Dragonlance Chronicles

Written by: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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More than three million readers have witnessed the return of the dragons...And now the books that began the best-selling 'dragonlance' saga are collected in their entirety in this special edition, along with all of the artwork from the trilogy. This splendid collector's edition is a must for the millions of readers who fell in love with the fantasy world of Krynn.
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Dragonlance Chronicles Reviews

Anthony
Wasn't a bad series. Personally didn't feel as drawn to the characters/story as I have been in other similar series.
Varda Elentári
En realidad ahora mismo se me ocurre mucho que decir al respecto de esta saga de 3 libros, pero como me decidí a comentar conforme fuese puntuando, iré escribiendo lo que me surja de mis pensamientos esperando que tenga una cierta coherencia : )

Las Crónicas de la Dragonlance tienen sus cosas positivas y sus cosas negativas.

Comenzando con lo malo, para no dejar un mal sabor de boca en el final, que siempre debe de ser lo más dulce, recalcar que lo que menos me ha gustado es la traducción. En ser En realidad ahora mismo se me ocurre mucho que decir al respecto de esta saga de 3 libros, pero como me decidí a comentar conforme fuese puntuando, iré escribiendo lo que me surja de mis pensamientos esperando que tenga una cierta coherencia : )

Las Crónicas de la Dragonlance tienen sus cosas positivas y sus cosas negativas.

Comenzando con lo malo, para no dejar un mal sabor de boca en el final, que siempre debe de ser lo más dulce, recalcar que lo que menos me ha gustado es la traducción. En serio. Es horrible. Repiten muchísimo determinadas palabras; hasta tal punto que ya había establecido un juego del 'top 10 de palabras que más gusta al traductor de la Dragonlance'. No es que haya frases sin sentido ni nada por el estilo, sino que no hay variedad lingüística y llega un momento en que vuelves a leer 'lontananza' por vez 500 y dices POR FAVOR, EXISTEN OTRAS PALABRAS PARA DESCRIBIR ESO. SINÓNIMOS, PLEASE. Esto y otras cosas hace que a veces, por ejemplo, los diálogos no suenen para nada naturales, pues usa el lenguaje de una forma que queda todo muy artificial.

Por otro lado, la historia es muy maniquea en general, heredad de Tolkien, desde luego. Aunque existen los personajes grises y Tracy y Margaret inciden mucho en el tema del triángulo BIEN-NEUTRALIDAD-MAL, es una lucha del bien contra el mal; y no es que eso me parezca malo ni nada por el estilo, pero es muy clásico. Hay que entender el libro en su contexto, por supuesto, y es de los años 70, pero no se puede evitar pedir alguna que otra cosa diferente. Además, da igual que la mayoría de personajes del libro sean supuestamente 'neutrales', porque al final tienden a tirar para el bien de calle, salvo contadas excepciones.

Tampoco me gusta demasiado el peso de las creencias personales de Tracy en la historia. Yo he leído la versión anotada, donde te va explicando determinadas cosas, y desde mi punto de vista es demasiado DEMASIADO. Todos dejamos nuestras creencias en nuestros libros a la hora de montar los universos de fantasía, pero WOW. Ahora bien, he de reconocer que en el tema de las Leyendas de la Dragonlance, la segunda trilogía de este universo que estoy leyendo ahora, es mucho peor. MUCHO PEOR, porque hay mucha religiosidad de por medio.

Y para terminar, como me pasa últimamente con casi todas las historias que leo, evidentemente hay un machismo incipiente propio del contexto cultural, época, etc. Es cierto que hay personajes femeninos fuertes y que tienen su cierto peso en la historia, pero de vez en cuando hay una frasecita o un comentario, o un simple proceder de alguno de los personajes masculino o femenino que entran ganas de meterte en el libro para patear traseros VERY HARD.

Sin embargo, no todo es malo ni mucho menos. La mayoría de los personajes son realmente entrañables, y muy grises, eso sí es verdad. Rara vez te encuentras con uno que sea esencialmente bueno de pies a cabeza; todos cometen errores y actos estúpidos, temeridades y acciones a las que no se puede encontrar ningún sentido desde el punto de vista de la persona que lee. Tasslehoff es lo mejor que estas personas pueden haber creado nunca, junto a Fizban, al menos desde mi punto de vista.

También tiene momentos realmente bonitos y momentos realmente amargos que te hacen soltar muchísimas lágrimas, porque consigues empatizar con los personajes y llevarlos dentro del corazón. A otros los odias, evidentemente, porque no todos pueden ser bonitos y alegrías, pero eso es lo ideal en una historia; que seas capaz de amar y odiar con la misma intensidad.

Por último, la historia es realmente entretenida y el final me gusta mucho, pero se nota que nació como partida de rol, y los arquetipos de personajes en este libro están muy definidos por las fichas que se hicieron sus jugadores, aunque evidentemente hubo momentos en los que cambiaron cosas porque no eran traspasables al libro y viceversa. Hay cosas del sistema de juego -como la magia- que no me satisface demasiado, pero eso es algo propio del rol de la Dragonlance y no se puede hacer demasiado al respecto.

¡Pero en general ha sido una experiencia entretenida e incluso recomendable! Porque llegas a pasar muy buenos momentos y a divertirte mucho con los héroes de esta aventura : )
Gayle Gordon
I have always loved these books. It's not the first time I've read them, but the first time all in a row in one large compilation
Time of the Twins :: The Annotated Legends :: Legacy of the Darksword :: Dragons of a Fallen Sun :: Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life
Lunar
The first book in this series was released in 1984. 4 years later I was 11 years old... I knew nothing of D&D... I knew nothing of fantasy novels... yet. In the winter of '88, I was given a book to read by my grandfather, who was hoping to inspire his love for books in a Nintendo addicted kid more interested in playing Mario or watching Will Smith on TV.. "books are our friends and we treat them with respect" was the speech I was given. "Ever whonder what fighting a dragon is really like?" h The first book in this series was released in 1984. 4 years later I was 11 years old... I knew nothing of D&D... I knew nothing of fantasy novels... yet. In the winter of '88, I was given a book to read by my grandfather, who was hoping to inspire his love for books in a Nintendo addicted kid more interested in playing Mario or watching Will Smith on TV.. "books are our friends and we treat them with respect" was the speech I was given. "Ever whonder what fighting a dragon is really like?" he tempted me. His gift: "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

These books now hold a special place in my heart, for they were the beginning of many adventures in reading, not to mention a connection I have with my grandfather who had also enjoyed the read of them. I mean, we had required reading in school, but until that point in my life, books were work, not fun. These were my first self-invested novels, first true adventures in words. This story was imaginative, fun, and filled with wonders for an 11 year old boy. Elves and Dragons and Gods and Goddesses, wars and love, triumphs and failures. I have re-read them several times over the last few decades. They remind me of my childhood, remind me of my grandfather who passed long ago, remind me of the Tasslehoff in me. I revisit them every five years or so, they have not bored me yet.

The next trilogy is really my favorite of this series, but the "Chronicles" are the set up for what the next three books the "Legends" trilogy became. I love the story of Raistlin and Caramon, the twins. Their story really holds the main storyline together (in my opinion), although there are many other characters and stories woven with theirs. Tasslehoff makes me laugh still, predictable as he is, little rascal.

Many authors have been enthralled by these first six books, to where spin-offs and side stories and preludes have all been written to grow the world of Krynn to over 190 novels! No, I haven't read them all, but I do find it pretty impressive of Hickman and Weis to inspire such a following, even if TSR pulled some strings.

Reading some of the negative or so-so reviews, and knowing now how these books were actually written (with dice), does not lessen the awe I have for them. The characters are relatable, simple as most of them are (Raistlin was not simple... btw), the storyline works, the writing is thorough, and you can tell the authors loved and were invested in their characters even if some of their story was written by the roll of a 10 sided die.

If you are a prude about books, are looking for intelligent wording, super complex characters, something life changing to take away from everything you read, these are not for you. If you want to just enjoy a good story with a plot that has action, some unexpected twists, defeat and victory, and maybe in the end leave you feeling like a kid again, then I highly recommend them to any aged reader either curious or vested in the fantasy genre. Raistlin's adventure, if anything, makes these books very worth the read. Did I mention I love Raistlin? Those hourglass eyes...

