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Collects the books that began the 'dragonlance' saga. This title is suitable for readers who like the fantasy world of Krynn. Dragons. Creatures of legend. Stories told to children. But now dragons have returned to Krynn. The darkness of war and destruction engulfs the land. More than three million readers have witnessed the return of the dragons. And now the books that began Collects the books that began the 'dragonlance' saga. This title is suitable for readers who like the fantasy world of Krynn. Dragons. Creatures of legend. Stories told to children. But now dragons have returned to Krynn. The darkness of war and destruction engulfs the land. More than three million readers have witnessed the return of the dragons. And now the books that began the best-selling DRAGONLANCE Saga are collected in their entirety in this special edition. New readers and old friends can travel with the unlikely band of heroes who seek the restoration of balance in their lives and in their world.


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Collects the books that began the 'dragonlance' saga. This title is suitable for readers who like the fantasy world of Krynn. Dragons. Creatures of legend. Stories told to children. But now dragons have returned to Krynn. The darkness of war and destruction engulfs the land. More than three million readers have witnessed the return of the dragons. And now the books that began Collects the books that began the 'dragonlance' saga. This title is suitable for readers who like the fantasy world of Krynn. Dragons. Creatures of legend. Stories told to children. But now dragons have returned to Krynn. The darkness of war and destruction engulfs the land. More than three million readers have witnessed the return of the dragons. And now the books that began the best-selling DRAGONLANCE Saga are collected in their entirety in this special edition. New readers and old friends can travel with the unlikely band of heroes who seek the restoration of balance in their lives and in their world.

30 review for Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawnin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tom Quinn

