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Dragon Age: The Masked Empire [Format Kindle]

Patrick Weekes
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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™ 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.

Biographie de l'auteur

Patrick Weekes is a senior writer at EA BioWare, working on games such as Dragon Age II and Mass Effect 3.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1630 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 381 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books (8 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IW3DE0K
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A fun book to read 22 octobre 2014
Par Ekliane
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A faithful sequel to Gaider's work, Masked Empire is as rich and enjoyable as the Dragon Age's games. Plus it does pave the way to inquisition.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The new game will have a LOT to live up to 13 avril 2014
Par Infrequent Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This and Asunder (the last two Dragon Age tie in novels) have both been fantastic reads. They stand on their own as stories I think, with the occasional cameo from the games always make me smile. But seriously, the characters are all extremely well written, its fast paced, and has a dozen twists and turns to keep you engaged. Both of these books have set the bar high for the next game, Dragon Age: Inqusition, since the game will deal with a lot of the fallout from the novel.

That is one thing to keep in mind-if you want to go into the game totally blind, I would wait to read this until after you have played. Characters from the novel have a very good chance of showing up as quest givers, allies, and antagonists in the game (it would seem), so if you don't want that knowledge, wait till you've played to read. (You should DEFINITELY still read this though if you are a fan!)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fun Read 17 avril 2014
Par logic wins - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'm a dragon age fan ever since I played the first Dragon Age Origin. I was not impressed with the Dragon age 2 game. I'm not sure I'll even play the Dragon Age Inquisition game. I do like Bioware's dragon age world which is always filled with gray. It seemed to me the writers encourage their fans to debate. I believe there are several active thread on this book going on right now on their Bioware Social website.

This book is clearly titled well. The reader enters a world of lies and deceptions. As you move along in the story you can see how characters react to the game that everyone plays. I found myself caring for many of the characters in the book. Weekes uses the environment well and by the end of the book I saw myself greatly changing my opinion of certain characters.

BioWare loves doing this. I still see pages of debates on whether Loghain from Dragon Age Origin should live or die.

Of all the Dragon Age books I have to say that Asunder and The Masked Empire were the best. I actually enjoyed the Masked Empire more because it brought additional unknown information about the Dragon Age World.

Now let's discuss what this book is not. This book is not a love story. If you want a love story in a dragon age setting this is not it. As the title suggest it is a world of lies and deception. Love does not conquer all and it really doesn't do well when its foundation is based on lies. It doesn't take long to see that the relationship is going to crash and burn.

Secondly, Bioware typically holds out on some details. It is like they want to keep their fans guessing. The Masked Empire comes across as a broad description lacking some details and all our characters seem easy to manipulate and to fool. This is common in all the DA books. It was even more apparent in the first book "The Stolen Throne". Here it seems to happen because there is so much ground to cover and the writer likes a fast pace with action.

A word of caution The Masked Empire feels more like a prologue for a future book or game. I still enjoyed reading it but I am looking forward to getting another book or the game. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent character development 14 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The strength of this novel is Weekes' excellent job of character development and his ability to make you sympathize with all the characters. At the beginning of the story I was fully prepared to despise the antagonist, however, by the end of the novel I was equally sympathetic with all of the characters as their strengths and flaws were revealed. Fun political intrigue and a nice backdrop for the upcoming game Dragon Age: Inquisition. If you aren't a Dragon Age fan, this novel is still an excellent entry in the fantasy genre with complex characters and a nice depth of lore.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Eh...if you like the game, you're gonna get this book no matter what I say, but... 10 avril 2014
Par B. Wang - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you, like me, are dying of impatience for Inquisition and crying tears of blood for the lack of even a release date, then you will get this book. For something, anything, just a little taste... That's probably why you got the last book, Asunder.

Anyway, the Masked Empire expands upon some offhand mentions in Asunder of the power struggle in Orlais between the Empress Celene and her cousin Grand Duke Gaspard (not to be confused for Gascard Dupuis that poor side quest guy in DA2). This is not a spoiler because it's taken directly from Asunder: Gaspard lured Celene out of Val Royaux with news of an elven rebellion and then ambushed her.

Masked Empire tries to give us a view of how the infamous Game (the political intrigues between nobles is given a formal name in Orlais) is played. But lordy lordy, George RR Martin Mr. Weekes is not. His portrayal of the Game is clumsy. The maneuverings are all quite overt and obvious. He keeps going on about what certain characters can accomplish in the Game due to "years of training." And then on the very next page, that same character has given away her whole diabolical plan because she can't hide facial expressions well enough. Isn't that Political Intrigue 101? Her "years of training" didn't teach that??

The characters are one-dimensional yet at the same time, inconsistent. I can't distinguish between Celene and Briala other than one is a human and one is an elf. I find their romantic relationship flat and unconvincing because I really don't know that much about the characters and so don't much care about either of them. Celene doesn't feel like an empress at all. I mean, we are talking about a Queen Elizabeth I here--came to the throne as a teenager and rules a vast and great empire for decades. But she just came across as a mundane ordinary person, with her thoughts written plain on her face. I know she's used to always wearing a mask but come on, 20 years of being one of the Most Powerful People in Thedas ought to teach you a thing or two. I'm just not getting that from the way her character is portrayed. There is literally nothing special about her. She's just so BLAND.

But of course, if the plot has her getting into a jam that only heroics can get her out of, then the author will remind you of her "years of training" and it'll kick in just when it needs to and disappear again just as quickly.

The plot line feels very forced. The characters act in ways that seem nonsensical by any explanation other than "that's what they need to do to advance the plot". Gaspard does things that make no sense that are sometimes clumsily explained by "oh it's just the chevaliers' code of honor". After the third or fourth such explanation, I'm still having a hard time figuring out a pattern or a common vein in this code of honor. What I'm saying is that the code doesn't seem to be something thought out beforehand. It's like a magic wand: Just wave it when you need to.

I will say that this author is pretty good at writing fight scenes. I think he knows it too because once in a while he'll just throw one in. It doesn't really advance the plot, but the characters have been traipsing around for a few pages now without trouble, so it's about that time.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A good read for the DA-fan 13 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Ever since the release of Dragon Age Origins I've been a great fan of BioWare's innovative take on the fantasy-genré (even when one is contemplating the absolute shambles that was Dragon Age II). The novels have, in general, been good reads and have answered and expanded on questions raised by the games.

The Masked Empire might be the best one thus far, in no small way thanks to the writings of Patrick Weekes.
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