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on 15 October 2013
"The World of Thedas" is amazing for the superb art in every page and for the incredible wealth of information on the game world of "Dragon Age". If you are a fan of this universe you cannot miss this magnificent book. The book is well written, in a clear, concise way and touches on every major part of lore. We get info on all the races, religions, the blights, the wars and the evolution of the continent of Thedas from the most early age, when Elf's ruled and the humans weren't even around. The book even touches on events from DA2's DLC as its completely up to date, until DA3 comes around. There's no specific focus on any character from the games, although some like Alistair or Hawke are mentioned when discussing specific events. There are some canon mistakes but Bioware has an errata on their website (written by Brother Genitivi himself hahaha) and quite frankly they're nothing really major, considering the work that went into this volume. After all this is a fictional world, with huge history and detail and with the enormous lore the book holds, a few mistakes are forgiven. Unlike The Art of the Mass Effect Universe this book is not about the process of building and imagining this universe and designing the game. This is a compendium, an encyclopedia about the lore in beautifully realized pages. Yes, the art really is fantastic, with some truly gorgeous illustrations page after page.
This is a majestic book and a delight for someone, like me, who has spent hundreds of hours on both games. But even for a casual fan, "The World of Thedas" is so beautiful and impressive, its worth every cent.
Hey Bioware how about something like this for Mass Effect? Come on, do it!!!!!
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on 5 August 2013
I think if i started a therapy group for people addicted to dragon age it would get a lot of members, me being the most hopeless case probably. I love the games, DA2 being my least favourite, true escapism and good storytelling. I read every codex entry ( more than once ) and still it's not enough. This book is great, it has some new things i didn't know about and some things i did. The illustrations can be a little stylized but they're very good. I love the map at the start, a little LOTR style and i love knowing how the nations are laid out. There's only one quibble - if you've read the books then Alistair's birth is somewhat confusing. But this is a great DA fan addition. I had toyed with getting it in kindle but i'm so glad i didn't - it's worth taking up some space with this.
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on 9 May 2013
I could not put this book down! as a huge fan of the series (yes, even the 2nd game) this is a must buy even casual players may want to give it go. Thedas is a rich, interesting world and this book is no different. It covers every major faction in detail even the inquisition has some light shed on it. It has a page by page time line of events from earliest recorded chantry history of major events, subtle nods towards our fabled heroes and builds up to what may be the time of Dragon age 3.

Now I'm a sucker for character profiles and this book does contain a bestiary complimented by fantastic art of some characters, there isnt any in depth profiles on any companions or characters of import (some are mentioned) which is the only thing that is a negative point although it is volume 1 and the journey is far from over!

so if you think you know everything about this world think again!
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on 20 October 2013
What a wealth of information this book contains. I read it from cover to cover and learnt something new on nearly every page. It is a must for all Dragon Age fans, giving background info to many of our favorite characters and to events that occurred prior to the Dragon Age era.
Here you will find how to address the nobles of Ferelden, where the Deep Roads begin and end, the hierarchy and doctrines of the various religions, complete geography of Thedas, the real truth about the Qunari and much more. As well as all this knowledge, the art is also really impressive. I thoroughly recommend this book, it should be on hand when playing any of the Dragon Age games to help suspension of reality and add to game playing pleasure.
I look forward to Volume 2 (and also DA Inquisition). Linda
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on 11 October 2016
AMAZING PRODUCT. Good quality pages, the binding is well done and the cover is really hard. I highly recommend it to everyone, be it a saga fan or not. The book arrived safe and sound and properly wrapped. Same goes for the other 2 books (The World of Thedas Volume 2 and The Art of Dragon Age). Dark Horse really outdid it with these books. I don't have much to say that hasn't been said by others here. 10/10 would recommend.
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on 14 November 2014
Bought as a present and the recipient was over-the-moon with it. He says the illustrations are fantastic and the information fits in well with all things Dragon Age. A must buy for fans and well worth the price.
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on 8 September 2016
Great resource for lore here, practically sums up the history of Thedas with a fair amount of race descriptions. Beastiary has a lot of monsters and creatures from thedas. Much recommended for fans of the setting and those who play the tabletop game as well from Green Ronin, since it could be a great resource for GMs.
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on 24 June 2015
Really got into "Inquisition" wanted to expand on the experience, good quality product, not as big or heavy as the first volume of the graphic novel.
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on 18 March 2016
Some great artwork, and all the information on Thedas that you could possibly want to know!
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on 17 June 2015
The perfect lore book for any DA fan out there. The overall timeline of Thedas history, the introduction of all races and nations, I love it all.
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