Asunder (Dragon Age #3)
by David Gaider
What is it about:
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 more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.
What did I think of it:
Yes: I got my trotters on another Dragon Age novel.
And this is a very enjoyable read especially for fans of the Dragon Age games.
Not only are there a couple of characters from the game in this book, it also delves into the reasons the mages rebelled. A rebellion that leads to the events in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Gaider's writing is much better than it was in The Calling and the story feels less like a written rpg as well. There are still some scenes that do remind you of typical gameplay scenarios, but not enough to annoy, in my opinion.
Rhys does have all the characteristics Gaider seems to love in his male leads, but he's different enough that he wasn't a bad Alistair clone, like Anders was in Awakenings. I also really liked Evangeline, an honorable templar, and Shale, the Golem from Dragon Age Origins. I had more trouble with Wynne (DAO) and Cole (DAI), but then I don't like them much in the games either, so that's probably not surprising. This story did give me more insight in Cole though, and I liked learning more about his past.
All in all I had a great time with this book and next I'll pick up The Masked Empire to learn even more about the world of Dragon Age.
Why should you read it:
It's a cool read for fans of Dragon Age.