Being a huge Dragonlance fan, and one who had eagerly anticipated the follow up to Jean Rabe's excellent Dragons of a New Age trilogy, I was very disappointing with this book. There is no sense of the 'epic' that is felt by reading her previous trilogy. This is especially true when we consider that the follow up to the inaugral Dragonlance trilogy (Chronicles) - The Twins Trilogy - was just as epic and gripping as the original.
Although Rabe paints a good picture of a bitter and disallusioned Dhamon Grimwulf she doesn't actually convince us about the reasons for his 'downfall'. Granting having a dragon scale attached to your leg, that causes immense pain, would be enough to annoy even the stoutest of hearts, the actual reasons for his portrayal seem to have been devised at the last minute and appear rather pathetic. The idea that he chickens out from attacking a green dragon, thus leading all his men to be routinely killed, realising the futility of this action, leaves the reader (or at least me) feeling completely unsympathetic, and a bit unbelieving that the stalwart hero of the previous books could have had a big yellow stripe painted down his back quite so readily.
Ultimately, this Dragonlance novel belongs more in the category belonging to such stories as The Tale of Uncle Trapspringer and other such simple plots following a direct route with very few surprises and intrigue. Hopefully the sequel 'Betrayal' will be far more gripping and that 'Downfall' can be cast into the box marked 'setting the scene'.