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The lead writer of BioWare's hit Dragon Age games concludes King Alistair's epic quest - in a journey beyond reality itself! Fans around the world have recognized the Dragon Age comics to be an integral addition to the videogame saga. Now, series writer David Gaider pits King Alistair and his noble companions Varric and Isabela against their most nefarious foe - the twiste The lead writer of BioWare's hit Dragon Age games concludes King Alistair's epic quest - in a journey beyond reality itself! Fans around the world have recognized the Dragon Age comics to be an integral addition to the videogame saga. Now, series writer David Gaider pits King Alistair and his noble companions Varric and Isabela against their most nefarious foe - the twisted blood mage Aurelian Titus! Don't miss what critics are calling "wonderful, exciting examples of the fantasy genre in comic book form!"


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The lead writer of BioWare's hit Dragon Age games concludes King Alistair's epic quest - in a journey beyond reality itself! Fans around the world have recognized the Dragon Age comics to be an integral addition to the videogame saga. Now, series writer David Gaider pits King Alistair and his noble companions Varric and Isabela against their most nefarious foe - the twiste The lead writer of BioWare's hit Dragon Age games concludes King Alistair's epic quest - in a journey beyond reality itself! Fans around the world have recognized the Dragon Age comics to be an integral addition to the videogame saga. Now, series writer David Gaider pits King Alistair and his noble companions Varric and Isabela against their most nefarious foe - the twisted blood mage Aurelian Titus! Don't miss what critics are calling "wonderful, exciting examples of the fantasy genre in comic book form!"

30 review for Until We Sleep

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    I’m determined to read more graphic novels this year. Beyond Neil Gaiman’s remarkable Sandman series I barely read any in 2017. There was a time when I used to read one a week every week. Starting with this, I’m going to revive that former tradition of mine. I've got a few interesting bits on the horizon. Well, anyway, on with Untill We Sleep. The thing I enjoyed most about this series was its use of a different narrator per book; it really kept things lively and entertaining. And Varric, the lo I’m determined to read more graphic novels this year. Beyond Neil Gaiman’s remarkable Sandman series I barely read any in 2017. There was a time when I used to read one a week every week. Starting with this, I’m going to revive that former tradition of mine. I've got a few interesting bits on the horizon. Well, anyway, on with Untill We Sleep. The thing I enjoyed most about this series was its use of a different narrator per book; it really kept things lively and entertaining. And Varric, the loveable yet sarcastically witty dwarf rogue, is the best yet. He sees the world in a different way to most people. His gaze cuts through all the bullshit and pretences most people put out there: he sees things as they actually are quicker than most people. He knows when he is being played and he knows exactly how to react, and it isn't always with words: He’s tough when he needs to be. So like all good comic books, this was full of action. It brought together all the individual strands from The Silent Grove and Those Who Speak and released them in one rather splendid final display of action; it was bloody; it was entertaining, and it was everything you’d expect from a Dragon Age story. I’ve said it before, and I will gladly say it again, the Dragon Age universe is one of my favourites in fantasy simply because how complex the situations become. I want to see so much more of it, and these comics have helped tremendously. This was the conclusion the series so desperately needed. It fits rather smoothly in with the rest of the Dragon Age universe, and it’s rather emotional: it’s a touching moment when Alistair finally reconnects with his past and understands completely who he is. And this is exactly what has always made the series so compelling for me: the characters are dense individuals with huge personalities. Dragon Age Graphic Novel Trilogy 1. The Silent Grove- A cool four stars 2. Those Who Speak- A strong four stars 3. Until We Sleep - A bloody four stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    In the final series of the trilogy, Dragon Age 's King Alistair continues the search for his father Maric, accompanied by the pirate queen Isabela and the storytelling dwarf merchant, Varric. They are aided by the Tevinter mage, Maevaris, as they track down the evil Titus who has captured Maric for the dragon's blood that runs within the Theirin veins. I love this story. I hate this story. There are so many secrets revealed, ideas introduced and of course the presence of some of my beloved cha In the final series of the trilogy, Dragon Age 's King Alistair continues the search for his father Maric, accompanied by the pirate queen Isabela and the storytelling dwarf merchant, Varric. They are aided by the Tevinter mage, Maevaris, as they track down the evil Titus who has captured Maric for the dragon's blood that runs within the Theirin veins. I love this story. I hate this story. There are so many secrets revealed, ideas introduced and of course the presence of some of my beloved characters from Dragon Age:Origins and Dragon Age II. But even with the combined twelve issues, including Dragon Age: The Silent Grove and Dragon Age Volume 2: Those Who Speak , there was simply not enough room to fit everything in. In other words, despite the excellent artwork, I really wish this had been written as a novel instead. Gaider does such a fabulous job with character development in hisn ovels but, while the characters here had some powerful moments, I felt that the limitations of the comic book format didn't allow the writing to go far enough with them. Moreover, the time that was spent with them seemed to cut into the plotting, causing the adventure to skim along like point form notes. I was disappointed with how abruptly certain elements, such as Yavana, the witch of the wilds, and the Qunari, were handled. I am reasonably content with what I learned from the series and appreciate that the conclusion brought closure to the mystery of Maric's disappearance and his promise to Flemeth. It also gave some interesting insight into Isabela, the character some would write off as merely a sex-crazed thief, and answered a question about Varric and his beloved Bianca thanks to a trip into the glorious Fade. And even though I'm claiming disappointment with the format, there was still enough here for my imagination to set to work on my headcanon. And damn Gaider and his bittersweet endings. I'll just be quietly sobbing in the corner while I wait for Dragon Age: Inquisition. See more reviews at The BiblioSanctum

