This great story is a pre-quel to the dragon age games. Depicting the legendary story of king Maric and how he won fereldens throne back. This is a story that will appeal to a wide range of readers not just fans of the dragon age games.
The Narrator does a wonderful job with bringing the story to life.
I have played the games and seeing what happened before them in this story is captivating.
Yes, I feel like i would pick up on things i missed if listening again.
The portrayal of Katriel was amazing. Gaider really hit it on the nail with that character's story. Not too much background, but you could feel what she went through as the story progresses.
My favorite scene must have been when the Legion of the Dead opens the gates within the Deep Roads leading to Gwaren.
Katriels Death. As my favorite character in the book; and Marics love interest, I did not want to see her die.
As a avid player of the Dragon Age series, this tells an incredible background story that relates to players in the game. If you like the game, you'll love this story.
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.
College student, Mom and Grandma.
It is a book that you have to stay with and you will have to backtrack some. I will read the rest of the series.