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A volume of all-new, character-driven stories expanding on the world of the hit video game Final Fantasy XV. This deluxe, hardcover edition includes full-color inserts featuring concept art and exclusive content. To oppose the gods or yield to fate? That is the question confronting each of the characters in The Dawn of the Future. Ardyn, having saved countless lives from the A volume of all-new, character-driven stories expanding on the world of the hit video game Final Fantasy XV. This deluxe, hardcover edition includes full-color inserts featuring concept art and exclusive content. To oppose the gods or yield to fate? That is the question confronting each of the characters in The Dawn of the Future. Ardyn, having saved countless lives from the Starscourge, means to become the Founder King of Lucis and instead is cast into tragic exile. On the day the Empire falls, as the imperial capital collapses around them, Commodore Aranea is entrusted with the life of a singular young girl. The Oracle Lunafreya, upon awakening from the slumber of death, discovers that her body has undergone an extraordinary transformation. And after gazing upon the eternal, Noctis, the True King, finally comes to terms with his destiny. Herein lie the stories of the dawning of a new world in Final Fantasy XV.


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A volume of all-new, character-driven stories expanding on the world of the hit video game Final Fantasy XV. This deluxe, hardcover edition includes full-color inserts featuring concept art and exclusive content. To oppose the gods or yield to fate? That is the question confronting each of the characters in The Dawn of the Future. Ardyn, having saved countless lives from the A volume of all-new, character-driven stories expanding on the world of the hit video game Final Fantasy XV. This deluxe, hardcover edition includes full-color inserts featuring concept art and exclusive content. To oppose the gods or yield to fate? That is the question confronting each of the characters in The Dawn of the Future. Ardyn, having saved countless lives from the Starscourge, means to become the Founder King of Lucis and instead is cast into tragic exile. On the day the Empire falls, as the imperial capital collapses around them, Commodore Aranea is entrusted with the life of a singular young girl. The Oracle Lunafreya, upon awakening from the slumber of death, discovers that her body has undergone an extraordinary transformation. And after gazing upon the eternal, Noctis, the True King, finally comes to terms with his destiny. Herein lie the stories of the dawning of a new world in Final Fantasy XV.

30 review for Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bitchie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. THIS is what the end of the game should have been! I'm so upset that we got the rushed "ending" in game, and what seems to be the true ending canceled, and relegated to story only. It's been awhile since I played the game, so I have some confusion here and there. I know this consisted of Episodes Adryn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis, and it finally gave Lunafreya some meaning to everything. We only saw her in bits and pieces in the game, and I was never sure if she and Noctis were really in love, or THIS is what the end of the game should have been! I'm so upset that we got the rushed "ending" in game, and what seems to be the true ending canceled, and relegated to story only. It's been awhile since I played the game, so I have some confusion here and there. I know this consisted of Episodes Adryn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis, and it finally gave Lunafreya some meaning to everything. We only saw her in bits and pieces in the game, and I was never sure if she and Noctis were really in love, or were getting married out of duty, but this story shows that they really did love each other. It gives most everyone a happy ending, which I'm sure some people don't like, but it was nice for me, after flat out crying my eyes out after finishing the game. I was always left thinking "this is is?" and I suppose that wasn't it. THIS was it, I only wish I'd gotten to see it played out on my tv screen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caleb M.

    I know that Final Fantasy XV is divided among fans of the series. But this game is extremely special. I loved it. I could fight and argue over the things you didn't like about it, which I don't mind doing in a respectful way, but no matter what this game will always be special to me. And this book in tandem is too. The last DLC to reach the game was episode Ardyn, with 3 more DLC's getting cancelled Square decided to release a book to give everything an....extended ending I guess you could call i I know that Final Fantasy XV is divided among fans of the series. But this game is extremely special. I loved it. I could fight and argue over the things you didn't like about it, which I don't mind doing in a respectful way, but no matter what this game will always be special to me. And this book in tandem is too. The last DLC to reach the game was episode Ardyn, with 3 more DLC's getting cancelled Square decided to release a book to give everything an....extended ending I guess you could call it. What was supposed to be Episode Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis has turned into this novel you see before you. And while many complained that it didn't release as DLC for the game, me being one of them, I am extremely happy that they at least got this out there for the fans of the game. Having played the game I could picture and imagine how the fight scenes in this book went down and it was oddly satisfying. A mixture of a well written book with the images from the game was a surprisingly nice compliment to my imagination. All 4 of the stories inside this book wife together extremely well and when I played Episode Ardyn I didn't realize that there was going to be a connecting thread throughout, and it was cool. Especially once you get to the Lunafreya episode you are hit smack in the face that all of these are intertwined. I could go on and on about this book and the game and how everything goes hand in hand, but I don't wanna do that here. I feel like it's not the place. But what I do want to say is that if you are a fan of the game then I highly recommend reading this book. It was so much fun jumping back into the world of Eos and I will be eternally sad that we (most likely) won't ever be going back for something new there. Which is such a shame because this is such a well thought out fully realized world that I just want more. I was hoping for a little more emotion from the ending, but having it down in written form and having played the rest in video game form, maybe it was more emotional and just my brain was confused putting the 2 together. But nevertheless I am still very satisfied. To reiterate briefly, if you've played the game and want more, read this. If you haven't played the game, it's probably not gonna set your world on fire. Fun fact: I named my dalmatian Lunafreya 😁