Anyways, I hope if you decide to read these, that you enjoy them for what they are, good old-fashioned story telling and nothing more. They have brought many hours of enjoyment to me, and for that, I thank those TSR suggested dice sessions, and the imagination of a group of people to inspire reading not only in me, but many others as well.

Kudos to the Chronicles Trilogy.

Alyssa
I have to say, this is the best trilogy I've read so far, as of this review. Honestly, I highly doubt that's going to change.
The characters are great. It didn't take long at all for me to love every member of the party, except Silvara, but that's only because there wasn't much mention of her or her involvement aside from the escort. On top of that, their development was the best I've seen in any book I've read. They all had so much personal struggle, whether it was physical or emotional. At lea I have to say, this is the best trilogy I've read so far, as of this review. Honestly, I highly doubt that's going to change.
The characters are great. It didn't take long at all for me to love every member of the party, except Silvara, but that's only because there wasn't much mention of her or her involvement aside from the escort. On top of that, their development was the best I've seen in any book I've read. They all had so much personal struggle, whether it was physical or emotional. At least one of the characters isn't even able to resolve their struggles at the end of the book. They all have so much depth; it feels like they are real, and they are relatable.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little burned out on it once in a while, but most of the time it's easy to keep going because seriousness gets interrupted by the comic relief, which I personally think is a good thing. Tas and Fizban are great for that, yet they do it without even taking away from the story.
Love triangle, who doesn't like a good love triangle? This trilogy handled it well. It wasn't overdone or forced like so many other books these days. It just fit. The girls weren't terribly similar either. They were vastly different, which again, gave it more depth. I didn't like one of them. She was a bitch, and kind of a skank. Somehow she ended up growing on me a little before everything was over. I'm looking forward to/hoping to get to know her better in other books.
Another thing, I've never seen such foreshadowing before. The way it happened was a story in itself so it wasn't completely obvious when it started happening. If someone wasn't paying attention to the foreshadowing, then they would have missed the start of the real thing happening until the characters started pointing it out.
I'm the type of person who gets invested when I read. I felt, happy, sad, and frustrated, when scenes got intense, my heart beat with them. When things like that happen, that's how you know what you're reading is good. I was actually pretty worried about how the trilogy was going to end when the time neared. There are no real unnecessary details written in this story so it can change things really fast. It's good at keeping you on your toes that way.
I can't think of anything else I wanted to say without spoiling anything, so I'm going to end it there. My reviews are not made to summarize the story, if you want that, go read the book description.
Rudy Dyck
After reading a lot of non-fiction I decided to read some fiction, particularly a fantasy series. I've become hooked on the Game of Thrones and enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies (on Blu Ray, I do not like sitting for 3+ hours for a movie - too much).

I picked up this trilogy set for cheap and read it. It was recommended for newbies to fantasy readers and more of the teenage crowd. I thought I would give it a shot.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit for what it was. It's the equivalent to a Hollyw After reading a lot of non-fiction I decided to read some fiction, particularly a fantasy series. I've become hooked on the Game of Thrones and enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies (on Blu Ray, I do not like sitting for 3+ hours for a movie - too much).

I picked up this trilogy set for cheap and read it. It was recommended for newbies to fantasy readers and more of the teenage crowd. I thought I would give it a shot.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit for what it was. It's the equivalent to a Hollywood blockbuster/popcorn film. Lots of action and not a lot of great character development. The first book was OK (and I gave that 3 stars). There was so much action it was almost ridiculous at times. Can I catch my breath and can we get more character development? Nope! Off to the next adventure. Granted a lot of the adventures were interesting and yes the characters are heavily typecast. But I enjoyed it. Part way through the first book I questioned if I was reading it because I really wanted to or because I paid money for it. The answer was a little bit of both.

The second and third books were a lot better. The companion group splits up and we get more character development. The first book has most of the group together and the story is told largely through Tanis' eyes. The second and third book do a much better job of weaving the action amongst different stories and plots as well as tell the story from different points of view. We also get some new characters that add value. Still a lot of action but not the breakneck pace of the first one which was a bit out of hand.

At the end of the day I felt compelled to read the second and third books as I went through them. I wanted to see how the story unfolded and enjoyed them quite a bit. I don't know if I want to read other books from this series as I will look to the higher reviewed classics but it's good for what it is.

So if you like a lot of action and stereotyped characters you will enjoy this book. Newbies (like me) and teenagers will like it. I would imagine veterans of fantasy books wanting something more but this was a good start for me. It's not the best writing in the world. If I read "ornate" one more time I think I would scream (use a thesaurus! pick something else for once!) but it was a fun ride.
Tim Eastman
I liked the stories overall, but I had serious problems with the love crap, Galthanis meets Silvara and is in love with her within a couple of days, Alhara meets Sturm and is so infatuated right away that she gives him a jewel that ties their souls together- bah what crap.

My favorite character hands down was Tasselhoff Burrfoot, and my least liked was Tanis Halfelven I couldn't really figure out his role other than to feel sorry for himself over everything that went wrong, he wasn't a mage type, I liked the stories overall, but I had serious problems with the love crap, Galthanis meets Silvara and is in love with her within a couple of days, Alhara meets Sturm and is so infatuated right away that she gives him a jewel that ties their souls together- bah what crap.

My favorite character hands down was Tasselhoff Burrfoot, and my least liked was Tanis Halfelven I couldn't really figure out his role other than to feel sorry for himself over everything that went wrong, he wasn't a mage type, or a warrior or thief, I didn't really see how he fit in other than being dead weight who had a few ideas that seemed to fail alot.

I liked the adventures, the books were busy, sometimes exhaustively so, but what can you expect from a book based off an AD&D game module, it's gotta keep busy or why bother reading it right?

Other than the romance shit the thing I liked least were some of the notations, and I'll give you a few to demonstrate what I mean-

Tanis seems to want to corner the market on guilt- TRH. Really? but you co-wrote the damned book, does he want to corner the market on grief or doesn't he?

Wyverns must not be too chaotic in nature or they wouldn't deliver messages where they are intended- Well are they or aren't they, your the damn author, please be sure to let us know.

Probably toward Ergoth and Sancrist- But who knows right?

And finally there are a couple of notations where they tell us that Fizban is the god Paladine, but nowhere in the books does Fizban come out and reveal himself, I'm glad they told me though otherwise I wouldn't have known.

Writing a decent trilogy is one thing, repackaging it and selling it all in one book is cool too, I understand marketing, hell get double the sales without any extra work, but making an annotated form of the trilogy to me seems the height of arrogance, especially when you consider that most of the notations for the story have nothing to do about the writing of the story itself, but are blatant advertisements for other books in the series
Alison
I love these books when I was in high school - read them over and over again. gotta try it again sometime...
Kurtbg
This isn't the specific book I read, but after reading The Fallen Sun I decided it wasn't worth going forward unless I had read the earlier books and had some reference. This chronicle consituties the first three books of the series by the Weis & Hickman writing team. I believe this series rekindled the fantasy genre. Meaning, many fantasy writers were weaned on these books and characters and built off them. These book came out in the mid 80's and are written by former TSR employees. TSR is This isn't the specific book I read, but after reading The Fallen Sun I decided it wasn't worth going forward unless I had read the earlier books and had some reference. This chronicle consituties the first three books of the series by the Weis & Hickman writing team. I believe this series rekindled the fantasy genre. Meaning, many fantasy writers were weaned on these books and characters and built off them. These book came out in the mid 80's and are written by former TSR employees. TSR is the maker of the Dungeons & Dragon RPG. So when someone who played D&D reads these books it's immediately evident that the D&D universe was used to frame not just the characters, but also the method of writing. The writing is clipped and disjointed at times, which as in D&D sometimes you just land in it. What gets you through this, however, is the interesting and fun characters that are created. Sure, there's borrowing from Tolkein - it's hard not too. But, the authors still create something of their own with the creation of Raistlin, a chaotic and self-serving force - but apparently one of the good guys? and the concept of Tas who belongs to a race who are inherently so curious that the concept of fear hasn't taken root in them - which contributes much to their demise. In the end, when read in historical context of the genre and from whence it sprang from the read is just as enjoyable, or more, than some of the later contributors to the genre. A surprise for me, being around the internet in the mid-90's and playing something called MUD, was the recognition of the characters of Raistlin, Caramon, and Gerard. I almost feel sorry for having done to them what I did in that on-line game. Oh well, spilled historical leche.
Christopher Wieninger
I first read the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy when I was in high school, and these three books are some of the few that I keep coming back to. I don't usually read books more than twice, if that, but I've read these a half a dozen times each.

