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  • Dragon Age: The Masked Empire

  • Dragon Age, Book 4
  • Written by: Patrick Weekes
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 to 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.

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  • Ali
  • 2021-03-20

Wow

Best one so far Jesus. The narrator is what makes this really good I love him

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Best book yet! [spoilers in this review]

I find it a little difficult to pay attention to Orlesian politics just because it's boring and nobles never make any sense, so I did have to relisten to some chapters. But this storyline has a lot of worthwhile context for Briala and Celine. I actually regret encouraging Briala to forgive Celine in the game Dragon Age Inquisition.

You also get a lot of context for the ancient elves because the character Felassan who is Briala's mentor and is basically openly an ancient elf. It's just that no one would guess the ancients are still living so he lets people believe he's Dalish. For example, at one point he explains exactly how the ancient elven nobles survived during long periods of sleep and that some can be sustained by the fade itself.
(People describe Solas in DAI as a vampire because it was described that he scarcely eats and is immortal, but I think of him more like Buddha Boy. If you look up Buddha Boy you'd see he was a famous teen from Nepal who went into a meditative state for 10 months straight and his body did not waste away and he did not die of dehydration because he had figured out how to sustain his body in the astral realm which can be achieved through meditation. This entire concept of the fade is taken directly from paganism and the astral realm where spirits dwell.)

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Well written, a complicated love and loss story

The characters are brilliantly written, well fleshed out, and believable. Again, the only real issue is the narrator's pronunciation of certain words and names, but I'm accustomed to that at this point.

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Best Dragon Age Novel

This is by far my favourite dragon age novel. It gives you insight into Orlesian culture, which is helpful for when you play the 3rd game. Inquisition.

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  • Alexander Riviezzo
  • 2016-05-19

wonderful

Hearing french pronunciation makes this audio book so immersive and relaxing to listen to. The story itself is a favorite of mine and Patrick has done a great job at expanding on Thedasian lore.

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  • Bini's Boutique, LLC
  • 2016-06-14

Excellent back story for Brianna and Celene!

Had I heard this story before playing the Winter Palace DLC I would have made very different choices in the gameplay!

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  • Jacob
  • 2016-11-12

Damn good story

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Loved the story and the characters. Performance was good with great quality.

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  • Collier
  • 2021-08-04

Wow

For a story I started out caring very little about actually listening to, and was doing just so I could say I listened to the whole series (after I finish the next book), I relatively quickly found myself caring about the characters and the story it was telling. If you liked the other books in the series you won't be the least bit disappointed by this one.

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  • Cheyenne
  • 2016-10-17

Awesome

This book is a really awesome companion to Dragon Age Inquisution. It's a good story on its own and it hypes me up to play the game. I definitely recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the games and especially someone whos a fan of Inquisition.

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  • Isaiah King
  • 2016-07-06

great listen

if you are going to play the games I would highly recommend listening not only to this book but the entire series as well.

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  • The bitticks
  • 2016-06-17

love this series.

great detail, as a marine the military strategies n detail are superb. so detailef in every word.

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  • ABEL
  • 2021-12-01

awesome

story was amazing and narrator helps warp u into the story. I already read the book years ago. But very pleased with the audible.

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  • bryce sanders
  • 2021-06-03

The horse was my favorite character.

The story was pretty decent. Political stories aren’t my thing so it felt like it dragged during those parts. I hated every single character; not that they were poorly written, but they were expertly written as assholes. Oralaision accent is akin to the french accent, so the reader took some of the immersion out of it.

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  • AsylumLord
  • 2021-01-08

Love the story so much!

It took me a minute to appreciate Gildart’s narration, but he did such a good and creative job for this book, it ended up being one of my favorites out of the whole series. Amazing storyline that has made the events in DA:Inquisition make a lot more sense. Highly recommend you read the series as or before you play the games. 💜