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Never enough The bane of being a final fantasy fan is that we always want more. I’m happy to leave the mechanics to the game developers, but the story has to be fantastic. I wish that the dlc for Luna had been released. I was satisfied with the ending provided to me originally, and now I want more. I adore that this story has been translated into English, and that the concept art is included in both the digital and physical format. The stories made me want more, wishing I had the ability to play Never enough The bane of being a final fantasy fan is that we always want more. I’m happy to leave the mechanics to the game developers, but the story has to be fantastic. I wish that the dlc for Luna had been released. I was satisfied with the ending provided to me originally, and now I want more. I adore that this story has been translated into English, and that the concept art is included in both the digital and physical format. The stories made me want more, wishing I had the ability to play through these sections of story as they were originally intended. The benefit of the written word, though, is that the things that need to be left unsaid can be told. No arguments can abound about what was inferred. Although I guess that’s half the fun of the fandom!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    A nice conclusion. *Spoiler alert* As a fan of the game, I liked how we got to see how the dlcs would have concluded the story. I personally am very satisfied with the ending, its much like ffvii remake in that fate can be changed. My only criticism is the emphasis on defying your faith, but which I think makes sense when you realize the head of hexatheon is the God of war. Regardless, spoiler alert, I'm happy some characters know love and have babies, even if its just fanservice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eric Allen

    This fills in a lot of the blanks in the Final Fantasy XV story, and goes through what the stories of the cancelled DLC packs were going to be. The problem is that it's not terribly well written. I think at least some of the blame for that can be placed on the translation. Japanese does not translate very well to English, or so I've heard. At the end of the day, though, I enjoyed it for what it is. Although, it should be noted that if you need a 5 episode anime series, a DLC pack in addition to This fills in a lot of the blanks in the Final Fantasy XV story, and goes through what the stories of the cancelled DLC packs were going to be. The problem is that it's not terribly well written. I think at least some of the blame for that can be placed on the translation. Japanese does not translate very well to English, or so I've heard. At the end of the day, though, I enjoyed it for what it is. Although, it should be noted that if you need a 5 episode anime series, a DLC pack in addition to the three that were blatantly cut from the main game to weasel a few more bucks out of the fans, another DLC pack that explains the villain's motivation and powers, and a freaking 450 page novel to make the story of the game make sense, maybe the people in charge of the game should not be in charge of any more games in the future. I'm looking at YOU, Nomura!!!! Not the poor sap they dropped it on when Nomura failed to deliver, who had to cobble a game together out of his leavings. If you enjoyed Final Fantasy XV, and were disappointed in the cancellation of the Luna, Noctis, and Aranea DLCs, or were pretty confused by the game's story and don't mind reading a companion novel to have it explained to you, I'd say definitely pick this one up. Just be aware that the quality of the writing isn't great. It's not terrible, it's just not what I would consider professional level.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juan Gallardo Ivanovic

