If you are a computer gamer who likes to read, then you should be playing Dragon Age: Origins and reading this book called Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne. It was written by David Gaider, who was the lead writer on the game, and is a prequel to the game. In fact, you'll get more out of the game from reading this book because it gives you a lot of history on the characters of Maric and Loghain.
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In case you didn't know, Dragon Age: Origins is a role playing game for computers and consoles. It was produced by Bioware, who are the same folks behind a series of great RPG and adventure games like the Baldur's Gate series, Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic, and so on. It's not all that uncommon for a video game to yield a couple of books as companion pieces, and there are already two out based on Dragon Age.
The setting for the game, as well as the book, is a world very much like Dungeons & Dragons and filled with plenty of Tolkien-like elements. There are human, elves, dwarves, evil wizards, dragons, monster from beneath the earth, and so on. If you are an avid reader of fantasy, then you probably won't find all that much originality behind the setting, but it is still a tried and true staple of the genre and I won't fault the writer. One thing I really liked about the game and the book are all the interweaving plotlines associated with the individual characters.
What this book focuses on is a political play to overthrow the throne and kill all the royal family. The book starts out with a young man being chased through the woods until he finds himself in the company of a bunch of rogues. The lead among them is a man named Loghain. It isn't until later than Loghain realizes the young man is the prince Maric and they decide to work together to reclaim the throne. For this to happen, a bunch of conspirators must be killed and battles will be fought.
A big part of the video game is the fact that you are going to deal with Loghain in the end and you have the option to side with him or go against him. This book is set 30 years before the game starts, and a lot has changed in between then. What this book does is establish the early days of how Loghain got to his position of power, and you will see how he demonstrated some rather shady acts while helping Maric. There's a love story and a lot of political pandering, but plenty of action, too.
I really enjoyed Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne from David Gaider. It's fairly light reading since it is based on a video game, but I didn't find it to be juvenile at all. There is quite a bit of gore and violence, but I found that it had just the right mix of dialogue and action to hold my interest. I don't know how well this would work as a standalone novel, but it's a great companion piece for the video game and I recommend reading this book to anyone who is currently playing Dragon Age: Origins.