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- Print Length: 72 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (3 Sept. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DD65FL2
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The comic moves at a swift pace, with action, battles, beautiful pages and a tight script. The quest has a satisfying conclusion, with an epic climax and every plot point resolved.
This was just a great series, with a decent start in Dragon Age Volume 1: The Silent Grove (Dragon Age (Dark Horse Hardcover)) and two magnificent volumes following it, with lots of lore and a quest very close to the games' structure.
Highly recommended to all "Dragon Age" fans.
The Silent Grove
‘The Silent Grove’ is an interesting tale set two years following the events of Dragon Age II, and continues the writing of the Lead Writer David Gaider. The graphic novel contains a number of tie-ins to the previous games and extends the story of three of the previous companions of the player’s character: Alistair, Isabela, and Varric. It further follows the main canon of the game, and does a good job at expanding its universe and making use of little known characters mentioned in the main games of the series.
So, what does it focus on? This volume focuses on King Alistair, accompanied by rogues Isabela and Varric, on a long and dangerious quest deep inside the borders of Antiva. Together they must stage a prison break, face dragons, and a Witch of the Wilds, as well as uncover a secret which Alistair longs to find the answer to in order to find some inner peace.
Those Who Speak
‘Those Who Speak’ follows directly after ‘The Silent Grove’ leaves off, and continues with the quest on which the three main characters have embarked. The most noteworthy part of this volume is the way in which it reveals and expands the lore and past of the characters; laying bare that of Isabela, who must resolve to escape a dungeon or lose herself forever. All whilst King Alistair and Varric must face similar challenges if they want to succeed in their aims and continue the quest they started in ‘The Silent Grove’.
It is written, as is ‘The Silent Grove’, by David Gaider. Something which shows in the details specified of the three main characters and the way the additional information revealed about them threads with that of the main canon of the Dragon Age games. It fleshes them out, something which really adds to what otherwise would be a simple plot. Further, this one focuses and reveals more details of King Alistair’s father, and stands at a similar length than the previous volume. It takes place within Teviter and with Qunari, which gives it a very interesting edge and expands the world of this particular volume.
Until We Sleep
‘Until We Sleep’ is the final part of the trilogy contained in the Dragon Age Library Edition, and as such contains the end of the story ark and the plot which encompasses these three individual volumes. Following the style of the other two, with ‘The Silent Grove’ focusing on Alistair and ‘Those Who Speak’ on Isabela, this particular story focuses and follows Varric – fleshing him out and giving more details of his past, such as those concerning Bianca.
This volume ties in everything that happened on this journey to find King Maric, and the three heroes must face the blood mage Aurelian Titus and avoid being defeated by him. It introduces new characters and concepts, and ties them in with the already established world.
How good is this, then, all in all?
The quality of the hardback volume is undeniable. The paper used feels great when reading, and it also further contains comments by the lead writer of the game on the margin on many things concerning the characters themselves, and accounts on how this trilogy was put together. This is something which is amongst the best of this volume, and definitely will be of interest to any fan of the game wanting to get more out of this fantasy universe. These include the inspiration for certain characters and character designs amongst others. Further, the final pages of the volume also have sketches and character designs – all very interesting to see and read over once one has finished all three stories.
The story, though, failed to really impress me. It is good from an entertaining point of view. I wasn’t bored and didn’t feel compelled to stop reading, but I can’t personally say anything else about it. It seems rather cliché at many points, containing some strangely handled plot choices and storylines which stand out whilst reading. It feels simplistic and lacking depth plot-wise. However, this is something which stands out to me out of not being particularly enamoured with this game series, and a fan of the series will most likely not feel these things.
The backstories and character depth given to the three main protagonists is something which I did enjoy – particularly that relating to the Qunari and Isabela – and doesn’t disappoint.
Then, the art itself is good, though there are panels and pages which I prefer vastly to others and seem generally superior. However what I really liked in this area were the covers for each volume and the extra art included, which were in my opinion plain beautiful and illustrated really well the characters.
What can I then say about this volume? Though the rating I chose to give it may not give a good impression, this revers to my personal opinion of it after having read it. I am not particularly a fan of the series, and I’d much rather read a more realistic gritty fantasy novel. For the people who don’t feel particularly strongly about the game series I recommend a bit of caution when buying in this sense, particularly if they haven’t felt sure about the way the plot is handled within the games (perhaps then it is better to buy the individual volumes of ‘The Silent Grove’ and the rest included in this edition rather the complete version to test the waters).
However, for any fan of the series, this is definitely a must read that cannot be missed. The quest follows some very intimate parts of all three characters pasts, which are expanded really well together with the additions to the Dragon Age universe. If you’re a fan of the game, give this volume a try, as you won’t be disappointed by it in any way.
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