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Dragon Age - Asunder: 3 (Dragon Age 3) [Paperback]

David Gaider
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23 Dec 2011 Dragon Age 3
A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Adrian reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (23 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085768647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857686473
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For fans of the Dragon Age games and the fantasy world they exist within I can wholeheartedly recommend this book." --The Sixth Axis

"Dragon Age: Asunder is a fantastic and immersive fantasy book, a must pick up if you are a fan of the gaming series." --Game Rockers

"Easy to read and more intriguing by the chapter, Dragon Age: Asunder is a must-have purchase for all fans of the game." --BnB Gaming

"A welcome expansion of the franchise." --Console Obsession

About the Author

David Gaider 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 Baldurs Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. He also wrote the previous two Dragon Age novels, The Stolen Throne and The Calling.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A case of rounding up... 3 Mar 2012
So, yeah. I liked this novel. It had good characters, an interesting premise and did the job of filling the gap between games. To be honest, however, it was lacking. I struggled to give it four stars... but then, hey, it wasn't three - ideally it would be three and a half but you can't give that can you? Hence the case of rounding up.

**There could be minor spoilers here**

Why only three and a half you say? Well my main gripe is the sheer amount of time that it took for anything to actually happen. The first few chapters can be forgiven for setting the scene - every text needs to establish context. However, without giving anything away, it wasn't until the middle of the book when things really started to pick up momentum. Now I know things need a beginning, middle and end etcetera but getting to the point where the story, in my opinion at least, truly 'begins' shouldn't take about nine chapters or over 160 pages.

Another thing is that I didn't like what it did with one of my favourite characters from Dragon Age: Origins. Its handling of Wynne as a character was... strange, due to how much she had changed from who she was in the game. The relationship she had with Rhys was, for me, not explored anywhere near enough either.

Also, on the topic of characters, they weren't really explored enough for my liking. For example, you get hit by a revelation about one of them at the very end of the book and nothing more is really made of it and there is no time to explore the discovery. The female Templar, Evangeline, is also underused. Sure, you find out a little about her and it is enough for the purpose of the story but I still felt as though she was a bit of a none-character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning run-up to DA3 29 Jan 2012
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Three words: Asunder is stunning. I only just finished yesterday, and have been thinking about it on and off since. That is quite simply how good it is. WARNING, my next part of the review might contain some mild spoilers!


Without giving away too many details, the story toys with the idea of being able to reverse the Rite of Tranquility, which as players of the game know leaves mages completely emotionless and unable to cast spells - hence they cannot be possessed by demons. If this could be reversed then the Chantry and the templars will be compromised as they have no way of controlling potentially dangerous mages. This whole concept, inevitably, is what becomes the spark for the Mage-Templar War we are obviously going to see in Dragon Age 3. Asunder is perfect for anyone who wants to bridge the gap between DA2 and 3, offering the chance for the fan to get a better insight into the world of Thedas and in particular, its mages and templars! David Gaider's prose, for one thing, crafts this story into something that is so good it's ensnaring, whilst remaining simple enough that anybody can read it. Characters are written so their voice can be heard clearly through the writing, and you do honestly care what happens to them. Let's just say that the ending was sad enough that I felt the threat of tears, and the Epilogue was so satisfying that I left the book feeling very pleased indeed. Some of the settings throughout are so exquisitely described that it is like you are there. (I know that's a cliché but it is the honest to Maker truth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 25 Aug 2014
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The best dragon age book so far. It takes place after the second game and is actually relevant to the
third game (even introducing one of the companions... Cole). It also includes three of the Warden's companionship which makes it even more significant in DA universe plus possibly the biggest event since Andraste marched on Tevinter! Highly recommend this to any Dragon Age fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read and a ton of fun 30 Dec 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
If you're a fan of the games or the previous two titles this new book is an absolute corker as it starts shortly after the end of the first game. It's well written, the prose top notch and David Gaider really does give the reader what they want in this imaginative as well as dangerous world.

Add to this great pace, a wonderful control of the lulls as well as peaks of combat which when blended with an authorly voice that gives the reader exactly what they want which will more than entertain, although to be honest you have to expect perhaps a change or two to the outline from the game as some of your choices you made will have given you differing results. Still, that said, a satisfactory read and one that I really enjoyed, so much so that a complete replay will be in action shortly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for fans. 11 July 2014
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An easy and enjoyable read which sets up a lot for the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. Features a handful of Origins characters and is written by one of the main writers of the games, so is easy to recommend for fans of the series. A distracting amount of errors in the kindle version holds it back somewhat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set up for inquisition! 20 Jun 2014
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I personally found this impossible to put down. David Gaider again delivers an intense and in depth story line that I expect since necessitated nights. Rhys is a delightful and deep character whose mother is a bit of a shocker! The landscapes and struggles of Thedas are brought forth in amazing detail. You feel the wind and smell the dark spawn. The arch demon plagues and inferno rages and you feel the heat. The epilogue makes you stand up and shout while leaving you ready for the inquisition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing
By far the best book I've ever read, I was left guessing after each and acts as excellent bridge for Dragon Age Inquisition
Published 10 days ago by Arbaab Amjad
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved and connected with all of the characters
I seriously couldn't put this book down. I really loved and connected with all of the characters. Such a great job! Definitely worth every penny.
Published 1 month ago by Olivia Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book so far (half way) introduced to Cole
Great book so far (half way) introduced to Cole. This is good to fill in time waiting for D.A.Inquisition . Happy I bought it.
Published 2 months ago by Graeme
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 100% worth it
100% recommend for any dragon age fan that's interested in learning more about the world of Thedas. Story had me engaged to the very end to the point I was upset I finished the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
It's slow to start but once it got going it was okay nice to see characters from the first game
Published 4 months ago by MR Robert Etherington
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
Like the other books in this serious, this is another great read. I would recommend it to any one who likes fantasy novels. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RiversideChris
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service pity the book sucked
The book was in excellent condition and arrived promptly, however the plot and writing was the only let down hence the why it only has 3 stars. Read more
Published 5 months ago by TotalGeekGirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for DA: Inquisition
"Asunder" is a continuation of the story arc started in "Dragon Age 2" about the mages versus templars conflict and is used primarily as a way to set up the events on "Dragon Age:... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joao Cardeira Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of DA Asunder
Serves as an excellent explanation of what happens between that trainwreck of a game DA2 and the upcoming DA:I which I am skeptical of but from what I have seen so far look's... Read more
Published 8 months ago by ARavingLooony
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me even more desperate for DAI
As a fantasy book, I found this to be a good read with interesting characters and a solid plot.

As a Dragon Age prequel/sequel/inbetween-thingy I found it to be a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rory HJ
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