Time of the Twins

Written by: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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The first title in the second Dragonlance novel trilogy is now being released for the first time ever in a trade hardcover edition. Featuring the stunning art and design that graced the cover of the paperback edition, this new version is a follow-up to the release of the Dragonlance novels Chronicles trilogy in hardcover in 2003. It also continues the planned release of all of the core Weis & Hickman titles in trade hardcover, allowing fans and collectors alike the chance to obtain the entire set in hardcover.
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Time of the Twins Reviews

TS Chan
Read this a long time ago and I remembered that I really liked it. But that's before I was exposed to the likes to Feist, Jordan and now Sanderson. And yep, I was one of those fangirls who like Raistlin over Caramon.
Bradley
Good old Raistlin and Caramon. I love the rich setting of the Dragonlance world. My gaming experience started in this wonderful setting ever so long ago. This tale is an excellent addition to this vibrant place. Kudos for this book!
Elaine
I devoured all of these books in the early 90's. I give them all the credit for my enduring love of fantasy novels.
The Annotated Legends :: Legacy of the Darksword :: Dragons of a Fallen Sun :: The War of the Lance :: Dragonlance Chronicles
James Swenson
Raistlin is one of the great characters from the fantasy novels of my youth, and this is our chance to focus on him.
DavidO
Way better than a book which was designed to sell D&D modules should be.
Lel
I may have enjoyed this book more if I had read the previous trilogy. As it was the characters were very much stereotypical and one dimensional. I did enjoy the action and the sense of urgency that grew as the book progressed. I'll read the first book of the previous trilogy at some point, but i'm not in any great rush.
Vincent Wood
This is the first book of the Legends trilogy, but really follows the Chronicles trilogy. As such, If you are even considering reading this book, I would recommend reading the previous trilogy first. Certainly this is no requirement, but it would help understand a lot of the backstory, world building, character histories, etc.

That being said, this trilogy is better than the original trilogy, or at least this book has a lot more promise than any of the previous books. The teenage me remembers thi This is the first book of the Legends trilogy, but really follows the Chronicles trilogy. As such, If you are even considering reading this book, I would recommend reading the previous trilogy first. Certainly this is no requirement, but it would help understand a lot of the backstory, world building, character histories, etc.

That being said, this trilogy is better than the original trilogy, or at least this book has a lot more promise than any of the previous books. The teenage me remembers this trilogy being better, but that was nearly three decades ago when I first read this series and the adult me and the teenage me have different tastes in literature. I can give a better analysis of the trilogy as a whole once I again read books two and three.

The authors remove a large number of their list of major characters from the original trilogy and leave us with only a handful, plus one new one. This allows them to spend more time with character development for these characters and allows us readers to feel as if we are more invested in their stories. Some major characters from the previous trilogy do have their role in this book, but their roles are minor.

I do have to say that the Dragonlance series as a whole is a major reason I roll my eyes any time I hear about a cataclysm-like event in any fantasy series. This series really beats the concept down to a pulp.

All in all, if you enjoy 80's fantasy books, this series is one not to miss.
Jeffrey Kohanek
I need to note that I read these books a LONG time ago. I did enjoy them and thought that Legends 1-3 was a highpoint for the Dragonlance books.
Micah Scelsi
This trilogy is a strong continuation of the Chronicles series. Legends builds upon the structure set up in Chronicles. Some say it is a stand-alone trilogy, but if a reader reads this one first, it would spoil many of the surprises contained in Chronicles. Not only would it spoil Chronicles, but I think ultimately Legends would make less sense without a grounding in the DragonLance world first.

This first volume in the trilogy continues with good doses of mystery, comedy and surprise. We continu This trilogy is a strong continuation of the Chronicles series. Legends builds upon the structure set up in Chronicles. Some say it is a stand-alone trilogy, but if a reader reads this one first, it would spoil many of the surprises contained in Chronicles. Not only would it spoil Chronicles, but I think ultimately Legends would make less sense without a grounding in the DragonLance world first.

This first volume in the trilogy continues with good doses of mystery, comedy and surprise. We continue to wonder what will happen next, who is good and who is bad. This trilogy focuses more on Raistlin and his aspirations. This first book in the volume sets the stage to an amazing travel back in time to the fabled Cataclysm. The second book is a bit weaker, but still tells a compelling story of life in that time and trying to escape eminent doom for the time travelers. It ultimately paints the tale of the vanity, arrogance, and corruption that caused the Cataclysm. Really Istar is painted as a time of Rome in its end days. We see what wealth and power have wrought, and the fall that ultimately comes. The gods end up giving them a good Old Testament type thumping.

The story is compelling, and it is very interesting how everyone seems to fall in line with what Raistlin desires, regardless of whether they agree with him or not. He is a master mind and a master mage, seemingly unstoppable. This series was obviously part of the overall saga thought of when Chronicles was penned. The success of that trilogy allowed the authors to put together something a bit tighter and well-thought-out. It's difficult to be too hard on Chronicles, when it obviously spawned this next trilogy. If anything, Chronicles' biggest lack was that it was too much of a story to tell in three volumes. I have read this trilogy several times, but it has been a while since my last ready. It is still worth another read!
J.C. Cauthon
This is my second time reading this novel. The first time, I was the intended audience (pre-teen/teen), and I gobbled this book and the rest of the Dragonlance saga up. Then, I was reading anything and everything fantasy for the sold purpose of filling my thirst for words and my need for adventure.

