Asunder (2020)

Asunder David Gaider Asunder A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire To prove his innocence Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wasteland
  • Title: Asunder
  • Author: David Gaider
  • ISBN: 9780857686473
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
Asunder David Gaider A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.
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  1. Bookdragon Sean

    How do you stop a murderer who is invisible and doesn t, technically speaking, even exist Not easily that s for sure Only one man can actually see him and he dare not give his perceptions voice because everybody will think he is utterly insane Even a mention of the murderer s name is forgotten by the hearer as some dark magic lingers over his words Rhys knows he is not mad, but he can t even communicate these ideas to anyone so he is forced to remain silent And worse, there was the music He didn [...]

  2. Amy

    As a reasonably big fan of the Dragon Age series, I thought it might be prudent to read Asunder, which takes place not long after the second game, and offers some insight into what might be happening in the third game.While I have a lot of respect for what goes into the making of video game worlds, and I think Thedas is actually a really fantastic place with a great and well written culture and history, I think Gaider should avoid writing novels at all costs.The book had some interesting insight [...]

  3. Alison

    This is the first, and will probably be the only, Dragon Age tie in novel I have read I thought I d give it a go because a Gaider is an exceptionally good writer of characters for those readers who don t play story based video games, yes video games have characters, and plots, and stuff And they have around 60 hours of screentime to play with to do it and b rumour was it had important background info to bridge the gap between Dragon Age 2 and 3.Both were valid enough The characters are solid, in [...]

  4. Kristalia

    Final rating 5 5 starsDragon Age is the series of well done high fantasy games Every game is so well done that you have a feeling you are reading a book instead of playing it This book is a prequel for Dragon Age III Inquisition I believe people who never heard of these games would be a bit confused as to what is happening and who the characters are, because you do see most of them through the games Wynne from the first game, your companion and a mage Shale, a stone golem, also one of your compa [...]

  5. Mayesha

    I loved it I just loved it I loved most of the characters and even wanted to shake them by their shoulders sometimes for being SO stupid And at other times, I wanted to hug nay, KISS them view spoiler Gaider deliberately put Wynne in it to pull at your heartstrings He can be so heartless sometimes, killing his darlings like that But I LOVE that hide spoiler I love the dark fantasy world he created I love how REAL the characters are, how believable their actions and mistakes are How even though y [...]

  6. Mrs Giggles

    I don t remember purchasing Asunder, so it is a good thing that I stumbled upon it in my pile of unread books, just when I was thinking of getting a copy You see, the video game Dragon Age Inquisition is coming out later in 2014, and as one of the few people who enjoyed both the games that came before it, Dragon Age Origins and Dragon Age 2, equally, I wanted some Dragon Age meat to sink my teeth into while waiting for that game Okay, that sounds obscene, but I am an impatient person.As this sto [...]

  7. Annie

    It s funny how a simple change of perspective can alter your entire impression of a book I went in on this novel preparing for the worst, having read reviews both here and elsewhere that made Asunder out to be lacking And was it really As a standalone novel yes The story expands upon the events taking place between the second and third instalments of the Dragon Age games, specifically the political upheaval for the civil war that sets the stage for Dragon Age Inquisition And for the uninitiated, [...]

  8. Jenn

    Being a huge fan of the Dragon Age series of games and books, I had high hopes for Asunder, and Mr Gaider delivered.Although I enjoyed the first two books Mr Gaider wrote The Stolen Throne and The Calling , my interest was mostly due to the history and lore of Ferelden and the Grey Wardens imparted by the story The characters and stories themselves were all right, but not the main draw With Asunder, that changed I found the lore intriguing, but the real plus to this story is the characters Mr Ga [...]

  9. George Collier

    I really enjoyed this book finished it in one go , mainly because it dealt much with the mage crisis that was touched upon in Dragon Age 2 I found the different sides of the story fascinating in the game, and the fact that the book carried on the debate in much detail was brilliant I especially liked the mages final decision to fight, rather than throw themselves at the mercy of the Chantry That we got to see some familiar faces and the exploration and eventual conclusion to Wynne s story as w [...]