    In 5th grade we became suddenly aware of the great public school pecking order. Social standing was paramount. I had two classmates, Mikey and Lang. Mikey brought The Dragonlance Chronicles to school one day. Lang said it was not cool, basing this on the admittedly unenthusiastic cover art. Mikey countered that it was in fact very cool because it had dragons. I sided with Mikey. Dragons are badass. A friendship was formed. Mikey and I eventually grew apart, but Dragonlance and I never will. 5 star In 5th grade we became suddenly aware of the great public school pecking order. Social standing was paramount. I had two classmates, Mikey and Lang. Mikey brought The Dragonlance Chronicles to school one day. Lang said it was not cool, basing this on the admittedly unenthusiastic cover art. Mikey countered that it was in fact very cool because it had dragons. I sided with Mikey. Dragons are badass. A friendship was formed. Mikey and I eventually grew apart, but Dragonlance and I never will. 5 stars. More or less the most formative text of my entire life, it kicked my reading hobby into overdrive.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    I have to give these five stars because my love of fantasy stems from my stumbling onto these, and reading them, as a teenager. No mean feat given I grew up in a small town in Malaysia! I have read, and reread, these books many, many times, for comfort, for memory's sake, for any number of reasons. I have not read them in recent years, and I have to confess that I am loathe to do so, because you can never go back, but they deserve 5 stars just for the warm memories I have of them, and how they m I have to give these five stars because my love of fantasy stems from my stumbling onto these, and reading them, as a teenager. No mean feat given I grew up in a small town in Malaysia! I have read, and reread, these books many, many times, for comfort, for memory's sake, for any number of reasons. I have not read them in recent years, and I have to confess that I am loathe to do so, because you can never go back, but they deserve 5 stars just for the warm memories I have of them, and how they made me feel as I read them. I remember, even after all these years, Tanis (the hero), Cameron (the warrior), Tasslehoff (kender, plucky, but good for comic relief), Flint (dour dwarf), Sturm (stern, unyielding knight), Kitiara (Kit!)...but most of all, I remember reading about Raistlin with his ruined health, his bitterness, his sarcasm, his cruelty to his brother, and his hourglass eyes, and being mostly in love with him. He was always the character that I loved. I grew up with them and the Dragonlance Legends and I will always remember them fondly. Every fantasy stereotype is there, you have a quest, you have the battles, you have betrayal, you have good and bad and evil, and most of all, you care about them. You care about the characters, you cry with them, and you never want it to end. I don't think anything else done by Weis and Hickman comes close to these for me. Give them to your children to read; you could do a whole lot worse.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    CONCEPT: A group of adventurers are chosen to help drive back the Evil from another world led by the Dark Queen. MARKETING APPEAL: The DRAGONLANCE chronicles had the whole AD&D industry behind them; TSR used this tale as a marketing ploy, using their fans and game designers (to set up the world); then, they took some above average writers to do the first trilogy; Set up in a typical AD&D adventure (rag tag group of mixed adventurers off to save the world with promise of great magic, great evil, g CONCEPT: A group of adventurers are chosen to help drive back the Evil from another world led by the Dark Queen. MARKETING APPEAL: The DRAGONLANCE chronicles had the whole AD&D industry behind them; TSR used this tale as a marketing ploy, using their fans and game designers (to set up the world); then, they took some above average writers to do the first trilogy; Set up in a typical AD&D adventure (rag tag group of mixed adventurers off to save the world with promise of great magic, great evil, great good and an epic scale) the series took off as a bestseller; royalties were probably astounding. SCORING: Superb (A), Excellent (A-), Very good (B+), Good (B) Fairly Good (B-) Above Average (C+), Mediocre (C ), Barely Passable (C-) Pretty Bad (D+), Dismal (D), Waste of Time (D-), Into the Trash (F) DIALOGUE: B/B-/C/D (C ) STRUCTURE: B+ HISTORY SETTING: B (A to game designers) CHARACTERS: B+/B/B-/C/C- (C+) EVIL SETUP/ANTAGONISTS: B- EMOTIONAL IMPACT: B SURPRISES: A- LITTLE THINGS: A- MONSTERS: B (A- to game designers) PACING: B+ OVERALL STYLE: B FLOW OF WORDS: B+/C+ CHOICE OF FOCUS: B+ TRANSITIONS/FLASHBACKS/POV: B COMPLEXITY OF WORDS/SYMBOLISM/THEMES: B- OVERALL GRADE: B HISTORY SETTING: Absolutely brilliant. Only problem is: the authors didn't do it. A host of game designers, who set it up for their RPG system, ran it countless times and then hired the writers to do it. So, the best I can give is a B to them. OPPOSITION/MONSTERS: Done very well. The Dragonlords are all formidable and the dragons seem nearly invincible. For the most part, the adventurers must flee from them and it is only through other means that the dragons are driven off or slain. The means of escaping from the dragons was done quite well, for the most part, except where (CENSORED) DIALOGUE: I have to say this is where the DRAGONLANCE TRILOGY is weak. Most of it is above average or even pretty good. But some of it is mediocre and a few parts are downright horrible. Too many 20th century phrases used like "sure" and some are overused PACING: Done very well. These writers know their structure and keep a lot of surprises tossing about. For the most part, the story never lets up. Weis and Hickman are very good at being sure to constantly place lots of surprises, as well as wonders in this tantalizing world. EMOTIONAL IMPACT: I have to say that even though some of the characters were cheesy or stilted, the story made up for it with its structure, sense of wonder and pacing. As I said above, a richly textured tapestry. CHARACTERS: Okay, this is where the trilogy gets slammed and good. (CENSORED) CONCEPT: The concept was already marketed in DRAGON magazine a couple of years before the trilogy came out. So, in a sense, part of their customer basis was primmed up for this series. Book trilogy does an excellent job of incorporating the Krynn milieu into an AD&D world. Characters are not complex and some of them are stilted or stodgy. However, most of the latter are typical stereotypes that we are sometimes willing to accept. Also, this writing style seems to have been centered on high school ages; fairly simple with some complexities. Simple humor that sometimes got a chuckle out of me. Overall, this series did very well. Main reasons I can see for this is: (1) DRAGON, DUNGEON and TSR fanbase; (2) a superb design of the setting and History by the game creators; (3) lots of surprises and twists; (4) a well encompassed adventuring group (quite a challenge for any writer and I believe these two were just starting out) in which there were at least a few who any reader would love; (5) big epic scale with wonder and magic; (6) focused marketing by TSR (in other words, they did the marketing, not some other publisher who wouldn't have been as passionate). GRADE REASON: Mostly shown above. But to reiterate, the story did a very good to great job on its History, pacing, surprises and narrative structure. Story was lacking in character and dialogue, as well as with the emotional feeling of the antagonists, so that brought it down to a B grade at the cusp. Overall, I'd recommend this book but warn that it's written at a sophomoric level.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Beavers

    This review isn't for the special edition (which I didn't know existed) per se, it's just a convenient way to review all 3 of the books in this series . . . this marvelous series, which I read when I was probably 15 or 16, and which is a really wonderful piece of fantasy storytelling. If you like that sort of thing, I can't recommend Margret Weiss and Tracy Hickman's work enough: they're brilliant storytellers, and they invest the Dragonlance fantasy world with a darkness, wit, and gravity that' This review isn't for the special edition (which I didn't know existed) per se, it's just a convenient way to review all 3 of the books in this series . . . this marvelous series, which I read when I was probably 15 or 16, and which is a really wonderful piece of fantasy storytelling. If you like that sort of thing, I can't recommend Margret Weiss and Tracy Hickman's work enough: they're brilliant storytellers, and they invest the Dragonlance fantasy world with a darkness, wit, and gravity that's equal to the best of fantasy writing, anywhere. I can't really understate the effect this series (along with the Dragonlance: Legends trilogy, of course) had on my teenaged imagination. There's one note I should make about the Dragonlance books: A while back, I was discussing the series with two of my friends. I consider these two friends to be two of the most well-read humans on the planet; they're two of the biggest literary nerds I have ever known, or could imagine knowing. The three of us agreed -- without any trace of irony -- that Raistalin, from this Dragonlance series, is one of the best characters in literature. I'll let that sink in for a moment. We're talking about a short list that probably includes Stephen Dedalus, Hamlet, Patrick Bateman, and Clarrisa Dalloway. And now, Raistalin, a dark wizard who's pupils have turned into hourglasses, because the entropic nature of the universe has been revealed to him, and he sees everything in a state of constant decay & death. Can I get an amen?? Can I get a hallelujah ???? Thank you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A. Dawes

