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The Masked Empire (Dragon Age) (Paperback)

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Political scheming, interracial tension, and the complex social dance
known as the Game are all in a day’s work for Empress Celene of Orlais.
When the threat of war creates unease in the empire, Celene’s enemies
plan to use the situation to move against her. Briala, the Empress’s
elven lover and confidante, finds herself playing a crucial role in
Orlais's future. Another excellent addition to the Dragon Age tie-in novels, with lots of backstory to satisfy those of us awaiting Inquisition.

— Andrea


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 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.

In this thrilling tie-in to the award-winning Dragon Age(TM) games, alliances 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 slums may decide the fate of the masked empire.

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About the Author

PATRICK WEEKES is a senior writer at BioWare(TM) and has contributed to all three of the award-winning Mass Effect(TM) games. His stories have appeared in Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, and Strange Horizons. He has also published a stand-alone fantasy novel.A division of Electronic Arts, the world's leading electronic entertainment publisher, BIOWARE is the award-winning creator of some of the world's best-selling video games, including the Baldur's Gate(TM) and Neverwinter Nights(TM) series, Star Wars(R) Knights of the Old Republic(TM) and Mass Effect.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765331182
ISBN-10: 0765331187
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: April 8th, 2014
Pages: 380
Language: English
Series: Dragon Age (Paperback)


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