Download Epub Format Î Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight/Dragons of Winter Night/Dragons of Spring Dawning (Collectors Edition) PDF by ☆ Margaret Weis It hasn t aged well Far from as good as I thought in my younger days but still, here and there there are some noteworthy scenes The scenes of loss are particularly well written, in my opinion In the end 3 stars, in part because of nostalgia.
I tried reading these once when I was younger and never finished them They show up on lists of great fantasy series all the time, though, so I tried again I made it through them this time, but barely they are really not good.
The writers use as their framework the alignment concept from the Dungeons and Dragons manual the tic tac toe grid of lawful neutral chaotic and good neutral evil Each character inhabits one of the boxes in that grid, and that is the extent of their characterization Each character is also one of that manual s races and classes there s a big dumb neutral good fighter and a noble lawful good paladin and a shady chaotic neutral mage and so on They never move from those boxes or grow as characters The plot is evil power wants to take over the world and only a small group of adventurers can stop them paint by numbers fantasy.
It s just a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, written down I d read a plot point and think, Oh, that character must ve rolled a nineteen on their saving throw against magic I suppose, if you really like tabletop gaming, this is right up your alley But it is not well written, and all it really has going for it is the interplay and conflict between the various cookie cutter characters It s not meant for anyone but true believers.
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Would I enjoy it now as an adult Well, no, but I m not the target audience any longer But I am revelling in the adult historical fantasy equivalents by contemporary writers such as George RR Martin and Joe Abercrombie and Dragonlance certainly played an influential role in leading me later on in life to these works, and for that I m eternally grateful.
This review was written in the late nineties just for myself , and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability It is one of my lost reviews.
An epic fantasy of Tolkien like scope Sounds good for a novel s back cover, doesn t it But it is almost true with the Dragonlance Chronicles Almost The key to that almost is the characters cause there s no way it could be the prose I ll begin with the character I hate, Tanis Half Elven He is the weakest link in the novel, yet he s the novel s chief protagonist His apparent depth comes from his duality and its manifestation in his love for Kitiara and Laurana, but who cares The other characters are much, much better Laurana, Flint, Gilthanis, Alhana, Tika, Fizban, Tasslehoff, Caramon and Raistlin are all superior to the Chronicles hero And the last two are even better in their own series But the character who is the true Hero of the Lance is Sturm Brightblade He is the best character that Weis Hickman created because his tale is complete He is complex without being clich he loves his honour, his destiny and Alahana, and he fights to fulfil all three right to the end He is a straight up, no joke hero, and I love him which shocks me, to be honest Sturm Brightblade The Black Rose A hero I love Go figure.
Raistlin Hope is the denial of reality It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it.
Tannis Are you saying we shouldn t hope Raistlin I m saying we should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open.
TTYupyup Best conversation of characters in a high fantasy setting.
EVER The best fantasy book series i ve ever read.
OH GOD This thing sucked Ok, now understanding the background behind this book, I have to relax on certain qualms the main one being how it reads like a RPG transcript, basically because it IS an RPG transcript So, that s fine, and personally, Hickman and Weis did a bang up job of presenting it as such.
SPOILER Now, that aside, I think the book started great and through most of the first book, was pretty good, until people starting dying This is where I started becoming so angry that I just wanted to throw it through the TV and light it on fire No, I didn t have a problem with the characters dying I think all characters should be vulnerable and, to a degree, somewhat expendable whether they re important or not It s my problem with living NOBODY DIES WTF Yes, some die but then, waitthey don t, well, they did, but they re alive OH MY GOD If yr going to kill them, then kill them Be the heartless bastard for a writer for once and quit bring them back to life not everything is peaches and rainbows.
This is one of my biggest problems and perceived inherent flaws with the fantasy genre, the amount of authors who create an overabundance and overuse of magic and artifacts that always seem to fall into the hero s hands, practically making them invulnerable to everything This kind of power makes for a boring story real fast no matter how much action is involved, because it quickly becomes way too predictable good triumphs, evil loosesevery single fucking time Give me a break.