Weis and Hickman craft a surprisingly interesting yet simple fantasy world based on some of the then-current Dungeons & Dragons rules and handbooks. Although it takes another trilogy by Weis and Hickman and a slew of new installments in the Dragonlance I first read the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy when I was in high school, and these three books are some of the few that I keep coming back to. I don't usually read books more than twice, if that, but I've read these a half a dozen times each.

Weis and Hickman craft a surprisingly interesting yet simple fantasy world based on some of the then-current Dungeons & Dragons rules and handbooks. Although it takes another trilogy by Weis and Hickman and a slew of new installments in the Dragonlance series by other authors to flesh out this fantasy world's history and lore, Weis and Hickman do an excellent job of creating a truly inspiring and attention-grabbing fantastical environment that serves as the basis for an entire fantasy series.

Not everything is fun and games in the world of Dragonlance, however, Weis and Hickman go through a lot to flesh out their characters, though subtly unless you read much of the aforementioned backstory published later on. They will even allow characters to die to serve their purposes, something that is generally not done in literature.

Though the world's lore may not be fully fleshed out in this first trilogy, Weis and Hickman create lovable and endearing characters that readers will both enjoy following through dark caves and to the tops of towers and identify with when faced with hardships to overcome. At the very least, this trilogy will spirit the reader away from their reality and transport them into a wonderful and enjoyable tale that is both well-written (you can hear echoes of each author's distinct voice, but they are combined nearly flawlessly) and interesting.

Pick this one up and prepare yourself for an adventure!
Annalisa
My mother gave me the first of these books in an Easter basket as something to read on the plane when we went to visit either Maryland (where we'd moved from a year earlier) or Texas, where her parents lived. At least, I think it was this book--it might have been The Scions of Shannara...

Anyhoo, if you've read any of my other recent reviews about the young-adult fantasy I read growing up, you will have realized that a lot of it made a great impression at the time, which has since faded to dream- My mother gave me the first of these books in an Easter basket as something to read on the plane when we went to visit either Maryland (where we'd moved from a year earlier) or Texas, where her parents lived. At least, I think it was this book--it might have been The Scions of Shannara...

Anyhoo, if you've read any of my other recent reviews about the young-adult fantasy I read growing up, you will have realized that a lot of it made a great impression at the time, which has since faded to dream-like memories and thread-bare scraps of plot.

However, I do remember these books! I won't spoil them for you, but they involve just about every well-known aspect of good fantasy: warriors, mages (both good and evil), beautiful elves, priestesses, dwarves, a Gandalf-figure complete with large pointed hat, gnomes with impossibly long names, a race of small kleptomaniacs that provide much needed comic relief, and or course dragons (also both good and evil). There's also forbidden romance, ex-lovers, betrayal, political intrigue, greed, faith, courage, friendship and loyalty, death, rebirth, and a strong moral center that recognizes the spectrum of light and dark within everybody. Finally, there is a very unexpected denouement that left me quite amazed and impressed.

I haven't re-read any of these books, so I don't know how much I would like them as an adult. But as a middle-schooler they really captured me.
Raistlin
He disfrutado con esta relectura de las Crónicas. Lo que más me ha gustado ha sido la dinámica de los personajes, especialmente en lo que respecta a la camaradería entre ellos, broncas y piques incluidos. Creo que aporta mucha naturalidad a un grupo de amigos. Eso sí, las relaciones románticas son bastante pobres en su desarrollo. Todas...

Crónicas es una lectura muy ligera y amena, y aunque es cierto que en varios puntos la narración es mejorable, en general creo que los personajes lo compensan He disfrutado con esta relectura de las Crónicas. Lo que más me ha gustado ha sido la dinámica de los personajes, especialmente en lo que respecta a la camaradería entre ellos, broncas y piques incluidos. Creo que aporta mucha naturalidad a un grupo de amigos. Eso sí, las relaciones románticas son bastante pobres en su desarrollo. Todas...

Crónicas es una lectura muy ligera y amena, y aunque es cierto que en varios puntos la narración es mejorable, en general creo que los personajes lo compensan, especialmente Raistlin. La historia peca de ser excesivamente rolera, no puede negar sus orígenes. No supone un lastre excesivo, pero sí se nota que condiciona a la historia en determinados momentos.

Creo que ésta mejora considerablemente en La Tumba de Huma, presentando algunos detalles que me resultaron muy interesantes en la historia, y también personajes como Silvara que me sorprendieron mucho en su momento. Este libro es posiblemente mi favorito de la trilogía. La Reina de la Oscuridad en cambio supone para mi un paso atrás, ya que peca de los mismos defectos pero con la ausencia prolongada de cierto personaje que hace que el libro pierda interés...

Pero en líneas generales es una buena lectura, y tiene algunos pasajes aislados como el sueño de Silvanesti por ejemplo, o algunas conversaciones entre los personajes que compensan sus puntos débiles.
Katrin
I finally managed to finish this on my long journey from Greece to Germany and although I really love the characters, I got in the end tired of some things. I love the Kender probably the most and his character gave me joy from start to end. But the other characters.. I was struggling with Tanis a lot. He is half-elven, for f***s sake, he grew up with elves and he behaves in the end worse than any hot-blooded barbarian. I really did not like that, since his character had been different before, m I finally managed to finish this on my long journey from Greece to Germany and although I really love the characters, I got in the end tired of some things. I love the Kender probably the most and his character gave me joy from start to end. But the other characters.. I was struggling with Tanis a lot. He is half-elven, for f***s sake, he grew up with elves and he behaves in the end worse than any hot-blooded barbarian. I really did not like that, since his character had been different before, more introspective, more brooding over his sorrows. The dragons and Fizban are other favourites of mine, but I miss to see more of the relationship with the dragons, since the series bears the name Dragonlance Chronicles as well. I did like the explanations of balance, the universe, the forces. That was a really good end, not this "oh, the good won and everyone is happy till the end of times". It was realistic and clever, I liked that. Still there are so many questions, so many riddles.. and not even after 1000 pages are they solved. So I do feel a bit tired of it all. I have one more book in this series and I need to give it a break. I am not saying i didn't like it, it's a great series! I just think that the series should calm down a bit, become a bit less hectic and dramatic so that it involves more laughs and beautiful pictures that made the book Kendermore perfect, for example.
Mike
The Drangonlance Chronicles are some of my favorite books of all time - as a teen, I devoured every Dragonlance title I could get my hands on. Each of the three novels in this collection is a five-star experience in my book, but as this is billed as the "annotated" version, I need to address the singular frustration with this version - there simply wasn't enough annotation content and what was there felt like it was poorly compiled and edited. There are multiple annotations that are virtually id The Drangonlance Chronicles are some of my favorite books of all time - as a teen, I devoured every Dragonlance title I could get my hands on. Each of the three novels in this collection is a five-star experience in my book, but as this is billed as the "annotated" version, I need to address the singular frustration with this version - there simply wasn't enough annotation content and what was there felt like it was poorly compiled and edited. There are multiple annotations that are virtually identical to each other, almost as if a different person did the general annotations for each novel (the annotations fall into two broad categories: general content notes and "quotes" from contributors/authors). While the notes from the authors and contributors are interesting, there simply aren't enough of them. Reading this was the equivalent of watching the director's commentary version of a movie where the director sits quietly and just watches the movie for long stretches - it's not a bad thing, since the story is entertaining in and of itself, but it's not why I chose to read the annotated version.
Glen
I loved these books when I was 20, have read them 2 or 3 times, and still give them 5 stars. I love the characters. Rastlin manages to do good by being evil and evil when he does good. Actually, notions of good and evil drive the action of the entire series. Tasslehoff, though campy, is hilariously lovable.

