Dragons of a Fallen Sun

Written by: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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The people of Krynn have known war in past ages. Some are still alive who remember the triumph of good at the conclusion of the War of the Lance. Still more remember the devastation of the Chaos War, which ended the Fourth Age of the world.

But now a new war is about to begin, more terrible than any have known. This war is one for the very heart and soul of the world itself.

The War of Souls.
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Dragons of a Fallen Sun Reviews

Pachy Tarari
Cómo se nota la mano de Weis y Hickman después de leer la anterior trilogía, de Jean Rabe. Estos son los libros de la Dragonlace que me gustan.
Katrin
So i finished this one in a rush. I just wanted to be done with it. It was not as good as i thought it would be. yes, there were really interesting parts in the plot, i was very often excited to see what will happen. but i was not happy with the characters. not at all. the kender i so loved previously was a shadow of his former self. and although the story kind of dictates this, it still was not like i would expect. then there were a lot of plots, names places. in my opinion that was too much. i So i finished this one in a rush. I just wanted to be done with it. It was not as good as i thought it would be. yes, there were really interesting parts in the plot, i was very often excited to see what will happen. but i was not happy with the characters. not at all. the kender i so loved previously was a shadow of his former self. and although the story kind of dictates this, it still was not like i would expect. then there were a lot of plots, names places. in my opinion that was too much. i grew tired of all those characters that did not really grow on me. also this is a book you can hardly read standalone-ish. you need to know stuff before and afterwards you are left in the cold rain. although this is often like this in series, here it is really bad. nothing is resolved, everything is open. i liked the idea of mina a lot and she is intriguing. silvan was my second favourite, as a good elf. otherwise the elves do not get away well in this book, not at all. and that does not sit well with me either. anyways, this was my last book in this series, until i snatch another one at the flea market, haha. it's probably better for now. :P
Alex Lee
I am not sure what to make of this book. There is a mixture of many characters, a kind of huge epic world view, to emphasize the vastness of what is at stake. We have of course, the "fallen" world, with its lost ideals and its lost causes, in which the heros struggle against an unknown evil.

As with first book trilogies, this is less about actual conflict and more about establishing the characters and the character of the conflict itself (what is at stake). We are just getting into what is happe I am not sure what to make of this book. There is a mixture of many characters, a kind of huge epic world view, to emphasize the vastness of what is at stake. We have of course, the "fallen" world, with its lost ideals and its lost causes, in which the heros struggle against an unknown evil.

As with first book trilogies, this is less about actual conflict and more about establishing the characters and the character of the conflict itself (what is at stake). We are just getting into what is happening without really getting the full picture. Part of the mystery in this book is that we don't know exactly what the nature of the struggle is nor do we really have an antagonist.

In a way this isn't really a book in itself, it is only an introduction, meant to hook us to read the other volumes, making it hard for me to write a review. Still it was somewhat enjoyable although because of the large cast, somewhat annoying and confusing since they keep jumping around. In a way, their jumping hides the fact that there really isn't anything much happening here.
The War of the Lance :: Dragons of the Dwarven Depths :: Realms of Dragons: The Universes of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman :: Nightsword :: Legacy of the Darksword
Jeffrey Milloy
The first of the Dragonlance series that I read (unfortunately, because I knew so much when I went back to Chronicles). What a journey that started - thanks to this book I headed off into the world of fantasy novels.

Book 11, if I am counting correctly, in the main Dragonlance saga. Here, the world has been shattered by a second cataclysm and a new age has begun. Yet another round of new characters, mixed in with a delightful array of old, enter upon the scene, as does a new world order with new The first of the Dragonlance series that I read (unfortunately, because I knew so much when I went back to Chronicles). What a journey that started - thanks to this book I headed off into the world of fantasy novels.