    Read this trilogy when I was 13 and really enjoyed it at the time - not as much as Stephen Donaldson or Terry Brooks or even Weis & Hickman's other series: The Rose of the Prophet, and The Darksword Trilogy. Having said that, I liked it a lot more than Eddings's series. The Dragonlance Chronicles suit those after a Tolkienesque world but one more accessible like Terry Brooks'. I'd recommend the trilogy for fantasy lovers and D& D fans and also young adult readers. I'm glad that the trilogy had m Read this trilogy when I was 13 and really enjoyed it at the time - not as much as Stephen Donaldson or Terry Brooks or even Weis & Hickman's other series: The Rose of the Prophet, and The Darksword Trilogy. Having said that, I liked it a lot more than Eddings's series. The Dragonlance Chronicles suit those after a Tolkienesque world but one more accessible like Terry Brooks'. I'd recommend the trilogy for fantasy lovers and D& D fans and also young adult readers. I'm glad that the trilogy had me ripping through the pages as a young teenager -it added to my love of reading. Would I enjoy it now as an adult? Well, no, but I'm not the target audience any longer. But I am revelling in the more adult historical fantasy equivalents by contemporary writers such as George RR Martin and Joe Abercrombie - and Dragonlance certainly played an influential role in leading me later on in life to these works, and for that I'm eternally grateful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    *Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge* **A Trilogy** I first read this series when I was just around 10 years old. This was just after I had finished Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. In my mind, these works and Dragonlance included will always be the epitome of classical fantasy. No matter how many times I read this, I'll always tear up or laugh at certain things. This is, as I see it, as good as fantasy gets. *Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge* **A Trilogy** I first read this series when I was just around 10 years old. This was just after I had finished Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. In my mind, these works and Dragonlance included will always be the epitome of classical fantasy. No matter how many times I read this, I'll always tear up or laugh at certain things. This is, as I see it, as good as fantasy gets.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monsour

    Raistlin: Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it. Tannis: Are you saying we shouldn't hope? Raistlin: I'm saying we should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open..T_T Yup...yup. Best conversation of characters in a high fantasy setting.EVER!! The best fantasy book series i've ever read. Raistlin: Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it. Tannis: Are you saying we shouldn't hope? Raistlin: I'm saying we should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open..T_T Yup...yup. Best conversation of characters in a high fantasy setting.EVER!! The best fantasy book series i've ever read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    I tried reading these once when I was younger and never finished them. They show up on lists of great fantasy series all the time, though, so I tried again. I made it through them this time, but barely: they are really not good. The writers use as their framework the "alignment" concept from the Dungeons and Dragons manual: the tic tac toe grid of lawful / neutral / chaotic and good / neutral / evil. Each character inhabits one of the boxes in that grid, and that is the extent of their characteri I tried reading these once when I was younger and never finished them. They show up on lists of great fantasy series all the time, though, so I tried again. I made it through them this time, but barely: they are really not good. The writers use as their framework the "alignment" concept from the Dungeons and Dragons manual: the tic tac toe grid of lawful / neutral / chaotic and good / neutral / evil. Each character inhabits one of the boxes in that grid, and that is the extent of their characterization. Each character is also one of that manual's races and classes: there's a big dumb neutral good fighter and a noble lawful good paladin and a shady chaotic neutral mage and so on. They never move from those boxes or grow as characters. The plot is "evil power wants to take over the world and only a small group of adventurers can stop them" paint by numbers fantasy. It's just a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, written down. I'd read a plot point and think, "Oh, that character must've rolled a nineteen on their saving throw against magic." I suppose, if you really like tabletop gaming, this is right up your alley. But it is not well-written, and all it really has going for it is the interplay and conflict between the various cookie-cutter characters. It's not meant for anyone but true believers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Yates

