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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Gaider Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dragon Age Series Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781400186204
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After two hundred years of exile, King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to finally return to Ferelden. When they come, however, they bring dire news: one of their own has escaped into the Deep Roads and aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn. The Grey Wardens need Maric's help, and he reluctantly agrees to lead them into the passages he traveled through many years before, chasing after a deadly secret that will threaten to destroy not only the Grey Wardens but also the kingdom above. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/15/2014

    " A fun fantasy read, really only worthwhile if you are a fan of the videogame franchise as it fills in some of the history leading up the RPG's storyline "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 2/15/2014

    " Nice supplement to the game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Swaim | 2/13/2014

    " It's very slow starting out, but it really picks up somewhere just after the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/5/2014

    " This book is an excellent follow up to The Stolen Throne and again follows King Maric's exploits as he joins a group of grey wardens as they delve into the deep roads in an effort to prevent a blight from happening. Taking place fourteen years after Maric's reclaiming of the throne he has matured significantly and has been unhappy with the path his life has taken in recent years. A younger Duncan is also present in this book which gives greater insight into how he became the skilled grey warden he is in DA:Origins. Overall a great read which had me so glued to it that I often read five chapters at a time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gene | 1/31/2014

    " Started out very slow, and picked up speed in the middle. I was fully prepared to give it three stars but the last couple chapters really ramped it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Huang | 1/28/2014

    " I really this book because it taught me a lot. This is the story that take place before the game, Dragon Age: Origins. When I play this game, I don't have to be confuse because when you play the game it doesn't tell much about the pre story so this really help me out. The book start out with the country of Ferelden occupied by the neighbouring Orlesian Empire. Queen Moira, who sought to expel the Orlesians has been killed by traitors, but her son Maric has escaped. While attempting to flee the assassins who killed his mother Maric encounters Loghain, who is part a band of Fereldan outlaws. Having no real alternatives, Maric joins up with them. However Maric is not able to stay at the outlaw camp long, as a force looking for Maric attacks. Yet, Loghain is able to lead Maric to safety by taking him to the Korcari Wilds, a region avoided by most due to its danger. Here they meet the mysterious Witch of the Wilds, who enables them to pass through the Wilds safely. She provides this help on the condition that Maric makes her a promise. What this promise is is unknown. Then he escape to the west and fell in love with Katriel. But there was a war that lead to a lot of bloodshed but then later on Katriel betray Marci and Marci have no chocie but to kill her because Loghain told Maric about the betray and Maric got hurt which lead to her death and Rowan marriage with Maric. After this Rowan have die because of disease and Loghain was a popular king. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/26/2014

    " Assumes you've read The Stolen Throne. Also assumes you then go on to play the video game. So just jumping in to read this book without having read the first book is a mistake, because it is a direct sequel and you will not understand how the characters have developed. But not continuing on to play the game leaves some loose ends that don't get tied up, because it is a direct prequel as well. I didn't like it as much, but I didn't dislike it either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Hernandez | 1/22/2014

    " The book was pretty good all except the ending... I felt a lot of the characters started to fall apart and started doing things that were out of charterers... it just wasn't believable to me what they were doing. Other then that little snag its actually a pretty good book, but I have to give it 3 stars just because it seemed so rush to end and they bent the characters around to much at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Badertscher | 1/17/2014

    " Outstanding for a video game license book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Butcher | 1/7/2014

    " Not quite as exciting as the Stolen trhone but would recommend nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/2/2014

    " I enjoyed the adventure this book brought me on. I felt very connected to the characters despite them not being that well writen and developed. This was a very easy and fun read but nothing spectacular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 your favourite half-light | 1/2/2014

    " Far darker than its predecessor. Slow at first, excellent second half. I'm curious to see where they take this turn of events, in the games or further novelisations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andre | 12/30/2013

    " A story about a video game. I liked the writing in the game but found the novel to be a drab take on the stereotypical fantasy story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dragos C. | 12/28/2013

    " It's not Hugo material, but if you're into Dragon age, read it. It provides treasure troves of backstory and lore. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Khalid | 11/28/2013