Other people say that "you can hear the dice rolling" because these books were commissioned by TSR - the people who marketed Dungeons and Dragons - and had companion D&D adventures. So, of I loved these books when I was 20, have read them 2 or 3 times, and still give them 5 stars. I love the characters. Rastlin manages to do good by being evil and evil when he does good. Actually, notions of good and evil drive the action of the entire series. Tasslehoff, though campy, is hilariously lovable.

Other people say that "you can hear the dice rolling" because these books were commissioned by TSR - the people who marketed Dungeons and Dragons - and had companion D&D adventures. So, of course, it starts at an inn on the edge of the wild and progresses through increasingly challenging adventures. This didn't bother me at all. Some of it is actually humorous for those of us who know that under the optional D&D rules, you need a bit of bat guano in order to cast the "fireball" spell.

Having two authors makes the voices of the characters more varied. I think they both did a little of everything, but Weiss may have concentrated on characters, motivation, and dialog while Hickman ensured a consistent world. I've really enjoyed some of their other series' as well. It might be time to read these again!
Luca Valerio
When I was around 20, the only fantasy tales I had read were the first 10 Shannara books and The Lord of the Rings. I wondered what else was out there - but the decision what to read next was made for me: on Ebay, I came across a guy from Washington State auctioning a lot of 40 Dragonlance books. I won the auction (at 3:00 AM, CET) for 50 Eurocents per book and went for the cheapest expedition method. Two months later, when I had lost all hope of receiving the books, my college's guardian called When I was around 20, the only fantasy tales I had read were the first 10 Shannara books and The Lord of the Rings. I wondered what else was out there - but the decision what to read next was made for me: on Ebay, I came across a guy from Washington State auctioning a lot of 40 Dragonlance books. I won the auction (at 3:00 AM, CET) for 50 Eurocents per book and went for the cheapest expedition method. Two months later, when I had lost all hope of receiving the books, my college's guardian called me that a strange package had arrived for me. It was a huge jute sack from the US, containing the 40 books!
I was selective and first read the very first cycle, the three books of the Chronicles, written by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis themselves. I loved the journey: be warned, that might be because I recognized the usual structure of a mixed-races party leaving for a journey to save a world in peril, and later breaking up in the course of three books, with at least one character dying - the very same plot device Shannara and Lord of the Rings had accustomed me to. However, I particularly appreciated the world, the landscapes, and the psychological characterization of the characters.
Liz
I hadn't read this series, or even thought of it, since high school. Ten years later I picked up this monster of a book and decided to revisit the old heroes.

If this is your first time reading the series, I suggest skipping over the annotations as they contain minor spoilers. Nothing too big, but spoilers all the same. Occasionally appreciated the annotations, as they did bring some interesting additional information. Though, by the end they did start getting repetitive.

Story-wise it is a pretty I hadn't read this series, or even thought of it, since high school. Ten years later I picked up this monster of a book and decided to revisit the old heroes.

If this is your first time reading the series, I suggest skipping over the annotations as they contain minor spoilers. Nothing too big, but spoilers all the same. Occasionally appreciated the annotations, as they did bring some interesting additional information. Though, by the end they did start getting repetitive.

Story-wise it is a pretty good fantasy. Throughout the first book you get the very strong feeling that it was based off of an RP—ie one misadventure after the next—but by the second it starts feeling more like a fleshed out story. Again, the second book is where the characters start to solidify and start to feel more like people instead of basic RPG stereotypes.

I wasn't quite satisfied with the ending though. You can tell they were setting the series up for a sequel. All in all though, I enjoyed the read. You really can't go wrong with dragons, warriors and wizards.
james wells
The book tells you what happens, not shows you. There were a few moments that were nice, but mostly I had to sit through tiring... something. Telling. So and so did this in the past. so and so did this. SO and so is doing this or that. The very first of the book when all the adventures meet, I thought I was in for a real treat. When they meet at the tree house. The authors told me about what each character did, and what they did together in the past. SO and so adventured together before, and did The book tells you what happens, not shows you. There were a few moments that were nice, but mostly I had to sit through tiring... something. Telling. So and so did this in the past. so and so did this. SO and so is doing this or that. The very first of the book when all the adventures meet, I thought I was in for a real treat. When they meet at the tree house. The authors told me about what each character did, and what they did together in the past. SO and so adventured together before, and did such and such. When the characters spoke I did not find their conversation natural. more teling of what so and so did.

I dono man, I just think there are alot of other books out there that are better. I think that the story itself, or plot is interesting. I wish I could stomach more of these books to find out what happens. I tried to read the second book, and I couldnt finish the first chapter or two.
Candy
I picked this up, my first Dragonlance book(s), since I love Weis & Hickman's Deathgate Cycle. This one is the first book that they wrote together, and it does show. I think the writing started to flow more by the end, but coming from their later work, it just wasn't the same quality. This was a good book, and I imagine that for anyone who's read more of the series that it gets even better, since the characters will be more fleshed out and have more sentimental value.

The annotations themsel I picked this up, my first Dragonlance book(s), since I love Weis & Hickman's Deathgate Cycle. This one is the first book that they wrote together, and it does show. I think the writing started to flow more by the end, but coming from their later work, it just wasn't the same quality. This was a good book, and I imagine that for anyone who's read more of the series that it gets even better, since the characters will be more fleshed out and have more sentimental value.

The annotations themselves were a mixed bag. A few were really interesting, some were redundant, and quite a few were just references to other books that fit into the storyline. They didn't really bother me, but I think they could have made them a lot more interesting, or just have a foreword or afterword with each book. Afterword might have been best since there were a few spoilers in there - I guess they didn't expect people who'd never read the book to have this edition.
Maddie Lind
The Dragonlance Chronicles, a book made for fantasy geeks, D&D players and people who enjoy watching someone else play video games. You follow a group of adventurers, practically a D&D campaign, go through a series of adventures to drive out the forces of evil resurfacing in the world. The series is set in a high fantasy setting with much history and back story. The many plot and character twists makes this book a very good read. My only problems with this series is that there were times The Dragonlance Chronicles, a book made for fantasy geeks, D&D players and people who enjoy watching someone else play video games. You follow a group of adventurers, practically a D&D campaign, go through a series of adventures to drive out the forces of evil resurfacing in the world. The series is set in a high fantasy setting with much history and back story. The many plot and character twists makes this book a very good read. My only problems with this series is that there were times in the book where characters just talk about unimportant things while you wait for something to happen, but it only happens a few times. Another thing I don't personally enjoy is that several times, the point of view jumps from one party to the next. It makes it hard to keep track of things that are happening, but other than this, I believe this is a great book series if you are interested in high fantasy genres.
Claudius Auermann
This review covers also the second trilogy (Twins).

I read both trilogies three times and will start the fourth read through soon. That means that they will be the books I read most often in my adult life.

For me these books are iconic. They do everything right I care about in a fantasy novel. A fascinating world with a rich history. A balanced pantheon and magic system. A very, very well composed group of adventurers. Fascinating foes. Not only evil and good but also people in between. Characters This review covers also the second trilogy (Twins).

I read both trilogies three times and will start the fourth read through soon. That means that they will be the books I read most often in my adult life.

For me these books are iconic. They do everything right I care about in a fantasy novel. A fascinating world with a rich history. A balanced pantheon and magic system. A very, very well composed group of adventurers. Fascinating foes. Not only evil and good but also people in between. Characters change their attitude in a believable way. No overboarding love story. A well thought out plot or better: a plethora of plots. And a god losing his hat. And kenders.