  10. Joseph

    This is probably the best of the Dragon Age tie in novels paradoxically , it s also arguably the least accessible to someone who hasn t played the games It takes place a few years after the events of Dragon Age 2 and deals, in part, with repercussions of the events in Kirkwall If you ve played the games, you ll be happy to spend time with familiar faces and to see what I can only assume is the groundwork being laid for Dragon Age 3 If you haven t played the games, you won t have the context to f [...]

  11. Anne

    So far the best of the tie in books It gives so much color to Inquisition, where we re otherwise left mostly in the dark about just how the war between mages and Templars came about other than Boom Kirkwall started it all And I loved the characters Evangeline and Rhys are both rational people in the middle of chaos, and Cole is pure bananas Honestly, he s got a pretty dark past and in game Cole reads a bit softer to me More cutesy crazy than kill em in the dark I wish Evangeline and Rhys were p [...]

  12. C.T. Phipps

    One of the most intriguing struggles depicted in the Dragon Age universe is between the Circle of Magi and the Templar Order The basic premise is that mages are kept locked up in the setting, forbidden from using their talents save under the careful supervision of the anti magic trained knights of the Chantry Thedas equivalent of the Catholic Church The mages, naturally, resent this treatment as they can t help how they were born What saves this from being a clear cut metaphor for oppression is [...]

  13. Wendy

    If you re still clinging to the hope that your Warden and Darkspawn will show up in Dragon Age Inquisition, this book should remove that silly hope Darkspawn did make a brief appearance though sadly, no random ogres and the Hero of Ferelden is mentioned a few times, but otherwise, Asunder firmly establishes the Mage Templar War as the new focus of this age.Taking place a year after Anders blew up the Kirkwall Chantry, things are not particularly good for mages Not that they were good before, but [...]

  14. Gina

    It is hard to know how to rate this I think it is tighter and smoother than the previous game novels, The Stolen Throne and The Calling, but for me it felt like there was less heart Loghain and Maric had sparkle and tension than any character combination here However, it is still a readable and entertaining tale, if you are a fan of the setting Cole is an interesting character and his story is heartbreaking There is some development of lore that a DA geek would appreciate, such as exploration [...]

  15. Nichole*BOOKWYRM BABE* ***HIATUS***

    Some books that are based on games are really crappy, this is not one of them It is well written and the characters have depth The whole verse that is Dragon Age is pretty awesome, and being a lover of the game I was very worried that this book would not live up to my expectations I can t believe I waited so long to read this It gave me feels Like picking up heavy metal chairs and throwing them kind of feels So many feels It was frustrating but beyond worth it It was so easy to get lost in the D [...]

  16. Aurora

    This was an OK read The story takes place right after the mage rebellion in Kirkwall, but is set in Val Royeaux Orlais It s definitely no big work of literature, although it had some interesting plot points the reversion of Tranquility, some new lore about demons and spirits, Wynne s past, etc Unfortunately, the main characters lack any serious characterization and reminded me of characters I met in DA O and DA II.

  17. Tom

    I always imagine these type of stories to be like coloring books for an author They ve got this very established world to work in with certain larger events going on in it, and their job is just to tell this very specific story with specific people in a specific place was I too specific there So they have to stay within the lines as they write The result is a pretty nice picture but one that is kind of unsatisfying At least it was well told.

  18. Tina

    Maybe I d have liked this if I d read it before playing Dragon Age Inquisition, but as it was, I was mostly bored The best part of the book is Shale, other than that I mostly learned to dislike Cole in a completely new way.

