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Dragon Age: The Masked Empire (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Patrick Weekes (Author)

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Title:Dragon Age: The Masked Empire
Authors:Patrick Weekes (Author)
Info:Tor Books (2014), 381 pages
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Dragon Age: The Masked Empire by Patrick Weekes (2014)



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Another excellent view into the DragonAge World! I loved playing the game, and learning more about the lore is amazing. Now I know all the backstories for characters like Briala, Michel, Gaspard, and Celene. It really helps to understand all of the encounters you experience in the game. You understand their motivations more. Not to mention that a character in the book (who never shows up in the game) is hinting at even further plots and schemes made by the god Fen'Harel. Not only did Fen'Harel play an important part in the game DA Inquisition, but apparently he's been meddling even before that.

Appart from references to the game, the book has its own worthy merits. Another adventurous novel filled with twists, turns, politics, maneuvering, and The Game. I truly loved this book, and I'm so excited for the latest of the series! ( )
  sasta | Feb 1, 2017 |
Books based on videogames are not the most respected pieces of literature. And while most in this genre are deserving of scorn, Patrick Weekes brings a refreshing breath of air to the fantasy genre with Dragon Age: The Masked Empire. I devoured this book. Not only is it an interesting addition to the Dragon Age IP, it's a good read, with well-rounded characters and environments, and a plot bursting with intrigue, war, romance, and magic.

Empress Celene's perch on the throne is vulnerable, despite her proficiency in politics. She has maintained control of the Orlesian empire with the subtle help of her servant and lover, the elf Brianne, but Orlais is plagued by racism and classism and their enemies are happy to exploit both to weaken Celene's reign. An elven uprising is the catalyst for full rebellion and Celene and Brianne are forced to make deals that they may regret in the future.

I loved Celene and Brianne's relationship. A canon same-sex relationship? Written respectfully? Involving two smart, resourceful, and occasionally devious women? Yes, excellent. I also liked the way Weekes wrote the magic system. Translating the in-game mechanics to prose couldn't have been easy, but he makes it work. The spies, machinations, and conspiracies were also fascinating - Weekes did a great job weaving the complex plots together.

I recommend this to anyone who's played games and would like to learn more about the world of Thedas. Even if you aren't familiar to DA, it's an enjoyable read and I encourage you to give it a try. ( )
  ligature | May 23, 2014 |
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Empress Celene strode into the University of Orlais's great Chantry Courtyard surrounded by her entourage of servants and guards and flanked by Ser Michel, her champion.
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"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 as the Circle fails and chaos looms, Gaspard begins to doubt that Celene's diplomatic approach Orlais' problems 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 the elves and the Orlesian throne, Briala must decide where her true loyalties lie. In this thrilling tie-in to the award-winning Dragon Age[trademark symbol] games, 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 slums may decide the fate of the masked empire. "--… (more)

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