Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Vol. 1
You know when you fall in love with something and then immediately need to mass consume all the things related to that thing? Join me in my journey through Thedas.
As a Bioware fan, I’ve always liked the Dragon Age franchise but I wasn’t as passionate about it in comparison to Mass Effect. I chalk this up to the fact that I generally prefer the science fiction genre over fantasy in media across the board.
With the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, though, I’m happy to report that I’ve changed my tune. I still prefer science fiction but I can safely say that DAI won over my heart. Completely. Kudos to all the people involved in creating such am in depth world with completely fleshed out characters; the type of characters you wish you could actually join for drinks and songs at the Tavern.
Interested in Dragon Age now more than ever, I recently purchased the hard copy of Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Vol. 1. This act in itself should speak volumes about the value of this lore book. I don’t buy hardcopies of ANY media. I live a digital lifestyle complete with downloadable e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, and TV shows. Due to frequent relocation, I don’t like to acquire too much “stuff”. I even have an upcoming move and I still bought the hard copy of this lore book instead of downloading it onto my tablet.
It’s that good.
At first glance I knew it was going to be worth it. Not only does it contain contextual lore but the art and layout is amazing. Once I got it home though, I was quick to realize I had to consume and savor the book like a cup of fru fru gourmet coffee. To draw out the experience I only read a few pages each night. I carefully read each page and took in all the visual details. Sip. Sip. Ahh.
I berated myself for not buying this book sooner, when it originally released in 2013. The book itself gave me such a better understanding of the Dragon Age world, even after playing Dragon Age: Origins, DA2, and Inquisition! I have to admit, I don’t read ALL of the codex files. I’m sure I’m not the only one. But even so, it’s just so beautifully and simply laid out that it’s worth buying either way.
This particular volume is an overview of the world’s history, races, regions, etc and a great beginning for anyone interested in lore.
Volume 2, which is currently available for pre-order and coming out in the next few weeks, is said to be more character driven. The description provided on the Dark Horse Website mentions songs, food, and is said to be up to date with Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s also much larger than volume 1.
My finger may have slipped and hit the preorder button. You can also preorder a super special Exclusive Edition over at the Bioware store that includes a lithograph portfolio in green satin with artwork by Nick Thornborrow and a copy of the in-game children’s book, The Seer’s Yarn: A Treasury of Tales for Children All Over, filled with additional artwork from the Dragon Age art team. You don’t know how badly I’d like to get my hands on this edition.
In the meantime, Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Vol. 1 is now on display as my official coffee-table piece. It eagerly awaits its companion, Volume 2, to join it.
This book in one word: glorious.