Seriously, it's so well designed and while it does go back over a lot that you learn in the games, it also gives you minute details you might have missed or that weren't ever mentioned. My only complaint is that it kind of glosses over character choices that might have been made which, while understandable, takes some of the wind out of the sails of the impact you clearly had on the companions and villains. Still, the book is lovely and huge and even has recipes in the ba ...more
so i didn't actually read ALL of this (i will at some point - but mostly i read the historical stuff) and wow WHAT A WORLD. i have so many questions, but mostly i am just. this is such amazing world building and i have said this four times this week but will these guys put on a worldbuilding workshop because god DAMN. ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first volume felt like they simply organized the codex and, don't get me wrong, it was nice. I like when knowledge is neat and easy to access. But it still felt like a cheap way to capitalize on the games' success. It came short, especially when compared to other extended universe books. The World of Thedas, vol.2 is the exact opposite of its big brother.

Bringing more lore to the table, this volume also takes its art a lot more seriously, and it's nice to see the artists finally getting the
Jack Rogers
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The 2nd volume of The World of Thedas compendium series offers an even more in depth look at the game's setting when compared to the first entry. Whereas the first entry in the collection covered the timeline of the continent and broke down all the concepts that formed it's core foundations; the 2nd volume put's the focus more so on the people and stories that inhabit the regions and how they tie into the main game entries in the franchise.

Broken down into several parts; Volume 2 covers Legends
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is just as informative as volume one and a lot more fun. Written as though it were a scholarly text within the game world, it covers characters and events from all three games and their associated expansions as well as all novels and graphic novels (with the possible exception of the Orson Scott Card story, which I haven't read and thus can't definitively rule out its mention, but I seemed to recognise everything) elaborating on some material that was vague in the games/stories (in a w ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was compiled at the same time its authors and artists were working on "DA: Inquisition". And that probably explains its mediocre quality - I guess, it was compiled in a hurry. It adds little new information to the lore you find out in the games or the novels/comic books. Also, there is barely any proper illustration in the book. The compilers just heavily recycled the concept sketches and tarot cards from the game and even went as far as including poorly masked photobashes. It's a sham ...more
Molly Barnes
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the DA games and this book adds so much lore and explanation to the world of Thedas. Games with highly detailed descriptions and accounts of the legends/lores/cultures/religions/societies/etc are my favorite and they get me hooked. I read Vol. 2 before Vol. 1 because I couldn’t find Vol. 1 for a decent price until recently, but I won’t be receiving it until October. I can’t wait to read Vol. 1 and see what other lore is included.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have absolutely loved this book if it had every chapter of Hard in Hightown. I want to see how good an author Varris Tethras really is! Because this book wanted to avoid giving away major character choices, it wound up undercutting the character sections a great deal.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great in most aspects, but a big portion of it is dedicated to introducing Dragon Age's cast of thousands and... well, having played through these games multiple times, that part was kind of boring. I liked everything else, though. ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent continuation of the worldbuilding that took place in the first volume. The highlight was the Chant of Light that was contained in the middle! All of the artwork was gorgeous. Bioware, make more Dragon Age so I can buy another volume!
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't usually read reference books to fantasy worlds, but I'm obsessed with Dragon Age. I had to squeeze every last drop of lore from this book. I was mostly interested in the sections about the Chant of Light and the companions from previous games. The artwork is also very nice. ...more
Loraine Adams
The story is powerful, I like how it was presented. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on NovelStar, just submit your story to or
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. A wonderful, informative companion to an incredible video game series.
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
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dragon-age
justice for zevran barely even having a section. also justice for fenris in general i love him
All in all a book filled with many interesting things to read. Some more important than others but oh well. Not a huge fan of the constantly-shitting-on-dalish-beliefs train tho
Chase Bouzigard
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome and staggeringly comprehensive. From Origen to Inqusiton nothing is left out
Dawn W
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent companion to the Dragon Age series of games.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
World of Thedas V2 is a great sequel to the first volume with more information on characters and the world in which the game comes alive.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This volume has a lot more to it than the first including recipes and children's stories. I like this one for the background on the various companions in each of the games. ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was much better than volume 1. Yes, there was a decent amount of overlap between information found in game and information in this book, but every section contained new and interesting tidbits about the universe. A couple of times I gasped.

It's not essential reading for an avid Dragon Age fan like the novels are, but there's knowledge in here you can't get from anywhere else and it's just a beautiful book in general.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
big thanks to my friend daf for gifting me this book. it was rather hard for me to read though (russian language is getting hard and slowly erases itself from my memory with the lack of practice) but the art and the lore are quite intertaining. i also really like the red ribbon bookmark they added, this heavy boy really needs one. anyway, an enjoyable read for a fan!
Krista D.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful lore book for Dragon Age fans waiting for DA4: wolf hunt.
Laura Birks
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, video-games
As with the first volume, this is a wonderful exploration of the world of the Dragon Age games. It captures the setting of the games with some beautiful illustrations and some fascinating snippets of information on the history of the Chantry, the lore of various races and the backgrounds of some of the characters. The collection of short stories for children was particularly delightful and I wouldn't mind trying out some of the recipes in the culinary section.

That said, while there was a lot of
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I mean... I didn't read all of it... I'm not that interested in the Chant of Light and all that. I read about Andraste though and I guess it was interesting but really it made me understand what the hell they're on about in the games. I read all about the different types of character because I wanted to know that more.
Mostly though I read about the Hero of Ferelden and the companions, and the Inquisitor and the companions. Note that I missed out the Champion of Kirkwall because I've never seen a
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