    Classic literature means different things to different people. While the Dragonlance Chronicles will most probably never be considered in the canon of classic literature, it has an important place in molding how we perceive the genre of fantasy today. Tolkien will always reign supreme as the father of modern fantasy. His works set the standards for much of what was to follow in the genre and they managed to break the barrier between fantasy and classic literature. What Dragonlance did for the ge Classic literature means different things to different people. While the Dragonlance Chronicles will most probably never be considered in the canon of classic literature, it has an important place in molding how we perceive the genre of fantasy today. Tolkien will always reign supreme as the father of modern fantasy. His works set the standards for much of what was to follow in the genre and they managed to break the barrier between fantasy and classic literature. What Dragonlance did for the genre is to move fantasy into the mainstream public eye. I wouldn't necessarily say that Dragonlance is a part of the foundation of modern fantasy, but I would consider Dragonlance (especially the Dragonlance Chronicles) to be a keystone in the gateway to the popularity of fantasy in modern culture today. The late 70s and early 80s were a tough time for D&D gamers. Controversy about the game was rampant and it was associated with satanism and other negative images by many people who simply did not understand the game. The Dragonlance Chronicles were the first novels released by TSR. These books brought the magic of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign to the masses in a way that introduced people to the genre without them realizing that what they were reading was a stylized version of actual D&D gaming. I think that what stood out most to me was that these books were no longer tucked away in the back corner of my favorite Walden Books or B. Dalton Booksellers in the mall. I discovered them in a full-fledged display at the front of the store near the register. I admit, I was a little late to the party, the display was advertising the release of Dragons of Spring Dawning, but it was displaying all three books of the Chronicles in their splendid glory. Thick paperback novels with spectacular cover art by Clyde Caldwell that begged the adolescent me to pick them up and find out what exactly they were about. Within seconds, I was asking my dad if I could get the first one of the series and I was hooked from there. Looking back on it now, the marketing of these novels was brilliant. The artwork, stylized Dragonlance logo and fact that the only mention to Dungeons & Dragons was in a small blurb at the bottom of the back cover (to let those not in the know in on who the heck TSR was) were all brilliant moves in my opinion. All this led to a huge franchise, with many authors who contributed along the way, calendars, merchandise and even a film (although I cringe to mention it.) What it also led to were many other franchises of novels from TSR: The Greyhawk Adventures, Forgotten Realms, Ravenloft and many other fantasy settings saw runs of novels. I also feel that the impact outside of TSR extended throughout the genre and led the way to the popularity of fantasy that we see in fiction, film and television (and almost every aspect of merchandising imaginable) that we enjoy today. When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, fantasy films were few and far between for someone who was enthralled by the genre. We had the Conan films, Beastmaster, Dragonslayer and several other films that, while usually campy, served as the staple for encouraging game play and our hopes for future films. Now, fantasy is everywhere in film and television and I feel that a big part of that is due to the popularity of the original Dragonlance Chronicles. In regards to the novels themselves, I feel that they are well written, enjoyable pieces of fantasy fiction that really take the reader along with them on their journey. The real strengths of the novel are the beloved characters that are developed throughout the series. These characters became both our heroes and our friends and we truly mourned when one of them was taken from us. The adventures in these novels are exciting and fun and the stories move quickly with rarely a dull moment to be found. I highly recommend this series for fans of the fantasy genre. They are written in a style that is appealing for almost any age and are a good entry point for those who haven't read much fantasy and are interested in getting into the genre.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    This review was written in the late nineties (just for myself), and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability). It is one of my lost reviews. An epic fantasy of Tolkien-like scope?! Sounds good for a novel's back cover, doesn't it? But it is almost true with the Dragonlance Chronicles. Almost. The k This review was written in the late nineties (just for myself), and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability). It is one of my lost reviews. An epic fantasy of Tolkien-like scope?! Sounds good for a novel's back cover, doesn't it? But it is almost true with the Dragonlance Chronicles. Almost. The key to that "almost" is the characters (cause there's no way it could be the prose). I'll begin with the character I hate, Tanis Half-Elven. He is the weakest link in the novel, yet he's the novel's chief protagonist. His apparent depth comes from his duality and its manifestation in his love for Kitiara and Laurana, but who cares? The other characters are much, much better. Laurana, Flint, Gilthanis, Alhana, Tika, Fizban, Tasslehoff, Caramon and Raistlin are all superior to the Chronicles' hero. And the last two are even better in their own series. But the character who is the true Hero of the Lance is Sturm Brightblade. He is the best character that Weis & Hickman created because his tale is complete. He is complex without being cliché; he loves his honour, his destiny and Alahana, and he fights to fulfil all three right to the end. He is a straight-up, no-joke hero, and I love him -- which shocks me, to be honest. Sturm Brightblade. The Black Rose. A hero I love. Go figure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wallace

    I read this book, technically three books, when I was about 12 years old. It was the first 1,000 page+ book I ever read, and I adored it. I wept when one of the characters died. I gasped when a plot twist was revealed. I was, as you may guess, the target audience. I don't know how well the book would stand up today. It is certainly better than a lot of the fantasy books I've read. Raistlin is a wonderful character. The growth of the mage over the three books was terrific. You were watching him g I read this book, technically three books, when I was about 12 years old. It was the first 1,000 page+ book I ever read, and I adored it. I wept when one of the characters died. I gasped when a plot twist was revealed. I was, as you may guess, the target audience. I don't know how well the book would stand up today. It is certainly better than a lot of the fantasy books I've read. Raistlin is a wonderful character. The growth of the mage over the three books was terrific. You were watching him gain more and more power, but you weren't too sure if that was a good thing or not. Very clever. Most of the characters had depth and the story wasn't too predictable (for a 12 year-old). That's actually pretty rare for this genre. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes this kind of fantasy. It delivers the goods you want. However, it might seem dated by know, and it's entirely possible that only young readers will get the full effect. I don't know. I recently tried to find my old copy, but I've lost it in the twenty-plus years. I am tempted to buy another copy and give it a go. If I do, I'll certainly update this review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    St-Michel

