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A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.

©2011 Electronic Arts, Inc. (P)2016 Tantor

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Great story brought down by the narrator

I really enjoyed the previous narrator of the first two books. Sad he didn't return for this one.

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Stephen Hoye!?!?!

what In the world did you guys do with Stephen hoye?? that man was your ace in the hole for the dragon age series and you bring in a droll nasally sounding Gildart??

Mr. Hoye captured my heart and left me hanging on to every word in the stolen throne and the calling.

I don't know what's going on audible with your performers in these books but the quality of readers is severely lacking. luckily for you guys this is a book I've been wanting to listen to for ages so I'm going to fight through the hell that Mr. Jackson puts everyone through in his books during his destruction of exciting literature.

now that I've listened to it I'll say that the story was great. still narration left much to be desired.

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Excellent Story about the struggles Mages face

What made the experience of listening to Dragon Age: Asunder the most enjoyable?

The experience is where this story fits in with the rest of the Dragon Age series (game/book). This is the first chance we get to see Orlais and what it has to offer Thedas.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon Age: Asunder?

THE most memorable moment is when Rhys has his squabble with the Lord Seeker in the catacombs and finally realizes that Cole's existence is in fact a Spirit. I wanted so bad for the mystery of Cole to be some new type of magic or item and was excited to finally find out his fate in all of this.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

It took a while to get used to Gildart Jacksons voice and tones over Stephen Hoye who voiced the first two books. I still couldn't get over the way Gildart pronounces 'mana'. It just comes off strange to me. Other than that I think Gildart did an excellent job distinguishing key characters and played there roles well. Was certainly delightful to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Conclave political battle between the mages was particularly moving. A lot of very difficult decisions were made there and the way it worked it's way out was incredible.

Any additional comments?

Excellent Story. I feel as though they could have elaborated just a little more on the epilogue. it would have been nice to know more about what happens to the Circle after the Conclave.

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Please Read before you Play Inquisition

This is a incredible book that shine so much light on the Mage Rebellion & the characters involved. After reading this I can now safety say that I have a new found fondness for several characters found both within Dragon Age: Inquisition & Origins. Please do yourself a favor & read this book.

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Great bridge between the games

Great way to bridge the gap between dragon age 2 and dragon age inquisition nice back story to Cole one of the coolest characters in the franchise

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Great back story for Cole!

Having played through the game several times I feel very close to these characters so it was great to get a back story for Cole!

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I'm hooked

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and performance. The writer is getting better with each book, and the narrator added pitches and even accents to each character to separate them. 10/10!

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Interesting story and a must for Inquisition fans

A great story about oppression and rebellion involving a well rounded cast of deep characters, both original to the novel and from the Dragon Age games. The story takes a bit longer than the previous entries to really get rolling but it is well worth it. Some very thought provoking revelations that gives fans of the game a lot to chew on, and are well expanded upon in the book itself that newcomers can appreciate the depth of the issues brought up. Fans of Inquisition and the previous installments alike will find much to learn and enjoy in this novel. Highly recommended!

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A Story of Dehumanization

I came into the Dragon Age series with DA2, and was generally lost as to what was going on. I then played Inquisition, and was blown away by the quality of it's story, gameplay, soundtrack, and graphics. There was, however, one character who I easily found the most compelling, and that was Cole. Having read online that Asunder was the novel which canonically introduced Cole, I began listening to it on my morning walks to work. Suddenly, all of the ethical controversies and dilemmas discussed in DA2 were put into context. And I was horrified. I was horrified by the sanctioned, systemic cruelty depicted in the story against those born with magic, and particularly vulnerable to demonic predators. I was more horrified by the neutral position on this cruelty from the story's supposed heroes, and their condemnation of any characters willing to actively oppose that cruelty. The fascinating thing about this premise is that it engages readers and players with a wide span of real world views. Interpretations of the symbolism vary, and reactions are intensely polarized. Those who read the story through to its end will know that Cole was the most obviously dehumanized character, but he was far from alone.

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  • Alissa
  • PENDLETON, KY, United States
  • 12-03-17

I am a Lore Junkie Now

Dragon Age games are my favorite of all time. Now, I am an addict of the lore. So well written and performed. This was recommended to me, and now I will continue the series.