Source: Dark Horse/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Dark Horse
Edition: E-galley, 184 pages
Genre: Video Game Artbook
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Bioware (Exclusive Edition)*
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Invitingly designed, illustrated with hundreds of pieces of lush art from the creators of the games, this is the definitive guide to BioWare’s dark fantasy masterpiece! For Dragon Age newcomers, this comprehensive volume brings you up to speed on everything you need to know about the regions, religions, monsters, magic, and more! For dedicated fans, never before have the secrets of BioWare’s epic fantasy been revealed so completely and so compellingly! This dramatic, accessible, beautiful tome illuminates the darkest corners of the Deep Roads to the most illusory reaches of the Fade, taking readers on a journey through one of the most fully realized fantasy universes of our time!
When they say that this is one of the most fully realized fantasy universes they really mean it…this is one of the most detailed video game guide/art books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. If you have a question about the Dragon Age world there is a very good chance that this book will answer it.
The book includes a detailed timeline that runs along the bottom of each page. It covers both known and unknown major events, and it includes a symbol for what the event pertains to (i.e. Chantry, the Crows, etc.). This is split into seven complete sections; Nations, Races, Religion, Magic, The Fade, The Blight, Bestiary. Each section is extremely detailed and includes some amazing never before seen artwork. If you were ever curious about the individual nations like Orlais, what they like to wear, or what the dwarves religion (The Stone) is like then the book is definitely going to have the answer. I’d actually be surprised if it didn’t have some form of answer to be frank. I think I actually found out more than I ever wanted to know about Dragon Age. The amount histories for each nation, each Blight, and each religion/race is just astounding. Also if you were wondering how much it incorporates the games, it does mention them or specific people from them…however if you are looking for a ton of information on the stuff specific to the games then I’m afraid this isn’t for you. You’re better off checking out the normal guides for that.
I adore the artwork as well. As I said before it includes some never before seen pieces that are print-worthy in my opinion. There are some great scenery shots that look fantastic and I’d love to have in frames my walls. They also include drawings of each beast mentioned and even some familiar faces.
This is one of those books that is perfect for your shelf if your a gamer, it’s detailed and worth flipping through time and time again.
I received this in exchange for an honest review.