Book 11, if I am counting correctly, in the main Dragonlance saga. Here, the world has been shattered by a second cataclysm and a new age has begun. Yet another round of new characters, mixed in with a delightful array of old, enter upon the scene, as does a new world order with new magic and new gods. I think this trilogy shows a marked increase in complexity and maturity in the storytelling - no longer is the tale a simple 2 or 3 pronged adventure rooted in AD&D. The distinctions between good and evil blur ever farther, champions battle champions and undeserving heroes spring into power.

I was left craving more, and luckily was able to dive into the thousands of pages if this fantastic world.
Chris Witt
I'd have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and liked this as much as any post-"Legends" book in the Dragonlance series.

On the one hand I was bugged by how many simultaneous, unconnected story lines were going on. But as the book moved on, I started to appreciate how they were starting to tie together.

Also liked how much of this is written from the p.o.v. of the "bad" guys as well as the depth of the characters. Most of the characters didn't seem to be these static archetypes of good and evi I'd have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and liked this as much as any post-"Legends" book in the Dragonlance series.

On the one hand I was bugged by how many simultaneous, unconnected story lines were going on. But as the book moved on, I started to appreciate how they were starting to tie together.

Also liked how much of this is written from the p.o.v. of the "bad" guys as well as the depth of the characters. Most of the characters didn't seem to be these static archetypes of good and evil. Everybody seemed to have some shades of gray going on to the extent that I found myself flip-flopping on trying to figure out which side these people stood on.

Looking forward to part 2.
James
Another great start for another set of books for the Dragon Lance Saga from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. This is set thirty years after the war with Chaos and the gods have left Krynn. But now a girl named Mina comes to the Dark Knights in Neraka the night of a huge storm and saves them in the name of the One God. Where does this One God come from? How did it get here in this godforsaken land? And what will happen next? These are all questions that you and the people of Krynn are asking as t Another great start for another set of books for the Dragon Lance Saga from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. This is set thirty years after the war with Chaos and the gods have left Krynn. But now a girl named Mina comes to the Dark Knights in Neraka the night of a huge storm and saves them in the name of the One God. Where does this One God come from? How did it get here in this godforsaken land? And what will happen next? These are all questions that you and the people of Krynn are asking as they cower in fear of the Dragon Highlords, a group of dragons from another land that are enormous even to the native dragons.
Chris
The book started off really slow, and I wasn't really happy that of all the characters they chose to bring back, they chose the most annoying. However, if you can make it to about the halfway point of the novel it starts to pick up. The character of Mina in this book is extremedy interesting, and you find yourself reading the rest of the chapters just so that you can get to the next chapter that has Mina in it. In all I wasn't that impressed until they presented the plot twist. The fact that I h The book started off really slow, and I wasn't really happy that of all the characters they chose to bring back, they chose the most annoying. However, if you can make it to about the halfway point of the novel it starts to pick up. The character of Mina in this book is extremedy interesting, and you find yourself reading the rest of the chapters just so that you can get to the next chapter that has Mina in it. In all I wasn't that impressed until they presented the plot twist. The fact that I had to wait so long to get interested was kind of a let down, but the twist itself was interesting enough to make me want to read the next novel.
Timothy Newman
I agree that the plot is rather difficult to understand. Tas supposedly returns from the dead which is plausible because Raistlin had done it in the previous book, but he time traveled forward to speak at Caramon's funeral, not once, but twice. Then, there is the drama between Silvanesti and Qualinesti elves which I need to go back to read and remember what started that whole feud in the first place. Let's oversimplify this: does it make me want to read the next books? Yes! I am enjoying it as i I agree that the plot is rather difficult to understand. Tas supposedly returns from the dead which is plausible because Raistlin had done it in the previous book, but he time traveled forward to speak at Caramon's funeral, not once, but twice. Then, there is the drama between Silvanesti and Qualinesti elves which I need to go back to read and remember what started that whole feud in the first place. Let's oversimplify this: does it make me want to read the next books? Yes! I am enjoying it as it pretty much brings to a close, the original source story created by Wies & Hickman first published 30 years ago.
Clodagh
I want to read sci-fi so i grabbed this during a mad dash past the library, it's probably more fantasy. i was reading vast tracts while i was some sort of invalid last week so got into the characters and the other world where the story was set. Some interesting fables about the futility of war, racial intolerance and caring for the environment, but i couldn't help thinking that there was some weird x-ian religious subtext going on. the characters with no belief in god failed in their endeavours I want to read sci-fi so i grabbed this during a mad dash past the library, it's probably more fantasy. i was reading vast tracts while i was some sort of invalid last week so got into the characters and the other world where the story was set. Some interesting fables about the futility of war, racial intolerance and caring for the environment, but i couldn't help thinking that there was some weird x-ian religious subtext going on. the characters with no belief in god failed in their endeavours while "Mina" whose every action was in honour of her god has great success. no gods no masters oi oi.
Nicholas
So I was reading the book, and about 100 pages from the end I started to think everything was sounding very familiar. Then I realized I had already read it!! Arg. Why didn't I put this in goodreads?!

