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Dragons of the Highlord Skies: Lost Chronicles, Volume Two [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Weis , Tracy Hickman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1756 KB
  • Print Length: 597 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (7 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002FQOI2S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not spectacular 22 Jan. 2008
By D. Ward
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 written as an afterthought - a waste of a great "hook". Additionally, some of the other characters - in particular tasslehoff - seem to have become characteratures of themselves, their traits overly exaggerated compared to the original novels (Dwarven Depths was worse here). Overall however I found the return to Krynn to be a pleasant experience, and it was nice to see parts of the story "intersect" with certain events in the original novels. Unlike some other readers I enjoyed having some of the old history repeated - it has been many years since I read the original novels, but the first two trilogies remain my favourite books of all time. I also agree that Weis and Hickman are obviously less inspired than they were in the original novels, but not drastically so. These are a huge step up on the recent "Summer Flame" novel which was absolutely appalling in my opinion. Highlord Skies is worth reading, its like a favourite warm blanket and I am looking forward to the final in the trilogy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Short story material 9 Feb. 2011
By SonicQuack VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The concept of revisiting one of the most loved fantasy campaigns in fiction is certainly an appealing one. The first volume offered a credible entry in to that mythos, however Highlord Skies misses that mark. It presents a plot following Kitiara and her plans for revenge upon a member of the Heroes of the Lance. Revenge, a well used motive for plots in high fantasy is best used as a sub-plot, and although there is a weaker plot running parallel about a quest to retrieve a Dragon Orb, neither combine to offer any real substance. As a short story Weis & Hickman may have pulled this off, however as a lengthy novel is merely offers tedium. Definitely for the completist since the magic of the original series is absent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
Months of great reading. Always a page turner.
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Published 5 months ago by Karlina Bothe
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 9 months 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 10 months 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 18 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 Ill Conceived...
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... Read more
Published on 9 Dec. 2007 by madradubh
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