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Dragon Age: Deception

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BioWare's bestselling fantasy franchise lives on in these canonical comics from Dark Horse! Olivia Pryde hasn't worked an honest day in years. Once an actress, she now lives by the con, and has come to Tevinter with a new target: Calix Qintara, the heir to a wealthy house. Once she approaches the young man, she quickly realizes that he is not exactly who he says he is--a BioWare's bestselling fantasy franchise lives on in these canonical comics from Dark Horse! Olivia Pryde hasn't worked an honest day in years. Once an actress, she now lives by the con, and has come to Tevinter with a new target: Calix Qintara, the heir to a wealthy house. Once she approaches the young man, she quickly realizes that he is not exactly who he says he is--and she may be in too deep. This hardcover collects Dragon Age: Deception #1-#3.


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BioWare's bestselling fantasy franchise lives on in these canonical comics from Dark Horse! Olivia Pryde hasn't worked an honest day in years. Once an actress, she now lives by the con, and has come to Tevinter with a new target: Calix Qintara, the heir to a wealthy house. Once she approaches the young man, she quickly realizes that he is not exactly who he says he is--a BioWare's bestselling fantasy franchise lives on in these canonical comics from Dark Horse! Olivia Pryde hasn't worked an honest day in years. Once an actress, she now lives by the con, and has come to Tevinter with a new target: Calix Qintara, the heir to a wealthy house. Once she approaches the young man, she quickly realizes that he is not exactly who he says he is--and she may be in too deep. This hardcover collects Dragon Age: Deception #1-#3.

30 review for Dragon Age: Deception

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    The story meanders a bit as it follows around a couple of grifters who meet and instantly hate each other. We do meet some characters from previous Dragon Age stories. The art is not great. It was too cartoony for me. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This was slightly disappointing, considering it's from Dragon Age realm. I don't normally like to comment on art style, but given that the cover is absolutely gorgeous I was a little disappointed by how "cartoonish" the actual story art was. The story itself was pretty slow and with the exception of the two things listed below the spoiler warning, didn't appear to add much to the lore. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Basically the entire book follows two petty swindlers who are trying to get enou This was slightly disappointing, considering it's from Dragon Age realm. I don't normally like to comment on art style, but given that the cover is absolutely gorgeous I was a little disappointed by how "cartoonish" the actual story art was. The story itself was pretty slow and with the exception of the two things listed below the spoiler warning, didn't appear to add much to the lore. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Basically the entire book follows two petty swindlers who are trying to get enough money to leave Ventus before the Qunari attack. They spend most of the book arguing about who is the better thief. Literally, that's it. Eventually we find out two major developments, who is in possession of Bartrand/Meredith's lyrium idol (which gives me hope that Fenris will finally be put back into the spotlight) and how far a certain Wolf's reach really is...both of these things come at the very end of the story (and I mean the very end). Other than that the only part that really saved this book was seeing both Dorian and (briefly) King Alistair again, plus Vaea and Ser Aaron (Dragon Age: Knight Errant). But unfortunately, even they could not rescue us from the boring empty plot.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ellis

    the art wasn't my style, and the pacing jumped a bit. still, interesting new characters to our fun little outcast squad.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A lot of the reviews complain about the art, but I didn't see a problem with it? It didn't seem cartoon-y to me at all. I mean, sure, Calix looks like a Disney prince, but that's not a huge deal for me. The characterization wasn't very impressive; everyone seems pretty one-dimensional. Story was cheesy. But I still enjoyed the read! Summary for my reference: (view spoiler)[ Takes place A lot of the reviews complain about the art, but I didn't see a problem with it? It didn't seem cartoon-y to me at all. I mean, sure, Calix looks like a Disney prince, but that's not a huge deal for me. The characterization wasn't very impressive; everyone seems pretty one-dimensional. Story was cheesy. But I still enjoyed the read! Summary for my reference: (view spoiler)[ Takes place post-DAI in the Tevinter city Ventus, which is actually the Qunari city Qarinus. The city is in a tense state because the qunari are very close to taking it back. There is an old recluse mage holed up in his estate in the city, and Olivia Pryde arrives in the city looking to investigate this estate, though I can't remember why. She chats up Calix, who is supposedly the mage's son, but it turns out he's a swindler using the name to con money out of people. The pair stumble into Ser Aaron Hawthorne from "Knight Errant," who enlists them to help he and Vaea break into the old mage estate (I can't remember why they are interested either, though I think it's because the mage is thought to have been involved with the Venatori). There's some hinting that Ser Aaron and Olivia had a fling in the past, but she winds up having a one-nighter with Calix for some reason so that doesn't really go anywhere. They get involved with some crows, a mage girl whose family has ties with the Venatori, and Dorian, who is interested because he's investigating people with Venatori ties. As they are running amok through the mage estate, though, the qunari launch their final attack to take back the city, so chaos breaks out. They discover the mage is long dead, and an elven slave has been running the show for a mysterious master. As the group makes their escape, Olivia stays behind and dies holding off the qunari raiding the estate. Ser Aaron and Vaea return to their business, and Calix, taking Olivia's last name as he admires her and her sacrifice, joins up with Francesca the mage girl to go off adventuring or whatever. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    KatiePotatieArts