Now, as an adult, I see so much more when I read through this book the second time. For the book itself, I give it four stars. I love Caramon. I love Raistlin. And I even love Tasslehoff.

But, I would h This is my second time reading this novel. The first time, I was the intended audience (pre-teen/teen), and I gobbled this book and the rest of the Dragonlance saga up. Then, I was reading anything and everything fantasy for the sold purpose of filling my thirst for words and my need for adventure.

Now, as an adult, I see so much more when I read through this book the second time. For the book itself, I give it four stars. I love Caramon. I love Raistlin. And I even love Tasslehoff.

But, I would have to dock another star for the simple reason that the entire book is one cliche after another. On top of that, the writing for this book just does not seem to be up to par with the original series. The first half of the novel dragged by so slowly that I almost quit reading it several times, and I (as a budding writer myself) found many places that could have used a lot more editing time.

I would dock another start for that (bringing down to a two-star review), but the cliffhanger-ending is so awesome that I was able to forgive the atrocious writing.
Sam
So, the continuation of the Dragonlance story, and another trilogy I haven't read in many years and can remember virtually nothing about. Actually, re-reading this one, I find I prefer it to the original trilogy. The authors (sensibly, I think) trimmed down the number of main characters, so here we have only the already-familiar Raistlin, Caramon and Tasslehoff, along with the new cleric, Crysania. The first three are fairly much unchanged—Caramon is still a big lummox, Raistlin is still slightl So, the continuation of the Dragonlance story, and another trilogy I haven't read in many years and can remember virtually nothing about. Actually, re-reading this one, I find I prefer it to the original trilogy. The authors (sensibly, I think) trimmed down the number of main characters, so here we have only the already-familiar Raistlin, Caramon and Tasslehoff, along with the new cleric, Crysania. The first three are fairly much unchanged—Caramon is still a big lummox, Raistlin is still slightly creepy but wears fabulous black velvet so we'll let him get away with it, and Tas is still a chaos merchant and a lot of fun—but we do get more depth to the three of them this time. Crysania, unfortunately, is rather irritatingly holier-than-thou and full of her own self-importance, but I'm optimistic this might change further on. Possibly hopelessly optimistic, but we'll see. The plot is good, the writing is good, and there's a cliffhanger climax of epic proportions. It's been fun revisiting.
Javierny
Me vuelvo a embarcar en esta gran saga que tantas alegrías me ha dado. Después de una maravillosa Crónicas de Dragonlance, me adentro en Leyendas y el resultado no puede ser más espectacular.
La ambientación en época preCataclismo (de hecho nos explica muy bien cosas que dicen el la primera saga, dando lugar a un universo enorme complejo y maravilloso).
Me estoy emocionando mucho así que vamos a tranquilizarnos y hacer review parte por parte.
Los personajes: me han gustado, tienen evolución y me Me vuelvo a embarcar en esta gran saga que tantas alegrías me ha dado. Después de una maravillosa Crónicas de Dragonlance, me adentro en Leyendas y el resultado no puede ser más espectacular.
La ambientación en época preCataclismo (de hecho nos explica muy bien cosas que dicen el la primera saga, dando lugar a un universo enorme complejo y maravilloso).
Me estoy emocionando mucho así que vamos a tranquilizarnos y hacer review parte por parte.
Los personajes: me han gustado, tienen evolución y me parece que transmiten muy bien sus mensajes. Y mención especial a Tas que me sigue haciendo reír como desde el primer momento y parece que solo mejora con cada libro.
La historia: espectacular, como está planteada en las dos partes del libro, muy bien argumentada y me gusta que indague más en la historia de Raistlin
En general: muy recomendable si quieres leer fantasía, ya que te vas a encontrar con una historia muy buena. Voy corriendo a continuar con Leyendas de la Dragonlance.
Ubiquitousbastard
This book is pretty much entirely made of setup. That, I wasn't too keen on. I know that sometimes it's necessary to get everything in place, but it also bores the crap out of me. I guess Caramon does some stuff, but oh my god do I not care what he does. I think I liked him best when he was a self-pitying, massive drunk. (view spoiler)[And he certainly changes his tune abruptly and completely. He really can't do things halfway. (hide spoiler)] And Tas...is best used for ridiculous comic relief; This book is pretty much entirely made of setup. That, I wasn't too keen on. I know that sometimes it's necessary to get everything in place, but it also bores the crap out of me. I guess Caramon does some stuff, but oh my god do I not care what he does. I think I liked him best when he was a self-pitying, massive drunk. (view spoiler)[And he certainly changes his tune abruptly and completely. He really can't do things halfway. (hide spoiler)] And Tas...is best used for ridiculous comic relief; I don't really like when he's used seriously.
And please, let us not speak of Crysania. She is a byword for an obnoxious, arrogant, idiot.
All that complaining having been said, there are some good parts here and there, and it gets better toward the end, and most importantly: it sets up for the next book-a book I love very much.
Kurtbg
Caramon, Tanis, Tas, and Raistlin are back in a continuance of the dragonlance chronicles written in the mid 1980's. The characters are well defined including Raistlin - a truly chaotic character, which is rarely found in most fantasy books. There's some repetition from previous series, but it is still an enjoyable read. Interesting bits are the relationship between Raistlin, and his brother, Caramon. Sometimes the authors forward the time and you wonder how if you missed something. However, tha Caramon, Tanis, Tas, and Raistlin are back in a continuance of the dragonlance chronicles written in the mid 1980's. The characters are well defined including Raistlin - a truly chaotic character, which is rarely found in most fantasy books. There's some repetition from previous series, but it is still an enjoyable read. Interesting bits are the relationship between Raistlin, and his brother, Caramon. Sometimes the authors forward the time and you wonder how if you missed something. However, that's just their style. For the most part it works - mainly because of the solid characters. most likely, if you read this book, you've at least read the chronicles and perhaps the war of souls, so you know the deal.
If you haven't then I suggest stepping back and starting there to better enjoy the characters history and maturation.
Brenda Cothern
I wonder how Tas will get back from the past? Where did Raslian take Camaron and the Reverend Daughter?