    True King’s Legacy After trial and error, Square Enix (S-E) has provided a satisfying ending to FF XV story, not without of some controversies and game planning decisions that were cut from main game and forthcoming DLC’s. ----- COMMENTARY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS----- Well, some people say that DLC are exactly what we don’t need in games, as much of a game content is now expanded by this way of working. Some companies (Ubisoft, EA, among others, mainly) use this method to also increase their revenues True King’s Legacy After trial and error, Square Enix (S-E) has provided a satisfying ending to FF XV story, not without of some controversies and game planning decisions that were cut from main game and forthcoming DLC’s. ----- COMMENTARY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS----- Well, some people say that DLC are exactly what we don’t need in games, as much of a game content is now expanded by this way of working. Some companies (Ubisoft, EA, among others, mainly) use this method to also increase their revenues by cutting some of the ideas originally planned by game developers and dump them in a following downloable content for the sake of fans and mostly, money. So, why am I speaking about DLC on this review? Because, if you don’t know it (or want to be reminded), this book contains ideas that were supposed to be added content for Final Fantasy XV, a tale of a Prince travelling the world of Eos in order to fulfill his destiny and free mankind of an ancient scourge that is plaguing the planet ifself. The chapters here match the same episodes that were intended for the Dawn of the Future DLC’s. As S-E sales’ plans did not perform as expected on the first row of content, (episodes Gladious, Ignis and Prompto) development was stopped at Episode Ardyn and the other 3 episodes were re-estructured as the present book (adding to this read Episode Ardyn with a plot twist at its end). In First Chapter, we are witnesses of the Episode Ardyn account made into novella. This is the story a kind man that sacrifices himself in order to heal people. A young Ardyn intended to be King that is deceived and ultimately betrayed by his brother Somnus, who wants to be seated as the ruler of growing kingdom of Lucis. Then we see as the Accursed is imprisoned for 2,000 years and being rescued by Niflheim empire, reaching to the year that he met Noctis. So this part of the book is basically the same as Episode Ardyn, with some expansions and a subtle change in the end to be closer to next Chapters. All Ardyn account is easily a quick read, without putting many efforts is a fun and delivers a great story. Second, we have Aranea’s Highwind account that starts in a daemon attack inside the Imperial city of Gralea and most importantly the link between her and an important character for the story: Solara Aldercapt Antiquum (late’s emperor granddaughter). Aranea later adopts the child as his own daughter. Rash and Impulsive, Sol proves to be an interesting character and major game's loss for the sake of the plot. I had a hard time reading Aranea’s story, as I did not feel that her participation (aside of meeting Sol) was of big importance. Third, we have a roller coaster account of Lunafreya, joined by an older Sol that starts very slow and with the running of pages starts to get interesting. Luna awakes 10 years after her death in Altissia, just to run into Sol and find a new calling by the God of War, Bahamut. Later she finds that the Bladekeeper’s plan is catastrophic and outsmart herself to do something to prevent it. This chapter features a forging friendship between Sol and Luna (interesting, in Spanish those words are Sun and Moon respectively) meanwhile they explore a world in a permanent night. Interestingly enough, this chapter leads the story further and proves to be fun after the initial confusion. Lastly, there was planned another view of Noctis’ story in which he will change his mind after learning that Luna is alive and Bahamut’s plan. As thing are getting worse, Noctis’ is able to deliver another solution for freeing Eos of a never-ending night and severing the fetters of Mankind. This might be the greatest loss for all FFXV’s fans on the book, as this chapter features another set of events that are far more rewarding that current ones that are in the game. Bottom line, this read is good enough to be approach by players of the original game, most of it should be read by the ones that were engaged and captivated by FFXV world. As a result of cut DLC’s still has a lot of dependency of main game, so reading it without ending FFXV is not endorsed as a lot of places, names and events are referenced in the process of reading this book. In my opinion, this work has way too great ideas for FFXV but due to some decisions were cut, I felt frustrated that some of them never saw the light. This is something to ponder, as there was a lot of pressure that this game would meet all the expectations that were generated back at 2006. Furthermore, all changes on plans and re-structures threathened this project to go into a "development limbo". It is a remainder for doing a better planning and development of games and never overpromising the features of a work-in-progress software. Hope S-E gets a better understanding of it on their next work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eitan

    Probably is one of the best books about videogames that I have the pleasure to read. The Dawn of the Future deserved five stars, but I won't give it that rating. Why? If the game would have this story, this pov (and everything from Dawn of the Future), Final Fantasy would have been a far better videogame. This is the way that it suppose to happen and end everything! I'm not gonna make spoilers, but it is so well written that I enjoy everything, even when sometimes it feels too slow, the book know Probably is one of the best books about videogames that I have the pleasure to read. The Dawn of the Future deserved five stars, but I won't give it that rating. Why? If the game would have this story, this pov (and everything from Dawn of the Future), Final Fantasy would have been a far better videogame. This is the way that it suppose to happen and end everything! I'm not gonna make spoilers, but it is so well written that I enjoy everything, even when sometimes it feels too slow, the book knows how to give the exact information you need to understand this universe. Who the hell is Ardyn and what are his reasons behind all of this? Why Aranea didn't have more relevance when SHES IS FUCKING COOL? What are exactly the roles of Lunafreya, the Oracle, the "summons", and Noctis? It answers all of that, something that the videogames fail somehow to do it. It works as a wonderful fantasy novel, I learn a few things that I would implement to my work. But most importantly, it gives you and inside of the "chosen one quest" or how, even when you are not meant to be important, you can still save the world. Final Fantasy XV has a special place in my heart and this book deserves all the love in the world <3

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    I love it! I love learning more about Ardyn, Aranea, and Lunafreya. The stories are so great and I love the ending. Overall I love it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michele Reinhart

    A good ending to the Final Fantasy XV story. This really should have been the dlc that it was meant to be but this is still a really good ending to the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kenra