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    The power these characters have to break my heart is unfair... Alistair is probably one of the most tormented characters I've ever encountered, but he remains so optimistic that when ANOTHER bad thing happens to him, I feel my heart actually break for a fictional character. Just incredible...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Varric's naked butt almost, but not entirely, made up for the massive amount of lady t+a in this comic series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    End felt really rushed, but I really did like Varric as narrator.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara Portela

    5 stars I think this was a good ending to this trio story. And i think it was a great idea to end it with Varric's point of view, seeing his talent for storytelling. I love how they made this sincerely. And now I understand some events better! Definitely recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    As I said previously about the Mass Effect comic series, the Dragon Age ones (specifically this final collection) seem to suffer for time. I would have liked to see more story and perhaps less of a trip into the fade. It also made me feel a little sad. I'd read the novels The Stolen Throne and The Calling and felt Maric deserved a better ending. As I said previously about the Mass Effect comic series, the Dragon Age ones (specifically this final collection) seem to suffer for time. I would have liked to see more story and perhaps less of a trip into the fade. It also made me feel a little sad. I'd read the novels The Stolen Throne and The Calling and felt Maric deserved a better ending.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I liked Until We Sleep but not as much as the earlier installments in the series. Though I love Varric, I didn't enjoy how much of the story is told with his imaginative versions of how events unfolded. When the actual final fight arrived, it felt anti-climactic. The characters still felt wonderfully authentic to the games, which is something I have really enjoyed about this series. Varric in particular seemed true to character and provided a dose of levity to a dark storyline.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lexine Higgins

    They really saved the best 'til last! This was such an emotional ending, and one that gives fans closure on the fate of beloved King Maric. It expands on lore and the history of Thedas, and has some really shocking twists that I really didn't see coming. I liked seeing more of the Qunari in this one, as we've only had a taster of their way of life and their homeland from previous games, and in the comic previous to this one. I also liked seeing more of Mae, an LGBT+ character seen in the end cre They really saved the best 'til last! This was such an emotional ending, and one that gives fans closure on the fate of beloved King Maric. It expands on lore and the history of Thedas, and has some really shocking twists that I really didn't see coming. I liked seeing more of the Qunari in this one, as we've only had a taster of their way of life and their homeland from previous games, and in the comic previous to this one. I also liked seeing more of Mae, an LGBT+ character seen in the end credits of the Trespasser DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition. I had no idea who she was, but she's actually a rather likeable character, and I'm excited to see more of her (hopefully) in Dragon Age 4...whenever it's going to be released! Normally, I can put a comic down to pause the story and resume it later, but with this one I was utterly hooked. I devoured the pages until the last one, and it left me feeling satisfied. It brought a close to Maric's story, helped push Alistair along into Dragon Age: Inquisition, gave insight into Varric's thoughts and feelings and his secret lady love, pushing him along into DA:I, and gave us even more insight into Isabela's life and what goes on inside that head of hers, as she's a rather secretive person and doesn't like to show her true feelings or thoughts most of the time. I was afraid that this comic would be a filler story that would have no impact on later games or character development, but now I can see why Alistair and Varric are the way they are in DA:I, how Isabela becomes 'Captain', as Varric calls her in DA:I in Haven, and what in Thedas has happened to the long-lost king that Loghain tried so hard to find.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nico

    I had some mixed feelings about this one, compared to the last two. Overall, it was a strong ending to the series, I appreciated Varric's point of view. Infact all the characters stayed very true to how they are in the games. It felt like some parts were rushed a little, maybe that's just the nature of the format, though...? I got genuine goosebumps at that last page! It was interesting to finally gain some insight into Varric's past regarding Bianca and I always like seeing Alistair's character d I had some mixed feelings about this one, compared to the last two. Overall, it was a strong ending to the series, I appreciated Varric's point of view. Infact all the characters stayed very true to how they are in the games. It felt like some parts were rushed a little, maybe that's just the nature of the format, though...? I got genuine goosebumps at that last page! It was interesting to finally gain some insight into Varric's past regarding Bianca and I always like seeing Alistair's character development.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    I've read this series for a single purpose: to see Alistair and Maric reunion. It was dreadful. Empty. And in ANOTHER dream scene in the Fade Alistair is as out of character as he could possibly be. The art is nice, but not nice enough that I wouldn't be angry at this atrocity of a "canon story".