It was disappointing to see Camaron portrayed as a drunk for half the book but I understood it from an author's view point (even if I hated it as a fan). The highlight of the book, was of course, Tas and his kender antics.

I do not believe this book should be read without reading the previous set, the trilogy Dragonlance Chronicles. Many references (memories/flashbacks) are made to the War of t I wonder how Tas will get back from the past? Where did Raslian take Camaron and the Reverend Daughter?

It was disappointing to see Camaron portrayed as a drunk for half the book but I understood it from an author's view point (even if I hated it as a fan). The highlight of the book, was of course, Tas and his kender antics.

I do not believe this book should be read without reading the previous set, the trilogy Dragonlance Chronicles. Many references (memories/flashbacks) are made to the War of the Lance and if you have not read those books, this story may not be as good as it could be.

I am not crazy about the book ending with cliff hangers that force the reader to buy the next book in line but, again can understand this from an author's viewpoint. The story must be stopped somewhere to the book just becomes too big for retail :(
Tammy
Dragonlance novel are perhaps the most formulaic work of fantasy there is, and despite that fact I enjoyed Time of the Twins so much that I'm actually looking forward to trying some more of Dragonlance novels. There's something in traditional, neat and predicted fantasy stories that's greatly satisfying in a way.
In Time of the Twins you won't find any real tension, realism or grittyness, no exemplary writnig skills or grandiloquence, the characters are mostly one-dimentional and unrelaible, lik Dragonlance novel are perhaps the most formulaic work of fantasy there is, and despite that fact I enjoyed Time of the Twins so much that I'm actually looking forward to trying some more of Dragonlance novels. There's something in traditional, neat and predicted fantasy stories that's greatly satisfying in a way.
In Time of the Twins you won't find any real tension, realism or grittyness, no exemplary writnig skills or grandiloquence, the characters are mostly one-dimentional and unrelaible, like puppets dancing to the writers strings and having no life of their own.
Nevertheless, I found this book very entertaining. If you're looking for something light at easygoing to pass the time this would be the perfect choice for you.
Matt White
Hmmm, I guess I should start off by saying I did enjoy reading this book. I read the original trilogy first, followed by a lot of the prequels written by other authors and will say it was good to go back to the original. I'm not saying some of them are better written than others (who am I to say that, i am no writer) but Time of the Twins seemed to flow much better and the characters were portrayed (in my opinion) most accurately. The story itself is an interesting one, less some of my favorite Hmmm, I guess I should start off by saying I did enjoy reading this book. I read the original trilogy first, followed by a lot of the prequels written by other authors and will say it was good to go back to the original. I'm not saying some of them are better written than others (who am I to say that, i am no writer) but Time of the Twins seemed to flow much better and the characters were portrayed (in my opinion) most accurately. The story itself is an interesting one, less some of my favorite characters, but interesting none the less. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the Dragonlance world, it stays true to the series and is a pretty easy read.
Nicodemus Argent
As I mentioned in my earlier reviews this is a series for the younger audience. Me, I'm just willfully non-adult.
This trilogy focuses on a man we have already seen to be amazingly selfish and bitter and the revelation within himself that he might still be a little bit good.

Spoiler: This series involves lots of time travel. It is not more into the dragons that plagued the world in the first three, it is about the history of the planet. The Dragons are inseparable to the Gods in this setting. And As I mentioned in my earlier reviews this is a series for the younger audience. Me, I'm just willfully non-adult.
This trilogy focuses on a man we have already seen to be amazingly selfish and bitter and the revelation within himself that he might still be a little bit good.

Spoiler: This series involves lots of time travel. It is not more into the dragons that plagued the world in the first three, it is about the history of the planet. The Dragons are inseparable to the Gods in this setting. And this series is about the Gods and man / mortals.