These books are outstanding. From my view they are the books which define the fantasy genre at its peak as much as "Lord of the Rings" is the base where modern fantasy developed from. I read a lot of fantasy, often very good books, which deserved five stars. These two trilogies deserve 6 stars.
Paul
A wonderful trilogy and a great starting point for anyone who wishes to begin reading fantasy literature... [return][return]An epic tale in a world where the gods have abandoned mortals. A unique group of heroes stumble upon and set forth on a quest to save the world and bring the gods back.[return][return]The main characters of the series are entertaining and well fleshed-out... Raistlin is a wizard with a dark streak and a lot of ambition; his brother Caramon is a big oaf with a heart of gold; A wonderful trilogy and a great starting point for anyone who wishes to begin reading fantasy literature... [return][return]An epic tale in a world where the gods have abandoned mortals. A unique group of heroes stumble upon and set forth on a quest to save the world and bring the gods back.[return][return]The main characters of the series are entertaining and well fleshed-out... Raistlin is a wizard with a dark streak and a lot of ambition; his brother Caramon is a big oaf with a heart of gold; Tasslehoff is a Kender, a halfling-esque race characterized by their insatiable curiosity and lack of fear... just to name a few.[return][return]The bredth and scope of their adventure is awe inspiring, and these stories are filled withh everything from action and adventure to humor and whimsy.[return] [return]Simply put, this book is classic. A definite must read!
Jason
Just finished reading this version with the wife and not only was this time reading it (my third) as good as the first time, it was better to see how involved she got in the characters and the plot. Now she wants to move on to The Annotated Legends! I can't say enough good things about this series. Does it make some mistakes and fall into tropes? Sure, here and there (although many of those "tropes" weren't as tired when the books were written). It makes up for it however, with a vast, rich worl Just finished reading this version with the wife and not only was this time reading it (my third) as good as the first time, it was better to see how involved she got in the characters and the plot. Now she wants to move on to The Annotated Legends! I can't say enough good things about this series. Does it make some mistakes and fall into tropes? Sure, here and there (although many of those "tropes" weren't as tired when the books were written). It makes up for it however, with a vast, rich world, and complex, likable characters that you can't help but care about. You continue to turn every page because you want to know what happens to the characters and that is what makes a good story.
Brandon Luffman
I've read this trilogy multiple times, although I think it was back in high school the last time I read it. It was good to revisit Krynn and the Companions. This annotated edition has a lot of great backstory and inside info on the creation of the Dragonlance setting and the stories set there.

I have to say that the quality of the writing is interesting. The first book of the three (the first Weis and Hickman did together) is an excellent story, but the writing isn't that great. It's interesting I've read this trilogy multiple times, although I think it was back in high school the last time I read it. It was good to revisit Krynn and the Companions. This annotated edition has a lot of great backstory and inside info on the creation of the Dragonlance setting and the stories set there.

I have to say that the quality of the writing is interesting. The first book of the three (the first Weis and Hickman did together) is an excellent story, but the writing isn't that great. It's interesting to see how they began to come into their style and really lock things down as the series progressed. Of course, the following Dragonlance Legends trilogy is even better!

