Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawnin (TSR Fantasy) Paperback – 17 Oct 1988
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... which brings us to this review of self-justification via a guilty conscience to part with that amount of money for a book. This was the first novel in my pre-teens that ever encountered something called a "development arc", so in reading it again it took me straight back to those days where I followed Tanis et al with a sense of enjoyment I had not encountered with a book before. The characters all carry a sense of torment and have their own issues to deal with but what got me hooked was the group interaction between strong personalities that resonated throughout the series. That type of conflict between main characters was then highlighted for myself again in the short-lived sci-fi series Firefly - where the crew are all adults, trust each other implicitly and know they're good, but actually working with each other can produce awkward situations. For the Companions in DragonLance, their whole journey is not just to restore the Balance in the world, but also to change the sense of perspective in themselves at how they see that world.Read more ›
Once you really get to know and undersatnd what drives the characters, you begin to feel for them, know their pain, like any good story really, but this was so different, I had the lumps in my throat when certain character met an untimely end, you feel the sadness and sorrow that thye other characters feel.
I am a professional film director and writer and find these books so inspirational for my own work. these are not as heavy going as ther Lord of the Rings, not that LOTR is bad, on the contrary, but they can be a bit overwhelming when so many chapters focus on a specific plot and it seems to take forever to read it, but that is not the case with Chronicles or Legends.
It has great characters and anyone familiar with Dungeons and Dragons will love it and recognise everything immediately. I don't think it's on par with Lord of the Rings probably but it's getting there in terms of depth of characters, breadth and detail of the world in which its based etc. And praise doesn't come much higher that that.
The book itself is well made, if of course a little on the large size. Personally I like that and I did buy the combined books 1 to 3 but you can get them individually if you wish.
All in all a classic and I am loving it as much if not more so this second time around. If either you played D&D, love Lord of the Rings or indeed any similar fantasy then I don't think you will be disappointed.
The story is set in a high fantasy world were the long forgotten gods are re-emerging. The evil gods are gathering their armies to take over, the good gods are finding champions to re-establish a balance. The main story arc follows a band of adventurers who inadvertently get caught up in the whole affair, and are tasked with helping a woman find a lost relic of the old good gods to. So it essentially begins with the old overused Quest storyline, but from there it evolves as the characters go forth on their own, splinter into groups, meeting up again, go off in new groups etc and partake in various roles within the overall war. Basically you never really know where the story is going, and it has many turns and twists.
The characters are interesting and each is different, although they are fantasy archetypes and so most never truly break away from some of clichés (e.g. the gruff dwarf, the honour bound knight etc). Tas offers humour and the trials of other characters offers tragedy and heartbreak. Raistlin is without doubt one of the greatest characters of all time. The imagination in bringing him to life and his story arc alone is genius, and he deserves to be listed with Gandalf as an icon fantasy character - except he's nothing like Gandalf; Gandalf defined the archetype mould for wizards, Raistlin looked at the mould, laughed at it, blew it up and decided to become the single most epic depiction of a wizard put to paper.
The book's relatively short compared to some other fantasies (Wheel or Time, Game of Thrones etc), and not as difficult to read as say Lord of the Rings. Therefore its an easy, enjoyable read.Read more ›
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Bought this for.my son. Read these books years ago and loved them and they still stand the test of timePublished 1 month ago by Ned
I love the dragon lance books they are all fantastic.Have all the series now,its great to be able to follow them straight through.Published 9 months ago by Marg-Cham
Read this years ago so a nostalgic read today. Arrived in good/great condition.Published 17 months ago by Gar67
Like a number of reviewes, I read this trilogy when it first came out in the early 80s, but had never returned to it until now. Read morePublished on 19 April 2014 by N. Allan
I started reading the Dragon Lance novels over ten years ago and immediately loved them! Full of adventure, fun, emotion, fantastical beasts and magic - all great for escapism,... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by StarFishSwimmy
I originally received Dragons of Autumn Twilight with an old spectrum computer game, and enjoyed it so much that I went on to buy the other two books. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2013 by Roken