But as far as a review goes, I didn't like this as much as the rest of the Weis/Hickman books. It was a lot darker and had very few actual happy moments. I find myself dragging my feet about starting Dragons of a Lost Star. Maybe I just liked the previous generation too much.
Teresa
Being a fan of the original Dragonlance Trilogies I bought this one a long time ago, but I still hadn't read it. What can I say, it's not a bad book but it drags... I just had to make myself read it and at the end I even skipped, just to see how it ended. I've now decided I won't read the rest of the series. Dragonlance has just became too big an industry for me, also I have read so many Fantasy books maybe I'm a bit biased... I've decided to read all the spoilers I could to know what happens in Being a fan of the original Dragonlance Trilogies I bought this one a long time ago, but I still hadn't read it. What can I say, it's not a bad book but it drags... I just had to make myself read it and at the end I even skipped, just to see how it ended. I've now decided I won't read the rest of the series. Dragonlance has just became too big an industry for me, also I have read so many Fantasy books maybe I'm a bit biased... I've decided to read all the spoilers I could to know what happens in the next two books and just save the time and money. But it was good to "read" again about some old characters, kind of nostalgic.
Ann
This is the first of the trilogy "The War of Souls". A great epic with elves, gnomes, humans, ogres, and of course, dragons! Although the various societies are complex and varied, the authors manage to introduce them all. If you love tales of knights, magic, and time travel, you will enjoy this one. I especially loved the unique race of kenders. The kender Tasslehoff is crazy fun. I couldn't help being charmed and tickled by him. I guess I will have to go in search of volumes II and III now.:)
Kati
I didn't like this book much. The story is interesting but there are a) too many characters and story-lines to follow and b) too many characters that are simply annoying, Mina and Silvanoshei to name just two. There are some characters that I did like, like for example Gerard or Tasslehoff but overall, these two didn't save the book. But maybe it's just me and the fact that I like smaller ensembles better than huge casts that are kinda hard to follow.

If I didn't have to read this book as a part I didn't like this book much. The story is interesting but there are a) too many characters and story-lines to follow and b) too many characters that are simply annoying, Mina and Silvanoshei to name just two. There are some characters that I did like, like for example Gerard or Tasslehoff but overall, these two didn't save the book. But maybe it's just me and the fact that I like smaller ensembles better than huge casts that are kinda hard to follow.