    OH GOD!!! This thing sucked!!!! Ok, now understanding the background behind this book, I have to relax on certain qualms - the main one being how it reads like a RPG transcript, basically because it IS an RPG transcript. So, that's fine, and personally, Hickman and Weis did a bang-up job of presenting it as such. SPOILER!! Now, that aside, I think the book started great and through most of the first book, was pretty good, until people starting dying. This is where I started becoming so angry that I OH GOD!!! This thing sucked!!!! Ok, now understanding the background behind this book, I have to relax on certain qualms - the main one being how it reads like a RPG transcript, basically because it IS an RPG transcript. So, that's fine, and personally, Hickman and Weis did a bang-up job of presenting it as such. SPOILER!! Now, that aside, I think the book started great and through most of the first book, was pretty good, until people starting dying. This is where I started becoming so angry that I just wanted to throw it through the TV and light it on fire. No, I didn't have a problem with the characters dying - I think all characters should be vulnerable and, to a degree, somewhat expendable whether they're important or not. It's my problem with living - NOBODY DIES!!! WTF!?!? Yes, some die - but then, wait...they don't, well, they did, but they're alive!? OH MY GOD!!! If yr going to kill them, then kill them! Be the heartless bastard for a writer for once and quit bring them back to life - not everything is peaches and rainbows. This is one of my biggest problems and perceived inherent flaws with the fantasy genre, the amount of authors who create an overabundance and overuse of magic and artifacts that always seem to fall into the hero's hands, practically making them invulnerable to everything. This kind of power makes for a boring story real fast no matter how much action is involved, because it quickly becomes way too predictable: good triumphs, evil looses...every single fucking time. Give me a break. One of my other big issues with this book it that it just seems to be marred with loopholes and plot failures. Time and time again I would say to myself "What!? According to a couple chapters ago, this would deem impossible and/or highly unlikely!" It only got worse as the books wore on. How I made it through the second book, I don't know, and by the time I got to the third book, I just wanted to get the thing over with and ploughed through it as fast as I could. In my eyes, this book has achieved an all-time record: as much as I hate Terry Brooks and his writing and can rant endlessly about how atrocious his stuff is. This piece of garbage actually pissed me off all the more. I have never had a book raise such a hellfire within me, to literally want to destoy it everytime I picked it up. I did everything I could to finish this as quick as possible as I did not want to be stuck, boiling away over this...this...thing. In the end, my own envisionment of Hell would now be to have to read this thing 24/7 for the rest of my life...it's that bad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I actually came across these books seeking something to interest my son in reading. He had up to that point been uninterested in books and we're a familly of readers. I was concerned. But, using the wisdom of all good parents (get him something that is totally without merit and has no educational value) I introduced him to the Dragon Lance books (I'd discovered Dungeons and Dragons in 1978) and since I got them for my son I read them to. Ever played D&D? These are pretty much the same experience.. I actually came across these books seeking something to interest my son in reading. He had up to that point been uninterested in books and we're a familly of readers. I was concerned. But, using the wisdom of all good parents (get him something that is totally without merit and has no educational value) I introduced him to the Dragon Lance books (I'd discovered Dungeons and Dragons in 1978) and since I got them for my son I read them to. Ever played D&D? These are pretty much the same experience...a group of friends struggling from adventure to adventure that eventually tie together into an overall story. Not bad, fun, you lose some of the characters along the way. They do grow and develop. The books are really quite enjoyable, so, enjoy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    When I was 13 and I read this, it blew me away. I loved every minute of it. Despite these fond memories, that does not prevent me from recognising that this was deeply formulaic fantasy trash that unashamedly revelled in rehashing all the well worn cliches of the genre. Hence my three star rating. My rating at the age of 13 would have been five stars. If I had read it for the first time now, I would probably have given it one star.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Henrik

    It hasn't aged well. Far from as good as I thought in my younger days but still, here and there there are some noteworthy scenes. The scenes of loss are particularly well written, in my opinion. In the end 3 stars, in part because of nostalgia. It hasn't aged well. Far from as good as I thought in my younger days but still, here and there there are some noteworthy scenes. The scenes of loss are particularly well written, in my opinion. In the end 3 stars, in part because of nostalgia.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vel Veeter

