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  • Mass Market Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (31 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786930365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786930364
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,208,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As Beldinas, the Kingpriest of Istar, approaches victory in his long war against the forces of evil, his long-lost hero, Cathan Twice-Born, a one-time Kingpriest's champion, returns, seeking the meaning of a fateful dark vision of a burning hammer. Original.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "" on 29 Dec. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although not as good as the first two books, since we know what is going to happen and most of the material was covered in the Legends, this book is still a great read. It ties up all that has happened in the previous books and describes the Cataclysm well- both the ground-shaking catastrophe and the general feeling of despair and loneliness of post-Cataclysmic Krynn. The book gives a short epilogue in 3 A.C and ends on a down note that defines the Age of Despair.
The story allows us to see what the Kingpriest has been up to in ten years or so from the second book by following the return of self-imposed exile Cathan, who returns to Istar to find slave markets, persecution of worshippers of gray (neutral) gods (this began in the second book remember) and oppression of even good gods! you'll see what i mean.
Fistandantilus is there from the beginning and the timeline that Chris Pierson follows is the Fistandantilus-Pheragus-Denubis one (rather than the Raistlin-Caramon-Chrysania, although there is a slight hats off to Weis and Hickman with the Kingpriest noticing some movement behind a curtain as he is about to challenge the gods (i.e., Tasselhoff).
A great moment is where Beldinas uses his clerical powers to force Paladine to kneel before him- and almost succeeds!!
The biggest surprise is that who you thought was the Lightbringer, isn't!!!!
If its not Beldinas then you should know who it is.
The Bringer of Light is not the healing touch of Beldinas, but the Bringer of the Word of Paladine
think Disks of Mishakal, Xak Tsaroth....
We also see how Bupu's gift to Raistlin ( spellbook) gets where its supppose to be.
This trilogy has been one of the best yet in DragonLance and Chris Pierson's attention to the detail of the Chronicles and Legends gives a feeling of continuity and a complete saga with no conflicting ideas from the different authors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2nd best trilogy in Series! 11 Jun. 2004
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Outside of the initial Wies/Hickman trilogy, this is easily the best set of books in the series. Having read just over 90% of the DL books (including all tier 1 & 2 stories), I don't say this lightly. Two main points on why specifically it was so well written: First he obviously researched the genre & tied his stories together beautifully with the known facts, unlike a lot of the author's who just write whatever they feel. Why this isn't always a bad thing it does distract from the overall product. Secondly, again unlike a lot of the DL writers, he doesn't paint a picture of insurmountable odds only for the hero's to miraculously pull it out in the last couple pages. This seems to be the trend and frankly it sucks (Outside of Mr. Knaak, you see this often). Mr. Pierson does a stupendous job of writing on a story touched upon often, but never explored in great depth.
The hero in the story goes through his trials & tribulations as a man with no faith, to one with blind faith, losing his faith & ultimately finding true faith at the end. In the process he is part of a nation the rises to top of the world stage to its ultimate & total annihilation.
Whether you've read many books in this series or not, this trilogy is a great read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The student exceeds the teacher 30 Dec. 2003
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'd come close to giving up on Dragonlance after finishing the last trilogy from Weiss and Hickman.
I'm glad to say that this trilogy has restored my faith. Sacred Fire is the best work Pierson has done to date, and he managed it within a story where the ending was already known! Shades of Titanic; cranking up the suspense and excitement of the story in this context took some real creativity.
Watching the world fall apart was like a slow motion train wreck, cringe-inducing clockwork physics with a sense of being helplessness. You wanted to yell at the characters so they'd do the right thing!
Things also tied together in clever and subtle ways. I need to go back and reread the trilogy to see what I missed.
This was a great read -- highly recommended. My fervent hope is that it launches Pierson into being able to publish works in his own worlds. If he can write like this within the well-explored confines of the Dragonlance universe, I'm hopeful we'll see even more when he's freed!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very thrilling right down to the end! 12 Dec. 2003
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What a great way of writing about the downfall of Ishtar! I definatly recomend reading the War of the Souls Trilogy before this one. It makes it that much more exciting because you will kind of know what is going to happen in a round about way, but the events still take you totally by suprise and the great details really bring you into the plot and setting.
The ending was unexspected, but exspected also in a way, and great! You can finish the book, and not feel like you were cheated at the end.
I have to say, that by far this is the best DragonLance trilogy I have read! And I have over 45 of the DL books total.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nothing like reading about the cataclysm! 17 Sept. 2004
By Ben Wand - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book occurs 20 years after the Divine Hammer, and picks up where Cathan is "welcomed" back to the empire and the side of the Kingpriest. However, Cathan is shocked at the things he sees. The empire, and the Kingpriest, have both changed radically since he was banished. Fear, insecurity, and unbridled self-righteousness have taken over, poisoning the Kingpriest and Istar.

After a botched attempt to usurp the Kingpriest, the cataclysm can no longer be avoided. Cathan's final quest is to take the disks of Mishakal to a safe place.

This was an awesome book, and an awesome series. It's too bad more DL books weren't along this vein - the characters are interesting and strong, and the writing is superb. This is my third favorite DL trilogy, after Chronicles and Legends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fitting end to a Fantastic Trilogy 25 Nov. 2003
By "jgrubber" - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having chewed this book up in a day and a half, which is a real rarity for me these days, I have to recommend it to everyone if they love DL. I am a bit biased mind you, as an anthropology/ancient studies grad and sometimes dragonlance author too.
If you really want to get a sense of what was lost in the first Cataclysm, learn more about the culture and heights that were attained, the psychology of the kingpriest and his followers, this is the series for you.
The story itself is great as well- the characters are compelling, they age and change over the series' forty year span, and the story is a very well thought out example of the Campbell mythic structure.
Congrats to Chris Pierson from a fellow Canuck and fantasy fan. Can't wait to see whats next from him!
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