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 in fear; his commanders consider him untested; and his only allies are Loghain, a brash young outlaw who saved his life, and Rowan, the beautiful warrior maiden promised to him since birth.
Surrounded by spies and traitors, Maric must find a way to not only survive but achieve his ultimate destiny: Ferelden’s freedom and the return of his line to the stolen throne.
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This is an excellent read even if you have not played the game at all. I was losing sleep because I had to figure out what would happen next. If you enjoy dark fantasy novels this is the one.The narrator was just perfect and the audio quality is fantastic. Thanks audible for a great 13 hours.
I liked this one most of the two books, mostly because the character development in this one is much better, although still a bit simplistic and often times uninteresting. The main character is really quite predictable until events unfold that change him. There is a lot of good action scenes and some interesting turns--albeit the plot is somewhat predictable in some parts--but for the most part was still interesting. Some of the phrases used to describe things are overused a lot and get rather annoying. The narrator was good and did a fine job of putting emphasis on high 'energy' situations and acted the parts very well.
This book is wonderful you are immediately captivated by the story. Stephen Hoye's voice is exactly what I hoped for he paints the picture of this story beautifully. I wasn't able to stop listening. This reminds me of people sitting around the radio before the days of television. Just Fantastic!!!
Big Fan of Bioware games. Was expecting a time waster novel for a long drive I had, that would give some background on the Dragon Age game which I love. To my surprise it exceeded my expectations and then some. Kept me engaged from start to finish. Very good character developement, engaging albeit predictatble plot, and excellent naration. Probably not for anyone who has no interest in the game, but if you have played or are planning to highly recomend using a point for this excellent fast paced listen.
The novel is essential reading for those who have played Dragon Age and want to know more about origins briefly mentioned in the game especially Loghain.
Having played Dragon Age: Origins before listening to the audiobook I was looking for information not contained with the game. The audiobook supplied that information and more. Whilst listening to the audiobook I would get flashes of gameplay which the audiobook referenced especially the trek within the Deep Roads.
A great book and I'm looking forward to the second audiobook.
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.
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