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Dragon Age: Masked Empire (Dragon Age 4) [Paperback]

Patrick Weekes
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17 April 2014 Dragon Age 4
Journey into the darkest and deadliest part of Orlais, where the weight of titles matters less than the strength of blades. Empress Celene of Orlais rose to the throne of the most powerful nation in Thedas through wisdom, wit, and ruthless manipulation. Now the empire she has guided into an age of enlightenment is threatened from within by imminent war between the templars and the mages, even as rebellion stirs among the downtrodden elves. To save Orlais, Celene must keep her hold on the throne by any means necessary. Fighting with the legendary skill of the Orlesian chevaliers, Grand Duke Gaspard has won countless battles for the empire and the empress. But has he fought in vain? As the Circle fails and chaos looms, Gaspard begins to doubt that Celene's diplomatic approach to the mage problem or the elven uprisings will keep the empire safe. Perhaps it is time for a new leader, one who lives by the tenets of the chevalier's code, to make Orlais strong again. Briala has been Celene's handmaid since the two of them were children, subtly using her position to help improve the lives of elves across Orlais. She is Celene's confidante, spymaster, and lover, but when politics force the empress to choose between the rights of Briala's people and the Orlesian throne, Briala must in turn decide where her true loyalties lie. Alliances are forged and promises broken as Celene and Gaspard battle for the throne of Orlais. But in the end, the elves who hide in the forests or starve in the alienages may decide the fate of the masked empire.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857686488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857686480
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Weekes is a senior writer at EA BioWare, working on games such as Dragon Age II and Mass Effect 3.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "The" best dragon age novel to date 1 May 2014
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This will be a preference thing for some, but for me, this novel was a best seller waiting to happen.

I wont spoil what happens for those looking for a spoiler free review, instead I will give a teaser synopsis of my own opinions of what exactly this book did right and why its the best of the dragon age novels to date:

The Characters:
The characters in this book are the most interesting since Maric's motley band of misfits in The Stolen Throne, it sets a similar pace with its main characters being very similar personality wise and feel wise to the crew of the book mentioned.

Celene, the main focus of the story, Empress of Orlais, is without a doubt one of Dragon Age's most developed figureheads throughout the course of this storyline, this tale tells her story, from start to finish, giving us a full perspective of what to expect of a character we have only had mention of up until this novel, and the upcoming DA: Inquisition.

In addition to Celene, there are three other major character perspectives:
Briala, an elven woman with complacent obedience to her empress, challenged by her patriotism to her people, and to define just who her people really are.
Ser Michel, Celene's personal Bodyguard and a knight devoted to his code of honor, who throughout the story is pressured to stand for it, while harboring a dark secret.
And Duke Gaspard, Celene's Cousin and the central antagonist of the story line, a Chevalier with a tactical cunning and a ruthless precision, who's sense of cruelty is matched only by his surprising sense of dignity. He is a man that takes honor, very seriously, and throughout his journey, may yet understand the meaning of the word better than he preaches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 29 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
great adventure, excellent characters, good pace, this book really gets you going.

It gives a better look into orlais which is good as the next game is set there and this book serves as a good introduction to the culture, the people and of course, the Game. Special mention about the female characters who are just amazing, if anyone is looking for a story with strong female leads this is it, although you come to enjoy all the characters even the "bad guys".

The only thing is, if you don't know anything about the Dragon Age world then this isn't really for you, this is for the fans, and having even a casual knowledge is an asset. Especially since you get that some of the events her are just set up or primer for the upcoming Inquisition.

For fans of the franchise this is the best book in the series, and it was fascinating to get a better look at orlais rather than the biased or outright mocked view we've had so far. Empress Celene in particular is great to know more about and can't wait for more of her schemes in the new game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Masks... 28 July 2014
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Frankly, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel set in the 'Dragon Age' world. The previous novels have been fun to read but this latest by Patrick Weekes is really excellent. One of the things that surprised me was how well rounded each of the principal characters is. It would have been very easy to make the Empress a two dimensional heroine and Gaspard a moustache twirling villain but there is much more to both of them than that, to the extent that it is sometimes difficult to know who to root for! Supporting characters (although both Briala and Michel are rather more than that) are equally well written, the world is believable and beautifully described. Personally, I preferred the chapters set in Val Royeaux because they were so different from the other novels so far (which all involve an arduous journey of some kind or another) but its all good! It also ties in very nicely to the next upcoming game in the series - where we hope to meet some characters from the novel. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab read 18 Jun 2014
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Huge dragon age fan played the games and read all the books, and this fills in the dragon age world nicely and the plot continues
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping. 4 Jun 2014
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A very gripping read, a great story, with interesting and well fleshed out characters. Worthy of the Dragon Age universe. I would recommend. More of the same please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story 31 May 2014
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A good read, set up nicely for the new dragon age inquisition game a must for all dragon age fans
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4.0 out of 5 stars Appetizer for the Inquisition 4 May 2014
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Some interesting twists and turns here setting the stage for some hard dilemmas come October.
Also worth reading Asunder as well.
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