    Final Fantasy XV: Dawn of the Future is a post-game release to the video game: Final Fantasy XV that was released in 2016. So I would advise to anyone who has not played the game to do that first before reading the book. Not only because it will provide better context for the book, but also because it's just an amazing video game that I'm totally biased towards. The game's original ending was one of tragedy, and the Development Team had plans to release additional content episodically that would Final Fantasy XV: Dawn of the Future is a post-game release to the video game: Final Fantasy XV that was released in 2016. So I would advise to anyone who has not played the game to do that first before reading the book. Not only because it will provide better context for the book, but also because it's just an amazing video game that I'm totally biased towards. The game's original ending was one of tragedy, and the Development Team had plans to release additional content episodically that would ultimately lead to an alternate, possibly happier ending for our heroes. However in 2018, Square Enix announced the game director would be leaving the project and three of the episodes slated to be released were cancelled. It goes without saying that many (if not all) of the fans of Final Fantasy XV were devastated by the news - it was especially a blow for those who also waited the ten years for this game to even release (which is another story entirely). As consolation, Square Enix announced that they would release a novelization of the alternate ending, written by a member of the Development Team. It was released in Japan in 2019, but did not come to America until this very month, July 2020. I've read a small number of other novels from the Final Fantasy franchise, and I have found that many leave a lot to be desired. The writing was usually pretty basic, the stories never went into much detail. It felt like they barely delved beyond a summation of their story. It was always disappointing to read because it felt like a cheap knock-off to something that I really loved. So I was pleasantly surprised when I received Dawn of the Future and saw and felt how hefty the book was. The design itself is beautiful - the cover honestly makes me melt every time I see Noctis and Luna together (and King Regis and Ravus on the back looking after their family? Immediate tears). The writing was surprisingly good. The first part covers Episode Ardyn, where the antagonist's backstory is revealed). It is tragic and I felt the best writing occurred in this particular segment. The second part covers Episode Aranea - a side character who works for the Empire and finds a young girl in the wreckage of the Empire falling. This section was my least favorite, but it was a great segue into the next part which was Episode Luna. Luna is revived to stop the evil that is happening in the world and she meets a new companion to help her along her journey. In the film, Luna came off as self-sufficient, and confident. In the game, she was given very little screen time and appeared far more docile and soft than she did in the film. The book was more accurate to the game version of Luna, but it still felt stiff at times. She definitely grew on me more over time. The final episode is Episode Noctis - where the story concludes with he and his friends fighting to defy their destines and banish the darkness from their world. Personally, when I compare the original ending and this alternate ending, I find both endings to be beautiful. One written with the purpose of Noctis growing up and sacrificing himself as the True King of Lucis for the salvation of his world; and the other ending allowing Noctis to fight for what he believes, staving off the expectations and fates that were placed upon him and remaining alongside the people he loves. Overall, I was pleased with the book. The writing was more carefully put together and I felt like I was given the ending that we all wanted for our favorite characters - except Ravus (but that's also a conversation for another time). I definitely teared up when he, Gladio, Ignis and Prompto were reunited, and also on the final page with the closing words from Regis. A piece of advice to any readers: it was a lot more fun when I read it to the soundtrack from the video game. The music that plays at the end of the game during Noctic's battle with Ardyn and beyond still felt powerful and poignant as I was reading the new ending in the book. It was an interesting experiment that really paid off.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebeca F.

