I'll second this. The first area is the worse in the game. Get levelled up, get out of there. It is one of the best RPG's ever. Really opens up.Dragon Age: Inquisition does start a little weak. But it becomes pretty awesome after you level up and gain abilities. And the story gets interesting. It helps when others join the Inquisition and, like Mass Effect, there's some interesting conversations between various characters (depending on who is in the party) while roaming the lands.
My advice - don't try to clear the first area completely. Just level up a bit, then open up new areas at the War Room. You can (and will) go back and do unfinished tasks in the first area, and you'll be stronger.