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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:

The Stolen Throne | The Masked Empire.

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1. Piper Wright – Fallout 4

Piper is a News Journalist located in Diamond City in the Commonwealth. She runs Publick Occurences with her younger sister Nat, and is shunned by many in the city. I really enjoy the chemistry between her and my character, and i always find myself going back to Diamond City to find her and bring her along on my journey.
She also gives the player the perk Gift of Gab when you’re at the maximum relationship level with her. This perk allows you to earn double the amount of experience points when persuading people or discovering new places.

2. Dorian Pavus – Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dorian is a Tevinter mage and will give approval to the Inquisitor when they flirt with them regardless of gender. He is only romantically interested in males though, which kind of broke my heart because he’s such a witty and caring character. The group dynamic in the game just isn’t the same without him, but at least he is a great friend too even if I was not able to romance him.

3. Rex – Fallout: New Vegas

Part German Shepherd, Rex is a cyberhound Mk III law enforcement officer support model that has been around since pre-War times. He was born as a regular dog in 2072 and served in the Denver City Police Department. Sometime before the war, he was cybernetically enhanced and turned into a cyberdog – serial no. B955883, although the circumstances of his cybernetic alterations remain unknown. He survived the destruction of Denver and the harsh wastelands, at one point even fighting as part of Caesar’s Legion[1]. He later reached Freeside, where he came under the ownership of The King, who loves him dearly. Rex does not like rats, or hats, according to The King. The King says his dislike of hats may come from the fact that hat rhymes with rat.

4. Aranea Ienith – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Aranea Ienith is a Dunmer priestess of Azura, who protects the Shrine of Azura outside of Winterhold. She wears blue mage robes and boots. Opening the Daedric quest, “The Black Star,” Aranea becomes a possible follower if the Azura’s Star artifact is selected over the Black Star. As a follower, she typically wields magic and prefers her own robes over items placed in her inventory. Unable to be married, Aranea can be inducted into the Blades.

5. Zevran Arainai – Dragon Age: Origins

Zevran is an assassin hired by Teyrn Loghain and is told to kill your character in the game. He sets up a trap to lure you in but you have the opportunity to kill him if you win. I did that the first time i played the game, and when i read the wiki i realized i had missed out on a good companion. Zevran is not afraid of saying what he thinks and he is rather open about his background. I can’t really put my finger on what it is about him, but i can’t ever do a playthrough of the game without having him in my party.

If you play any games like these, who would be your favorite companions to bring along with you on your journey? 

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The masked empire is another novel set in the Dragon Age universe, much like The stolen throne. The novel was written by Patrick Weekes and released in 2014. As i have mentioned many times before, the Dragon Age games are some of my absolute favorites, and being able to read books that contains more backstory, more lore and interesting facts about the world is just amazing. Some people might find it weird for someone to love an imaginary world so much but each to their own.

The masked empire is about Empress Celene, a character you interact with in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and the Orlesian civil war.

Empress Celene of Orlais rose to the throne of the most powerful nation in Thedas through wisdom, wit, and ruthless manipulation. Now, the empire she has guided into an age of enlightenment is threatened from within by imminent war between the templars and the mages, even as rebellion stirs among the downtrodden elves. To save Orlais, Celene must keep her hold on the throne by any means necessary.
Fighting with the legendary skill of the Orlesian Chevaliers, Grand Duke Gaspard has won countless battles for the empire and the empress. But has he fought in vain? As the Circle fails and chaos looms, Gaspard begins to doubt that Celene’s diplomatic approach to the mage problem or the elven uprisings will keep the empire safe. Perhaps it is time for a new leader, one who lives by the tenets of the Chevalier’s Code, to make Orlais strong again.

Briala has been Celene’s handmaid since the two of them were children, subtly using her position to help improve the lives of elves across Orlais. She is Celene’s confidante, spymaster, and lover, but when politics force the empress to choose between the rights of Briala’s people and the Orlesian throne, Briala must in turn decide where her true loyalties lie.

Alliances are forged and promises broken as Celene and Gaspard battle for the throne of Orlais. But in the end, the elves who hide in the forests or starve in the alienages may decide the fate of the masked empire.

I find wars to be very fascinating, both fictional and real. Not in a ‘oh good it’s a war’ kind of way, but everything else about it. I would recommend the book for anyone who has any interest in the Dragon Age universe, it’s a great read.