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The Silver Stair (Dragonlance: The Bridges of Time) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jean Rabe
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786913150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786913152
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,307,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not special either 24 Aug 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Silver Stair, book 3 in the Bridges Of Time, tells the tale of Goldmoon and the return of healing powers to Krynn. The story is not bad, but it's nothing special. I've read a lot of these supplemental Dragonlance novels and most of the time they're not bad in their own right, but they add nothing spectacular to the whole picture. Read this book if you're a DL fan, otherwise you're better off starting with the core novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than her last books. 13 Oct 1999
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This book was good and bad. I have a few bad things to say about it first. I didn't like how she broke her own rules of Krynn she put in her trilogy. Goldmoon was much to powerful for a world with more magic. It would probably take generations to get over the shock of the gods leaving and decades more of research to get clerical power. I understand a little magic, but it sounded as if she could beat Palin in a magical duel. Enough about magic, I found Gair's descent into evil much too quick and unrational. He didn't seem to have a reason to hate everybody all of a sudden. I haven't read the book in 6 moths, but if his reason was good I think I would remember it. Also, this isn't the best written book I have read it seemed too rushed. Now about the good parts in the book. It was a good fantasy with action, magic, and undead. A DL fan should read it, but I don't recoment it for anyone else. P.S. It was a good recovery for Jean Rabe after the FA trilogy. If she would have written another book like those I would have given up my faith in her.
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating characters 19 Aug 2003
By Christopher Ware - Published on
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Having read Rabe's DRAGONS OF A NEW AGE trilogy and now this, I've come to the conclusion that she has a difficult time writing characters that act like actual people would. This tended to improve as the aforementioned trilogy progressed, but it was terrible in this book. What I mean by this is, if something strange or suspicious occurs, most people would stop and question it. However, Rabe's characters tend to blithely continue on with what they were doing and don't give it a second thought. Very very frustrating to read when you know that it needs to be questioned. It's as if Ms. Rabe just wants to get where she's going and she completely disregards the fact that she needs to make her characters act like normal people in order to make them believable. This makes it very difficult to become emotionally involved with either the characters or the story. I'm guessing that this is one of her early works because, by the third book of DRAGONS OF A NEW AGE, her characters were behaving more reasonably.
The other thing about this book that caused me to dislike it so much was the fact that her main elf character, Gair, didn't act like an elf at all. He was impatient, impetuous, and, for someone who claimed to be a scholar in the field of magic, tended to jump right in to doing something without even considering the consequences. These characteristics are all the complete opposite of those describing an elf. They are more along the lines of a human. If you're going to create a character and assign them a race and you want them to be believable, they have to have at least some of the characteristics of that race. Gair seemed to have none. I felt no sympathy for him whatsoever. I am sure this was not Rabe's intent, but she fell completely flat in attempting to make me connect with the character.
Finally, since Gair was such an integral part of the plot and Ms. Rabe was forcing him into acting so unlike an elf, the whole story just seemed to contrived. It was simply a way of establishing Goldmoon's Citadel of Light for use in subsequent books. A story had to be created to put these pieces into place. The bad characterization just made it blatantly obvious to the reader that the whole point of the book was to get to the ending point. Unfortunately, Rabe's handling of the characters just made the journey unpleasant and unbelievable.
It was a decent story, but nothing to get excited about. The execution could have been light years better. Unless you're a hardcore Dragonlance fan, you can probably skip this book and not miss much (if anything).
3.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Stair has some good and some bad qualities. 15 April 1999
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I bought this book mainly because I had some money left over from buying other Dragonlance novels, and because I thought I should know a little something about the Silver Stair before I read the Fifth Age trilogy also by Jean Rabe. First off, the storyline begins as a boring story with just dialogue and a few incidents which are an ambush, a blizzard, and a fire. Not very exciting. But it does pick up toward the end and has an exciting battle at the end. The characters are also pretty modern. Goldmoon is practically the same, Jasper is just another dwarf, and Camilla is a common Knight of Solamnia. But Gair, I hated him. Even before he became evil he was an annoying, childish, and foolish character which I though was strange for an elf! I have to say that I liked the gnoll Orvago. The gnoll was probably one of the best aspects of the book. Jean Rabe made some mistakes though, like Goldmoon having the Blue Crystal staff even though it is really sitting in the Tomb of the Last heroes. The book also begins with the gnolls escaping captivity and reaching the island, but once Orvago joins the story, Jean Rabe forgets totally about the rest of the gnolls. What happened to them? Plus I thought the idea of the Silver Stair was a little silly, especially since this is the first I'm hearing of it in the Dragonlance series. But all in all it was an interesting, (bearable) book to read. Pick it up if you feel the need to know a little of the Silver Stair. P.S. I started reading the Fifth Age series, and believe me, you should read this book or you won't know what any of the characters are talking about when they mention the Silver Stair.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Elf's Fall 16 July 2000
By Richard Raley - Published on
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This book started off a bit slow, but picked up pace around the third chapter. I liked it much more than I thought I would, and found it to be entertaining even though one of my friends `accidentally' told me some of the story. Basically this novel by Jean Rabe focuses on the fall of Gair (a Silvanesti Elf) to the dark side of mysticism with the building of the Citadel of Light in the background. Some new characters are introduced, such as a Gnoll and another Solamnic Knight and Jasper Fireforge and Goodmoon make re-appearances.
This is also a very good information book on the workings of Mysticism, which makes it pretty much a must buy for any Fifth Age fan. If you aren't that big on the Fifth Age then it's still a good read with plenty of interesting characters and lots of spirited fighting.
The only thing that I didn't like about this novel was the length. Typical of the Bridges of Time series the ending seemed a bit rushed and not as full and as deep as it could have been. But other than that, it's a good DL book by Jean Rabe.
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great 9 Jun 1999
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Jean - I just finished your book and I have to say it was FANTASTIC. I have a thing about books, there are some books that are blah (I start reading them and put them down and never finish), then there are the books that are okay (I can read several of them at a time - they only interest me a little bit). Next we have the good ones (they're the ones I leave on my night stand and I read those at night if I'm not too tired). Finally we have the OH MY GOD THIS IS SO GOOD I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN (these are the books that I carry in my purse. The books that I read every chance I get. These are the books with the potential of getting me fired because I'm reading them instead of the reports - you know the comic book in the history book routine). Seriously Jean, this is a great story. You are a very gifted writer and I enjoyed your book immensely. I felt like I was there seeing it all.
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