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Annotated Chronicles (Dragonlance) [Paperback]

Margaret Weis
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  • Paperback: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; annotated edition edition (1 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786918705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786918706
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.6 x 6.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,583,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An annotated edition of three classic Dragonlance novels--Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning--is accompanied by extensive commentary by the authors on the world of Krynn and their popular characters. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sword and sorcery at its best 1 May 2004
By Paul Lessingham VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I first read the Chronicles in the 80s aged about 11, and I've come back to them at regular intervals since. As my old copy of the Collector's Edition has finally fallen apart, I was delighted to come across this new annotated version.
The first thing to say is that this edition is stunning. The paper is high quality and it features both new cover art and some colour archive material showing the evolution of the characters. The annotations can be intrusive (they're printed in the outside columns of the pages), but I guess that if you want an annotated edition, then they have to go somewhere. As the last reviewer said, the notes do relate mostly to the links between the novels and the AD&D game, so will naturally be of more interest to those who are familiar with this.
On to the novels themselves. The first book is the most obviously rooted in the AD&D gameworld and is essentially a classic 'dungeon crawl' adventure, though a very good one. The story really takes off with the division of the characters into separate parties in 'Dragons of Winter Night'. The narrative impressively handles political intrigue as well as action.
It is, though, the characterisation that really sets the Chronicles apart. The heroes are well-rounded characters with enough flaws, contradictions and tensions to keep them recognisably human (or elven, dwarven, etc, but you get the point!). The narrative sets their inner struggles within the context of the wider crisis, showing the ways in which events of global importance may be shaped by personal choices.
If you've read any AD&D-based fantasy before then you probably already know whether you like it or not. If you do, then the Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends, along with R. A. Salvatore's Icewind Dale Trilogy, rank among the best.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
The dragonlance chronicles trilogy is probably the best work of fantasy I've read in ages, unfortunately the annotations are not worth the extra 8 unless you are either a collector or you have an interest in how the AD&D game and the book are related. They will not (as I assumed) get you to know the culture/traditions/geography of Krynn better
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book with notes from the authors 21 July 2004
By Rolf M
Format:Hardcover
This is a compilation of all the books in the Chronicles series, covering about 1.300 pages. But don't worry, it easily read! In the book, there are notes from the authors, commenting the current text, whether why someone got their names, or how certain events happened. However, these notes can be contain spoilers (or be jibberish for those not knowing the world of Krynn), so I would only recommend the book for those that already read the original books.
The only reason I only rate it with four stars is because of the spoilers in the notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read it! 15 Nov 2013
By Dawn
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What can I say, all in one place. Annotate - very interesting in places & funny in others. Love these books - Tas is so funny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars dragonlance chronicles 23 July 2004
Format:Hardcover
i have been playing D&D an AD&D for many years. I first read the book in the early eighties and i thouroughly enjoyed it and still keep reading it from time to time. There is not a lot i can say on the book that hasn't been said allready except i would rate the book as being up there alongside tolkein.
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