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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 Briala’s people and the Orlesian throne Briala must in turn decide where her true loyalties lieAlliances 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 alienages may decide the fate of the masked empi One of the major problems I had with Dragon Age 2 was the game had something of a monomaniacal focus on the Templar and Mage issue The unari were also present thank the Maker but it seemed to make the setting smaller rather than larger One of the most appealing elements of Dragon Age Origins was it illustrated the staggering number of issues which were plaguing the continent elvish bigotry dwarf classicism mage oppression religious fanaticism unari totalitarianism Tevinter slavers and the fact the nobility ranged from the Stark like Couslands to Joffrey like psychopaths like Arl Howe With the set up of Dragon Age Inuisition initially looking like it would deal with the Mage and Templar War I was rather worried the other elements would fall to the wayside even further Thankfully both the information coming out from Bioware as well as The Masked Empire The Masked Empire deals with areas of storytelling almost untouched by Dragon Age 2 and which I think will play a big role in Dragon Age Inuisition Specifically the plight of elves and the Orlesian Empire Orlais has been a country which has long had an important role in Dragon Age but has yet to be fully detailed until now Whereas Fereldan has served as the archetypal stand in for England Scotland and Wales Orlais has served as an analog for France It is a country which is much than this though embodying the setting s concepts of autocracy and the divine right of Kings Orlais is the largest most powerful richest and most dangerous nation in Thedas It didn t get there by being nice Interestingly Orlais is shown to be a multifaceted nation too Whereas much is made of the brutality and cruelty of Orlais nobility during their occupation of Fereldan Awakening s Baroness being based on Elizabeth Bathory we also have fan favorite Leliana one of the sweetest characters in the franchise hail from said nation They are a thoroughly humanized bunch of characters but have cultural attitudes which are decidedly well Medieval As for the elves one of the things I always enjoyed about Dragon Age was they were a race which was as far from Tolkien s conception of them as godlike immortal beings as you could get As the settings analog to both Jews and Romani elves are a despised minority desperately trying to cling to their cultural heritage in the face of brutal oppression Fereldan normally treated as much better than Orlais still has elven women abducted for sexual assault from their wedding and a full on pogrom when they try to resist Yeesh The premise follows the political struggles of Empress Celene and her elven lover Briala It s rare enough we see women in authority without being overtly sexualized It s doubly so to see a lesbian woman in authority Empress Celene could have easily been cast as a bisexual but there s no indication that she or her lover have any interest in men other than potential political allies Celene appears to be a woman who holds liberal attitudes to the plight of elves and is interested in patronizing the arts versus military expansionism However looks can be deceiving as she s also a master politician with the ruthless streak necessary to rule a country which has institutionalized intrigue Briala has a somewhat rose colored view of Celene viewing her as a messianic protector of her people who will deliver Orlais out of its current dark age of autocracy She s wrong Opposing our heroes is Grand Duke Gaspard a brutal imperialist warlord who wishes to invade the nation of Fereldan and put it under a military dictatorship for no other reason than to distract Orlesians from their constant infighting He s a monster planning the deaths of thousands for no other reason than because as a chevalier war is his trade and he sees nothing wrong with practicing it Yet despite this Duke Gaspard reveals himself to be possibly one of the few Orlesians with any sense of integrity Most characters in the novel would throw away their honor for whatever worth that is when it threaten their position Gaspard s word is his bond and he doesn t rules lawyer it either Between he and Empress Celene I m not sure who I would rather have as my ruler Empress Celene as an enlightened liberal ruler seems like she s the sort of person who would be better to my modern sensibilities However she s a politician and flat out untrustworthy Duke Gaspard by contrast is a ruthless war monger but you can expect him to honor your agreements That is an ugly pair of choices if our Inuisitor is called to support one or the other in Dragon Age Inuisition The supporting cast in The Masked Empire is great too I despised the character of Michel and hope there s an option for killing him in Inuisition but honestly I can t say I don t understand why he chose to make the choices he did I think those choices have damned him either secularly or metaphysically depending on your beliefs re Dragon Age s afterlife but I understand them I also loved the character of Felassan who is a delightful Trickster mentor and reminds me of the early legends of Merlin The worldbuilding in this book is great with insights into how the Dalish mages view City Elves the City Elves view Dalish mages how half elves are treated by society and how the Orlesian nobility looks down on them all We get insight into the Game which all of the Orlesian nobility plays and how their system of honor works I ve always liked how honor was treated in Dragon Age as we see in both the Dwarvish and Orlesian world that it allows you to do monstrous things but think of yourself as a good person In conclusion as much as I hated some of the characters for their actions this is a really good book I prefer Asunder but I think The Masked Empire is objectively better if that makes any sense Fans of Dragon Age should pick this up ASAP910

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The Masked Empire Dragon Age #4