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Natasha

    As is customary for our plans, things did not go quite as expected. This was absolutely a fitting end to this arc, and I'm somehow even more in love with Varric, Isabela and Alistair than I was before. This series added some real depth to all three of them — especially Isabela — so I had a lot of fun with this! Mae is wonderful too, I'm glad to see her return.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gareth

    The finale of the trilogy, closing out the various threads. Was a satisfying finish, but wasn't as good as the second book, the POV switched again to a less interesting one for me, and the resolution was a little lucky maybe? against the previous books where while fortuitous, seemed driven by the protagonists more than in this one. Still enjoyable read, and did reach a good end result.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Enjoyable, but not particularly notable. Varric makes a great narrator, always. And the setting was interesting. The story progresses and concludes rather quickly, but it still had it's moments (they maybe just didn't have as much weight as they might have with a longer build up). Also enjoy the characters; they're always the highlight with Dragon Age.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    A solid ending to the series. The art was amazing, especially in the Fade. The only negative is that the ending felt rushed again, but I still enjoyed it. I totally recommend the series to any fans of Dragon Age.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Torbjørnsdal Engeland

    3.75 I liked this a whole lot better than the previous installments of this comic series, probably because it was in Varric's perspective. Gotta love his storytelling ;) and it had less of this awful version of Alistair which still looks like shit.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    If you have played Dragon Age 2, then this series of graphic novels tells a nice story, looks great and feels like a part of the universe.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    No wonder it seemed like Alistar had his shit together in Inquisition...poor guy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Darío

    no

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Corpus

    This is so heartbreaking, I think I've lost my mind because I'm laughing. I am not having fun but this was some good shit!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Anne Rider

    Love, love, love!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chase Bouzigard

    This was a fine Dragon Age graphic novel. I have no idea if it is cannon or not, but I enjoyed it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    Wow. That was amazing! I’m so happy they included a trans character 🖤

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Huston

    Read as Part of "Volume 1" with comics #1-3

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marilena

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think the previous book in the trilogy might have been better, more exciting. This book wasn't terrible, it was good. However I think its structure was a little strange, meaning that the ending was really short and abrupt with sort of a mediocre pay off. It was what was "promised", but nothing more. I still give it a high rating because most of the pages were spent on something interesting, the characters time in the fade. I specifically liked seeing Varric with Bianca. It answered some questio I think the previous book in the trilogy might have been better, more exciting. This book wasn't terrible, it was good. However I think its structure was a little strange, meaning that the ending was really short and abrupt with sort of a mediocre pay off. It was what was "promised", but nothing more. I still give it a high rating because most of the pages were spent on something interesting, the characters time in the fade. I specifically liked seeing Varric with Bianca. It answered some questions but raised more - I'm hoping he'll tell about it in the next DA game. Seeing how the other characters deal with the fade is interesting too, but Varric's story was the best, everything else following it was tame in comparison. To be fair the other characters didn't seem to have their circumstances put into a proper scene. I mean in Varric's case you didn't know he was in the fade because he didn't know he was in the fade. I think it would've been more interesting seeing it more from the individual characters point of view first, and then have Varric and Co interrupt. Just set the mood a little first. I think I understand why they didn't do it that way, one reason being that they only have so many pages. Another being that it's Varric telling the story so he's going in knowing it's all fake. I like the art in this and think some of the panels and pages have a brilliant set-up. I still find it strange that Alistair is a red-head in this, but I don't mind. What I do mind however is that most of the characters don't really act properly based on their own personalities. I mean, a lot of the stuff in the entire trilogy seems to be a lot of story, but very little character. Alistair in particular I hardly ever see acting anything like himself. I excuse him with "He's probably been hardened in this scenario", but even when he was hardened in the game he had a sense of humour.I'm not expecting him to crack jokes 24/7, especially since he's probably feeling the pressure of the situtation he's under more than the other characters, it being His father they're all looking for. Though it's not often in any of these books that either of the characters, Isbela, Varric or Alistair even make me crack a smile. Which is insane, they're all supposed to be funny. I understand that this is a big quest and whatnot, but they were always able to joke and poke fun of dangerous situations, that's what makes them so enjoyable to bring along when you're questing. There's more to be said about this book, but I'm rambling and making a mess. So in short: should you read this? I'd say, no. Not unless you're familiar with the characters from the game and have read the two previous books of course. The characters are too bland on their own for newcomers to the franchise to enjoy this (I would think). I enjoy it as much as I do because I know them from the games and I know what they're usually like so that's helpful. That's also kind of what ruins it because it makes you have certain expectations to the characters that they're really not realizing. Just for the record, I feel a little generous giving this 3 out of 5 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    João Jorge

