No, but only because I would not listen to any audio book more than once.
This book would compare to most other fantasy books. Standard set-up and story. Nothing new to add to the genre but if you are a Dragon Age: Origins fan, then you will like the story.
Very Very British
I thought the woman in this book were not written well. The two main women in the story are set up as strong willed independent women. To have them both cry like children over their love for Maric was out of place and weird. So was I moved? Yes, but moved to feeling bad for the author that he thinks women would act this way.
Overall, I enjoyed the book but I am huge fan of Dragon Age game series. I think it's very sub-par writing and story telling. But meeting Loghain before we know him the game was interesting. It definitely makes me rethink how I feel about him.
Final recommendation: If you are a fan of the game, then you will love. If you are not a fan, then I honestly do not know if you will love it.
Awesome backstory about Logain and his relationship with King Maren! And it really give you a feel for King Maren which you don't get in the game!
Well written action fantasy book especially if you like the game. Adds to the Dragon Age lore by providing history and background on Logan and the kingdom. Not sure I'd recommend it to someone not familiar with the game but a good story overall..
I love a good fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction or thriller novel - but I don't discriminate.
If you're a fan of the Dragon Age games/universe - read this book. The book is a prequel following Maric Theiric (King Cailan's Father) as he fights to restore Ferelden's independence from the invading Orlesian Empire.
My favorite part of this novel was Loghain's backstory, it made me consider replaying the game with some different choices where he is concerned. I also really enjoyed the development of Maric throughout the novel.
I, however, would really recommend this as a stand-alone fantasy novel for anyone unfamiliar with the Dragon Age universe. I found the writing fairly dull. I applause David Gaider for this ability to write and develop interesting, relatable game characters and scenarios. But in between the dialogue and the great character building moments - I felt it was lacking.
This book was narrated by Stephen Hoye. His style of narration felt slow to me, even in the midst of a big action scene he didn't seem to have the urgency I like to see. Thanks to Audible, I was able to play the Audiobook at 1.5x speed, which made it a bit more urgent and exciting. I'll probably continue the series in print.
I loved the plot. I have read a lot of fantasy and they all start melding together but I think I will remember this one for its unique plot.
Since I???m female I usually identify with the female characters of a story. It was natural for me to identify with both of the important women in prince Maric???s life. When he realized the extent of the betrayal of the one that landed him in the arms of the other I found myself understanding both women???s actions. It was an odd moment in the story where I think most would take issue with the plot twist, but I thought it totally believable.
The narrator has not been my favorite but he did a good job. My only complaint is not his fault. He had to read the words given him. I found the editing lacking in the book. This author used the word ???decimated??? many times to describe total destruction of an area by an army. A good Editor should have caught this and fixed it.
Good fantasy puts you in an alternate world that has familiar elements that are twisted for that world???s genre. Many fantasy writers use obscure terms to describe their ???otherworld??? situations. This author did a good job of this but there were a few places where I felt he could have done better.
Fun book with decent action, characters, and plot. It wasn't an epic book by any means but the story wasn't bad. The characters were ok not having near the meat I normally like but they weren't bad. Overall, this book was a good break while I waited for the next book in various other series I follow. It did have some wonderful scenes that made the slow and odd sections well worth it!
This book is great! I'm a huge fan of the Dragon Age games and the books add a lot to the overall story. I wasn't so sure about the narrator at first, but he's really great at bringing the characters to life. (Loghain actually kind of sounds like he does in the games.) This was an entertaining way to keep myself occupied on my long ride to work.
I found it boing and the ready spoke so slow I had to speed the book up to finish the book. Nothing about the dark spawn, nothing about the dragons (thou the characters did see one fly by). It was just all about humans causing war and fighting over a thrown. So if your looking for something to fallow the game and have fantasy and wonder, this book isn't for you.