One of my other big issues with this book it that it just seems to be marred with loopholes and plot failures Time and time again I would say to myself What According to a couple chapters ago, this would deem impossible and or highly unlikely It only got worse as the books wore on How I made it through the second book, I don t know, and by the time I got to the third book, I just wanted to get the thing over with and ploughed through it as fast as I could.
In my eyes, this book has achieved an all time record as much as I hate Terry Brooks and his writing and can rant endlessly about how atrocious his stuff is This piece of garbage actually pissed me off all the I have never had a book raise such a hellfire within me, to literally want to destoy it everytime I picked it up I did everything I could to finish this as quick as possible as I did not want to be stuck, boiling away over thisthis thing.
In the end, my own envisionment of Hell would now be to have to read this thing 24 7 for the rest of my lifeit s that bad.
I actually came across these books seeking something to interest my son in reading He had up to that point been uninterested in books and we re a familly of readers I was concerned.
But, using the wisdom of all good parents get him something that is totally without merit and has no educational value I introduced him to the Dragon Lance books I d discovered Dungeons and Dragons in 1978 and since I got them for my son I read them to.
Ever played DD These are pretty much the same experiencea group of friends struggling from adventure to adventure that eventually tie together into an overall story Not bad, fun, you lose some of the characters along the way They do grow and develop The books are really quite enjoyable, so, enjoy.
I have to give these five stars because my love of fantasy stems from my stumbling onto these, and reading them, as a teenager No mean feat given I grew up in a small town in Malaysia I have read, and reread, these books many, many times, for comfort, for memory s sake, for any number of reasons I have not read them in recent years, and I have to confess that I am loathe to do so, because you can never go back, but they deserve 5 stars just for the warm memories I have of them, and how they made me feel as I read them.
I remember, even after all these years, Tanis the hero , Cameron the warrior , Tasslehoff kender, plucky, but good for comic relief , Flint dour dwarf , Sturm stern, unyielding knight , Kitiara Kit but most of all, I remember reading about Raistlin with his ruined health, his bitterness, his sarcasm, his cruelty to his brother, and his hourglass eyes, and being mostly in love with him He was always the character that I loved I grew up with them and the Dragonlance Legends and I will always remember them fondly Every fantasy stereotype is there, you have a quest, you have the battles, you have betrayal, you have good and bad and evil, and most of all, you care about them You care about the characters, you cry with them, and you never want it to end I don t think anything else done by Weis and Hickman comes close to these for me Give them to your children to read you could do a whole lot worse.
This review isn t for the special edition which I didn t know existed per se, it s just a convenient way to review all 3 of the books in this series this marvelous series, which I read when I was probably 15 or 16, and which is a really wonderful piece of fantasy storytelling If you like that sort of thing, I can t recommend Margret Weiss and Tracy Hickman s work enough they re brilliant storytellers, and they invest the Dragonlance fantasy world with a darkness, wit, and gravity that s equal to the best of fantasy writing, anywhere I can t really understate the effect this series along with the Dragonlance Legends trilogy, of course had on my teenaged imagination.
There s one note I should make about the Dragonlance books A while back, I was discussing the series with two of my friends I consider these two friends to be two of the most well read humans on the planet they re two of the biggest literary nerds I have ever known, or could imagine knowing The three of us agreed without any trace of irony that Raistalin, from this Dragonlance series, is one of the best characters in literature.
I ll let that sink in for a moment.
We re talking about a short list that probably includes Stephen Dedalus, Hamlet, Patrick Bateman, and Clarrisa Dalloway And now, Raistalin, a dark wizard who s pupils have turned into hourglasses, because the entropic nature of the universe has been revealed to him, and he sees everything in a state of constant decay death Can I get an amen Can I get a hallelujah Thank you.