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A journey into peril. Crysania, high priestess of the Temple of Paladine, is blind to the beauty of the world but not to the joy of her faith. Lately, though, her communion with the god of light has become distant. Now a mysterious stone has come into her possession. Its power compels her to undertake a merilous quest, accompanied by a strange band of companions. Together th A journey into peril. Crysania, high priestess of the Temple of Paladine, is blind to the beauty of the world but not to the joy of her faith. Lately, though, her communion with the god of light has become distant. Now a mysterious stone has come into her possession. Its power compels her to undertake a merilous quest, accompanied by a strange band of companions. Together they endure the burning heat of Kyrnn's most violet summer as they struggle toward their destination: the Temple at Neraka. If they reach it, their world will be transformed forever. This novel, set in the time of the Chaos War, brings to life the story of Crysania, a Revered Daughter of Paladine, and Dalamar, the dark elf.


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A journey into peril. Crysania, high priestess of the Temple of Paladine, is blind to the beauty of the world but not to the joy of her faith. Lately, though, her communion with the god of light has become distant. Now a mysterious stone has come into her possession. Its power compels her to undertake a merilous quest, accompanied by a strange band of companions. Together th A journey into peril. Crysania, high priestess of the Temple of Paladine, is blind to the beauty of the world but not to the joy of her faith. Lately, though, her communion with the god of light has become distant. Now a mysterious stone has come into her possession. Its power compels her to undertake a merilous quest, accompanied by a strange band of companions. Together they endure the burning heat of Kyrnn's most violet summer as they struggle toward their destination: the Temple at Neraka. If they reach it, their world will be transformed forever. This novel, set in the time of the Chaos War, brings to life the story of Crysania, a Revered Daughter of Paladine, and Dalamar, the dark elf.

30 review for Tears of the Night Sky

  1. 4 out of 5

    Henrik

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This novel was just like the two-star rating says: OK. Ultimately a rather forgettable novel, but with its moments. I suppose one of the reasons I don't rate it higher is that I might have had too high expectations. After all, it features one of my all-time Dragonlance favourites, Dalamar the Dark, as well as the high priestess Crysania and--ta-daaaa--a white tiger! The basic ingredients are fine, and the writers, Baker and Berberick, have written other Dragonlance stories that I enjoyed. Unfortun This novel was just like the two-star rating says: OK. Ultimately a rather forgettable novel, but with its moments. I suppose one of the reasons I don't rate it higher is that I might have had too high expectations. After all, it features one of my all-time Dragonlance favourites, Dalamar the Dark, as well as the high priestess Crysania and--ta-daaaa--a white tiger! The basic ingredients are fine, and the writers, Baker and Berberick, have written other Dragonlance stories that I enjoyed. Unfortunately, it takes too many pages for the story to actually get to the storyline that the blurb tells us about (about 200 pages in when we're talking about a 300 pages book--that's a lot of time before delivering what you promise), and when it does get around to that it all felt rushed and chopped to me. Like "Oh, we also have to do this and that, because the publisher wants us to, but, oh, it mustn't take up many pages, since we have a limited page count to work with." And an editor cutting even more here and there. I may be wrong, but I have a suspicion that is not too far from the truth. I am not critizising the writers but the editor & marketing policy as I know it has been for some years at TSR/Wizard of the Coast. It is not the first time a blurb says one thing but the contents is quite different. It was nice to be back on Krynn, though, and I did enjoy meeting Dalamar and Crysania again, even if I wasn't grasped by the storyline and the presentation of the characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Potter

    Yet another surprising book in the Chaos War series :-) I avoided this book for years, as I've never liked Crysania. In fact, I've always hated her. But this book redeemed her in so many ways! I won't say I loved the book, it does have a few issues. But all in all, very glad I finally read it. For anyone who doesn't like Crysania, I highly recommend this book. It will change your mind. Yet another surprising book in the Chaos War series :-) I avoided this book for years, as I've never liked Crysania. In fact, I've always hated her. But this book redeemed her in so many ways! I won't say I loved the book, it does have a few issues. But all in all, very glad I finally read it. For anyone who doesn't like Crysania, I highly recommend this book. It will change your mind.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt Littrell