    It's so hard to write a review about Dawn of the future, because it's very much like the game, so I think it's impossible to review it merely considering its literary merits, specially if you are a fan of the game. So first I have to say I am, a fan of the game, in spite of the bumpy road, the shattered expectations and the endless wait with messy results, overall, I think Final Fantasy XV is a wonderful creation, and I mean this considering everything that was released to mend the original game It's so hard to write a review about Dawn of the future, because it's very much like the game, so I think it's impossible to review it merely considering its literary merits, specially if you are a fan of the game. So first I have to say I am, a fan of the game, in spite of the bumpy road, the shattered expectations and the endless wait with messy results, overall, I think Final Fantasy XV is a wonderful creation, and I mean this considering everything that was released to mend the original game's lacks; if you saw the movie, OVAs, played the side games, the original game, watched the animated shorts and played every DLC, then the whole universe and story is amazing. If you just played the main game, well, you're missing on a lot and you'll obviously feel the story's a mess and won't even understand what's really going on. You'll probably still feel attached to it, because of how long it is, not the main story, of course, but the open world with all the side quests, endless dungeons and so on and on. I think it took me over a year to finish it and I played it exclusively during that time, all my focus on it. But the thing is, FFXV is a very tragic game. The main game's ending was really sad and devastating, it felt quite hopeless, even if at the end we see dawn again. I thought it was beautiful and powerful anyway, I'm one of the few that actually loved that ending, in spite of how sad it was. However, my feelings changed when I played Episode Ardyn, which I adored wholeheartedly but unavoidably made me feel utterly frustrated and conflicted about the ending and the whole "real mastermind" plot behind the game. I loved Ardyn even on the main game, but after learning all his story and how tragic it was and how he's the worst victim of the whole plot yet couldn't even attempt to defy the fate bestowed on him, I felt really upset. I mean, even a battle with the "real antagonist" on episode Ardyn would've sufficed to release some of the anger, but we didn't even get a chance, no matter how futile it might have been. I had that thorn on my side since then, thus Dawn of the future was deeply satisfying because we did manage to see that resistance against the destiny bestowed by the god and we actually got that final battle. Dawn of the future was also satisfying regarding Luna. This was a character that really interested me in the main game and it was so sad that we never really got any character development or background story about her and couldn't even play as her at all, it's like she was only an idealized image on Noctis' mind. And we always saw her through him. Now finally Dawn of the future shows us the real Lunafreya. What bothers me, as it probably does anyone who played the game, is that the book totally changes the ending, so it's kind of a weird experience. I thought they might somehow merge both endings, make it work somehow, but nope. So, Dawn of the future focuses on Episode Ardyn (which we already played) and the other DLC's that were cancelled: Aranea, Luna and Noctis. It's a gorgeous book with original art and since some of the images are said to be the inspiration since the team started planning the game, it hints at the fact that this was supposed to be, not just the content of the episodes, but the original plot and ending of the main game, which they somehow altered totally along the way. And that's just weird. The first chapter was a bit repetitive, as it's Episode Ardyn and that was the latests release, and my favorite, so it was still pretty fresh on my mind. Then we get Aranea during the fall of Gralea and are even introduced to a new character that didn't even make it to the game. Then Luna, who wakes up just shortly before Noctis returns after missing for 10 years. And at this point I still thought they might merge the story with the one in the game, because maybe Luna did get to the Citadel to Ardyn before Noct in the game and we just didn't see it, I don't really know what I was thinking... But then Noctis returns after being trapped in the crystal for 10 years, same as the game, but he's not picked up by the kiddo who liked the cactuar figures (just can't remember the name now) all grown up, but by that new character that never showed up in the game. He doesn't meet his friends in Hammerhead and just goes straight to face Ardyn and search for Luna and from then on it's quite a satisfactory ending, but completely different from the game, and although it was really cool to see the fall of the real antagonist, which I'd been craving so bad since Episode Ardyn, it lacked the tragic depth of the original. Still, it was an awesome ride and I'm sure any fan of the game will love it. Be prepared though, because now you'll feel so frustrated about those DLCs that were cancelled because it would've been so amazing to get this as playable content instead, or at least besides, the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Romney

    This book contains the story of Final Fantasy XV's cancelled second wave of post-game DLC that was supposed to begin with Episode Ardyn before the game's director, Hajime Tabata, left Square-Enix. Thus, all of the concepts and story were handed off to Jun Eishima, who converted them into this novel, which was translated into English by Stephen Kohler. With that in mind, it's best to read this novel after having beaten the original game, since a lot of beats and "twists" only make sense if you kno This book contains the story of Final Fantasy XV's cancelled second wave of post-game DLC that was supposed to begin with Episode Ardyn before the game's director, Hajime Tabata, left Square-Enix. Thus, all of the concepts and story were handed off to Jun Eishima, who converted them into this novel, which was translated into English by Stephen Kohler. With that in mind, it's best to read this novel after having beaten the original game, since a lot of beats and "twists" only make sense if you know the game's ending. While the novel does include a recap at the beginning, the recap stops at the end of Chapter 13 of the game, which is before the ending of the game's story. The DLC is optional, as the first chapter is a retelling of Episode Ardyn, which a few extra details, and the novel doesn't really call back to any of the events of the first season of DLC. As for the novel itself. I greatly enjoyed it as a fan of XV and its world. However, there are parts where you can clearly tell the story was meant to be told as a game rather than prose, with clear beats indicating moments like boss battles, mid-battle cutscenes, and QTEs. I kept thinking "Gee, it would be fun to play this rather than read it." As for the story proper, it's enjoyable for the most part, but the core concept that the "alternate ending" is hinged upon feels like a last minute twist. It doesn't really build off of the lore of Eos, nor does it feel like a proper extention of the themes and motifs of the main game. The first three sections of the story, which span from Episode Ardyn to Episode Lunafreya, have a great deal of buildup, but the payoff felt a bit lackluster, and the ending felt a bit rushed. I still found the book to be enjoyable, as a fan of XV, but the conclusion might not sit well with everyone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alger Law