Having been so long since I read this, it was amazing how much I had forgotten. There were large chunks of the last half of the trilogy that I remembered, but had no recollection of ever actually READING. Weird...
Coligne
Bello si, ma mi aspettavo qualcosa di più da questi tanto osannati autori.
Certo, i loro personaggi, così come accade per Eddings, sono quelli che restano di più impressi a fine lettura. In effetti, secondo me, è il punto di forza della saga, la caratterizzazione dei personaggi ce ne ha regalati un paio davvero memorabili: l'accoppiata Fizban con Tasslehoff è spettacolare, hanno regalato i momenti più esilaranti della saga... XD Parlando del Kender, c'è da dire che gli autori l'hanno gestito davv Bello si, ma mi aspettavo qualcosa di più da questi tanto osannati autori.
Certo, i loro personaggi, così come accade per Eddings, sono quelli che restano di più impressi a fine lettura. In effetti, secondo me, è il punto di forza della saga, la caratterizzazione dei personaggi ce ne ha regalati un paio davvero memorabili: l'accoppiata Fizban con Tasslehoff è spettacolare, hanno regalato i momenti più esilaranti della saga... XD Parlando del Kender, c'è da dire che gli autori l'hanno gestito davvero bene. Quello che, all'inizio, sembrava solo una figura di contorno, che doveva un po stemprare la tensione, ci regala uno dei momenti più toccanti dell'intera saga
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Ovviamente anche gli altri personaggi non sono meno interessanti, a cominciare da Raistlin ed il suo gemello Caramon...
Michael S.
For years, I have avoided like the plague anything I knew to be connected with "Dungeons and Dragons." I thought that stuff is for weirdos who dress up in black robes and hold secret ritualistic meetings. I want nothing to do with role-playing games or groups. So I refused to read these. Fortunately, I changed my mind.
I finally decided to give this series a shot and I am very glad I did. If you accept it for what it is, it is a great story with very endearing characters and a world you will feel For years, I have avoided like the plague anything I knew to be connected with "Dungeons and Dragons." I thought that stuff is for weirdos who dress up in black robes and hold secret ritualistic meetings. I want nothing to do with role-playing games or groups. So I refused to read these. Fortunately, I changed my mind.
I finally decided to give this series a shot and I am very glad I did. If you accept it for what it is, it is a great story with very endearing characters and a world you will feel connected to. Don't go into this series expecting something like Martin, Jordan or Rothfuss. that level of depth just isn't there. Just be ready for a classically good story and you will not be disappointed. It took a while, but I have at long last truly learned not to judge a book by it's cover.
Brian Kupfer
I first picked up the collected Chronicles edition of this book on a 10 day bus trip through England back during the early 90s, and don't think I spent a moment that I was on that bus without the book open in my hands. Always a voracious reader, I devoured this tale of friendship, love, adventure, sacrifice....and Dragons. At the time, I didn't know, or care, that it was based off the Dungeons and Dragons world, I just loved the richness of the world the Weis and Hickman had created, and the evi I first picked up the collected Chronicles edition of this book on a 10 day bus trip through England back during the early 90s, and don't think I spent a moment that I was on that bus without the book open in my hands. Always a voracious reader, I devoured this tale of friendship, love, adventure, sacrifice....and Dragons. At the time, I didn't know, or care, that it was based off the Dungeons and Dragons world, I just loved the richness of the world the Weis and Hickman had created, and the evident love that the Companions had for one another. Without giving any of the plot points away, this book is all about a quest, not only to right wrongs, but to find themselves, and it is a cornerstone trilogy of he Dragonlance world that holds up well every time I re-read it, even 25 years later.
Ren
I recently plowed through these in between my semester break. I read them in junior high and at the time they were really great. They weren't great for the same reasons, but they were still a hell of a lot of fun. I was surprised at how compressed the second two books were. There were whole battles and important series of events that were left out. I don't know if Weis and Hickman had a page limit. On the other hand, it kind of doesn't matter. The plot, story, flow, and characters give you all t I recently plowed through these in between my semester break. I read them in junior high and at the time they were really great. They weren't great for the same reasons, but they were still a hell of a lot of fun. I was surprised at how compressed the second two books were. There were whole battles and important series of events that were left out. I don't know if Weis and Hickman had a page limit. On the other hand, it kind of doesn't matter. The plot, story, flow, and characters give you all the Tolkienesque guilty pleasures. While certainly lacking in nuance and style, the original Dragonlance Chronicles are mass market high fantasy fiction at its best. If you are looking for a quick read on an airplane, and are a fan of the genre don't be afraid to pick it up. You'll be highly entertained.
Haider
If you want a fantasy adventure book here you go. I think I read this series when I was a teenager because most of the events give me a huge amount of deja-vu but I can't seem to remember 80% of the plot. As a re-read this is fun to kill time, you've got ton's of action, adventure, magic, intrigue, dragons all over, warriors, clerics, etc. Basically all stereotypical high-fantasy elements thrown together (what do you expect, it's based off a D&D campaign). Not 5 stars because it's really ste If you want a fantasy adventure book here you go. I think I read this series when I was a teenager because most of the events give me a huge amount of deja-vu but I can't seem to remember 80% of the plot. As a re-read this is fun to kill time, you've got ton's of action, adventure, magic, intrigue, dragons all over, warriors, clerics, etc. Basically all stereotypical high-fantasy elements thrown together (what do you expect, it's based off a D&D campaign). Not 5 stars because it's really stereotypical at a lot of points (stupid self-sacrifice, predictable plot twists, obvious characters) but that's par for the course. The name is Dragonlance, you're getting what you expect and it's great when you're in the mood.
Brian Stewart
Though it is not necessarily a hard read and somewhat lacks theme, it is a classic in the fantasy realm and is a must read for fans of Drizzet or Earthsea. An entire wing of Dungeons and Dragons is devoted to Krynn and the Dragonlance world. The novels have a little less depth than Tolkien, but move at a quicker pace. The characters are more than archetypical, with depth, although there is not a huge amount of character development. The books are best at envisioning an entirely new fantasy world Though it is not necessarily a hard read and somewhat lacks theme, it is a classic in the fantasy realm and is a must read for fans of Drizzet or Earthsea. An entire wing of Dungeons and Dragons is devoted to Krynn and the Dragonlance world. The novels have a little less depth than Tolkien, but move at a quicker pace. The characters are more than archetypical, with depth, although there is not a huge amount of character development. The books are best at envisioning an entirely new fantasy world, with new races, gods, and magic system. This series is not for everyone, but those who enjoy it will love it!
DavidO
The characters, while cliche, have some funny dialog. There are thre interesting characters. Fizban, Raistlin, and Tasslehoff. The rest are pretty boring. The plot elements are largely ripped off of Tolkien, like cursed ghosts who protect a forest because they betrayed someone in the distant past. The first book in the series is okay as it focuses on the characters. But the later two books focus more on the setting, which is borrring if you've read much. There is some kind of love story going on The characters, while cliche, have some funny dialog. There are thre interesting characters. Fizban, Raistlin, and Tasslehoff. The rest are pretty boring. The plot elements are largely ripped off of Tolkien, like cursed ghosts who protect a forest because they betrayed someone in the distant past. The first book in the series is okay as it focuses on the characters. But the later two books focus more on the setting, which is borrring if you've read much. There is some kind of love story going on too, but neither of the authors is good enough to pull it off in a believable way. It comes off very juvenile. Anyway, there are a few good scenes and a lot of filler.
Nick Marsh
These 5 stars are largely nostalgia stars - I'm reading the books to my son, after many many years, but I'm loving getting lost in Krynn again after decades away. I know it's ripped off Lord of the Rings, and is basically a D&D campaign transcribed, but it's greatly characterised and very well done, he'll of a lot better than the Shanara books or the Belgariad. Also I really shouldn't complain about RPG campaigns being novelised, having done it myself.
Not only this, the next series, Legends, These 5 stars are largely nostalgia stars - I'm reading the books to my son, after many many years, but I'm loving getting lost in Krynn again after decades away. I know it's ripped off Lord of the Rings, and is basically a D&D campaign transcribed, but it's greatly characterised and very well done, he'll of a lot better than the Shanara books or the Belgariad. Also I really shouldn't complain about RPG campaigns being novelised, having done it myself.
Not only this, the next series, Legends, is amazing. I love everything about these books - but this time I'm not reading Dragons of Summer Flame, the Phantom Menace of the Dragonlance books.
Cassandra
These books will break your hold with reality, seriously. I read them when I was younger (15ish) and didn't mind some of the more adult themes, the entire world is a fascinating place that is a classic fantasy genre that has everything. Dragons, barbarians, knights, mages, gods, etc. Of course you'll have your favorites (Tanis was my baby, I seriously wanted to wrap him in blankets and yell at everyone who gave him so much as a paper cut) and it'll kill you whenever a character of "the group" is These books will break your hold with reality, seriously. I read them when I was younger (15ish) and didn't mind some of the more adult themes, the entire world is a fascinating place that is a classic fantasy genre that has everything. Dragons, barbarians, knights, mages, gods, etc. Of course you'll have your favorites (Tanis was my baby, I seriously wanted to wrap him in blankets and yell at everyone who gave him so much as a paper cut) and it'll kill you whenever a character of "the group" is either separated from the rest or dies. I would recommend this as light reading to anyone who liked Tolkien or George R.R. Martin as its kind of along the same string (a little more simple though).
Syberwired
Every avid reader has that one series that started them on the path of fantasy and adventure; of leaving behind the cares and concerns of the real world and transporting them to a realm of wonder, adventure and amazement. For me, this was the Dragonlance Chronicles! The authors wove their magical story in a way that allowed me to become part of their story; seeing the story as if I was right there. The characters have depth and meaning, and are easily able to think of them as friends and enemies Every avid reader has that one series that started them on the path of fantasy and adventure; of leaving behind the cares and concerns of the real world and transporting them to a realm of wonder, adventure and amazement. For me, this was the Dragonlance Chronicles! The authors wove their magical story in a way that allowed me to become part of their story; seeing the story as if I was right there. The characters have depth and meaning, and are easily able to think of them as friends and enemies. I recommend this series to anyone who wants to take a break from the real world, and visit the lands of Krynn!
David Gonczar
Dragonlance is actually the first fantasy saga I have ever finished so far and it has show up to be a real success worldwide. It is the introduction to a fantasy world that we have allready seen in fantasy, but equally manages to offer very interesting characters and a very dinamic plot.
I enjoyed each book of this saga, and I felt connected with the characters and their emotions through the story...
In some aspects I got to realize that this saga does not offer originality or something new in fan Dragonlance is actually the first fantasy saga I have ever finished so far and it has show up to be a real success worldwide. It is the introduction to a fantasy world that we have allready seen in fantasy, but equally manages to offer very interesting characters and a very dinamic plot.
I enjoyed each book of this saga, and I felt connected with the characters and their emotions through the story...
In some aspects I got to realize that this saga does not offer originality or something new in fantasy, but given the fact that the plot and characters are interesting, I can forgive this negative aspect.

Dragonlance Chronicles mean adventure, I highly recommend it.
Ceemoney
Eeee! I can't recommend this series enough, and honestly, I can't recommend Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman enough. They are great authors and certainly know how to spin a fanciful and dizzying tale. I remember getting the first book in this series when I was 14 and wow was I smitten. I fell in love with all the colorful characters instantly (and there were a lot of characters, but the authors managed to flesh each character out beautifully) and my heart broke a little when the series came to an Eeee! I can't recommend this series enough, and honestly, I can't recommend Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman enough. They are great authors and certainly know how to spin a fanciful and dizzying tale. I remember getting the first book in this series when I was 14 and wow was I smitten. I fell in love with all the colorful characters instantly (and there were a lot of characters, but the authors managed to flesh each character out beautifully) and my heart broke a little when the series came to an end (especially the way it ended). Regardless, this is a great series and a good example of fun and entertaining high fantasy.
Aron
I feel like this trilogy is almost as standard fantasy as Tolkien's (even though I know it's not). Sure, it's got flaws, and some of it's predictable, but it's FUN. Re-reading this is like re-reading the early Harry Potter books - you can tell the authors were sort of new to their trade, especially by comparing to their later work, but damn if the stories aren't completely captivating at times.

Also, Fizban is the greatest support character of all time. Really.

Fair warning: this is straight up D I feel like this trilogy is almost as standard fantasy as Tolkien's (even though I know it's not). Sure, it's got flaws, and some of it's predictable, but it's FUN. Re-reading this is like re-reading the early Harry Potter books - you can tell the authors were sort of new to their trade, especially by comparing to their later work, but damn if the stories aren't completely captivating at times.

Also, Fizban is the greatest support character of all time. Really.