    When I was a kid we ordered a subscription to Nintendo Power. This would have been something like 1990. This was a big coups in my family as it was always seen as a little bit superfluous to play Nintendo as much as we did….or Sega Genesis…or etc etc. Although I do recall my mom being on the phone with Nintendo customer support to figure out why our console was dying and the various, inevitably futile ways in which we worked against the dying of our Nintendo’s light. Anyway, this subscription cam When I was a kid we ordered a subscription to Nintendo Power. This would have been something like 1990. This was a big coups in my family as it was always seen as a little bit superfluous to play Nintendo as much as we did….or Sega Genesis…or etc etc. Although I do recall my mom being on the phone with Nintendo customer support to figure out why our console was dying and the various, inevitably futile ways in which we worked against the dying of our Nintendo’s light. Anyway, this subscription came with a copy of Dragon Warrior, the US localized version of Dragon Quest 1. In addition, it came with a full world map, a compendium of the enemies, and a level-up guide with weapon and armor suggestions. The game itself only takes a couple of hours to play and it’s basically a grinding game based in fetch quests with almost no story. It’s so simplistic at times that watching a speed-run of the game is watching someone who knows the random number generator so well, they skate through with barely any leveling. But it taught me how to play and love RPGs in video games. A love that, while it has waned as I got older, still has a lot of power over me to this day, including the fact that I will replay Dragon Warrior still every once in a while. This book series works in almost the same ways. It’s such a by-the-book, table-top derived, mass produced and cheap series of novels that sometimes it’s embarrassing how much I still love it. I can’t even rate it because I know it’s objectively bad, but I love it. But it taught me how to read fantasy novels. I know how to look at the world-building, to follow the logic of the magic, the creatures, the powers, the map, and all kinds of other factor that go into a lot of fantasy books. I read and reread this book a half dozen times in my youth before I even knew that Lord of the Rings existed. Something that remains a curiosity to me because I read The Hobbit about 10 times as a kid and never knew there was more to that series until well into high school. So this series works this way: Tropes! There’s elves that are just LOTR elves (forest and mountain, ooh!), there’s dwarves same as LOTR. There’s two races that kind of split the difference between Hobbits. There’s dragons, and goblins, and a limited number of wizards (oh wait, mages), and there’s plainsfolk….hrrrm Rohirrm? And Northern knights whose order has mostly died out….cough cough Dunedain cough cough. And there’s a weapon of ages that has dramatic consequences on the current plight. There’s a mythical figure who took down those old foes. All that. The first book is about the reuniting of a band of friends at a tavern built into a tree. Pretty cool. The companions are as follows: Tanis Half-Elven (guess his deal — oh right, half elf half human….not unlike one Aragorn [who I KNOW is not a half elf, but does live among them]); the dwarf Flint Fireforge (which, I get it dwarves’ are known for making things, but this is a little on the nose, right?); Tasslehoff Burrfoot, 1/2 Hobbit — a trickster type character; Sturm, a fancy knight; Caramon, a big ole fella, presumably played by Jason Momoa; Raistlin, a mage and his brother; Riverwind and Goldmoon, “plainsmen” and definitely NOT white Native Americans, right?; and the curiously missing Kitiara, a sellsword and sister to the twins. So the result of all this is a basic grail quest mixed with a good versus evil world-rending battle. It’s oddly compelling, and almost entirely action, and so derivative of Lord of the Rings it’s almost shameful at times. There’s zero character building — oh Tanis is a reluctant hero? The Dwarf is grumpy? It’s oddly chaste and not funny. But I keep returning to the fact that this is the series of books who helped me understand these kinds of fantasy tropes and because it was beloved when I was a kid, I can’t get away from it. It does leave me in a funny place in terms of whether or not I would consider recommending it to someone (not to adults) but I do teach high school and it’s a pretty low risk, high reward set of texts. I’m left in a kind of void regarding these books. But I have a plan. So there’s another trilogy that’s also the “core” of the Dragonlance series and I found a free copy of the first of those books. And they’re the same authors and the same time period (mid-80s). So I will get back to you!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Efaki