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a book I highly recommend for people who've played FFXV and found themselves incredibly underwhelmed by its narrative and ending. Outside of the final two chapters being an alternate ending to the latest entry in the franchise as of the posting of this review, I could actually see the Aranea's chapter actually being solidified into canon, especially with the introduction of Sol. That being said, I still found some issues with the way the last chapter was written. I personally, enjoyed the This is a book I highly recommend for people who've played FFXV and found themselves incredibly underwhelmed by its narrative and ending. Outside of the final two chapters being an alternate ending to the latest entry in the franchise as of the posting of this review, I could actually see the Aranea's chapter actually being solidified into canon, especially with the introduction of Sol. That being said, I still found some issues with the way the last chapter was written. I personally, enjoyed the canonical end of XV to the alternative of the Dawn of the Future. Because it brought greater meaning to the two running themes of XV, Sacrifice and Brotherhood. *SPOILERS AHEAD* The whole idea how Lunafreyawas used as a sort of catalyst for Bahamut's evil scheme seemed and its descriptions of her turning into some Deus Ex Machina conduit for Teraflare seemed incredibly out of character for XV. The way the Kingsglaive and the hunters decided on how to deal with Luna's sudden appearance and her daemonic appearance seemed incredibly out of character, especially with the 3 'brothers' of Noctis. Ardyn was written incredibly well in this book, although I wished there was less flamboyance and sarcasm in his dialogue and more emotion displayed at the final chapter. It would have been a great way to show Ardyn's humanity that continues to struggle against he scourge. *END OF SPOILERS* Aside of the mentioned grievances I've had with the story, I genuinely loved it overall. A great way to expand on previously lackluster yet potentially incredible characters like Ardyn, Aranea and Lunafreya.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zac Clark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you’re reading this you’re probably aware that FFXV has had it’s fair share of criticism, and that it’s story “could have been better, but showed a lot of promise”. I agree with that, but I also adored FFXV for what it was and had an absolute blast with it. However, I didn’t really touch the game after beating it initially. To this day I haven’t played Episode Gladio, Prompto, Ignis, or Ardyn, but I know jist of each, and I’d like to get back to XV one day. At the time of finishing the game tho If you’re reading this you’re probably aware that FFXV has had it’s fair share of criticism, and that it’s story “could have been better, but showed a lot of promise”. I agree with that, but I also adored FFXV for what it was and had an absolute blast with it. However, I didn’t really touch the game after beating it initially. To this day I haven’t played Episode Gladio, Prompto, Ignis, or Ardyn, but I know jist of each, and I’d like to get back to XV one day. At the time of finishing the game though I just couldn’t stop thinking about how I wanted more from this game, which seemed to have so much more to offer. This book? This is more. This is the ending we all really wanted, and I’m glad that even though the dlc was ultimately canceled Square Enix found some way to offer it to fans. I do have some criticisms though: - It would have been more interesting to see Luna & Noctis interpret the history they were able to see as caused by an ultimately incompetent god and choose to combat him because of that instead of it being as simple as “omg he’s going to destroy us all so we have to fight him”. - I wish Aranea had a larger role in the “Final Glauber” (as I was lead to believe she would by the concept art at the front of the book). The entire time I couldn’t help but think how useful a dragoon would be in an aerial fight against dragon beings, but alas. Overall this book is worth checking out if you enjoyed FFXV and want a happier ending than what was given in the vanilla release.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Venesa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Major spoiler alert This book is so well made and gorgeous ngl and I was so excited to read it but honestly I was let down with the story. They really slapped us with "they got married and lived happily ever after" bullshit like really... I literally love this game so much because the ending is so unexpected. I always say I hate the ending cause noct deserved better and he did... And he got that good ending in the dlc secret ending. What was the point of this book... For luna?! Don't get me wrong Major spoiler alert This book is so well made and gorgeous ngl and I was so excited to read it but honestly I was let down with the story. They really slapped us with "they got married and lived happily ever after" bullshit like really... I literally love this game so much because the ending is so unexpected. I always say I hate the ending cause noct deserved better and he did... And he got that good ending in the dlc secret ending. What was the point of this book... For luna?! Don't get me wrong I love Luna and yes she deserved better too and l love her interactions with the new character Sol în this phew. Sol and luna be girlfriends fr fr. But I'm so disappointed they kept pushing the "Luna and noct are in love despite only playing as children and haven't seen each other since" bullshit. There's no chemistry at all. Whenever they call each other beloved I roll my eyes like yooo AND DONT GET ME STARTED on how they literally cut out nocts reunion with the bros... THE WHOLE GAME IS ABOUT THE BROMANCE AND THE BEST PART OF IT IS THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND U HAD SUCH A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE BROOOOS SAVE NOCT BUT NOOOOOOO they're barely in it!!! Absolutely crap I've seen fanfics write better alternative endings. Luna and noct should have a sibling relationship that's it. Instead this book was boooorrring next