If I didn't have to read this book as a part of my job, I wouldn't have picked it out :(
Melvyn Foo
I have enjoyed the books I’ve read written by these two authors, which is why I chose to read another series of the Dragonlance novels. Unwittingly, I had jumped the timeline, not going in chronological order in the story and was thus rather uncomfortable, as I always like to read my sequels in order. However, I still enjoyed the book and I am very eager to finish the story, and while I do not really want it to end, I know that there is still a huge amount of Dragonlance novels waiting to quench I have enjoyed the books I’ve read written by these two authors, which is why I chose to read another series of the Dragonlance novels. Unwittingly, I had jumped the timeline, not going in chronological order in the story and was thus rather uncomfortable, as I always like to read my sequels in order. However, I still enjoyed the book and I am very eager to finish the story, and while I do not really want it to end, I know that there is still a huge amount of Dragonlance novels waiting to quench my thirst.
Lana
wow this was a spectacular book, kept me reading non stop till the end last night. its all about the elven nations, both of which are in grave danger and a new girl hero called mina who seems to be on the side of the black nights but then pretends to help silvanoshei but who is mina really? is she a big traitor and betrayer of all who are playing to her one god??? this book I read out of context so will have to go back to reading some other books before I go on with this fantastic trilogy as I m wow this was a spectacular book, kept me reading non stop till the end last night. its all about the elven nations, both of which are in grave danger and a new girl hero called mina who seems to be on the side of the black nights but then pretends to help silvanoshei but who is mina really? is she a big traitor and betrayer of all who are playing to her one god??? this book I read out of context so will have to go back to reading some other books before I go on with this fantastic trilogy as I missed a big chunk of history when I read this book!!!
Jeremy
This book seemed to be a good set up book for the next in the series. There are several stories lines that you can tell the author will tie together in the next book. The book was easy to read and quick depending on your reading level. Compared to my previous experience with Dragonlance books this was enjoyable to read but lacked some of the action as some of the past books like Legends or Chronicles. Still a great read and I look forward to the next in the series.
Marcus
Yes I do understand that this is a fantasy book and sci fi is popular right now. I loved this series because of my love for D&D and I thought it captured all of the game in a nutshell. I loved the diverse and unique characters they bring to life. Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman definitely put a lot of hard work into their work and made this series one to remember. I also noticed that they made many parts that left you scratching your head. There was an original plot and you should read it. Yes I do understand that this is a fantasy book and sci fi is popular right now. I loved this series because of my love for D&D and I thought it captured all of the game in a nutshell. I loved the diverse and unique characters they bring to life. Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman definitely put a lot of hard work into their work and made this series one to remember. I also noticed that they made many parts that left you scratching your head. There was an original plot and you should read it.
Chelsea Langston
I love scifi books, this one kept me going. Starts out telling the tale of each different chacter and how they all come together in a weird turn of events. Some of the stories kind of go on a bit longer than they should though. Theres alot of decription and gives you alot of imagination. You can play out the story in your head like a movie. This book should have pictures to make that a little bit easier. lol. Takes a while to read if you have a life.
Kurtbg
What am I doing reading book 7 or so in a series? I don't know.
That's what I get for picking up a bunch of books at Borders before it went under.
Needless to say the book was still a better read then the Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind books I've been been reading. If you like those books, you'll probably like this series better. I would suggest you start at the beginning which is Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Bon Apetit.
Ian Smethurst
An otherwise good book, let down by poor editing.

The story of a young girl with miraculous powers and an almost messianic quality is refreshing in a fantasy novel, however I found a good deal of awkward sentences and improper editing in this book that it detracted from the story as a whole. The return of Tasslehoff Burrfoot is brilliant and is a character who adds a good deal of levity to a book that is otherwise rather dark and gloomy.

An okay read, but not a great one.
Nick Bernard
To be honest, I should of started at the beginning of the series to understand what was going on instead of reading this book to find out how it all ended. I was completely blown away with this book. I finished the book within a weekend. I couldn't put the book down. If you are a fan of fantasy, read this book. If you want to know what happens to Goldmoon and the gang, read this book.
Alejandro Orradre
Sorprendente regreso a Krynn en forma de historia muy bien hilvanada y en la que recuperamos a algunos personajes míticos de la saga Dragonlance a la vez que descubrimos otros nuevos en una trama que recupera la calidad de las que dieron fama a todo el universo.

Para fans y para amantes de la Fantasía.
Neesha
This book had its slow moments, but overall an excellent 1st installment in the War of Souls trilogy. It is amazing to me that Weis and Hickman's talent for fantasy lit writing hasn't waned at all over the years. They still know how to make the character come to life and how to make the story catch the reader's attention.
Scott
This newest Weis/Hickman trilogy makes you hungry for more Drangonlance. It is by far the best of the Dragonlance trilogies.