This series was so well loved when it was written it even inspired a a metal ballad.
Todd
I am listening to the audio version of this one this time. I have read it a couple of times years ago. I have always thought this was one of the weakest of the Weis & Hickman books. I know I needed to be get through it again just to enjoy the rest of the story. I forgot how much I hated how Carmon had become, and Ras was the character become a character you Love to Hate. Now I'm looking forward to the rest of the story.
Lana
its great to read about the twins more in detail, finding out facts about their relationship and the rise of raistlin to that of the strongest mage ever!! still cannot decide whether he is going to turn out well in the end or remain pure evil!! poor caramon so disappointing to see the hero brought so low and of course tasslehoff as usual carries the day!! but is he dead now???
Christopher
I loved this series because it focuses on the twins from dragons of autumn twilight. it goes deeper into their relationship that the brothers have. it reveals the depth of love and hate they have for each other.
Blake Ipson
Enjoyed the story very much. Stay away from the audiobook. The narrator can't even pronounce main characters' names correctly and even jumps between different incorrect pronunciations in the same sentence.
Nathan Baker
This is an excellent fantasy tale, a bit more weighty in the issues that it deals with an d how it handles them than the Dragons trilogy, but very much a continuation of that story. An enjoyable easy read.
Linda Kenny
Older book Ai picked up at half-price books for my beach vacation. I had read the previous series and enjoyed this one enough that I'll look for the next two. Slow start though and I can't say I understood the climax.
Gemma Ganderton
***spoiler alert***
overall I enjoyed the book. it's very readable and a good page turner. However, HOW STUPID ARE THOSE CHARACTERS!?! Honestly there were points where I wanted to scream at them particularly towards the end of the book when some of the decisions being made were just inexplicable.
Robert
Wow! Better than the Chronicles in nearly every way. With Raistlin and Caramon leading this twisted, multi-layered story, it's no wonder that they are fan favorites!

Full review will be published on Apr.28.2017 at ReadingOverTheShoulder.com
Carol
Read all these books many years ago. Absolutely loved them at the time. Was big into this sort of fantasy adventure at the time.
Yessie Nieves
First recommendation I got at college. Got this trilogy and loved the twins and their lives. Raistlin being my favorite of the two.
Kaustuv Mohanty
Focuses on the character development of the twins Caramon and Raistlin, and shows the latter's human sides. Raist was my favourite character, and this book is therefore a treat!
Charles
I remember this one being deep and fascinating, in a way that far exceeded the original trilogy. Going back through as an adult...not quite so much.
Kyle K
Caramon, Crysania and Tasselhoff travel back in time prior to the Cataclysm to stop Raistlin from destroying the world.
Caelan
Second DragonLance series... a great continuation of the first series. After these two trilogies it his hit and miss but these are worth the time.
Alejandra Fernandez
No podía dejar de saber que iba a ocurrir con Raistlin, tenía que leerlo. Si has leído las Crónicas de la Dragonlance hay que leer Las Leyendas.
Alicia
liked this series start better than dragonlance, as characters are already familiar and plot starts to thicken with depth.
Colleen
Just finished Time of the Twins, Dragonlance Legends. Are these books getting shorter?
I don't know about this set so far. I'm not like most girls... I don't like romance novels and I was getting a big romance novel vibe off this first book. I sincerely can't relate to the attractions portrayed therein. I understand the device of a good woman attracted to a bad man, but they did such a poor job of making Raistlin truly evil that it doesn't work too well. Selfish and ambitious; chaotic neutral; bu Just finished Time of the Twins, Dragonlance Legends. Are these books getting shorter?
I don't know about this set so far. I'm not like most girls... I don't like romance novels and I was getting a big romance novel vibe off this first book. I sincerely can't relate to the attractions portrayed therein. I understand the device of a good woman attracted to a bad man, but they did such a poor job of making Raistlin truly evil that it doesn't work too well. Selfish and ambitious; chaotic neutral; but not really evil. In the first trilogy and then spilling over into this one we have to assume he's evil just because everyone assures us that he is. But he doesn't do anything too destructive until towards the end.
Moreover, the story itself seems secondary and rushed in order to focus on Crysania's feelings. It even rushes through the erosion of her convictions... she was so quickly and easily committed to Raistlin even though she's supposed to be strong... I think. The time Raistlin spent deceiving Fistandantilus? Skip it for the slender hands. Why was it okay for Fistandantilius to be there anyway during the time when magic users are shunned? Cuz of the vagaries of corruption; just skip it... more touches on the shoulder, please. The events leading to the Cataclysm? Meh... a dozen or so... who cares? - more boo-hoo over Raist's childhood sob stories. (That's an attraction I've never, ever understood.) And what did Raistlin tell Caramon's Arena friends to poison them against him? A paltry detail to some, but it's little things like this that add character. It seems like they passed up a lot of opportunities for some cool world building (since the world was different before the Cataclysm) in favor of all the raging romantic feelings.
Strike two on leading characters. Crysania isn't much better than Tanis, although I should be grateful that I was spared the details of Porthios becoming his brother-in-law... lol! But there's not as many other characters to fall back on in this book as there was in the original trilogy. Caramon and Tas have to carry the burden for logic as well as comedy and it's a bit of a stretch in some instances.
But I did like Caramon's time at the Arena. And Tas is wonderful as always. It seems a little underhanded using his predicament at the end to hook people (or maybe just me) into finding out what happens next, but I'll go ahead and fall for it and continue with the next two books. The storytelling is still very gripping and I'm enjoying the universe in general. This series could likely get better since the authors make full use of a three book arc to get everything in. We'll see.
Harold
Time of the Twins is the start of the Legends trilogy, which brings readers back to the characters Raistlin, Caramon, and Tasslehoff from the Chronicles series and introduces Crysania. This time Weis and Hickman explore the events that lead up to the Cataclysm by sending Raistlin back in time in an attempt for him to challenge the Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness for her spot in the pantheon of the gods.

