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on 27 April 2014
Like many of the other reviewers, this book was my teenage introduction to fantasy and as such will always be a five star. Having read it again for the first time in over twenty years I can still say it creates that feeling of amazement and enjoyment. But how would I review it if I didn't have that history?
The story does have holes in, and often depth is sacrificed for pace, but it's unapologetic while doing it. Modern fantasy has become epic of scope, with complexity, detail, intrigue, blood, and sex, which is great for those who have grown with the genre over the years. The beauty of Dragonlance (and Forgotten Realms) was that the back-story came later and could be indulged in as much or as little as desired. It's also aimed at those who first grappled with goblins and took the persona of a dwarf through D&D or Fighting Fantasy, which gives it almost instant accessibility.
In many ways the Dragonlance world grew with its readers and players and was a reflection of them as well as it's creators/authors, and so we all feel an attachment to it. It's not perfect but it is the book that provided me (and seemingly other reviewers) with that 'Wow!' moment that created a lifelong fantasy fan.