It not only continues the story of Krynn, it also serves as a good starting point for new fans.

I highly recommend the book to Dragonlance fans as well as fans of fantasy.
Sienna
I really liked this book! It had multiple intertwining story lines, beautiful diction, and conflicting moments. I was surprised, confused, touched, enraged, and inspired by the stories of Mina and the Dark Knights of Neraka, Prince Silvanoshei and the elven kingdoms, Gerard and the Solamnic Knights, Palin Majere and little Tasslehoff Burrfoot. I recommend this book to any fantasy lover!
Benjamin
I'm not sure whether to give this a 4 or 5 star rating. Anyway, it's an exciting book with many different characters. Even with the jumping between characters every chapter or so, the pacing in the book remains exciting and builds up to a wonderful climax that leaves you wanting to jump right into the next book. It's a great revisiting of the world of Dragonlance.
Edward Walsh
A return from the authors of the original series much has changed in the world since Rastlin's effort to challenge the Dark Queen was resolved. I am looking forward to this series although I'm not a fan of the Mina character I do find it refreshing that Weiss & Hickman portray her as an everyman not a superhuman super soldier.
Ray
Ok, it is the first volume of a trilogy, but 600 pages of setting the scene for the next volume is quite a lot. However, after reading this most people probably want to read the next volume too...
My ability to imagine may not be the same as 20 years ago, because parts of the story felt a bit too far out.
Cori
I like the deceptive characters. They're scheming behind eachother's back and I love the emotion when different characters pull back the veil and discover they've been duped, or pretend they had no idea what's happening when they really knew everything. Mina is a great character too. Tinged with a hint of insanity, but firmly grounded beyond the land of Ansalon.
Sara
Another excellent trilogy from the works of Weis and Hickman, following the best band of heroes since Frodo Bagginas and the Fellowship of the Ring. I don't think it's possible to read this series and not get lost in the world of Krynn and the battle for the World's souls.
Mikko
Somewhat uninspiring basic fantasy writing. Reader is half expected to be familiar with the Dragonlance world and some of the characters even if this book opens up a new series. I wasn't, so I didn't get the fan service.

Remains to be seen whether I ever continue to book #2
Tiffany
This was a very good book, not as good as The Chronicles series but still good enough that I want to read the 2nd volume. There are a few different stories going on at the same time which can make it difficult to follow if you don't read it for a few days!
Hatem
Not as good as the original Dragonlance chronicles trilogy, but its still a great read. Weis and Hickman are still a formidable pair whose writing skills still set the bar for fantasy writers and whose writing is engaging and entertaining.
Antonio Islas
This is the second time I have read this book and I enjoyed it more the second time. The characters are great and the main character Mina shrouded in mystery. The struggles of the individual characters across the timelines. Great fantasy series. 1st read 2/5/12 to 2/19/12
Elizabeth
I'm finally done! I don't know why it took me so long because it was actually very good. I love Tas he's always been my favorite and plays a major role here. The story was really interesting and I can't wait to see how it progresses and what will happen next.
Anthony Leab
I felt like this series trampled the books written by Jean Rabe. Weis & Hickman left the series for awhile and Rabe did a decent job with the Fifth Age. It was real disappointing that they didn't follow where she left off.
Stephen Bates
Not as good as the earlier Dragonlance novels although that may be due to my own love of the original characters. Still quite good and still much better than the other Dragonlance novels not written by either Weis or Hickman.
Garnett
This book generally lacks the swords and sorcery adventures of the earlier books, and concentrates mostly on setting the large-scale political stage. Characters have become enmeshed in diverse parts of the world and we are only beginning to see how they will tie together as the series progresses.
Jess Smoll
I vacillate on my rating for Dragonlance books. On one hand, they aren't notably well-written or clever or "high-brow". (Although to be fair, the style has improved IMMENSELY since the first books!) On the other hand, I love them and find them vastly entertaining.
Inna
I re-read Chronicles, Legends, and New Generation before starting this one. Don't think it would've made much sense otherwise. Gotta say, already like Mina and Galdar and dislike Gerard as a person but like him as a character.