    " Couldn't get deeper into this book as i listened to it in audio-book form and the narrators voice acting was annoying, to say the least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward McSwain III | 11/10/2013

    " More Dragon Age backstory. Must read for any Dragon Age fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Morrey | 10/28/2013

    " Pretty good book if you like the Dragon Age lore.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 7/14/2013

    " Loved getting behind the game. However, quite a few errors that should have been spotted and corrected in the editing process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celine | 6/7/2013

    " I'm reminded of a different review in which we are told of battles and conflict, rather than shown the conflict. Gaider repeats his mistakes here, and I can sense another book where I may enjoy some of it and then eventually just want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian James | 2/28/2013

    " a good video game book. i am looking forward to more from this world "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/15/2013

    " While I wouldn't have bothered reading the book if I hadn't already been a fan of the Dragon Age: Origins RPG, it ended up being a solid read, and a welcome return to the DA:O universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Trainor | 12/5/2012

    " If you like Dragon Age: Origins, this is a fantastic prequel to the game. I really enjoy the background that it adds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 9/29/2012

    " for a video game tie-in book it's not terrible...i'm way into the lore of the game so there you go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 your favourite half-light | 8/28/2012

    " Excellent insight into established characters, but an unfortunately rushed ending that left me a bit disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ren | 7/26/2012

    " To those DAO enthusiasts with an attachment to the world and its characters, this is the story to read. Very expansive and lore filled, which gave me a better understanding about its story behind the game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Siregar | 12/13/2011

    " Good pulp novel for a video game tie in, better for learning more world lore. Just to tie in to the RPG stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 11/15/2011

    " A book that reads like an utterly average mission, no more no less. Some nice back story about some of the peripheral DA:O characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 6/11/2011

    " Perhaps my obsession with the games has gone too far if I'm actually reading the tie-in novels, but I am and I liked this one. I wanted more backstory and detail about the world and I got it. Although I'm kind of like "Really? :/" about the reveal at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rey | 5/21/2011

    " Lots of great background on characters I've always found interesting, such as the Architect and Alistair's parents as well as Duncan. Very good read and looking forward to Wynne's story in the next novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 5/4/2011

    " a good video game book. i am looking forward to more from this world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 4/11/2011

    " Outstanding for a video game license book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 4/11/2011

    " Well-written rousing tale; quite good for a video game license. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Draken | 4/7/2011

    " Dragon-age...dragon-age.....the beginning...the rise of Maric...and the liberation of Ferelden.One of the best stories ever: friendship, love, betrayal and memorable battles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 3/29/2011

    " An enlightening look at the Ferelden world prior to the games. Very much enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 3/17/2011

    " While I wouldn't have bothered reading the book if I hadn't already been a fan of the Dragon Age: Origins RPG, it ended up being a solid read, and a welcome return to the DA:O universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oliver | 3/2/2011

    " Enjoyed it so much that I ordered the next book right away. I do hope he continues this epic Saga, very entertaining even if you don't play the video game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/16/2011

    " I liked this story. It certainly adds a lot to Duncans character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/9/2011

    " I really liked this book. It was a great story and a great compliment to the games. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 2/2/2011

    " i thought it was the greatest story i have ever read! Great job David Gaider, Keep up the good work and loved the video game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor | 11/22/2010

    " fairly entertaining read. A little TOO predicable in parts, but overall, I found it enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/23/2010

    " good intro into the first game; i'd make sure to read the Stolen thrown first though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 4/7/2010

    " Not bad. Better than the first one (less rushed!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 4/6/2010

    " It's very slow starting out, but it really picks up somewhere just after the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrice | 3/16/2010

    " Duncan was very interesting and amusing in his youth. This also changes my perspective on the story of the games that come after it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jhohanna | 2/13/2010

    " This was definitely a much stronger book than the first one, and I really loved this one. It was very much in line with what I expected, where the first one fell awful flat. "

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About the Author
Author David Gaider

David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked for video game developer BioWare since 1999. He is the lead writer on the Dragon Age: Origins role-playing game and has previously worked on such titles as Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.