The book starts out somewhat promising in that it covers what happens after the group becomes Time of the Twins is the start of the Legends trilogy, which brings readers back to the characters Raistlin, Caramon, and Tasslehoff from the Chronicles series and introduces Crysania. This time Weis and Hickman explore the events that lead up to the Cataclysm by sending Raistlin back in time in an attempt for him to challenge the Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness for her spot in the pantheon of the gods.

The book starts out somewhat promising in that it covers what happens after the group becomes heroes from the War of the Lance. Most of the characters from Chronicles show up early in the book but Raistlin, Caramon, and Tasslehoff are the only ones that are continually covered. Raistlin had shut himself up in the Tower of High Sorcery and continued his studies, Caramon had become a drunkard, and Tasslehoff hadn't changed.

Wies and Hickman do a good job in describing the issues that each of the characters had with their fame, especially Caramon. Exploring alcoholism as an obstacle and him overcoming it seems a tough sell for a fantasy novel.

The rest of the book though was just a tough read.

I think it was the time traveling that did it for me and the overall poor writing (which with this brain candy I wasn't expecting something spectacular). There seemed to be a few plot holes throughout, namely the characters traveling back to a time where the culture is supposed to be different and having no one question their weird ways, their way of speaking, and their ignorance for the things that should be common knowledge. Also according to the book if events are changed in the past by humanish beings then it does not affect the future but orcish beings will.

I think Weis and Hickman were trying to develop the history of their world much like Tolkien but it would've been better if they had just created new characters and told the story direct or, like Tolkien, made it look like history books.
Peter Williams
This took me back to my RPG playing youth ;-) There are better fantasy novels out there but I really did enjoy this (again).
JF
A bit let down about this one. I find that the interesting stuff happens all toward the end. The end that really isn't an end but a cliffhanger to the next tome of the trilogy.
Jason
I enjoyed this tale quite a bit. I will probably read the next 2 pretty soon, because I enjoy the characters so much.
Backslash
Not bad. A little long in places describing things and people's feelings a bit more than necessary.
crystal
awsome but if this was a new book and the second book wasn't released I would be twitching cause of the cliff hanger
Paula Kennedy
These were my absolute favourite books in the Dragonlance series.
Chase Parnell
Oh Dragonlance, you are not as good as you were when I was 13. Still a nice escape at times though.
Laura
L'une des meilleures saga de fantasy !!! EVER ! <3
Alexandre
Fun read and I'm intrigued for the next book.
Pascal Van ooteghem
intruiging and explaining material about the Dragonlance Campaign
Sean
As good as I remembered. My son loved Tas too!
Álvaro Díaz
Continuación de las Crónicas de la Dragonlace. Los libros mantienen el nivel y siguen resultando entretenidos.
Malobee Silvertongue
This gets 3 stars because Caramon and Crysania were insufferable. Raistlin and Tas made up for it however, or else I would have loathed this book.
SilverPen Pub
This book--the entire series--completely redeems the DragonLance Chronicles series to me. All the depth of character and considerate thought about their circumstances which are glaringly absent in the other books finally appear in this novel.

Perhaps part of the reasons why is because we finally get to narrow down our focus to fewer characters, so that means each character gets more "screen time" as it were. In addition, the topic of "evil people trying to take over the world" in the Chronicles This book--the entire series--completely redeems the DragonLance Chronicles series to me. All the depth of character and considerate thought about their circumstances which are glaringly absent in the other books finally appear in this novel.

Perhaps part of the reasons why is because we finally get to narrow down our focus to fewer characters, so that means each character gets more "screen time" as it were. In addition, the topic of "evil people trying to take over the world" in the Chronicles series was just too worn out and over used as a plot, however this one, which is really about "what is the difference between faith and self-aggrandizement?" is infinitely more interesting and worth my time to read about.

Actually, there's quite a few huge topic questions we get to look at in this novel. What is freedom, exactly? What is the difference between selfish love versus love with respect? What things are worth fighting for and what things do we have to step away from? How far are we willing to go for people we love and care about? When does faith in gods become a bad thing? And of course, the inevitable cliche that "power corrupts".

I admit, I wince noticeably the moment a concept of time travel showed its ugly head in this book. I am seriously not a fan. Also the attempts to explain how paradoxes are impossible, but oh, possible for x y z persons, and the concepts of what a person could do if they traveled back in time are clumsy, stilted and unsatisfying. I'm actually extremely grateful the writers didn't try to explain time travel and how/why it works. Other authors get too caught up trying to explain their magic, D&D just lets the magic be there as a given, and that's so refreshing nowadays.