  19. Kelly

    Dragon Age Asunder by Bioware s lead writer, David Gaider, is third in a series of fiction set in the same world as the Dragon Age video games Set a year after the conclusion of Dragon Age II , Asunder explores the repercussions of the cataclysmic end to that game Instead of Kirkwall, however, the setting is Val Royeaux, home of the Chantry and the Divine and the White Spire, which houses the Orlesian Circle of Magi For the uninitiated, mages in Thedas are collected as soon as their power manife [...]

  20. Illise Montoya

    David Gaider is the lead writer for the fantasy game franchise, Dragon Age Up until Asunder I had been unaware that there were any books published for the game series, but as I understand it, none of the other novels were as directly important to the main storyline as this one Not only does it feature several characters from the first game, Dragon Age Origins, it sets up the events of the latest installment in the franchise, Dragon Age Inquisition.Since Asunder was written by Gaider, the novel m [...]

  21. Jeremy

    Let me begin with a statement that has no context, and likely no meaning to someone who hasn t either read the books or played the game Lambert van Reeves is a bag full of dicks That having been said, I have mixed feelings about Asunder, but those mixed feelings are themselves a product of the depth into which the story pulls you in I m always waffling on how to best to rate a book that annoys me not because it is badly written, but rather because the characters in it and their boneheaded decisi [...]

  22. Natalie

    It feels like the writers were told write a book that links with the game and the writers were like that s great, there s so much stuff I wanted in the game but couldn t include and they created these amazing fleshed out plots with incredible, unique characters, but then whoever was in charge was like but you have to do it in less than 400 pages This is because in all three of the books I ve read all just over 400 pages have been amazing but then suddenly you re 50 pages from the end and the mai [...]

  23. Atsu

    Me, playing DA Inquisition I wonder where Insert character s from past games areDavid Gaider Oh, I killed them Lol.And everything hurts, The End NO, I DID NOT KNOW sobs view spoiler Edit I started rambling about the whole Mage Templar conflict, got angry at Cullen as I often do even though he s not in this book I segway ed hard on this one and gushed about Cole my precious son But it got too long and incoherent so long story short I loved this book Loved how Gaider managed to stay mostly neutral [...]

  24. Susanne

    If you re thinking about playing Dragon Age 3, you should probably read this book Actually, you should play Dragon Age 2 first Then read this book.In fact, if you haven t played Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age Awakening, and Dragon Age 2 then you really need to stop what you re doing and go play them Yes Now I ll wait Of course I m serious You ll enjoy the books ever so much if you ve played the games And the games are practically in a class of their own Try em.

  25. Richard Lewis

    If you re a fan of the Dragon Age game franchise and want story of the world of Thedas, by all means give it a look It doesn t really matter if you ve read The Stolen Throne and or The Calling, Gaider s other DA books, to read this one, as those take place before Dragon Age Origins and this one takes place after Dragon Age 2 In spite of that, playing Dragon Age Origins, it s expansion Awakenings, and Dragon Age 2 will give you a lot better background to understand the world in which Asunder tak [...]

  26. Jaylee

    I re read this book because I was in the middle of writing a Cole centric fanfic and wanted to make sure I was getting everything right I loved seeing of Cole, and getting to see Wynne and Shale again This is probably my favorite of the Dragon Age novels I ve read It doesn t have that heavy awkward dnd campaign feel to it like the first two novels have Still haven t finished the Masked Empire, yet, though, so we ll see n_n

  27. Jenifer

    Okay, okay, I know that this is a novel based on a video game, but damn was it good I love the character development, which the games are also well known for and the pacing was amazing It was a four hundred page book that felt like a whirlwind I thought I was done with the whole Mage versus Templar conflict, but Gaider has definitely rekindled the fire.

  28. Jenny McD.

    Not as good as the first but much better than the second.The story has Wynn from DA1 in tow plus a few cameos from other favorite characters But we also have a new person to join in on the adventure Wynn s son who is also a mage Any diehard DA fan will enjoy this book but I would be hard pressed to recommend it to someone who knows nothing of the series.

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