    “Until We Sleep” is a perfect ending to our heroes quest and an epic adventure full of details about one of Dragon Age's most loved characters, Varric. The comic is narrated by Varric, just like DA2 and its lots of fun seeing how his story embellishes what really happened and in a way, once again, raises the question of just how much of DA2 really happened and how much was Varric's storytelling. Just like the second volume was centered on Isabela, this one is all about the rogue dwarf and answer “Until We Sleep” is a perfect ending to our heroes quest and an epic adventure full of details about one of Dragon Age's most loved characters, Varric. The comic is narrated by Varric, just like DA2 and its lots of fun seeing how his story embellishes what really happened and in a way, once again, raises the question of just how much of DA2 really happened and how much was Varric's storytelling. Just like the second volume was centered on Isabela, this one is all about the rogue dwarf and answers one of the biggest questions about his character! Bianca!!! Enough said! The comic moves at a swift pace, with action, battles, beautiful pages and a tight script. The quest has a satisfying conclusion, with an epic climax and every plot point resolved. This was just a great series, with a decent start in “The Silent Grove” and two magnificent volumes following it, with lots of lore and a quest very close to the games' structure. Highly recommended to all “Dragon Age” fans.

  27. 4 out of 5

    machinaheart

    WARNING: If you do want Bianca to remain a mystery, then do not read this. Or have someone tell you which pages to avoid, since they're not vital to the story. Not really. I am a bit sad that I know more about Bianca now, because not knowing made her a vessel for all these possibilities. Well, it's done and it wasn't bad, just not as exciting as I would have liked it to be. Other than that, I liked the conclusion of this story. And yeah, more Mae!! Since I've been listening to DA:O party banter th WARNING: If you do want Bianca to remain a mystery, then do not read this. Or have someone tell you which pages to avoid, since they're not vital to the story. Not really. I am a bit sad that I know more about Bianca now, because not knowing made her a vessel for all these possibilities. Well, it's done and it wasn't bad, just not as exciting as I would have liked it to be. Other than that, I liked the conclusion of this story. And yeah, more Mae!! Since I've been listening to DA:O party banter these days, Alistair struck me as an incredibly changed man - with glimpses of the dork I know - but I can see that transformation happening for him, definitely. And well, Isabela and Varric, no words needed there. Lay back and love ;D

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This finishes the Dragon Age graphic novel series, and it does so very strongly. Alistair's quest reaches its end, and much of the story takes place in the Fade, from Varric's point of view, which makes for a very interesting story. Here more than the other books, Varric's penchant for narrating himself is used, to very good effect. What it says about his feelings toward Isabela is nearly poetic. The conflict and resolution plays out well, and the ending is powerful and poignant. All told, I'd s This finishes the Dragon Age graphic novel series, and it does so very strongly. Alistair's quest reaches its end, and much of the story takes place in the Fade, from Varric's point of view, which makes for a very interesting story. Here more than the other books, Varric's penchant for narrating himself is used, to very good effect. What it says about his feelings toward Isabela is nearly poetic. The conflict and resolution plays out well, and the ending is powerful and poignant. All told, I'd say this book by itself justifies reading the entire trilogy. They're still not vital to the Dragon Age world, but they do add a nice bit of color.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Godlewski

    The final book in Alistair's journey to find his father Maric is told from the perspective of Varric. This wraps up the story nicely, though there is a lot less action in this one as most of the story takes place in the Fade. Solid ending that wraps up this adventure nicely. The ending remarks by Alistair about Maric and who really needed who when the heroes emerge from the Fade should strike a chord with anyone out there helping take care of elderly parents/grandparents.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nerine Dorman

    I admit that I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I understand that the production costs of a graphic story are high, but something felt a bit abrupt. Or maybe I'm expecting the kind of dense, textured narrative structure I've experienced with Gaiman's The Sandman. However... I'm a huge fan of the Dragon Age universe, and Until We Sleep is visually pretty and features some of my favourite characters, so I'm biased in its favour.

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