UPD: I changed my mind: I do like Gerard.
Jo Rhett
This starts off a bit slower than their other trilogies on Krynn, and for a while it seemed too obvious, too transparent. Later in the book more layers become obvious and it starts to gather some strength. By the end of the book it's punching hard, hitting on all cylinders.
Girish Mani
Good character and plot development, but not a whole lot of resolution at the end. I don't like the idea that I have to read two other books after this one to see how everything turns out.
Aaron
a great piece of fantasy for anyone interested in dragons, elves, and all that stuff. You wont put it down.
Scott
I personally thought it was a wonderful book. It kept my attention with its jumping between a handful of main characters.
Matthew Mireles
I'm a fan of all things living in or on the world of Krynn. So maybe I'm biased. I thought the three books of this trilogy were very engaging with good character development.
Blackaria
Its nice to read again about the Dragonlance heroes after 15 years (I read the Dragonlance when I was 12). Im looking forward to the second part. It´s nice to read again about the Dragonlance heroes after 15 years (I read the Dragonlance when I was 12). I´m looking forward to the second part.
Austin Hackett
Re-read this book. I'm in love with the characters and story. It is one of those books where you fall in love with the Villain and want them to win, even while cheering on the bad guys
Robert
not as impressed with this as other books by author.
Reyannan Miller
Ok, no spoiler alert.... I enjoyed the series, ending left me a little deflated,I expected better from these two!
Scott Block
Another new story in the world of Krynn and another character that you can't get enough of, Mina.
Robert Potts
Fun read. Some of the characters feel a little tacked-on, but overall it's a great launch into a really fun trilogy. Worth a re-read or two ^~^
Christian Rodriguez Bustos
Once again the world of Krynn has trapped me in his lands. This is the perfect reborn of the Dragonlance saga that was slowly dying with the last books.
Alex
Trust me with this...you can NEVER go wrong with Margaret Weiss. Amazing story.
Divaesque Princess
Loved it as much as I loved reading the Dragonlance series as a teen. I particularly enjoy the bits of wry humour.
Temoca
I read the second book first and then realized it was part of a trilogy. I was hooked into the story of traveling companions fighting an evil goddess trying to take over the world.
Tamishar
I am currently reading this. Actually I am having a hard time getting through this one.
Nikki
I'm surprised how much I liked this first book into this particular series.
Joshtothemaxx
Truly a miserable, slow, long, boring book.
Brandi
It was nice to return to this series. I like some of the new characters, but Mina is one character I can't seem to figure out.
Kurt Vosper
A new war in the Dragonlance setting. Not as good as the original series or the original characters.
Anthony Moya
I liked this book. It was interesting and funny. kind confusing though, 'because I haven't read any of the previous books written by the authors.
Erotic Horizon
First fantasy type book I've read...couldn't put it down after the first page. Very well written and was happy to know there were two more books after this one.
Brian
Welcome Mina to the world of Krynn. A follower of the One God and hell bent on converting or destroying everyone in her name.
Christopher
I liked it but I felt it wasn't as good as the first triology.
Jag
Characters are simple, but great for teenagers. Great plot!
Kevin
Very different... in a world without real magic, what do you do? You try to use your brain... and a kender.
Malee Ann
No surprises here, a decent story and adequate characters; spread too thin over three volumes, when it should have been only one (or deeper).
Laureen (Ms. Bibliophile)
I really enjoyed this one, and it was a treat to see another Dragonlance novels from the original authors. The characters are compelling and the story line was unique and intriguing.
Rachel
Couldn't get past chapter 2 and gave up. Too hard to follow and couldn't even pronounce half the names.
Heather
It's not one of Weis and Hickman's better works, but it does hook you nonetheless. I can't wait to get to seeing what will happen next.
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