Asunder

Asunder Return to the dark fantasy world created for the award winning triple platinum game Dragon Age Origins in this third tie in novel A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire the heart of

  • Title: Asunder
  • Author: David Gaider
  • ISBN: 9780765331175
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Return to the dark fantasy world created for the award winning, triple platinum game, Dragon Age Origins in this third tie in novel 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 thReturn to the dark fantasy world created for the award winning, triple platinum game, Dragon Age Origins in this third tie in novel 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 than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.

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    1. How do you stop a murderer who is invisible and doesn’t, technically speaking, even exist?Not easily that’s for sure. Only one man can actually see him and he dare not give his perceptions voice because everybody will think he is utterly insane. Even a mention of the murderer’s name is forgotten by the hearer as some dark magic lingers over his words. Rhys knows he is not mad, but he can’t even communicate these ideas to anyone so he is forced to remain silent. “And worse, there was th [...]

    2. As a reasonably big fan of the Dragon Age series, I thought it might be prudent to read Asunder, which takes place not long after the second game, and offers some insight into what might be happening in the third game.While I have a lot of respect for what goes into the making of video game worlds, and I think Thedas is actually a really fantastic place with a great and well-written culture and history, I think Gaider should avoid writing novels at all costs.The book had some interesting insight [...]

    3. This is the first, and will probably be the only, Dragon Age tie-in novel I have read. I thought I'd give it a go because a) Gaider is an exceptionally good writer of characters (for those readers who don't play story-based video games, yes video games have characters, and plots, and stuff. And they have around 60 hours of screentime to play with to do it); and b) rumour was it had important background info to bridge the gap between Dragon Age 2 and 3.Both were valid enough. The characters are s [...]

    4. Final rating: 5/5 starsDragon Age is the series of well done high fantasy games. Every game is so well done that you have a feeling you are reading a book instead of playing it. This book is a prequel for Dragon Age III: Inquisition. I believe people who never heard of these games would be a bit confused as to what is happening and who the characters are, because you do see most of them through the games. Wynne from the first game, your companion and a mage. Shale, a stone golem, also one of you [...]

    5. I loved it. I just loved it. I loved most of the characters and even wanted to shake them by their shoulders sometimes for being SO stupid. And at other times, I wanted to hug- nay, KISS- them. (view spoiler)[ Gaider deliberately put Wynne in it to pull at your heartstrings. He can be so heartless sometimes, killing his darlings like that. But I LOVE that.(hide spoiler)] I love the dark fantasy world he created. I love how REAL the characters are, how believable their actions and mistakes are. H [...]

    6. I don't remember purchasing Asunder, so it is a good thing that I stumbled upon it in my pile of unread books, just when I was thinking of getting a copy. You see, the video game Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming out later in 2014, and as one of the few people who enjoyed both the games that came before it, Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2, equally, I wanted some Dragon Age meat to sink my teeth into while waiting for that game. Okay, that sounds obscene, but I am an impatient person.As this [...]

    7. It's funny how a simple change of perspective can alter your entire impression of a book. I went in on this novel preparing for the worst, having read reviews both here and elsewhere that made "Asunder" out to be lacking. And was it really? As a standalone novel: yes. The story expands upon the events taking place between the second and third instalments of the Dragon Age games, specifically the political upheaval for the civil war that sets the stage for Dragon Age: Inquisition. And for the uni [...]

    8. Being a huge fan of the Dragon Age series of games and books, I had high hopes for Asunder, and Mr. Gaider delivered.Although I enjoyed the first two books Mr. Gaider wrote (The Stolen Throne and The Calling), my interest was mostly due to the history and lore of Ferelden and the Grey Wardens imparted by the story. The characters and stories themselves were all right, but not the main draw. With Asunder, that changed. I found the lore intriguing, but the real plus to this story is the characters [...]

    9. I really enjoyed this book (finished it in one go!), mainly because it dealt much more with the mage crisis that was touched upon in Dragon Age 2. I found the different sides of the story fascinating in the game, and the fact that the book carried on the debate in much more detail was brilliant (I especially liked the mages' final decision to fight, rather than throw themselves at the mercy of the Chantry). That we got to see some familiar faces and the exploration and eventual conclusion to Wyn [...]

    10. This is probably the best of the Dragon Age tie-in novels; paradoxically(?), it's also arguably the least accessible to someone who hasn't played the games. It takes place a few years after the events of Dragon Age 2 and deals, in part, with repercussions of the events in Kirkwall. If you've played the games, you'll be happy to spend time with familiar faces and to see what I can only assume is the groundwork being laid for Dragon Age 3. If you haven't played the games, you won't have the contex [...]

    11. So far the best of the tie-in books. It gives so much color to Inquisition, where we're otherwise left mostly in the dark about just how the war between mages and Templars came about (other than Boom!Kirkwall started it all). And I loved the characters -- Evangeline and Rhys are both rational people in the middle of chaos, and Cole is pure bananas. Honestly, he's got a pretty dark past and in-game Cole reads a bit *softer* to me. More cutesy crazy than kill 'em in the dark. I wish Evangeline and [...]

    12. One of the most intriguing struggles depicted in the Dragon Age universe is between the Circle of Magi and the Templar Order. The basic premise is that mages are kept locked up in the setting, forbidden from using their talents save under the careful supervision of the anti-magic trained knights of the Chantry (Thedas' equivalent of the Catholic Church). The mages, naturally, resent this treatment as they can't help how they were born. What saves this from being a clear-cut metaphor for oppressi [...]

    13. If you're still clinging to the hope that your Warden and Darkspawn will show up in Dragon Age: Inquisition, this book should remove that silly hope. Darkspawn did make a brief appearance (though sadly, no random ogres) and the Hero of Ferelden is mentioned a few times, but otherwise, Asunder firmly establishes the Mage/Templar War as the new focus of this age.Taking place a year after Anders blew up the Kirkwall Chantry, things are not particularly good for mages. Not that they were good before [...]

    14. It is hard to know how to rate this. I think it is tighter and smoother than the previous game novels, The Stolen Throne and The Calling, but for me it felt like there was less heart. Loghain and Maric had more sparkle and more tension than any character combination here. However, it is still a readable and entertaining tale, if you are a fan of the setting. Cole is an interesting character and his story is heartbreaking. There is some development of lore that a DA geek would appreciate, such as [...]

    15. Some books that are based on games are really crappy, this is not one of them. It is well written and the characters have depth. The whole 'verse that is Dragon Age is pretty awesome, and being a lover of the game I was very worried that this book would not live up to my expectations. I can't believe I waited so long to read this. It gave me feels. Like picking up heavy metal chairs and throwing them kind of feels. So many feels. It was frustrating but beyond worth it. It was so easy to get lost [...]

    16. This was an OK read. The story takes place right after the mage rebellion in Kirkwall, but is set in Val Royeaux (Orlais). It's definitely no big work of literature, although it had some interesting plot points (the reversion of Tranquility, some new lore about demons and spirits, Wynne's past, etc.). Unfortunately, the main characters lack any serious characterization and reminded me of characters I met in DA:O and DA:II.

    17. I always imagine these type of stories to be like coloring books for an author. They've got this very established world to work in with certain larger events going on in it, and their job is just to tell this very specific story with specific people in a specific place (was I too specific there). So they have to stay within the lines as they write. The result is a pretty nice picture but one that is kind of unsatisfying. At least it was well told.

    18. Maybe I'd have liked this more if I'd read it before playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, but as it was, I was mostly bored. The best part of the book is Shale, other than that I mostly learned to dislike Cole in a completely new way.

