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Dragons of the Highlord Skies: The Lost Chronicles, Volume Two (Dragonlance Novel: The Lost Chronicles) [Mass Market Paperback]

Tracy Hickman , Margaret Weis
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8 Jan 2008 Dragonlance Novel: The Lost Chronicles (Book 2)
The Chronicles retold--from evil's point of view.

The story starts in Neraka, where Kitiara uth Matar and Emperor Ariakas hatch a plan to retrieve a dragon orb and thereby destroy Solamnia and the Companions in one fell swoop. But the guardian of the dragon orb, Highlord Feal-Thas, disagrees with this plan. Kitiara must go to Ice Wall to force him to accept Ariakas' will, but her journey does not end there. Thrown out of favor, she conceives a daring plan to enlist the aid of the most feared beings on Krynn--Lord Soth and the Dark Queen. Meanwhile, Laurana and the Companions retrieve the dragon orb and take it back to Solamnia--not knowing that they bring their allies' doom with them.

The second volume of a new trilogy from celebrated authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, The Lost Chronicles details the famed War of the Lance from the perspective of the evil that menaces Krynn. The books are written in such a way that they will be marvelous complements to the original Chronicles, while at the same time accessible and exciting to new readers.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (8 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786948604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786948604
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for hardcore fans only... 17 Jan 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hmmm.... this is a difficult one to review. The best Dragonlance books remain the Weis/Hickman core novels; Chronicles, Legends, Second Generation, Summer Flame, and War of Souls. They are all warm, fun, and fiendishly readable. But whereas Lost Chronicles 1: Dragons of Dwarven Depths slotted neatly into the core story between Autumn Twilight and Winter Nights (albeit with a drop in pace), the Highlord Skies book is more of a supplementary novel (to Winter Nights). The book is almost an irrelevance. Which is a shame because it retains all that is good about the Weis/Hickman writing partnership. I feel the Lost Chronicles trilogy could have made three good novellas (see Second Generation for how well this can work). But of course that's less money for Wizards of the Coast. In summary, if you enjoyed the Soulforge/Brothers in Arms prequels and Dragons of Dwarven Depths, you will like this book. But if you found them a bit of a yawn, then this book won't be an improvement.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I had higher hopes for this second volume of The Lost Chronicles trilogy than I did for its predecessor, Dragons of the Dwarven Depths. Indeed, the plotlines which would be explored in Dragons of the Highlord Skies appeared much more interesting than the search for the Hammer of Kharas.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman had the opportunity to expound on the storyline which will later lead Laurana to the position of the Golden General. They also had a chance to flesh out the relationship between Kitiara and Lord Soth, and show us how it all began in Dargaard Keep. Finally, the authors would also be granted the opportunity to elaborate on the Companions' trek to Icereach in search of the dragon orb.

As was the case with the War of Souls trilogy, The Lost Chronicles fail to recapture the magic of the Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends. Even though it's a delight to get reacquainted with the Companions, at times it feels as though Weis and Hickman are simply going through the motions. Insofar as I can tell, it doesn't feel as if their hearts are into this project. . .

Let's not forget that Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance novels have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. And yet, much like fellow bestselling authors Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings and Terry Brooks, their latest works are clearly uninspired compared to their past collaborations. Dragons of the Highlord Skies lacks the depth and the originality that allowed them to capture the hearts and imagination of a whole generation of fantasy readers.

Sadly, Lord Soth, who could probably have kickstarted this book, only appears in about 10 pages or so. Once again, there's is an inordinate amount of "filler" in this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Dragonlance but could do better..... 15 Aug 2007
By Martin Belcher VINE VOICE
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I thoroughly enjoyed volume one of these lost chronicles (Dragons of the Dwarven Depths), so I was looking forward to reading this second volume. It covers a lost plot line from the original Dragonlance Chronicles covering the dragon orb in Icereach, and events in Tarsis with an emphasis on Kitiara Uth Matar and her relationship with her magnificent blue dragon Skie and Lord Ariakas.

Please don't get me wrong, I throughly enjoyed this book, but it did leave me wanting a bit more and I felt some areas were rushed, especially the rescue of the dragon orb from the cavern where Highlord Theal-Fas had secured it with the protection of a supposed sentinel of incredible strength and fear. This seemed to disolve away within a short chapter and I felt could have been played a bit better.

Overall this is a good Dragonlance novel and a brilliant 'supplement' to the original Chronicles and I definitely recommend it, but I am hoping the next volume due out in 2008 (Hourglass Mage) is much better and as Raistlin is my favourite character, I can't wait to read it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ill Conceived... 9 Dec 2007
This book slots into the end of books 1 & 2 of Dragons of a Winter Night and tells the story of the death of Feal-Thas in Icereach and how Kitiara recruits Lord Soth to the Emperor's legions. This should be a brilliant addition to the Dragonlance canon with Weis & hickman at the helm but sadly it is far from it...
The book's structure is alarmingly poor and you really do get the sense that they were writing to a deadline - they seemed to have decided that the second half of the book would resolve things very quickly. The first half is a very laboured series of recaps and Weis & Hickman trying to be clever with plot by putting minor characters into the 'same room' as the companions and letting their perspective unfold. This is most apparent in the siege of Tarsis section - the writing is very lazy and essentially recaps the assault on Tarsis from the perspective of three Solamnic knights. A particular low point is discovering that Aran, knight of the Crown who hit Tanis in the face with a tomato during the riot... poor.
Furthermore by the final 50 pages of the book it is so structurally bad that we have chapters lasting a mere 3 pages as the writers career recklessly from events in Icereach to Kitiara's journey to Dargard Keep. The whole conclusion to the book smacks of genuine laziness and a rushed deadline set. The drama promised in Icereach is disappointing to say the least.
No doubt stalwarts of the series will buy this book, I just hope you are not as a let down as I was. The real concern is the final part of this trilogy - Raistlin's gaining the Dark Robes, I hope they improve considerably with that tale. That is a story many of us have been waiting nearly two decades for...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
Better than the first "Lost Chronicles" novel for me, the story is really compelling making you want to read one more page to see what happens! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Stefanos
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same
If you have read no-one else read this pair of wonders....this should get you started on an adventure called literature
Published 1 month ago by James Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlord Skies.
Certainly up to their usual standard of writing. Once picked up and started I can't wait to read it all, and then I want some more !
Published 8 months ago by Sue Tomblin
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
This book is well written. Read it as part of The Lost Chronicles or alone - but not without knowing anything about DragonLance Chronicles. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by ACTvilum
4.0 out of 5 stars covers some gaps
dragons of highlotd skies completely covers the gap between "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" and "Dragons of Winter Night". Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Omar Farid
2.0 out of 5 stars Short story material
The concept of revisiting one of the most loved fantasy campaigns in fiction is certainly an appealing one. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2011 by Mr. G. Battle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not spectacular
I agree with one of the earlier reviews that there should have been more Lord Soth in the book, Kitiara's "climatic battle" was a disappointment and almost seems to have been... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2008 by D. Ward
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