11738736I bawled like a baby when I reached the end of this book.

Dragon Age Asunder is the third book in the Dragon Age series, based on the video rpg of the same name, all written by David Gader.  Asunder takes place on Orlais about a year after the events of Dragon Age 2.

Asunder is a fascinating story that continues with the events that Dragon Age 2 sparked, the relationship between the Chantry and the mages of the realm.  One side wants to be free to rule themselves, the other side is so fearful of the possible harm that could come of that freedom that they clamp down in an attempt to keep anything from happening ever.  And of course the harder the Chantry clamps down, the harder the mages fight for freedom, the harder the Chantry clamps down, etc etc.

Circles upon circles.  Neither side is right, and neither side is wrong.  Mages have the capacity to be dangerous as they are always open to possession by demons, but that doesn’t mean they have to be locked away from the rest of civilization for all their lives, nor that they should have their individuality stripped from them or be outright killed for what *could* happen.

These arguments and more are presented within Asunder, and we see some old friends from Dragon Age Origins return.  Wynne comes back to help her long lost son with Shale by her side.  Leliana returns as the right hand of a Divine who is more cunning than she looked.  Numerous references are made to the Hero of Fereldan, but at the end of it all we say a final farewell to one of our three boon companions, never to be heard from again.

Yupp.  Que the tears.

But aside from the incredibly sad ending, Dragon Age Asunder was really, really good.  And now with the trailor for Dragon Age Inqusition out, you can see how Dragon Age 2 and Asunder tie in to the next chapter of the rpg side of the franchise.

Next time, a little murder mystery to liven things up around here.  Naked Heat by Richard Castle, based on the awesome television show Castle starring Nathan Fillion.

7776678When New York’s most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan.

Heat’s murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. In the wake of their recent breakup, Nikki would rather not deal with their raw emotional baggage. But the handsome, wise-cracking Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s personal involvement in the case forces her to team up with Rook anyway. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians.

This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.