Xboxaddict.com Article


Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Novel

by Adam Dileva


If you've played Dragon Age: Origins before you will instantly recognize how much effort and talent has gone into the writing aspect into the game world and dialogue which is what made it so engrossing on top of the superb gameplay. Depending on how far into the game you got you will realize how much history and has gone into making the nation of Ferelden a very in depth and robust one fully lush with a completely engrossing back story .


Here we have a hefty 400 page novel scripted by David Gaider himself who was the lead writer for the game itself and offers a greatly detailed prequel to the events that happened in Origins with new and familiar faces.


book cover


The title of the book is The Stolen Throne and from the first sentence on the first page you are thrust into the story instantly with action happening all around. Moira the Rebel Queen is betrayed and murdered and some how her son Maric somehow survives and escapes capture.


While evading capture, Maric makes it into the woods to hide from being seen. Eventually he stumbles upon a camp he encounters Loghain which is a well known name to anyone that's played the game. Maric is distressed knowing he's about to be found and lies about who he is to get Loghain and his outlaws to help him escape. Maric has no choice but to take their help and they eventually lead him through the dangerous and unknown Korcari Woods.


In these woods is where they meet the secretive Witch of the Wilds (who we come to know as Morigan's mother Flemeth in Origins) who allows them to pass through the woods unharmed but only after she makes Maric keep a promise to her; the secret of which remains unknown.


Eventually Maric and Loghain are found by a long time friend of Maric named Rowan who turns out to be the Arl of Redcliffe's daughter (who subsequently has been ‘promised' to him as a child) and bring him back to the village.


I don't wish to spoil anymore of the story as it's quite a compelling read and quite interesting to see the back story of these characters and how history plays out before Origins begins. It's a fascinating story about Maric's purpose of vengeance and really shows the history of the relationship between him, Rowan, and Loghain.


There is so much information you find out about characters in the novel that simply aren't embellished (or at all) in the game that it really does add to the game itself when you play and understand certain characters history and motivation. A major note for me was learning how Maric and Rowan have their son Cailan (whom you know from playing Origins) and how later on Maric has an illegitimate son with someone else whom is named Alistair. While it won't touch on every main character from the game, if you pay enough attention you will gain small snippets of information of what may have came before them.


The book has much fighting and shows the many struggles of Maric trying to defend himself and the land but the book really excels at the characters and their personal relationship developments. Quite a few times while reading certain parts I could imagine playing this section in the game with the many different dialogue options in front of me. This goes a long way to show how consistent the writing is by the same author and doesn't make it a daunting experience to read like many other game-novels do.


This book single handedly completely changed how I felt towards Loghain while playing the game and on my next play through of Origins I will make completely different choices simply based on this read. If there was this much history of Loghain brought to me in the game I might have not have hated him nearly as much (if at all) and this novel does an excellent job and showing his troubles and motives for his actions that play out in Dragon Age: Origins.


If you enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins for its lore, history, and dialogue then you will want to pick this up just to further enhance your next playthrough in the land of Ferelden and it may even change how you view some characters the next time. It is a great precursor to explain the events before the game and since it's the same writer it's very easy to swallow and has the same writing style as the game which is very easy to swallow and a delight to read between playthroughs.


 




Comments

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 50,265
Forum Posts: 725,924
Xbox One Titles: 3,095
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,086
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 586
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 2,080
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 15,745
Screenshots: 34,457
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

Curse of the Dead Gods Launches Today

Curse of the Dead Gods Launches TodayCurse of the Dead Gods, the indie action roguelite launches today. A divine wealth of temples, traps, enemies, weapons, riches, and the final confrontation with the God of Death himself are all ready for players everywhere to dive in.








See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

2021: XBA is still here
Post by shrew king
1 Replies, 2052 Views

Watch Dogs: Legion
Post by Nato King
0 Replies, 18049 Views

Xbox Series X or S
Post by Nato King
5 Replies, 20994 Views

Spellbreak Grand Magus Pack (3) and Starter Pack (7) Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 16990 Views

I pay $ 1000! I search the Element 54 Canadian launch Team signaturen Faceplate
Post by Smill
0 Replies, 14955 Views

Xbox one no signal
Post by debrartin
0 Replies, 41032 Views

do you remember?
Post by SnoochyBoochy
3 Replies, 42791 Views

i haz xbox
Post by SnoochyBoochy
0 Replies, 37792 Views

Claiming the first thread of 2020
Post by Kraft
7 Replies, 65144 Views

Important! I pay $ 1000! I search the Sweden launch and the Element 54 Faceplate
Post by Smill
3 Replies, 25727 Views

Squad Up
Post by samslophead
0 Replies, 64691 Views

TERA Skinned Xbox One X Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 55189 Views

Starfield Release expectations?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 103732 Views

Issue with Xbox live on Xbox home
Post by rcmpayne
0 Replies, 74150 Views

Happy Birthday, Me.
Post by SnoochyBoochy
4 Replies, 89980 Views

© 2000-2021 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics