What’s up, y’all? Today I bring to you a report on the book Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, a prequel to the first game in the Dragon Age Series, Dragon Age Origins. The book gets into the young life of the eventual King Maric, father to Calian and Alistair in the game.
After his mother, the beloved Rebel Queen, is betrayed and murdered by her own faithless lords, young Maric becomes the leader of a rebel army attempting to free his nation from the control of a foreign tyrant. Maric’s countrymen live in fear; his commanders consider him untested; and his only allies are Loghain, a brash young outlaw who saved his life, and Rowan, the beautiful warrior maiden promised to him since birth. Surrounded by spies and traitors, Maric must find a way to not only survive but achieve his ultimate destiny: Ferelden’s freedom and the return of his line to the stolen throne.
My Thoughts (Spoilers)
I loved Dragon Age: Origins, so when I saw this book in the store, I had to get it. When playing through the game I chose Alistair as my love interest; his goofy personality won me over. Thus, I was thoroughly heartbroken at the end of his story line when he decided t step up and take his rightful place on the throne. (Yes, that’s a spoiler. But the game is like 7 years old now so…).
Reading the story of Alistair’s father gave me a lot of back story into why Alistair acts the way he does. He’s just like Maric, which is both a good and bad thing. Trusting to a fault and un-wanting of his throne at first.
The journey Maric takes on his way to becoming king gives a bunch of nice backstory into Ferelden itself as well. We get to see the clash with the Orlesion’s that is touched upon in the game, as well as some info on characters we didn’t get to know too well.
Loghain was someone I hated in Origins. He was rude, harsh and just down right mean sometimes. After reading ‘The Stolen Throne’, I get why that is now. I won’t spoil it, but just know that if you plan to read the book, you must be prepared to feel for Loghain in ways you never thought you would.
All in all, ‘Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne’ was a great read. It has all of the elements I loved about Origins while also being written incredibly well. If you love a good fantasy novel, and / or you enjoyed the Dragon Age games, I totally recommend you go and read it!
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