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 necessaryFighting with the legendary skill of the Orlesian Chevaliers Grand Duke Gaspa The Imperial court of Orlais is filled with parties ornamented masks and the intrigue filled contest for power known simply as the Game But behind all this the threat of full scale civil war is looming The mages and the templars are already fighting The elven alienages simmer with discontent And the nobility is rallying behind Gaspard de Chalons a powerful chevalier critical to the rule of Empress CeleneDragon Age books have a tendency of starting out incredibly weakly and this one is no exception For the first half of the book everything is about the noble gatherings and the playing of the Game in Val Royeaux Moves are being made and alliances are being forged but in the end there is very little actual plot development However all that changes when the downtrodden elves of Halamshiral gather in open rebellion against the crownThere are two important protagonists in the book The first is Empress Celene herself a cynical woman who has achieved true mastery of the Game and has managed to rule the mightiest nation in Thedas for twenty years through words diplomacy and manipulation The second is Briala an elven girl who has been Celene s handmaid since they were both children and after a time became the Empress closest confidante her spymaster and eventually her loverEven though the reader is bound to support Celene while reading this book I would say that its most interesting character is without uestion Grand Duke Gaspard For the first half of the book he seems to be a selfish power hungry bastard willing to do just about anything to seize the throne of Orlais Once you get to know him however it s difficult not to sympathise with him Even though he s a noble he s also a chevalier and all his actions are guided by the Chevaliers Code He is completely ruthless in his uest for the throne but also refuses to do anything that would put a stain his honour And based on his actions in the book I would say he s the greatest character the Dragon Age universe has produced since OriginsAs for worldbuilding there is very little new One does get a lot insight into the noble society of Orlais and the nature of the eluvian mirrors but other than that there are no big revelations about anything a Dragon Age fan doesn t already know The Masked Empire was definitely my least favourite of the Dragon Age novels published so far but considering how much I enjoyed the first three that is not very much of a problem The book was fun enough to read and when it comes to setting the scene for Dragon Age Inuisition it does the job well

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Rd has won countless battles for the empire and the empress But has he fought in vain As the Circle fails and chaos looms Gaspard begins to doubt that Celene’s diplomatic approach to the mage problem or the elven uprisings 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 againBriala has been Celene’s handmaid since the two of them were children subtly using her position to After reading the first three DA books I picked this one up and was tremendously disappointed Complete garbage Expected another great adventure in Thedas but all I found was a poorly written romance novel


10 thoughts on “The Masked Empire Dragon Age #4

  1. says:

    It was international women’s day yesterday so I thought I’d review a fantasy book that displays a very powerful woman Meet Celene Empress

  2. says:

    The Imperial court of Orlais is filled with parties ornamented masks and the intrigue filled contest for power known simply as 'the Game' But behind all this the threat of full scale civil war is looming The mages and the templars are already fighting The elven alienages simmer with discontent And the nobility is rallying behind Gaspard de Chalons a powerful chevalier critical to the rule of Empress CeleneDragon Age boo

  3. says:

    How very disappointing This novel has left me with a bittersweet aftertaste bitter than sweet in what started as a very interesting and compl

  4. says:

    ‘How are the Dalish’ she asked 'You have not spoken of your people’Beneath his cloak his face lit up with enthusiasm 'They have a wonderful new plan It ends with the shemlen killing each other off leaving the Dales free for the elves to rule’'Felassan plucked off a bit of bark popped it into his mouth and chewed“What are you doing”“The Dalish know many medicinal remedies that the humans have forg

  5. says:

    It seems I'm one of the few who loved this one but so far it's my favorite of the companion novels It's because

  6. says:

    After reading the first three DA books I picked this one up and was tremendously disappointed Complete garbage Expected another great adventure in Thedas but all I found was a poorly written romance novel

  7. says:

    This Dragon Age book is set during the time before Dragon Age Inuisition the video game Perhaps because the book really revolves around the intricate world of Orelsian court politics it wasn't as exciting as the other DA books The gist shows the relationship between Briala of the elves and Celene Emperess of Orlais It also

  8. says:

    One of the major problems I had with Dragon Age 2 was the game had something of a monomaniacal focus on the Templar and Mage issue The unari were also present thank the Maker but it seemed to make the setting smaller rather than larger One of the most appealing elements of Dragon Age Origins was it illustrated the staggering number of issues

  9. says:

    I think this book pretty much lived up to my earliest expectations that is to say it was an okay read enjoyable at times but mostly dull Personally I blame the subject matter than the author but let's start from the beginningThe Masked Empire takes place around the same time as the events of Asunder While Wynne and company went off to find the answer to the Rite of Tranuility trouble was brewing in Orlais Empress Celene is slowly very slowl

  10. says:

    This was a slightly enjoyable read than the previous ones Writing style is to my liking I was mostly underwhelmed by the plot though it had some fun points but that may be due to my high expectations based on what happens in games It took me f