Leaves from the Inn of the Last Home: v. 1: The Complete Krynn Source Book (Dragonlance: Sourcebooks on Krynn) Paperback – 1 Jan 1994
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Stories about strange adventures in the fictional land of Krynn are accompanied by discussions of the history, culture, music, and cookery of Krynn.
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There are also songs, poems, and recipes. Many of the songs and poems were published in the original Chronicles or Legends. But it is nice to have them in one place in easy reach. The recipes range from Gully Dwarf Stew to Otik's spicy potatoes. This book is definatley an entertaining companion to the Dragonlance world. People looked for it everywhere when it out out-of-print. So what better time to get it than now when they are publishing it again.
Perhaps the best part of the work are the various sketches and profiles done on the main characters in numerology and through runes. These profiles offer some interesting depth to the main characters. There is also an interesting story on how the Companions met though this would later be contradicted numerous times by some of the writers--including Weis--who would write novels published after this book was first released.
I remember loving this book when it came out in 1987. Twenty five years later, it's fair to say this book has aged better than your humble reviewer. But even in my late 30s, the book has not lost all its magic to me by any means.
And yet...there is a bit of a melancholy side to rereading "Leaves." When I first came across this book in 1987, it appeared that the Dragonlance series was at the high noon of an invincible summer as Weis and Hickman produced the truly wonderful "Chronicles" and "Legends" series. But rot was already inflicting the vallenwood trees as TSR green lighted a host of bad books by dreadful writers, some of whom could not even be bothered with reading the two original trilogies of books. While there would be some Indian Summers for Krynn in the decades to come, including some nice books by Weis and Hickman who kept coming and going, "Leaves" comes off as the brilliant last day of summer. It serves as a fitting end piece for the Dragonlance saga's wonderful start--before mediocre hacks and a host of corporate changes to the publisher started undermining Krynn's magic.
"Leaves" serves as the last part to what must be seen as Dragonlance's high point and a worthy addition to it.
Stephanie Baker (Kyrina@hotmail.com)