Dragons of the Highlord Skies: The Lost Chronicles, Volume II Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman published their first novel in the Chronicles series of Dragonlance, "Dragons of Autumn Twilight," in 1984. Over twenty years later they are going strong as partners with over thirty novels as collaborators, and alone or together with other partners, over one hundred books, including novels, collections of short stories, role-playing games, and other game products. Tracy Hickman is also the editor of a new "Tracy Hickman Presents" line of Dragonlance novels for Wizards of the Coast, while Margaret Weis is in the midst of her own, popular, solo Dark Disciple trilogy for Wizards of he Coast. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman had the opportunity to expound on the storyline which will later lead Laurana to the position of the Golden General. They also had a chance to flesh out the relationship between Kitiara and Lord Soth, and show us how it all began in Dargaard Keep. Finally, the authors would also be granted the opportunity to elaborate on the Companions' trek to Icereach in search of the dragon orb.
As was the case with the War of Souls trilogy, The Lost Chronicles fail to recapture the magic of the Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends. Even though it's a delight to get reacquainted with the Companions, at times it feels as though Weis and Hickman are simply going through the motions. Insofar as I can tell, it doesn't feel as if their hearts are into this project. . .
Let's not forget that Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance novels have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. And yet, much like fellow bestselling authors Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings and Terry Brooks, their latest works are clearly uninspired compared to their past collaborations. Dragons of the Highlord Skies lacks the depth and the originality that allowed them to capture the hearts and imagination of a whole generation of fantasy readers.
Sadly, Lord Soth, who could probably have kickstarted this book, only appears in about 10 pages or so. Once again, there's is an inordinate amount of "filler" in this one. As I stated in my review of Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, such portions of the narrative are unnecessary, for readers need to have read the original series to begin with.
I would compare this new Dragonlance trilogy with the Star Wars prequels. Although they'll find a way to satisfy most of the fans on one level or another just for the chance to revisit the War of the Lance, these novels are not of the same quality as the ones that came before.
Having said that, there is nonetheless an undeniable pleasure in this opportunity to follow the adventures of the Heroes of the Lance once more.
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Dragons of the Highlord Skies promised to deliver on earlier adventures hinted at in Dragons of Winter Night and I thought I would finally discover the tale of Flint, Strum, Tas and Laurana's quest for the dragon orb at Ice wall castle.
Though the story in itself was compelling - the roundabout way in which we get to the point of the tale is long,laborious and unnecessary. Being a writer myself I can understand how the authors use point A to get to point B and so on, but poor editing and repeating of what had already been stated earlier in the novel drags heavily on the attention. (Had the publishers had even bothered to edit this at all?) This meant that the novel was hard going and unnecessary of the 500+ pages. The whole story could have been condensed down to 300 - 400 pages like in the original chronicles. Unfortunately this created a story that did not have the same flow of it's predecessors, which is a shame because the potential was great in rounding off the chronicles on a high note. The plus point is that I now know what happened at Icereach and how Kitiara came to be with dread Lord Soth.
Please don't get me wrong, I throughly enjoyed this book, but it did leave me wanting a bit more and I felt some areas were rushed, especially the rescue of the dragon orb from the cavern where Highlord Theal-Fas had secured it with the protection of a supposed sentinel of incredible strength and fear. This seemed to disolve away within a short chapter and I felt could have been played a bit better.
Overall this is a good Dragonlance novel and a brilliant 'supplement' to the original Chronicles and I definitely recommend it, but I am hoping the next volume due out in 2008 (Hourglass Mage) is much better and as Raistlin is my favourite character, I can't wait to read it!
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