    This book was slow starting, but had just enough going on to keep me interested. Around the halfway point it picked up some steam and I read it straight through. It's a good read, and left me liking a character I couldn't stand at the end of the legends trilogy. Recommend for Dragonlance fans. This book was slow starting, but had just enough going on to keep me interested. Around the halfway point it picked up some steam and I read it straight through. It's a good read, and left me liking a character I couldn't stand at the end of the legends trilogy. Recommend for Dragonlance fans.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Mixed feelings about this one. Not just is the quest of the stones important here, but also the aspect of love between Crysania and her advisor/mage Valin. Like before, it's a story about love, friendship, trust, betrayal, greed, perseverance, faith, ... The gods are indeed battling each other, or rather, Chaos, the god of all and nothing. Therefore they don't have time to deal with the peoples' pleas, wishes, and worries. All of Ansalon is hot, burning hot. Rivers and streams are drying up or ha Mixed feelings about this one. Not just is the quest of the stones important here, but also the aspect of love between Crysania and her advisor/mage Valin. Like before, it's a story about love, friendship, trust, betrayal, greed, perseverance, faith, ... The gods are indeed battling each other, or rather, Chaos, the god of all and nothing. Therefore they don't have time to deal with the peoples' pleas, wishes, and worries. All of Ansalon is hot, burning hot. Rivers and streams are drying up or have dried up, crops are lost because of the heat, and so on. The forces of darkness and evil have gathered to conquer the continent. And that heat is very much present. The number of times this is written is unbelievable. Repetition is vital here, apparently, also for other elements. To make sure you can easily follow the story, the events. Mixed feelings because the first part (say 1/3 or so) is ok, but not very good. But I decided to read on. It does get better, more exciting, but then the curve drops again a little, and so the flow goes a bit up and a bit down, until there are fights, for example. Then things become more interesting again and you want to read on. Also, I didn't know Crysania was... well, I thought she would be more daring somehow. Then again, it has been many years since I last read the "Legends" trilogy. On the other hand, considering what she's been through, and how strongly she relies on Paladine, it's understandable. Also, in a way, kudos to Valin for showing his love in such a way and taking the risk. I was also a bit surprised to see Tanis being featured, knowing he is no longer among the living. But then I checked the dates on dragonlancenexus.com and it seems "Dragons Of Summer Flame" and "Tears Of The Night Sky" are set in the year and sort of overlap each other, as they recount what happened via different viewpoints and events. The ending is rather mellow, bland, ... And somehow predictable, though not in those details. On the other hand, considering the importance of the aspect relationship in the story, it makes more sense. All in all, an entertaining story. A little better, I thought, than "The Last Thane".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    A Dragonlance book that takes place during the Chaos War. In this one Crysania is losing touch with her god and she is given a way to stay in contact with him. Crysania and several companions go on a road trip to achieve this goal. Let me first say that I thought the authors did a terrific job with the characters. I am not a fan of the character Crysania but I enjoyed her character and the other characters in this book. That is the extent of the positive aspects of this novel. My first complaint A Dragonlance book that takes place during the Chaos War. In this one Crysania is losing touch with her god and she is given a way to stay in contact with him. Crysania and several companions go on a road trip to achieve this goal. Let me first say that I thought the authors did a terrific job with the characters. I am not a fan of the character Crysania but I enjoyed her character and the other characters in this book. That is the extent of the positive aspects of this novel. My first complaint is the characters decide to take this journey but it took forever for them to leave. Over half the book was them talking about the journey and the actual journey was rushed because so much time was spent about them talking about it. My second complaint is this book accomplished nothing. Dragons of Summer Flame covers the Chaos War and this was meant as another point of view of the war. If you read Dragons of Summer Flame you know what happens to the gods and this book just confirms these events to its characters. They already had an idea of these results and they partake of this journey for confirmation. Seems unnecessary. There are better Dragonlance book out there and the biggest downfall was the events in this book were already covered. I did enjoy their style of writing and I would have no problem reading more of their entries in this setting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Unlike the last two books in the Chaos War Series, I was immediately able to get in touch with the characters and really appreciate their struggles. However, the plot was an awkward roller coaster of taking two hundred or so pages to build up to the climax, then having the remaining pages switch between character building and moment that were mildly exciting, and even a few that were genuinely exciting. The title was figured out within the first three pages, which was a rather disappointing fact Unlike the last two books in the Chaos War Series, I was immediately able to get in touch with the characters and really appreciate their struggles. However, the plot was an awkward roller coaster of taking two hundred or so pages to build up to the climax, then having the remaining pages switch between character building and moment that were mildly exciting, and even a few that were genuinely exciting. The title was figured out within the first three pages, which was a rather disappointing factor. "Tears of the Night Sky" is just a fancy way of describing rain. I can't really judge the main characters because I haven't read anything else with them in it (or any more of Dragon Lance, for that matter), but with the Chaos War Series, I feel like you either have a good plot and characters that take warming up to, or good characters with a plot that doesn't really make sense. Had this been a longer story, with more time to explore Neraka and everything else after that, it would have been a much better story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie Frendreis

    Just finished reading Tears of the Night Sky. It took a bit long to get started—the first 100 pages consisted mostly of people sitting alone in rooms thinking—but overall the story of Crysania’s tribulations during the Summer of Chaos was intriguing enough. I liked the few overlaps with Dragons of Summer Flame, although the quest of this novel felt weak and unnecessary at times. By the end, I did develop an appreciation for Crysania’s character, something I did not really have before.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mariah Carlotta

    Though the ending was short, still a wonderful story. I love it when the storyline meets up with the timeline in the chronicles.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie Cox

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    Mark

  12. 5 out of 5

    John

  13. 5 out of 5

    Loremma Castillo Torres

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Martel

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    Courtney

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leconte Chrystel

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wes Dennett

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Cowing

  19. 5 out of 5

    Richard Girton

  20. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark Fiore

  23. 4 out of 5

    Blake

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

  25. 5 out of 5

    William Mcpeak

  26. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doug

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jack Frost

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hackney

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