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11949576.jpgAsunder is the third book set in the Dragon Age universe, following and expanding upon the lore of the video game series. The book is written by David Gaider, lead writer of the video game series. He isn’t the best at writing engaging stories, but I do appreciate being fed more lore about my favorite characters. I would recommend reading this before playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, because you learn about one of your party members in the game, Cole. Cole is also one of my absolute favorite characters because he is really interesting. He’s not a demon, not really a spirit but still he has possessed someone and is trying to help everyone to not feel pain anymore. His actions are both sweet and horrifying, because often the solution is to take their life.

The novel is set three years later than the events in Dragon Age 2, and it is set in the Orlesian Empire. It is however before Varric is questioned by the seeker Cassandra Pentaghast.

 

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.

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The book summary doesn’t reveal much of the plot, but it’s basically a story about Cole killing people, Rhys wanting to protect him. They go on a journey to solve some mystery, Cole follows, things gets resolved and all that. I don’t think you would like the book if you haven’t played the games or read any of the other novels. It’s not the greatest work of fiction but it is an amazing addition to the lore if you’re interested in it. I might just be biased but that is my opinion, you are very welcome to disagree with me. I just feel like Gaider’s novel characters fall a bit flat sometimes, meanwhile in the games they are wonderful and have proper personality to them.

I’ll include a video of one of your possible first encounters with Cole, depending on which route you choose in the game. It gives you more of an idea of what kind of person Cole is.

 

Have you read the book? Or played the games? What did you think of them?

More Dragon Age book reviews:

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Book Recommendation; Cress

Lise —  January 25, 2018 — 2 Comments

13206828Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. We are nearing the end of the saga and it just gets more and more action filled with each book. The first was a bit slow, the second was just right, the third was perfect. The book is mainly centered around a Lunar shell named Cress. She was taken away from her family when she was young and was made to be a computer hacker living in a space pod all by herself. Following Cress’ story we notice some similarities to Rapunzel because her hair has been growing out in the same way. Cinder finds a transmission that was sent to Cress and that’s how their paths cross and she gets tangled up in the mess too.

I really liked this one, most people do just because they like Captain Thorne so much, I’m still a huge fan of Wolf instead. He’s just my kind of person. Jokes aside, it is a great book, a great third installment and I recommend it for anyone who has started the Lunar Chronicles and don’t know if they want to continue it. It gets better!

I’ll include the blurb from it’s page on Goodreads.

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

I don’t really know what else to say about it without spoiling it, honestly. It would be way better for you to actually read it without me ruining the story for you. It’s worth it, definitely. I just wish the series was longer because when I did finish it in July/August I felt devastated for a while that it was over. I’ll probably talk more about that in my post for Winter in the future.

Have you read the Lunar Chronicles? What do you think of it? 

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Book recommendation; Scarlet

Lise —  July 12, 2017 — 6 Comments

Image result for scarlet marissa meyerScarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles, following the previous book I posted about, Cinder. The series is written by Marissa Meyer and I guess it’s technically written for teens, but it is interesting enough to catch the attention of older readers too. It deals with a lot of different mature themes so I didn’t find it to be juvenile at all.

In this novel we are introduced to a young woman named Scarlet, she works as a farmer/delivery girl and she kinda gets into trouble for trying to stand up for Cinder, who we got to know in the previous book. We are also introduced to a fellow named Wolf, and I found out that there is pretty much a whole fandom dedicated to the Scarlet x Wolf pairing, as you can see in the picture featured below, there is quite a few fan drawings of how they think they look, both separate and together. I’m not sure if it reflects how i envisioned them but it’s not bad at all! Anyways, here’s a summary of the novel, it’s more comprehensible than my mindless ramble about these two.

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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If you have read the first book and enjoyed it, or alternatively didn’t enjoy it that much, give Scarlet a go! It has a lot more action and you get to know a lot more about the Lunar people, you experience deceit, death, revenge and love and it’s absolutely wonderful! I’m so glad I was introduced to this series. I only have the last book left now, not sure if I want the series to end so soon!

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Book recommendation; Cinder

Lise —  July 7, 2017 — 4 Comments

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After reading through Michala’s “What I read in June” post, I was intrigued by the description for this book and I went on eBay to purchase it the same night. When the book arrived in my mail box, I started reading it right away, and finished it after a couple of hours. It has definitely been a long while since a book made me want to finish reading it and not finish it at the same time. It is a great story, it’s really interesting, it contains cyborgs, moon people, war and love and I think it’s worth a read. As Michala mentioned, it is written for teenagers but it also has mature themes like death and disease and mutilation so it would cater to a more adult audience too.

Cinder, the main character, is really relatable and I could put myself in her situation at times, when dealing with her legal guardian and others prejudice of her. The characters are brilliantly written and each have enough depth for you to create a bond with them. If you’re into novels like this then you should definitely give it a read! Hopefully you would end up enjoying it just as much as I did! I have just started the second book in the series so I’m hoping it will be just as good as the first, if not even better.

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.

Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.

The night circus was truly a wonderful read! I have always been fascinated by the circus, specifically the type with only human performers (this one has that, save for a few birds and kittens) and I loved every moment of reading this novel. The author is really good at creating an environment and setting the scene and I found myself lost in the story at times because the descriptions were great.

I found the story a bit difficult to follow in the beginning, but that was because I didn’t notice that all of the chapters have different time stamps and locations. But as soon as I realized, I could follow the story properly. You get introduced to a very varied cast and interesting characters and the author focuses just enough on each of them to let you get a feel of how they are.

There are some gruesome events happening in the novel but most of it is implied, like one sentence that gave me chills at the end of one chapter. It went something along the lines of “But she didn’t see the train”. Ending a chapter like that just left me with a terrible feeling in my stomach and I knew something terrible had happened.

I’d recommend this for anyone who loves circuses and somewhat endearing love stories. I would definitely like to re-experience this one, it just resonated really well with me!

Also, the only thing playing in my head while reading this is this song from a Korean group called Sunny Hill.

 

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