This book is amazingly thought-provoking. My favourite part is that the person who makes you think the hardest... is the one you'd least expect to be poking your brain awake. A great read! If you don't read any other D&D series, this one is the one to pick.
Corbey
I first read this before my teens. It's the first of three Legends books about the twins and completely timeless. They're aimed at teens and older, definitely appealing for adults as they're not written with younger readers particularly in mind. I mean by that grammatical style but younger readers will enjoy the stories, they're so brilliantly imagined and pulled together.
The twins are Caramon and Raistlin, who have already appeared together in the War of the Lance books. The Legends Trilogy bri I first read this before my teens. It's the first of three Legends books about the twins and completely timeless. They're aimed at teens and older, definitely appealing for adults as they're not written with younger readers particularly in mind. I mean by that grammatical style but younger readers will enjoy the stories, they're so brilliantly imagined and pulled together.
The twins are Caramon and Raistlin, who have already appeared together in the War of the Lance books. The Legends Trilogy brings their story to the fore. Caramon, the strong and likeable warrior whose entire focus is on caring for his more fragile brother. Raistlin, a highly ambitious archmage, intent on leading his own life seperate from his brother's smothering attention.
In trying to save his brother Caramon is sent back in time, alongside Crysania, a cleric who has fallen under Raistlin's spell and believes she also is capable of saving his soul.
The novel is well padded with other characters from pervious books, as well as providing a full and diverting history of Krynn, the continent where the characters' adventures are carried out.
The only reason I don't give this the full five stars is simply that the characters don't seem to be fully three dimensional, it might just be my impression but then this might also be the reason why these books appeal to a younger audience. Having said that you are drawn into their world and you do feel a pang at leaving it and not being a part of their world once you put down the book. But then you have two more to go after that !
Conan Tigard
The first half of Time of the Twins moves at a very slow pace. I was not happy that Caramon was a fat drunk and it was hard to like him. Still, I love the character of Tasslehoff Burrfoot, the kender, as he makes up for the rotund alcoholic.

Only when Caramon, Crysania, and Tasslehoff are sent back in time did the story actually become interesting to me. From that point on, the story moves along at a good pace and the reader is kept wondering what is going to happen next.

There are a lot of twis The first half of Time of the Twins moves at a very slow pace. I was not happy that Caramon was a fat drunk and it was hard to like him. Still, I love the character of Tasslehoff Burrfoot, the kender, as he makes up for the rotund alcoholic.

Only when Caramon, Crysania, and Tasslehoff are sent back in time did the story actually become interesting to me. From that point on, the story moves along at a good pace and the reader is kept wondering what is going to happen next.

There are a lot of twists and turns that I did not see coming, which makes Time of the Twins a fun book to read. I only wish that the first half of the book could have been as good as the second.

Overall, Time of the Twins by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a good fantasy tale that I would recommend. I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book in the trilogy, War of the Twins.

I rated this book a 7½ out of 10.
Chris
Having read all the Chronicles, the Lost Chronicles that have been released, and the entire Second Generation arc culminating in the War of Souls trilogy, it was nice to step back into this series which revolves around the lives of 3 of the Heroes in a period heretofore unexplored. Unfortunately, I hate one of the introduced characters. I really haven't figured out what role Crysiana is supposed to serve, and apparently, neither has she as she constantly shifts her goals to suit whatever new "pu Having read all the Chronicles, the Lost Chronicles that have been released, and the entire Second Generation arc culminating in the War of Souls trilogy, it was nice to step back into this series which revolves around the lives of 3 of the Heroes in a period heretofore unexplored. Unfortunately, I hate one of the introduced characters. I really haven't figured out what role Crysiana is supposed to serve, and apparently, neither has she as she constantly shifts her goals to suit whatever new "purpose" comes her way. It's very frustrating trying to engage with a character who can't make up her mind. Tasselhoff, as usual, seems to be comic relief more than anything (as even his most determined un-kender moments aren't enough to get Caramon back to his old self) which sadly becomes the best part of the story. Since it's a trilogy, I can't judge the entirety of the story just from one book, and I'm sure I'll finish it out...but so far it's not what I expected.
Kahn
I bought the second Dragonlance trilogy, Legends, over 20 years ago, but never read it. I had lost the first book many years ago, so books two and three sat on the shelf until a co-worker, Bill, gifted it to me The idea came to him after many discussions regarding the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, which most importantly and clearly justified, centered around Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ring trilogy. Clearly, there is one fantasy series that rules them all.
I thought I could use some popcorn- I bought the second Dragonlance trilogy, Legends, over 20 years ago, but never read it. I had lost the first book many years ago, so books two and three sat on the shelf until a co-worker, Bill, gifted it to me The idea came to him after many discussions regarding the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, which most importantly and clearly justified, centered around Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ring trilogy. Clearly, there is one fantasy series that rules them all.
I thought I could use some popcorn-lite reading during this very busy month at work. So far, the Legends story doesn't live up to the first trilogy, Chronicles, but then again, I am not a 15 year old boy any longer . . . okay, most of the time.
I am sure I will power through the rest of the series.
Akane
I think this book was a great kick off for the next trilogy, but it's because I read the Dragonlance Chronicles before it. I warn all of you who have not read it to go through and read the first trilogy before even thinking about picking this one up. I say this because it had so many references to the trilogy that came before it that make no sense because unless you've read it. Yes, they are explained but it takes out of the experience if you haven't read it. If you have then this is an amazin I think this book was a great kick off for the next trilogy, but it's because I read the Dragonlance Chronicles before it. I warn all of you who have not read it to go through and read the first trilogy before even thinking about picking this one up. I say this because it had so many references to the trilogy that came before it that make no sense because unless you've read it. Yes, they are explained but it takes out of the experience if you haven't read it. If you have then this is an amazing book that you will enjoy and come to love.
Chris Eells
Far exceeds the Chronicles trilogy in just about every way. Whereas Chronicles focused on a group of disparate friends with the personalities the depth of a sheet of paper and put together like a random roll of the dice (sorry... had to go there), Legends focuses on the seemingly most (Raistlin) and least (Caramon) interesting characters from the previous series. The Twins!

