''Franchise/DragonAge: The Stolen Throne'' is a prequel novel to the Creator/BioWare RPG ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' written by its lead writer, David Gaider. The chronologically earliest installment of the ''Dragon Age'' franchise, it follows the Fereldan king Maric Theirin, as he rises from awkward and foolish boy to the deserved and rightful king of Ferelden.

However, that throne is occupied by [[TheCaligula King Meghren]], the usurper. He is the cousin of the Orlesian emperor, and rumored to have also been his lover, exiled from Orlais for his antics. His servant and advisor, the mage Severus, hires an elven Bard (assassin and spy) named Katriel to seduce and betray Maric, but she begins to develop feelings for the rebel leader.

Also prominent is Loghain Mac Tir, one of the main villains of ''Origins''. As Maric's best friend and most trusted subordinate, he finds himself torn between that loyalty and the love for Rowan, Maric's betrothed since birth.
!!Tropes in this novel are:
* ActionGirl: Both Rowan and Katriel can really kick some ass. Also some of the minor characters in the Rebel Army, like Rowan's lieutenant Branwen.
* ActionMom: Queen Moira, Maric's mother, is practically the poster woman for this trope. She's an unparalleled badass both on the field and in leading her troops. Maric's biggest struggle is living up to the image of his beloved mother as a proven warrior and leader.
* ArtifactTitle: A Dragon Age novel that takes place in the previous era, the Blessed Age, although the Dragon Age begins just at the end of the book, before the Battle of the River Dane.
* ArrangedMarriage: Maric and Rowan.
* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse: The epilogue shows that the novel is actually [[SacrificialLion Prince Cailan]]'s history lesson.
* BackForTheFinale: Mother Ailis shows up in the epilogue, having been absent since chapter 4.
* BadassArmy: Nalthur and the Legion of the Dead. Half of the Orlesian army sent to retake Gwaren after the victory at West Hill are killed by the dwarves alone.
* BatmanGambit: By Severan. It doesn't end so well for him.
** Maric fully expected that [[spoiler: his mother's killers would tell the rest of the Bannorn they had been invited to a meeting with him, so that when word of their deaths got out, the rest of the nobility would know not to cross him in the future]].
* BettyAndVeronica: Rowan and Katriel.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Maric becomes king and the Orlesians are expelled, but Rowan and Katriel die. Loghain has to give up his love for the good of his nation, and Maric kills his own.]]
* TheCaligula: Meghren is absolutely out of his mind, concerned only with complaining, debauchery, and brutalizing the palace staff.
* CoolSword: Maric finds one in the Deep Roads. A runed [[{{Unobtanium}} dragonbone]] longsword.
* TheCorruption: The darkspawn taint everything.
* DesecratingTheDead: [[spoiler: Prince Maric puts the puppet king Meghren's head on a spike in front of Fort Drakon in retaliation for Meghren doing the same to Maric's mother Moira the Rebel Queen a few years before that. ]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Loghain and Rowan.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Against the warnings of his advisors, Meghren orders mass executions of anyone suspected of sympathising with the rebels to discourage people from siding with Maric after West Hill. This backfires ''spectacularly'': instead of suppressing further revolts, such brutality only encourages further rebellion from the populace, and drives most of Meghren's grudging supporters amongst the nobility and the Chantry to side with Maric.
* DoomedByCanon: To fans who played the game first, many characters are this.
* TheDragon: Severan, King Megren's court magician.
* FemmeFatale: Katriel.
* Foreshadowing: [[spoiler: Flemeth gives Maric a cryptic warning about Loghain: ''"Keep him close and he will betray you, each time worse than the last"''. Flemeth could mean any number of things both in the novel and the continuity; potentially referring to Loghain's eventual affair with Rowan, the fact he will ultimately lie to Maric to induce him to kill Katriel, or ultimately betraying everything he and Maric fought for by leaving Cailan to his death and becoming as great, if not even worse a tyrant than Meghren during the Blight]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Maric says to Rowan after Katriel's death that Flemeth implied this trope regarding him]].
-->'''Maric''': [[spoiler: ''(quoting Flemeth)'' You will hurt the ones you love the most, and become what you hate to save what you love.]]
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[HeelFaceDoorSlam Subverted]].
* IcyBlueEyes: As the narration reminds us multiple times, Loghain has them.
* LaResistance: The Rebel Army.
* LoveTriangle: Loghain is attracted to Rowan, and while she reciprocates, she's also in love with (and betrothed to) Maric. Maric, however, is (at least consciously) unaware of Rowan's affection and falls in love with Katriel.
* LoveRedeems: Katriel's love for Maric eventually causes her to cancel her contract on his life and do her utmost to protect him.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: The Arl of Amaranthine comes over to the rebels after Meghren takes near-violent offense at his birthday present, an heirloom sword that ends up "donated" to the Chantry.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: While a number of battles are described in the novel, the historic Battle of River Dane that sealed Ferelden's independence isn't. All we get is the preparation and the aftermath.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: This is how Meghren became the regent of Ferelden, after he angered the Emperor of Orlais.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Katriel.]]
* RomanticPlotTumor: An in-universe one as Loghain knows Maric's relationship with the elf girl will go nowhere. [[spoiler: And it ruins his life as well.]]
* SaidBookism: It's difficult to overstate Gaider's love of adverbs. In fairness, he is a video game writer and this was his very first published prose work, though, damn, if this example below doesn't make it obvious.
-->"Maric dug into his stew ravenously. Katriel picked at hers gingerly, sipping on some of the broth. The dwarf all but gulped his down greedily, finishing it long before the others were even half done, and then belching loudly."
* TranquilFury: Maric displays this [[spoiler: when confronting Bann Ceorlic and the other traitor nobles who lured his mother to her death. When one of their number, Bann Keir, [[TooDumbToLive tries to extort Maric for more concessions in exchange for their support against Meghren]], Maric [[OffWithHisHead kills him on the spot]]. When Ceorlic protests that their families will fight him to the end if he kills them, Maric calmly and coldly replies that the children of his mother's killers will have one day to denounce the treachery of their fathers and swear allegiance to him. If they agree, he will spare them. If they refuse, he will kill them all and give their lands to subjects who understand the consequences of betraying him. When Ceorlic, the only survivor of the ensuing bloodbath, falls to his knees and [[AintTooProudTOBeg begs for his life]], offering Maric anything he wants, Maric in the same cold tone tells Ceorlic "What I want back, you can't give me" and runs him through]].
* TitleDrop: For both the name of the franchise and the title of the book during Loghain's RousingSpeech before the Battle of the River Dane:
--> "'Your prince is not here! But when he returns to us, we shall hand to him his '''stolen throne!''' Here at the River Dane is where the '''Dragon Age''' begins, my friends! Today they will here us roar!'"
* VitriolicBestBuds: Maric and Loghain.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: The novel implies that Loghain and Maric's friendship becomes much colder in the wake of [[spoiler: Katriel's death and Maric's marriage to Rowan. It does recover somewhat when Loghain helps Maric through his grief after Rowan's death from illness]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Loghain and Rowan.
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: Which characters survive and the overall outcome of the rebellion are pretty well laid out by the game.