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julieanne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Dawn of the Future is a beautifully crafted novelization of the DLC that was intended for Final Fantasy XV complete with an alternate ending to the original game. Hardcore fans of XV (despite its flaws) will definitely want to give this book a read. The book does however operate on the idea that the reader has played the game. While there is a brief overview of the game events prior to the main novel, there are direct callbacks to specific points of the main title. Fans of Lunafreya are certa The Dawn of the Future is a beautifully crafted novelization of the DLC that was intended for Final Fantasy XV complete with an alternate ending to the original game. Hardcore fans of XV (despite its flaws) will definitely want to give this book a read. The book does however operate on the idea that the reader has played the game. While there is a brief overview of the game events prior to the main novel, there are direct callbacks to specific points of the main title. Fans of Lunafreya are certain to enjoy the book as it gives her more time to shine as a character overall rather than the almost passive role she was given in XV itself. Fans of Ardyn Lucis Caelum/Ardyn Izunia will definitely feel rather fulfilled I think as we not only get his backstory and more insight into his thoughts as a character but we get to see him challenge the Draconian-- the true problem. Overall Eishima's novelized telling of the events of those originally planned DLC is beautifully crafted and the translation work by Stephen Kohler allows it to flow so well that I feel Western readers can hear the characters speak the dialogue. This was a truly engaging read that I didn't want to put down. It exceeded my expectations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Bartoszek

    I was so disappointed when Episodes Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis were cancelled. But this book has provided the stories in their stead, and is worth the read. The stories are each well-written and descriptive. They are full of information, answering many questions that were never directly explained in the actual game. It also draws on many references within the game itself, including features players may have overlooked or forgotten, until you see it in the book and go 'oh yeah!' Obviously Episod I was so disappointed when Episodes Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis were cancelled. But this book has provided the stories in their stead, and is worth the read. The stories are each well-written and descriptive. They are full of information, answering many questions that were never directly explained in the actual game. It also draws on many references within the game itself, including features players may have overlooked or forgotten, until you see it in the book and go 'oh yeah!' Obviously Episode Ardyn was made, but with the remaining short stories you can see just how the game devs had planned for the DLC to go. Not just in the storytelling, but in how the characters fought and developed, down to the penultimate fights that conclude the stories. The characterisation was spot on and you could hear the character's voices and personalities behind each of their words. The stories were so well-written that I would have loved to have the other episodes, or even the game itself, in book form to read. Definitely a must if you loved the game and want to know what the untold stories are like!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Troy

    Oh My God. I went into this book with high expectations. Everything I've read this year has disappointed me in some way -- The Rise of Skywalker novelisation turned out to be a bland transcript of the film, my uni books read like I was chewing on cardboard. I've been waiting for The Dawn of the Future to come out since its English release was announced. And then it was delayed, and delayed again. Part of me started to lose hope. But then... it finally arrived in the mail. (Because, you know, COVI Oh My God. I went into this book with high expectations. Everything I've read this year has disappointed me in some way -- The Rise of Skywalker novelisation turned out to be a bland transcript of the film, my uni books read like I was chewing on cardboard. I've been waiting for The Dawn of the Future to come out since its English release was announced. And then it was delayed, and delayed again. Part of me started to lose hope. But then... it finally arrived in the mail. (Because, you know, COVID-19 happened to be a thing.) Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future does not disappoint. In fact, I was so over the moon, I finished this book in three days. It's not what I expected it to be; I'd been hoping for more involvement with the game's supporting main characters. But what I got instead was magical. So damn magical. The more I read, the more I experienced the DLCs that gamers missed out on -- because that's what this book was meant to be: DLCs, that were cancelled. If you haven't read this book, you're missing out. Read it. Please. I beg of you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Xiang Jiek