Legends explored the Love/Hate relationship that many siblings experience, and raised it to the nth degree. Truly an outstan Far exceeds the Chronicles trilogy in just about every way. Whereas Chronicles focused on a group of disparate friends with the personalities the depth of a sheet of paper and put together like a random roll of the dice (sorry... had to go there), Legends focuses on the seemingly most (Raistlin) and least (Caramon) interesting characters from the previous series. The Twins!

Legends explored the Love/Hate relationship that many siblings experience, and raised it to the nth degree. Truly an outstanding series for anyone interested in the Fantasy genre.

Highly recommend.
Kevinjwoods
I first read this when it came out and was interested to see if it would still be enjoyable 30 years later.
It is still quite enjoyable and is a good enjoyable read for the fantasy fan interested in what people were reading back between all the times when Tolkien was popular, after Moorcock stopped making really short novels, and before it became possible for popular culture to admit that yes you could possibly have sex and know the difference between a dwarf, a kender, and a hobbit, and chainmai I first read this when it came out and was interested to see if it would still be enjoyable 30 years later.
It is still quite enjoyable and is a good enjoyable read for the fantasy fan interested in what people were reading back between all the times when Tolkien was popular, after Moorcock stopped making really short novels, and before it became possible for popular culture to admit that yes you could possibly have sex and know the difference between a dwarf, a kender, and a hobbit, and chainmail bikinis were a fashion accessory for te discerning warrioress.
Peter
as expected with this sort of fantasy trilogies this book has no real ending. But I had a good time reading this. Raistlin and Caramon are good characters to read books about, and their relationship remains a well for interessting stories.

Offcourse this is a pulpy book, but it is off the good kind. Entertaining, not to deep, escapish fantasy. And if that is your thing this is a good book.

And since this is a novel about a rpg world, I think it is a good thing that this has a very roleplay game as expected with this sort of fantasy trilogies this book has no real ending. But I had a good time reading this. Raistlin and Caramon are good characters to read books about, and their relationship remains a well for interessting stories.

Offcourse this is a pulpy book, but it is off the good kind. Entertaining, not to deep, escapish fantasy. And if that is your thing this is a good book.

And since this is a novel about a rpg world, I think it is a good thing that this has a very roleplay game feel to it. nicely done
Jediraven
I like reading about Raistlin, he's my favorite character. I think the stories about him are interesting. I absolutely HATE the character of Lady Crysania. She is by far the most irritating character I have encountered in this series. Paladine is apparently an obvious metaphor for Christianity as far as I've picked up.
I can't decide if I dislike Caramon or Crysania more. I'm hoping that Raistlin is just leading them on and being devious like I know that his character is. There are two more books I like reading about Raistlin, he's my favorite character. I think the stories about him are interesting. I absolutely HATE the character of Lady Crysania. She is by far the most irritating character I have encountered in this series. Paladine is apparently an obvious metaphor for Christianity as far as I've picked up.
I can't decide if I dislike Caramon or Crysania more. I'm hoping that Raistlin is just leading them on and being devious like I know that his character is. There are two more books continuing this trilogy, so I'm going to keep on reading and see what happens.
Roderick Baxter
This is a great start to a new series in The Dragonlance Cycle. Not all the usual suspects are here. However, as the story is about 'The Twins,'some phisical action from Caramon and a devious plot or two from the magical black robed Raistlin. Of course there is non better to keep the plot moving, than the delightfully mischievous Kender, Tasslehoff Burrfoot. Naturally enough, we need a girl to save. Enter Chrysania. Then we only need a final ingredient, a world ending disaster, from which we all This is a great start to a new series in The Dragonlance Cycle. Not all the usual suspects are here. However, as the story is about 'The Twins,'some phisical action from Caramon and a devious plot or two from the magical black robed Raistlin. Of course there is non better to keep the plot moving, than the delightfully mischievous Kender, Tasslehoff Burrfoot. Naturally enough, we need a girl to save. Enter Chrysania. Then we only need a final ingredient, a world ending disaster, from which we all need to be saved.
Lauren
Dragonlance Legends is even better than Chronicles! Raistlin is my favorite character and in this series, he is so bad! He will always have a special place in my heart. I finished this series on the way to Six Flags, which was a terrible idea, because he kind of dies in the end. I cried the whole way there and couldn't even enjoy the Batman. The whole day sucked, and the rest of the year, pretty much. In a good way, though, which doesn't make a lot of sense. It's good when an author can create a Dragonlance Legends is even better than Chronicles! Raistlin is my favorite character and in this series, he is so bad! He will always have a special place in my heart. I finished this series on the way to Six Flags, which was a terrible idea, because he kind of dies in the end. I cried the whole way there and couldn't even enjoy the Batman. The whole day sucked, and the rest of the year, pretty much. In a good way, though, which doesn't make a lot of sense. It's good when an author can create a character that is so real to you...
Celeste
Really more like 3.5. Everything with Tas is fantastic, Raistlin & Crysania are wonderful, and all the time travel stuff is great. But, while I don't hate Caramon, I mostly find him and his arc really boring. It's not the worst, and I wouldn't mind it as much as a smaller subplot, but it being one of the main plotlines held the book back a bit for me. I didn't really remember anything from the first time I read this book many years ago and don't remember much, if anything, from the other two Really more like 3.5. Everything with Tas is fantastic, Raistlin & Crysania are wonderful, and all the time travel stuff is great. But, while I don't hate Caramon, I mostly find him and his arc really boring. It's not the worst, and I wouldn't mind it as much as a smaller subplot, but it being one of the main plotlines held the book back a bit for me. I didn't really remember anything from the first time I read this book many years ago and don't remember much, if anything, from the other two books either, so I'm optimistic that my enjoyment will increase as it goes.
Martin
In many ways this series surpasses the chronicles as the best of the Dragonlance saga. More focused on the interesting relationship between the twins, it manages to show the emotional turmoil through an immensely epic struggle for power. It is a far darker story than Chronicles, but is much more compelling as the villain of the piece is also ultimately the more interesting to watch, especially as everything revolves around him.

