Two months until the release of DAI. I hope I can make it! I have time to read a couple of DA books before the release. Any suggestions on which ones I should definitely read before Nov 18th? I have played both DAO and DA2 and all DLC. Thanks!
Nerd Worthy Answer:
Uh, good question Anon!
They are all good choices if you really want to immerse yourself in the lore of Thedas. However if you are just looking for a reading list of books that may potentially prep you for the goings on in DA:I, this is what I would recommend:
1.) Dragon Age: Asunder should probably be at the top of your reading list. This book beautifully illustrates just how far things have escalated in the conflict between the Mages and the Templars. Plus, it is in Asunder we meet some characters that play some vital roles in the events that lead up to the Inquisition. Rhys, Evangeline de Brassard, Lord Seeker Lambert, and Cole, just to name a few.
2.) Dragon Age: The Masked Empire should also be high on your priority list. This book really throws you into the deep end of the dangerous and complicated politics of “the game” that is constantly being played throughout Thedas and more specifically, in Orlais. In The Masked Empire, you will be introduced to some key players that will clearly be either allies to your Inquisition or opposition.
3.) Dragon Age: Last Flight also seems to be of some importance. Though at this point my recommendation for this being a must read before DA:I, is only lukewarm (I literally just started reading it for myself yesterday). Once again, we see the Mages and Templars rampaging across Thedas, wreaking havoc. Then there is Valya, an elven mage and Grey Warden, in a library at Weisshaupt Fortress looking for accounts of unusual behavior among her fellow Wardens. Perhaps it is here we will find some clues as to why Blackwall decides to join the Inquisition? Or perhaps even a glimpse as to what exactly is going on with those Wardens fighting the Inquisitor that we have all seen in the trailers? Sadly, I can’t say for certain… yet.
4.) Dragon Age Comics: The Silent Grove, Those Who Speak and Until We Sleep are also excellent choices for your reading list. They show us what our bastard prince, Alistair has been up to since DA:O and also introduce us to some very interesting skeletons in our dear Varric’s closet.
…I know I named all but two of them. But hey- that’s better then nothing, right? Right? *Crickets* Damn.