    What I didn't like: -I had to search up an average of 3 words per page, because of my poor vocabulary. -The first 93 pages are skippable because its all covered in Episode Ardyn DLC. It was depressing to read. -Luna's part was boring. She was so overpowered that I didn't remember what was the final boss. -Excessive use of the word "daemon". -Most of the book is boring filler repeating the things already mentioned in the game. -The ending is like FF13 all over again, boring plot about killing gods. -Epi What I didn't like: -I had to search up an average of 3 words per page, because of my poor vocabulary. -The first 93 pages are skippable because its all covered in Episode Ardyn DLC. It was depressing to read. -Luna's part was boring. She was so overpowered that I didn't remember what was the final boss. -Excessive use of the word "daemon". -Most of the book is boring filler repeating the things already mentioned in the game. -The ending is like FF13 all over again, boring plot about killing gods. -Epilogue was too short, only 6 page long. -Not sure how Aranea managed to kill Diamond Weapon so easily using only her spear. -There was a spelling error of Aera's name on page 20 "Somnus imagined the nights Area spent without sleep". What I liked: -Some of the action scenes were good especially Aranae's battle with Diamond Weapon and Noctis' battle in the floating Citadel. Unfortunately those sections are very short, like around 20 pages. -The concept art section is good.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    I've been a bit of a Final Fantasy fan since I was young. I've played most of the games now, including FFXV. I enjoyed the game, and was disappointed when the remaining DLC was cancelled. When I found out it was being turned into a novel, I was pleased to finally see how it ended. I wasn't disappointed! It's been translated from Japanese, but it isn't incredibly obvious which is the sign of a good translation. The story was interesting, and has me even more disappointed that the DLC was cancelled I've been a bit of a Final Fantasy fan since I was young. I've played most of the games now, including FFXV. I enjoyed the game, and was disappointed when the remaining DLC was cancelled. When I found out it was being turned into a novel, I was pleased to finally see how it ended. I wasn't disappointed! It's been translated from Japanese, but it isn't incredibly obvious which is the sign of a good translation. The story was interesting, and has me even more disappointed that the DLC was cancelled, but they sound like they would've been fun! They also expanded some of the characters nicely, and gave the game a better ending. If you've played FFXV and didn't think the ending was absolutely perfect, I'd highly recommend reading this. If you haven't played it, or if you thought the ending was perfect and shouldn't be touched, then this book isn't really for you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A enjoyable book for fans of Final Fantasy XV, who are interested in where the cancelled DLCs were going to go. The book is split into four sections, respectively focusing on telling the story of "Episode Ardyn" and what would have been "Episode Aranea", "Episode Lunafreya" and "Episode Noctis". Dialogue is fun, but other bits of writing feels spotty - but this is what you get when, I suspect, you're working from half-finished storyboards. Overall the story is good, especially those parts which A enjoyable book for fans of Final Fantasy XV, who are interested in where the cancelled DLCs were going to go. The book is split into four sections, respectively focusing on telling the story of "Episode Ardyn" and what would have been "Episode Aranea", "Episode Lunafreya" and "Episode Noctis". Dialogue is fun, but other bits of writing feels spotty - but this is what you get when, I suspect, you're working from half-finished storyboards. Overall the story is good, especially those parts which directly follow Lunafreya and Noctis, and provides a suitable conclusion to Final Fantasy XV... It just makes you wonder what it would have been like to play it, rather than just read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paolo Amer Jriej

    A great read for fans of the game looking for "closure." Having said that, playing the game is a must in order for the narratives in the novel to make sense and while it is an alternate ending to the game, it's the one I'd prefer. It's a shame that only Episode Ardyn saw the light of the day as a DLC release on the game but I belive the book did a superb job of telling the story of the other 3 unreleased DLCs (Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya and Episode Noctis). I guess this speaks well of the A great read for fans of the game looking for "closure." Having said that, playing the game is a must in order for the narratives in the novel to make sense and while it is an alternate ending to the game, it's the one I'd prefer. It's a shame that only Episode Ardyn saw the light of the day as a DLC release on the game but I belive the book did a superb job of telling the story of the other 3 unreleased DLCs (Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya and Episode Noctis). I guess this speaks well of the author's storytelling skills and the translator's work.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leonardo Cruz

    Epic conclusion For fans of FF XV who want to see an alternate, arguably better ending to the game, this book is for you. It tells the story of the cancelled DLC stories in novel form: the beginnings and struggles of the villain Ardyn as it depicts his tragic fall to madness, the tenacity and stubbornness of Aranea in a city falling to chaos, the awakening and journey of the Oracle Lunafreya across a daemon infested world and concluding with Noctis' struggle against the true enemy of the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Loved it. If you’ve played Episode Ardyn, it starts off with that, but the episode ends in a twist. From there everything is brand new. It’s a much better ending than what the game gave us. This is where Episodes Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis went, and i think it’s a crime that Square never made them. I would have loved to have played this out. Much better ending for all characters, including Ardyn.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    What a great way to finish off Final Fantasy 15! I give this 4.5 stars. The book was very well done and completes the story almost perfectly! Square-Enix did something totally different with FFXV. There was a prequel movie, anime, then the game, and to finish off their multimedia FFXV blitz a novel! I know this entry in the series is a little divisive but I think it all came together really well in the end. If you’re a fan of the series you’ll enjoy reading this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brittany B.

    I think Square Enix should have just taken the time and effort to finish the damn game rather than having a book with a brand new ending and just made the whole game seem more undone than before. Pointless characters added unfinished episodes (Luna and Aranea) added when it all should of just been in the original game. Boring read honestly. I was disappointed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Francesco Corso

    With this book, the story of Final Fantasy XV feels complete. This was the missing piece to understand everything that this story was building up towards. The new ending, albeit a bit chiche, is much stronger than the original.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Léa

    Playing theses episodes would have been amazing Wish it had been possible. But for now, it is a really good addition to the story of the game! And to development character! And the book in itself is really beautiful. Artworks are amazing and the quality is really good. And that cover ♡

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Blank

    Surprisingly great, with a fantastic alternate ending to the game that gives everyone a happy ending yet still makes sense. I’m actually glad that the DLCs got cancelled, because reading this was an absolute treat, and now I can enjoy FFXV in each medium - movie, game, and novel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    The only negative thing is, now i want more FFXV content.

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