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
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The old and strong Kingdom of Ferelden have suffered under the oppression of the Orlesian Empire for almost a century. The relentless conquerors are bent upon destroying the last remnants of resistance and putting the ancient line of Fereldan kin ...more
What would you do?
Well, you don’t know he’s a prince. So you take him home to your father’s camp. A day or so later you find your land surrounded by an army of enemies. It’s obv ...more
I decided on a prequel. We had identified years ago that there was an excellent untold story to be found in the Ferelden rebellion against Orlais.
It’s referred to many times in the course of the game, but there was a lot more that could be said about it. It was a great tale. Check one mistress, right?
This was before Drew had even written his (most excellent) Mass Effect prequel, so we thought we were being all inno ...more
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
- It feels good to fight, to stand up to those Orlesian bastards and tell them NO MORE! Your prince is not here! But when he returns to us, we shall hand him his stolen throne! Here at the River Dane is where the Dragon Age begins, my friends! TODAY THEY WILL HEAR US ROAR!
Stolen Throne kicks off from the very beginning giving us a good amount of action. The Rebel Queen Moira has just been set up and murdered, and Prince Maric is on the run for his own li ...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
And I do get pleasantly surprised every once in a while. I just finished reading Dragon Age: The Sto ...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
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
There was a lot lacking in this book, starting with character and relationship development. I laughed when ...more
"A dragon had taken to the air... From a distance it seemed almost small, gliding slowly in the air with the snowcapped mountain range behind it... The Chantry had taken it as an omen. The Divine in Val Royeaux had declared the next age was to be called the Dragon Age."
Buddy read with Layla at Buddies Books and Baubles!
First thing first: this was so much better than I expect it to be. In fact, it was great. And not just as a book that is based on a video game. It was a really good fantasy book. ...more
It is so hard to find good fantasy. So many stories are chock full of stereotypes and so quickly forgotten. Although I like the genre, I tend to approach it with caution because when it's good it's great but when it's bad it runs the gamut from mediocre regurgitation to some of the silliest nonsense you'll ever see. Thank goodness for David Gaider.
The author has excellent story credits behind him, so you would expect him to produce a tale of quality, and for my money he didn't let me down. I wil ...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!
(And Mari ...more
I cannot with this book. I'm sobbing. SOBBING.
I'm not stupid, I knew this book was going to be tragic, because as a prequel to a game I must have played at least half a dozen times, I knew the events that happen in this book, and more.
But still, the intricate details of how Maric, Rowan and Loghain got the stolen throne back is... tragic as fuck (and if anything, it would made me hate Loghain more than I did).
Excellent EXCELLENT book. Recommend, but also recommend you play Dragon Age ...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
Never heard of Dragon Age? No interest? Haven't played a game since Atari? ...more
My main motivation for picking up The Stolen Throne *was* for the lore, as well as the backstory for characters and events. When you’re looking at a setting th ...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
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
Sure, some times it was slow and a bit repetetive (I probably wrote that wrong) but all in all, a good story. Enjoyable.