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A surprisingly good end to a poor trilogy
on 1 March 2007
This is the third book in the Dragonlance Legends trilogy, and is by far the best of the three.
Unlike the two preceding novels, Time of the Twins and War of the Twins, this book appears to have known the touch of an editor's hand. Where the other two books were overlong, meandering and poorly written, Test of the Twins is noticeably shorter, more focused on its plot and competently written.
There are still problems. While shorter and better written than the other two books, Test of the Twins is still a little too long and there are occasional attacks of the terrible prose that made its predecessors such a chore to read.
There are some story problems too, most obviously the different flow of time experienced by one of the main characters, which is clearly nothing more than a clumsy plot device to get all the characters in the same time and place for the grand finale.
These problems are excusable, however. Test of the Twins is entertaining in its own right. It's just a shame that the rest of the trilogy was not written to this standard as, unfortunately, it's not worth reading the previous two books to get to this point.