Fair warning: this is straight up D&D style high fantasy. If you have an inexplicable hatred of magic, elves, dwarves, dragons, and so on, then this series is not for you.
Sara Terpilowski
The Dragonlance Chronicles are one of my favorite series of books, definitely. I was so excited when this came out, and immediately shelled out the 30 dollars to buy it and pore over every word. Honestly, I have not read a Dragonlance book since, with the exception of The Dark Disciple trilogy, which were written by Weis alone. Tracy Hickman just struck me as such a self-important douchebag in this edition that it pretty much completely turned me off of the entire core series. I'm starting to fe The Dragonlance Chronicles are one of my favorite series of books, definitely. I was so excited when this came out, and immediately shelled out the 30 dollars to buy it and pore over every word. Honestly, I have not read a Dragonlance book since, with the exception of The Dark Disciple trilogy, which were written by Weis alone. Tracy Hickman just struck me as such a self-important douchebag in this edition that it pretty much completely turned me off of the entire core series. I'm starting to feel like i want to pick the books up again, but that's only after spending five+ years trying to forget this train wreck. If you want to continue to enjoy Dragonlance, DO NOT READ THIS. Thank you.
Don
I listened to these while painting the house this week. Hadn't read them since I was a teen. I was really impressed with how much depth these stories had, how the plot moved along and made lots of good twists, and how believable the characters were. Not bad for fantasy, the personalities were very realistic.

There are meant for pure enjoyment. You learn a few character lessons here and there, but mostly they're just for fun. Great epic story, if you like fantasy you'll love this trilogy. I never I listened to these while painting the house this week. Hadn't read them since I was a teen. I was really impressed with how much depth these stories had, how the plot moved along and made lots of good twists, and how believable the characters were. Not bad for fantasy, the personalities were very realistic.

There are meant for pure enjoyment. You learn a few character lessons here and there, but mostly they're just for fun. Great epic story, if you like fantasy you'll love this trilogy. I never read past this into the other books for this series. I think now I might be inspired to do so.
Zoe Aleshire
this series, in its completion, rocked my world when I was 13 years old. Dragonlance teaches you how to be a geek, as well as a better roleplayer, and when the Annotated Chronicles came out I geeked out all over again. But there are multiple instances where the writing itself is seriously cringe-worthy, cliched and immature even for the genre. If I hadn't been immersed in the fantasy genre (and come out the other side, no less) and read it for the first time now, 12 years later, I would be bored this series, in its completion, rocked my world when I was 13 years old. Dragonlance teaches you how to be a geek, as well as a better roleplayer, and when the Annotated Chronicles came out I geeked out all over again. But there are multiple instances where the writing itself is seriously cringe-worthy, cliched and immature even for the genre. If I hadn't been immersed in the fantasy genre (and come out the other side, no less) and read it for the first time now, 12 years later, I would be bored of and condescending towards this series. Thus, the three stars- great, but loses its sheen to a reader of more advanced fiction.
Nate Francois
Yes, I like books about dragons, elves and wizards. If you don't, please stop reading. While this series may seem a bit outside of the standards of "reputable fantasy," it is the first book that many read before joining a Dungeons & Dragons game. Take that as you will. Weis & Hickman's dialogue is ludicrous, even in a fantasy world, but ultimately the structure of their stories and the sense of friendship and honor they exhibit will leave you wanting more. Lucky for you, there is plenty Yes, I like books about dragons, elves and wizards. If you don't, please stop reading. While this series may seem a bit outside of the standards of "reputable fantasy," it is the first book that many read before joining a Dungeons & Dragons game. Take that as you will. Weis & Hickman's dialogue is ludicrous, even in a fantasy world, but ultimately the structure of their stories and the sense of friendship and honor they exhibit will leave you wanting more. Lucky for you, there is plenty of it and they seem to be producing more every year.
Charlie
Hello. My name is Charlie. I'm a recovering fantasy dork. I've been clean for about 6 months now. This book was the gateway drug into reading fantasy. It starts with Tolkien, then you find yourself reading The Dragonlance Chronicles as an impressionable youth and WHAM...you're hooked. This is book is amazing, and, at one point, I thought it was better than Tolkien. I was wrong. Still, a damn good book. I just wonder what I would have become if I hadn't read it...I probably would've had more date Hello. My name is Charlie. I'm a recovering fantasy dork. I've been clean for about 6 months now. This book was the gateway drug into reading fantasy. It starts with Tolkien, then you find yourself reading The Dragonlance Chronicles as an impressionable youth and WHAM...you're hooked. This is book is amazing, and, at one point, I thought it was better than Tolkien. I was wrong. Still, a damn good book. I just wonder what I would have become if I hadn't read it...I probably would've had more dates in high school...
Dana
I don't think it's fair to say this is a good book just because I adored it at 15. Let's just be honest, here: the writing is bad. Few of the characters are more than two-dimensional and most of them are highly derivative of other fantasy novels - but somehow, I still think back on them fondly. Is this a book that an adult can read and enjoy? Possibly. Probably not. But the story is there, a great underdog tale that successfully merges humor with heartache. A great book to recommend to younger r I don't think it's fair to say this is a good book just because I adored it at 15. Let's just be honest, here: the writing is bad. Few of the characters are more than two-dimensional and most of them are highly derivative of other fantasy novels - but somehow, I still think back on them fondly. Is this a book that an adult can read and enjoy? Possibly. Probably not. But the story is there, a great underdog tale that successfully merges humor with heartache. A great book to recommend to younger readers just starting on the fantasy genre.
Jon Barr
What do you get when you take a nerdy fantasy trilogy and add annotations by the authors? An even nerdier 1,300 page celebration of one of the bedrock stories of American fantasy.

The Annotated Chronicles made me wish for a similar version of the Wheel of Time, but I shudder to consider how many forests would have to be cut down to print such a tome.

Enjoyable story with fine characters and a host of touching moments at the conclusion. Next up, "The Annotated Legends," the sequel to this book!
Kain
From start to finish the Dragonlance Chronicles are an absolute joy to read. Every page gives motivation to keep turning and keep reading. Each chapter brings a change from amusement at the characters antics to sadness or anger then relief. You almost seem to be on the same long journey with the companions you fondly read about. Despite never having played D&D as many other fans of this franchise probably have done I still found it a wonderful story and will search out other novels to contin From start to finish the Dragonlance Chronicles are an absolute joy to read. Every page gives motivation to keep turning and keep reading. Each chapter brings a change from amusement at the characters antics to sadness or anger then relief. You almost seem to be on the same long journey with the companions you fondly read about. Despite never having played D&D as many other fans of this franchise probably have done I still found it a wonderful story and will search out other novels to continue the journey of Tanis and the others in the magical world of Krynn.
Ben
Like Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara the writing in this work is juston the tolerable side of excrement. The storytelling and characters, however, are compelling enough to make one want to keep reading. By the end of the third book, the writing has reached the "tolerable" level.
This is still pretty good for an RPG-inpsired set of books. Like R.A. Salvatore's Legend of Drizzt series, the whole experience is better than the sum of its parts. It adds up to something that is--while not extraordinary Like Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara the writing in this work is juston the tolerable side of excrement. The storytelling and characters, however, are compelling enough to make one want to keep reading. By the end of the third book, the writing has reached the "tolerable" level.
This is still pretty good for an RPG-inpsired set of books. Like R.A. Salvatore's Legend of Drizzt series, the whole experience is better than the sum of its parts. It adds up to something that is--while not extraordinary--at least good fun and memorable enough.
Mike Gurney
In my opinion, this is the greatest fantasy trilogy ever written. It has a great story, great characters and produces a wonderful imagery for the imagination.

The characters are well defined with description and back story. They are so well done that I found myself very emotional throughout. I got angry when they did something stupid, cried when they were hurt or worse and celebrated when they celebrated. They were also strong enough to invoke some self examination to determine if I was strong en In my opinion, this is the greatest fantasy trilogy ever written. It has a great story, great characters and produces a wonderful imagery for the imagination.

The characters are well defined with description and back story. They are so well done that I found myself very emotional throughout. I got angry when they did something stupid, cried when they were hurt or worse and celebrated when they celebrated. They were also strong enough to invoke some self examination to determine if I was strong enough or honorable enough.
Dana
This was the first true fantasy I've ever read and I'll never forget it.

The story is very typical of the group adventure dynamic but it's worth it. The characters are easy to love (or hate), the story is epic, and the landscape amazing.

What really gave me such a passion for the series was the annotations included. It's one thing to re-read a series with the author's notes but another to start a series fresh and have the notes right there with you.

If ever someone wanted to just jump right into a This was the first true fantasy I've ever read and I'll never forget it.

