- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (10 Jun. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786915722
- ISBN-13: 978-0786915729
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,917,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dhamon Saga: Downfall v. 1 (Dragonlance) Hardcover – 10 Jun 2000
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Rig and Fiona once again rely on their friend, Dhamon, to save the land of Ansalon from destruction, but they find him so changed that they are not sure if he can save himself.
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Although Rabe paints a good picture of a bitter and disallusioned Dhamon Grimwulf she doesn't actually convince us about the reasons for his 'downfall'. Granting having a dragon scale attached to your leg, that causes immense pain, would be enough to annoy even the stoutest of hearts, the actual reasons for his portrayal seem to have been devised at the last minute and appear rather pathetic. The idea that he chickens out from attacking a green dragon, thus leading all his men to be routinely killed, realising the futility of this action, leaves the reader (or at least me) feeling completely unsympathetic, and a bit unbelieving that the stalwart hero of the previous books could have had a big yellow stripe painted down his back quite so readily.
Ultimately, this Dragonlance novel belongs more in the category belonging to such stories as The Tale of Uncle Trapspringer and other such simple plots following a direct route with very few surprises and intrigue. Hopefully the sequel 'Betrayal' will be far more gripping and that 'Downfall' can be cast into the box marked 'setting the scene'.
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The story moves along at a decent pace with plenty of action and battles.
A good story has to have a degree of logic behind it, things have to make since. Like if you knew where a valley with priceless gems just laying about was would you waste time robbing patients at a hospital? If you see a guy cozying up to your fiancé would you allow them to be alone together all the time? If you knew a spell that would allow you to explore a cavern without going into it would you wait until you were ¾ of the way in then use it?
Character problems. The characters over all came across as relatively flat. Maybe it is just my perception but perception becomes reality. I always pictured elves as graceful, intelligent, reserved and honorable even if they are only half elf. The one in this book comes across like a stupid red neck and is quite annoying.
Annoying writing habits. The author was apparently in a contest with someone to see who could use the phrase pommel of his/her sword and the word pommel the most time in one book. Jean Rabe wins! The phrase and word are repeated so often that I began to get mad every time I read it. I thought writers were supposed to be creative and use their extensive vocabulary to mix it up a little. Also why is everybody hissing everything? "Shut up" Rikali hissed. Also everyone always mouths something. "Wow" Maldred mouthed. No one ever just thinks something.
Anyways I could go on and on. Only read this if you have nothing else to read and no money to buy anything else.
Anyway this is where Downfall picks up at. Dhamon has fallen from grace, he is obssessed with finding a cure for the dragonscale on his leg and he ends up doing some rather unsavory things. I personally did not enjoy the character of Rig, and he shows up throughout the entire set of books, but I enjoyed all of the other characters that show up threw Dhamons journey. I can understand most Dragonlance fans not enjoying this story, it's not the "chronicles" or "legends", and because it changed the world of Krynn so much that most people would simply be disgusted with it. I enjoyed Dhamon and wanted to see what happened to him. From Dawning of a New Age to Lake of Death I enjoyed every single book about Dhamon, he's not a character that you love, in fact you often despise him, but I think that is why I liked it so much. I feel this book in particular gets a lot of critism (also Lake of Death), however I enjoyed Jean Rabes writing, she got me hooked into Dragonlance forever and now I even look at Forgotten Realms novels.
Perhaps I am not a "die-hard" Dragonlance reader. I found a lot of Weis's writing to be.. very.. boring. I do not enjoy reading a constant inner struggle that is meaningless. Dhamon went threw some major struggles yet Rabe never really reveals too much about his inner battle. I loved this, I hated reading about Tanis and his "struggles" all the time. Suck it up already and pick a woman to love, and stop second guessing every single decison you make! But I digress, most dragonlance fans stay away, if you want a differnt story about good/evil where the hero walks a constantly shifting moral path then this is the book for you. If you want a good triumps over evil against all odds.. go pick up chronicles.
I should also say I havn't read these books in a few years, they are the next "block" I am going to be re-reading. My opinion may change drastically as I am older and "wiser" then I was last time I read them. But as I remember it this is a great anti-hero trilogy. And Jean Rabe deserves much more credit for her writing. Dragonlance fans just don't like what her writing did in the world of Krynn.
I won't ruin anymore but to say that these characters are well written! Poor Jean received a lot of criticism for her first trilogy, I did not like a lot of it but I found it a fun read. This sequel is worlds better and more focused! A worthy adition to the saga that is Dragonlance!