    My first-look impression of this enormous trilogy, when presented to me by a friend, was exactly this : http://replygif.net/611 ^"What the f...? How am I supposed to read all this!!!"...^ And then it began. At first, I have to say, I lived the experience of AD&D myself. Reading something that some other DM has written was kinda strange for me. The reason was that I didn't feel that it would be the same reading someone else's story, I 'd much rather live it through my DM. But then I started reading. My first-look impression of this enormous trilogy, when presented to me by a friend, was exactly this : http://replygif.net/611 ^"What the f...? How am I supposed to read all this!!!"...^ And then it began. At first, I have to say, I lived the experience of AD&D myself. Reading something that some other DM has written was kinda strange for me. The reason was that I didn't feel that it would be the same reading someone else's story, I 'd much rather live it through my DM. But then I started reading. The first book "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" was kinda slow in the beginning. I thought that my first impression was right. Too many names and locations and all the action was taking place rather fast. I was not used to it, I like the version of D&D sessions that ACTUALLY the character develops him/herself through the story. There was too much information in the first chapters, too much blahblah and less character development. But I enjoyed the action, I have to admit. My sessions were not so dramatic and active as were in this book. I started enjoying the reading. Then the second book "Dragons of Winter night". I used to take it with me in my workplace. It began more fascinating, the plot was getting more serious and dramatic and I had the chance, finally, to see the characters develop. I literally finished the book in 2 weeks. And, luckily for me, there was MORE. The third book "Dragons of Spring Dawning", was something different. The characters experienced their inner dramatic conflicts and, at last, they "build characters". Through losses of friendly faces, the whole story grew more tragic, but the action was good. The only problem was that it's so much different when you read an action scene than living it through your D&D character. I kinda missed strong action scenes and I really didn't miss soap-opera scenes. The whole trilogy is, in general, easy-to-read, with good action scenes, but, to speak the truth, if someone has played D&D before, something is missing. Maybe, for D&D players, the thrill to develop their character and live through the story. My rating is for the three books of Dragonlance Chronicles and the ideas for characters they gave me for my future D&D sessions.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Okay, let's start by clarifying that these books are not literature, even though there's a whole generation of Xers (Gen-Xers) who would claim otherwise because many of them were coming of age reading these novels. I owned my copies from the time I was about 22, but never read them all the way through until I was closer to 35. They came off as pulpy, silly, cheap and badly written in many ways. The characters were beyond even decent graphic novel caliber in their exaggerated, stereotyped behavior Okay, let's start by clarifying that these books are not literature, even though there's a whole generation of Xers (Gen-Xers) who would claim otherwise because many of them were coming of age reading these novels. I owned my copies from the time I was about 22, but never read them all the way through until I was closer to 35. They came off as pulpy, silly, cheap and badly written in many ways. The characters were beyond even decent graphic novel caliber in their exaggerated, stereotyped behavior and imagery. The plot itself was juvenile, not well structured or paced (though admittedly, basing the whole thing on an original game of D&D was, at the time, unique and courageous), and the narrative tone was horribly cliche. Enough bashing. If you pick these books up without expecting anything great, you can easily fall in love with at least a couple of these characters. It may be precisely BECAUSE they are so badly stereotypical that you feel comfortable and happy going along on their Saturday morning adventures. The stuff on these pages is taken straight out of a long night of gaming around a table, rolling dice and chugging Dew, and for those of us now in middle age, it brings back a feeling of being a teen again, enjoying RPGs when there were no other options, no online WOW crap, nothing but you, the dice, some graph paper and your imagination. So when you can't find a bunch of other old Gygaxians to help you crack open a 30-year-old non 4.0 module, these books can take you there, so enjoy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Shook

    This is a book my brother gave me when we were kids, and I found it recently on a bookshelf at my parents house. I was looking for a totally fantastical fantasy story, so I decided to read it again. I LOVE IT. If you're looking for a book to read that takes you completely out of the current reality (and you love reading about Elves and Dragons and Dwarfs etc), read this. I've been working on it as my bedtime reading for a month or so now, and more than once have I ended up staying up til 4 or 5 This is a book my brother gave me when we were kids, and I found it recently on a bookshelf at my parents house. I was looking for a totally fantastical fantasy story, so I decided to read it again. I LOVE IT. If you're looking for a book to read that takes you completely out of the current reality (and you love reading about Elves and Dragons and Dwarfs etc), read this. I've been working on it as my bedtime reading for a month or so now, and more than once have I ended up staying up til 4 or 5 in the morning, not able to stop turning the pages. A relatively easy read (although, they get really creative with some names), but very long.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Isaac Jourden

    I notice a lot of these reviews aren't specifically about the annotated version of the Dragonlance Chronicles. This short review is specifically about that. If it's your first time reading Dragonlance Chronicles, don't get the annotated version. It gives away a lot of spoilers and really changes the flow of the reading as well. But if you're the target demographic for the Annotated Chronicles (someone who read the Chronicles, enjoyed them, and wants to know what authors were thinking and learn m I notice a lot of these reviews aren't specifically about the annotated version of the Dragonlance Chronicles. This short review is specifically about that. If it's your first time reading Dragonlance Chronicles, don't get the annotated version. It gives away a lot of spoilers and really changes the flow of the reading as well. But if you're the target demographic for the Annotated Chronicles (someone who read the Chronicles, enjoyed them, and wants to know what authors were thinking and learn more trivia), then this book is most definitely five stars. There are times I crack it open just to read the notes. Definitely worth picking up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tanis Half-Blacky

    Once you start with this magnificent Trilogy, you will want more and more! The epic novels by Weis and Hickman provide the readers with stories about friendship, love, war, and how different races struggle together for survival. I really recommend readers to start with the Chronicles and find out the great world behind its pages. Enjoy :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Cartwright