    I would enjoy this novel a lot more if I was invested in the world of "Dragon Age". The premise was really good, and the main character was fantastic. But ultimately it fell flat for me as someone just coming into the narrative.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I am essentially trash for any and all things Dragon Age, but this was a bit disappointing. Sure, there was a stellar appearance by one of my faves, the enigmatic Dorian Pavus, and we finally got to see a little bit of Tevinter. That didn’t quite make up for how uninvested I felt in the story and characters. For those who (like me) have either forgotten the events in Knight Errant or haven’t read it at all, there’s an unshakeable feeling that the story would make sense with some additional background I am essentially trash for any and all things Dragon Age, but this was a bit disappointing. Sure, there was a stellar appearance by one of my faves, the enigmatic Dorian Pavus, and we finally got to see a little bit of Tevinter. That didn’t quite make up for how uninvested I felt in the story and characters. For those who (like me) have either forgotten the events in Knight Errant or haven’t read it at all, there’s an unshakeable feeling that the story would make sense with some additional background information. It didn’t make Deception impossible to follow, but does make the plot a bit less meaningful. I’ve generally been impressed with the art in previous Dragon Age comics; personally, I found the art in Deception a bit too cartoonish especially when compared with the gorgeous cover. Overall, this is a fine edition to the Dragon Age universe. The story was interesting enough to keep me reading and it’s always great to see beloved characters from the games. I might think twice about buying the next release in the series, though, unless I hear better things about the art and story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Another rollicking good read in the world of Thedas penned by DeFilippis and Weir. It was wonderful to see Vaea and Ser Aaron again and meet some new recurring characters drawn from the dark, rich tapestry of Tevinter (and on top of that, we get to see Dorian again!). This is a good heist story about grifters and other elements of the moral in-between in this universe such as the Antivan Crows, and at the heart of it is the complex romantic and moral relationship of Ser Aaron (honest knight) and Another rollicking good read in the world of Thedas penned by DeFilippis and Weir. It was wonderful to see Vaea and Ser Aaron again and meet some new recurring characters drawn from the dark, rich tapestry of Tevinter (and on top of that, we get to see Dorian again!). This is a good heist story about grifters and other elements of the moral in-between in this universe such as the Antivan Crows, and at the heart of it is the complex romantic and moral relationship of Ser Aaron (honest knight) and Olivia Pryde (duplicitous con artist...with a heart of gold?). A bit too short - only 3 issues - for it to be developed as much as I would like, but intriguing and enjoyable nonetheless with some tantalizing insight into Solas' machinations and the movement of dangerous red lyrium artifacts into enemy hands. Can't wait for the next series as well as all this portends for the plot of the fourth game.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I wasn't sold at first but it was actually incredible how much I turned around on the characters and basically fell in love with them by the end. Olivia and Calix were fantastic new additions to the DA world and even though it was such a short story their relationship grew very organically. I also loved the appearances of Dorian and Ser Aaron who are fabulous, and a lovely little pair of Antivan Crows. (view spoiler)[I was SO EXCITED about the reference to I wasn't sold at first but it was actually incredible how much I turned around on the characters and basically fell in love with them by the end. Olivia and Calix were fantastic new additions to the DA world and even though it was such a short story their relationship grew very organically. I also loved the appearances of Dorian and Ser Aaron who are fabulous, and a lovely little pair of Antivan Crows. (view spoiler)[I was SO EXCITED about the reference to the red lyrium idol somehow being related to Danarius because omg Fenris?? YES. With the implication that it plays a big role in DA4 I can only hope we will see the return of some DA2 characters. (hide spoiler)] I can see most people didn't enjoy the art style but I personally thought it was great! The characters were so expressive and it worked really well for a story about an actress. I will state, as I have said before, that I think my view on these comics is a bit biased because I know and love the DA world so much already. I don't know how this would read to an outside viewer, but I personally adored it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Another delightful addition to the Dragon Age comics! We got to some characters from the other comics in this run, and of course Dorian! :) I am absolutely loving the potential set up for some Dragon Age 4 story - the Qunari are getting more and more blatant about their Tevinter attacks. I can't wait for more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    As a hardcore DA fan, this fired up my excitement to replay some of the games again with its intrigue and morally grey characters. Yes, the art was a departure and slight disappointment, but the clues dropped for next game, at least for me, make it worthwhile.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 Total review score: 1.5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hali

    Story is alright. Good mix of familiar characters. They really need to stop whitewashing Dorian. The art style is a little weird. It's very short for all the character development they try to cram into it. Otherwise, pretty solid and enjoyable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sara Bakhshi

    I absolutely loved the drawings but the story was not that good. I liked the story of the game way more!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bussola Vespucci

    If these characters are not on my team when DA4 comes out I will be miffed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paperclippe

    Cutest. Mabari. Ever.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Not my favorite of the Dragon Age graphic novels. The artwork isn't as good as usual, and the story is often confusing. I wish I could give it more stars, but I just wasn't feeling it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adam Woods

    I don't think the story works unless you've read the Knight Errant comics. May favorite part of the story was seeing the characters from Knight Errant again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joe Douglas

    Easily the weakest of the Dragon Age comics this far. There's really nothing much in here of interest to fans and it has only the barest of connections to any of the games. Completely forgettable. It would be a one star, but I gave it two as the presentation of the hardcover is really nice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  20. 4 out of 5

    Astrid

  21. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  22. 4 out of 5

    Riza

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

  24. 4 out of 5

    Fernanda

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kerstin Ford

  26. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maree

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

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