The story is very typical of the group adventure dynamic but it's worth it. The characters are easy to love (or hate), the story is epic, and the landscape amazing.

What really gave me such a passion for the series was the annotations included. It's one thing to re-read a series with the author's notes but another to start a series fresh and have the notes right there with you.

If ever someone wanted to just jump right into an epic fantasy, I'd easily recommend this one.
Gerrit
Weis and Hickman are two of the best authors of fantasy novels I have read. They carve out rich, detailed scenes in their world to place their characters in. Not only do these characters have well-formed histories, but they also grow with their decisions and experience as the story progresses. This is an epic tale of the balance that must be reached between good and evil so that people don't destroy each other because of their own stubborn beliefs.

I'd recommend this to all fantasy lovers.
Marvin
Rereading this series, having gone through it several times years ago as a teenager. It has its problems--namely weak prose and a glut of character that at times, especially in the first book, overwhelm with the constant POV switches--but it does its job pretty well. Things are at stake for the characters personally, and it hits its epic-high-fantasy notes right on cue. Reminded why I loved D&D fiction back when and why I worked to drag my buddies and their PCs into the Dragonlance setting.
Ana Freitas
This is kind of my second bible... really...lol
Read it before Tolkien. But then I like books who have characters that almost look real, with faults and sowhat. Tolkien was soooo long; all those cenerios with details... I could take a page ou two of those but not five or six...
In this book I saw myself a little bit in each and every character, even the nasty one's. One can relate to some of the good and bad choices they made... overall, very very well writen.
Dustin
The book that started it all - the legendary Dragonlance Chronicles. The annotations by the authors make this collection a must have for any fan! Be forewarned, this book is best for those that have already read the stories of the Chronicles - it's easy to get lost in the notes in the side columns by Margaret and Tracy, and those notes occasionally contain spoilers. True fans will love all the behind-the-scenes info and extra insight this book provides.
LOL_BOOKS
Luckily i discovered this hidden in my local library and it definitely is my favourite fantasy book, better even than Eddings! Although there are A LOT of books in the series, this is the three to start with and are the best (in my opinion). Next i'd recommend reading the Lost Chronicles that fill in some of the gaps, or you can read both at once if you have a bad memory, either works. The guys that wrote these are my heros!!!!
Lily Walker
Another classic fantasy series that I have read and reread and revisit whenever I want that special magic of Krynn. I will always have a special soft spot for this series although some more recent fantasy series are drawing my love to a slightly newer style of fantasy this old school classic style takes me back to sitting in a corner of the library at school reading it over and over again. Exciting and fun, dark and compelling. Just a wonderful series all round!
Emily
"Until he could resolve his own inner turmoil, the raging division between the elven and the human inside of him, he would never know peace."

"No hero is ever perfect. Perfect heroes are boring and without interest. They have nothing to which we can relate. Imperfection, however, is almost certainly the defining trait of humanity - and as such, gives Tanis a quality to which all of us can relate."
chris fidler
Looking back, I enjoy this less than when I first discovered them because I hadn't read any of Tolkien's works yet, but it was wonderful when I was in my teens. I was a Dungeons and Dragons player at a pretty young age and this book meant a lot to me because it was the world I lived in. Now I know more of the D&D back story, and its just a fond memory. Read it if you're 13 and haven't discovered more challenging books.
Brent Stracener
Although my first intro into the world of the fantasy genre was The Chronicles of Narnia, Dragonlance cemented my love for it. I quickly fell in love with the Dragonlance universe and spent a few years ordering every book available at my local bookstore. The story itself doesn't hold up to reading as an adult, but these books along with "Legends" hold a special place on that bookshelf in my heart.
Darren
Not what I expected and being a compilation of published books over time, the story got better over time. Characters were not as varied as I hoped but they did develop over the course of the story. Each individual story wasn't as compelling as some other books I've read so it is hard to judge it on it's own merits.

It's a straight up fantasy with an easy to read style rather than a complex and intriguing use of words and structure which can work for or against it depending on the reader.
Jesse
Before I read the Hobbit or the Lord of The Rings, I read these books. It was these books that introduced me to fantasy, much like Star Wars and Star Trek introduced me to science fiction. There are elves and dwarves and dragons. There's an epic scope. The battle between good and evil with the fate of the world at risk. For a 11 year old, it was great stuff. It's follow up, the Legends trilogy, is just as good.
Jason Boyd
While not being the most original fantasy books ever written, I've repeatedly gone back to this trilogy which holds a soft spot in my heart. It was these books that first got me interested in reading when I was a young teenager, and there's been no looking back since.

Great characters, dramatic story and plenty of magical action to keep you turning the pages.

This edition of the trilogy is a stunning special hardback edition.
Bettye Kanady
I loved this compendium of stories. Having read all the books and their subsequent books after, I was pleased to have these three in one book. I loved the companions and their adventures. They were awesome. I used to play Dungeons and Dragons, so this was kind of next step after the game for me. I really got into the stories and I became lost in the world of Krynn for a long time after. The Dragonlance Chronicles are a wonderful introduction into a life of adventuring.
Diogo Broner
Dragons in the Autumn Twilight was one of the first books I ever read, and I became kind of a die hard Dragonlance fan for a lot of years after that.

The characters are cool, complex, with traces you can relate to. The world in as interesting place, and the story is interesting and a little different from regular fantasy stories.

This one is a cool book to get a boy into reading, and playing Role Playing Games.
Jack Bates
I love reading this book. The writing makes me feel that I am a part of their adventure. This feeling is so strong that it feels like I am participating in a Dungeons & Dragons adventure. The Annotations add another level of emotion to that feeling. Knowing not why Weis & Hickman wrote something, but how they felt when they wrote it lends an order of magnitude to the reading for me.

For any fan of this genre this collection is a must read.
Casey
I loved reading these books when I was in middle school. The friendships forged in these books were the kinds that I sought from my friends and brothers. It was a great way to grow up, reading stories of heros and anti-heros. To know that it was okay to struggle with wanting to follow the light while sneaking around in the shadows as well. I found a mental acceptance in these books that I couldn't find in life.
Christina
This is easily the greatest set of books I have ever read. Weis/Hickman do such an amazing job with plot, characters and making you believe your watching it first hand. You fall in love with these characters and they become real...friends whose hardships and success you feel. With each dissapointment you have to keep reading so that you know in the end that this group of magnificent characters is going to be okay. I still pick up these books twice a year a re-read them...They never get old.
Craig Baker
This was my first big read...big meaning more than 200 pages. I read this in junior high and hauled it around everywhere with me....so much I had to tape the cover back on, wish being it was so big that it was hardcover instead of paperback. I read this book straight through and on into the Legends trilogy. These are by far my most cherished books albiet someone stole them from me some years ago, going to have to replace them.
Allison
Anyone who loves fantasy but hasn't read this yet needs to drop what they're doing and get on it (unless they're reading Patrick Rothfuss' new novel, in which case you have dispensation)! These are fun, rollicking good stories, plus they stand out as a good example for the genre for the right balance of story, character, worldbuilding without overdoing it in any one category. Great writing from a great team!
Rebekah
This was the fantasy series that started it all for me. Sure, there is "better" fantasy out there, but I fell in love with these characters and the simple story of them trying to find their way as adventurers and felt like I was in the middle of a D&D campaign in which I was the hero. It's not complicated, it's not deep, but it is fun and I love it. I've read these books multiple times, and will continue to do so because they're just that fun.
Arvin Lising
Definitely the very first collection I had. Fascinating, and definitely, they were the peak of all RPG-based novels. The battle of good and evil is depicted not in absolute terms, but shows how even the best of intentions often lead to dark desires or disastrous results. And yet in the end, you see how things turn out for the best.

This was the collection that I grew up with so what more can I say?
Findingjb
These are some of the first fantasy books that I read after finishing Lord of the Rings for the first time. They were excellent reads with delightful and enjoyable characters that you easily grow attached to. A great story set in a fun world that is as traditional fantasy as it gets, this is a great read for someone who wants a fun adventure without the weightiness and depth of Tolkien's world and themes.
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