    DNF - I don't know why I didn't finish this book because what I had read so far was actually pretty good. I think it might have been that the book was huge and it felt like it was taking ages to get through a few pages and I have also been hit by a book slump from out of nowhere so that wouldn't have helped either. I will pick up this book again at some point and try to finish it. DNF - I don't know why I didn't finish this book because what I had read so far was actually pretty good. I think it might have been that the book was huge and it felt like it was taking ages to get through a few pages and I have also been hit by a book slump from out of nowhere so that wouldn't have helped either. I will pick up this book again at some point and try to finish it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is the series that started me on Fantasy - well, that is... after Lord of the Rings (of course!!!)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Taddow

    Haven't read this series in so long, I decided to pull it off the shelf, dust it off and re-read one of the best fantasy sagas. Haven't read this series in so long, I decided to pull it off the shelf, dust it off and re-read one of the best fantasy sagas.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Cruz

    4.5 Laurana is my book wife.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    I have tried to reread this trilogy multiple times after loving this as a teenager and have always failed at the clunky first half, in fact I told friends that the series just doesnt hold up. I was wrong! If you can get past the rough first book this series is as enjoyable as a fantasy story can be. Great characters and a strong story. The annotations are a fun bonus that gives you the authors insights into the world and thought process behind a lot of scenes, but I wouldn't read this unless you I have tried to reread this trilogy multiple times after loving this as a teenager and have always failed at the clunky first half, in fact I told friends that the series just doesnt hold up. I was wrong! If you can get past the rough first book this series is as enjoyable as a fantasy story can be. Great characters and a strong story. The annotations are a fun bonus that gives you the authors insights into the world and thought process behind a lot of scenes, but I wouldn't read this unless you have read the series already. Highly recommended with a caveat, you have to get past the first half of the first book before it becomes something other than someone trying to write a book around their D&D campaign.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Revisiting a childhood favorite. Are there problems re: race, gender, etc.? Sure, it is a product of its time. But it is also still wonderful, and important for those who love TTRPG and books based on RPG campaigns and worlds. I still love these books!

  28. 5 out of 5

    John (Hey Y'all Listen Up)

    Do not read the annotated edition unless you have already read another edition of the novels. The annotations contain spoilers. The annotations themselves are a fascinating look into the construction of these novels and enhance the reading experience. The plot of these novels is forgettable. However, most of the characters are fascinating. The world-building is excellent as well. Anyone interested in leadership should read the character of Tanis carefully. One weakness is that a few of the charac Do not read the annotated edition unless you have already read another edition of the novels. The annotations contain spoilers. The annotations themselves are a fascinating look into the construction of these novels and enhance the reading experience. The plot of these novels is forgettable. However, most of the characters are fascinating. The world-building is excellent as well. Anyone interested in leadership should read the character of Tanis carefully. One weakness is that a few of the character arcs seem to be unbelievable in my opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allan Deguara

    This book is amazing! Myself I found Lord of the Rings hard to read but not these ones. The first chapter grabs you by the throat and take you into the fantasy world of Krynn. This is a must read for all adventure fantasy lovers! 😊

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kurtbg

    This isn't the specific book I read, but after reading The Fallen Sun I decided it wasn't worth going forward unless I had read the earlier books and had some reference. This chronicle consituties the first three books of the series by the Weis & Hickman writing team. I believe this series rekindled the fantasy genre. Meaning, many fantasy writers were weaned on these books and characters and built off them. These book came out in the mid 80's and are written by former TSR employees. TSR is the This isn't the specific book I read, but after reading The Fallen Sun I decided it wasn't worth going forward unless I had read the earlier books and had some reference. This chronicle consituties the first three books of the series by the Weis & Hickman writing team. I believe this series rekindled the fantasy genre. Meaning, many fantasy writers were weaned on these books and characters and built off them. These book came out in the mid 80's and are written by former TSR employees. TSR is the maker of the Dungeons & Dragon RPG. So when someone who played D&D reads these books it's immediately evident that the D&D universe was used to frame not just the characters, but also the method of writing. The writing is clipped and disjointed at times, which as in D&D sometimes you just land in it. What gets you through this, however, is the interesting and fun characters that are created. Sure, there's borrowing from Tolkein - it's hard not too. But, the authors still create something of their own with the creation of Raistlin, a chaotic and self-serving force - but apparently one of the good guys? and the concept of Tas who belongs to a race who are inherently so curious that the concept of fear hasn't taken root in them - which contributes much to their demise. In the end, when read in historical context of the genre and from whence it sprang from the read is just as enjoyable, or more, than some of the later contributors to the genre. A surprise for me, being around the internet in the mid-90's and playing something called MUD, was the recognition of the characters of Raistlin, Caramon, and Gerard. I almost feel sorry for having done to them what I did in that on-line game. Oh well, spilled historical leche.

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