It helps to read the Chronicles first though, or some of the back sto In many ways this series surpasses the chronicles as the best of the Dragonlance saga. More focused on the interesting relationship between the twins, it manages to show the emotional turmoil through an immensely epic struggle for power. It is a far darker story than Chronicles, but is much more compelling as the villain of the piece is also ultimately the more interesting to watch, especially as everything revolves around him.

It helps to read the Chronicles first though, or some of the back story would be lost.
Megan
I don't know what it is.. The writing is decent, almost good, even, and the storyline isn't uninteresting.. But I do not like these authors all that well. I have read three books by them and I haven't been able to get through them with ease, if at all.

I think it might be the characters, actually. Particularly in this book and the series before it. I don't like them. Any of them. Which leaves me caring little for the book itself.

Perhaps someone else might like it but it's simply not my cup of t I don't know what it is.. The writing is decent, almost good, even, and the storyline isn't uninteresting.. But I do not like these authors all that well. I have read three books by them and I haven't been able to get through them with ease, if at all.

I think it might be the characters, actually. Particularly in this book and the series before it. I don't like them. Any of them. Which leaves me caring little for the book itself.

Perhaps someone else might like it but it's simply not my cup of tea.
Chad Hoblitz
Wow. Interesting choice of characters. I like how they are being developed in this novel. Tasslehoff Burrfoot has definitely changed and and for the better, since he has become a much deeper character. Caramon becoming a alcoholic after the war of lance was different and made sense since Raistlin no longer needed him at the end of the chronicles. Raistlin is still my favorite character. I can see his progression of character and how evil he really is. The novel is fast paced and describes the co Wow. Interesting choice of characters. I like how they are being developed in this novel. Tasslehoff Burrfoot has definitely changed and and for the better, since he has become a much deeper character. Caramon becoming a alcoholic after the war of lance was different and made sense since Raistlin no longer needed him at the end of the chronicles. Raistlin is still my favorite character. I can see his progression of character and how evil he really is. The novel is fast paced and describes the coming of the Cataclysm.
Cristina Rivera
I don't know how I would write a review of this without giving spoilers away. Here goes... Tanis, Tika, and Riverwind appear briefly in the beginning but seeing the kender take charge for a change was amusing (in a good way). Occasionally, he "heard" Flint's voice guiding him which was bittersweet. And, like Lady Crysania, Caramon, and Tas - I had trouble figuring out the plans of Raistlin, getting caught in his trap as well. Can't wait to read the 2nd book in this trilogy.
Edward Walsh
A great 2nd series in the Dragonlance world. It's an expansion of probably the two most popular characters from the original series which goes back in time to the cataclysm. This allows readers to learn more of the world during an action packed storyline. While in an interesting character arc the brothers roles have been swapped with Caramon weak and lost and Rastlin stronger and with a love interest.
Jake
I read this book in high school. If I was the same reader now as I was then I'd give this entire series a 4.5 instead of a three. I actually would give this one a 3.5 if I could, but that wasn't an option. College turned me into an overly-critical book-snob.

This was the sequel Trilogy to the Dragonlance Saga. I liked this series far better than the precluding series. There were many fun paradoxes in this story, I'd highly recommend this one, but after reading the Dragonlance Series first.
CK Hicks
I really enjoyed this book - it takes a turn from the first Dragonlance trilogy, however. The overall storylines seem a bit more abstract than the "flow" of the first set of novels, but what really impressed me was the political and religious backgrounds that are woven into the tale. As a story, I'd give this perhaps 3 out of 5 stars, but I so enjoyed the intrigue that I have to bump the overall score up a notch.
Gavin
Compared with the first trilogy there's some depth to these follow-up books chronicling the conflict between the two twins Raistlin and Caramon. Weiss and Hickman finally get some writing chops and weave a compelling tale ... so long as you're not over 15.

Yes, I did read these when I was a teen. I went back and read them as an adult and found them too unsophisticated for my tastes now but truly, as a book for kidults I recommend them.
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