    19. ‘Dragon Age: Asunder’ by Bioware’s lead writer, David Gaider, is third in a series of fiction set in the same world as the ‘Dragon Age’ video games. Set a year after the conclusion of ‘Dragon Age II’, ‘Asunder’ explores the repercussions of the cataclysmic end to that game. Instead of Kirkwall, however, the setting is Val Royeaux, home of the Chantry and the Divine and the White Spire, which houses the Orlesian Circle of Magi. For the uninitiated, mages in Thedas are collected [...]

    20. David Gaider is the lead writer for the fantasy game franchise, Dragon Age. Up until Asunder I had been unaware that there were any books published for the game series, but as I understand it, none of the other novels were as directly important to the main storyline as this one. Not only does it feature several characters from the first game, Dragon Age: Origins, it sets up the events of the latest installment in the franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition.Since Asunder was written by Gaider, the nov [...]

    21. Let me begin with a statement that has no context, and likely no meaning to someone who hasn't either read the books or played the game: "Lambert van Reeves is a bag full of dicks."That having been said, I have mixed feelings about "Asunder," but those mixed feelings are themselves a product of the depth into which the story pulls you in. I'm always waffling on how to best to rate a book that annoys me not because it is badly written, but rather because the characters in it and their boneheaded [...]

    22. It feels like the writers were told "write a book that links with the game" and the writers were like "that's great, there's so much stuff I wanted in the game but couldn't include" and they created these amazing fleshed out plots with incredible, unique characters, but then whoever was in charge was like "but you have to do it in less than 400 pages"This is because in all three of the books I've read (all just over 400 pages) have been amazing but then suddenly you're 50 pages from the end and [...]

    23. Me, playing DA:Inquisition: I wonder where [Insert character(s) from past games] areDavid Gaider: Oh, I killed them. Lol.And everything hurts, The End. (NO, I DID NOT KNOW *sobs*)(view spoiler)[[Edit] I started rambling about the whole Mage/Templar conflict, got angry at Cullen -- as I often do -- even though he's not in this book (I segway-ed hard on this one) and gushed about Cole my precious son. But it got too long and incoherent so long story short:I loved this book. Loved how Gaider manage [...]

    24. If you're thinking about playing Dragon Age 3, you should probably read this book. Actually, you should play Dragon Age 2 first. Then read this book.In fact, if you haven't played Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Awakening, and Dragon Age 2 then you really need to stop what you're doing and go play them. Yes. Now. I'll wait. Of course I'm serious. You'll enjoy the books ever so much more if you've played the games. And the games are practically in a class of their own. Try 'em.

    25. If you're a fan of the Dragon Age game franchise and want more story of the world of Thedas, by all means give it a look. It doesn't really matter if you've read The Stolen Throne and/or The Calling, Gaider's other DA books, to read this one, as those take place before Dragon Age: Origins and this one takes place after Dragon Age 2. In spite of that, playing Dragon Age Origins, it's expansion Awakenings, and Dragon Age 2 will give you a lot better background to understand the world in which Asun [...]

    26. I re-read this book because I was in the middle of writing a Cole-centric fanfic and wanted to make sure I was getting everything right. I loved seeing more of Cole, and getting to see Wynne and Shale again. This is probably my favorite of the Dragon Age novels I've read. It doesn't have that heavy "awkward dnd campaign" feel to it like the first two novels have. Still haven't finished the Masked Empire, yet, though, so we'll see. n_n

    27. Okay, okay, I know that this is a novel based on a video game, but damn was it good! I love the character development, (which the games are also well known for) and the pacing was amazing! It was a four hundred page book that felt like a whirlwind! I thought I was done with the whole Mage versus Templar conflict, but Gaider has definitely rekindled the fire.

    28. Not as good as the first but much better than the second.The story has Wynn from DA1 in tow plus a few cameos from other favorite characters. But we also have a new person to join in on the adventure. Wynn's son who is also a mage. Any diehard DA fan will enjoy this book but I would be hard pressed to recommend it to someone who knows nothing of the series.

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