''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.
* BatmanGambit: By Severan. It doesn't end so well for him.
* 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.
* DoomedByCanon: To fans who played the game first, many characters are this.
* TheDragon: Severan, King Megren's court magician.
* FemmeFatale: Katriel.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[HeelFaceDoorSlam Subverted]].
* 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.
* 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."
* 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.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Loghain and Rowan.
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: Which characters survive and the overall outcome of the rebellion are pretty well laid out by the game.