Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review of #1 Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Name of Book: Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Author: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

ISBN: 9780880381734

Publisher: TSR

Part of a Series: Dragonlance Chronicles

Type of book: Fantasy, young adult to adult, journey, saving the world, true gods vs false gods, good vs evil, post cataclysm, relationships, choices

Year it was published: 1984

Summary:

Dragons.

Creatures of legend. Stories told to children.

But now dragons have returned to Krynn. The darkness of war and destruction threatens to engulf the land.

Then hope appears- a blue crystal staff in the hands of of a beautiful barbarian woman. The promise of hope, as fleeting as smoke upon the autumn wind, forces a group of long-time friends into the unlikely roles of heroes.

Knight and barbarian, warrior and half-elf, dwarf and kender and dark-souled mage; they begin a perilous quest for-

the legendary Dragonlance.

Characters:

In my opinion the characters weren't strong and they really didn't pull me into the story; at least the ones the authors have focused on: for some odd reason I didn't like Tanis nor Riverwind or Goldmoon or Tika or Lauranna (Why do the women have red or blond hair? Why not a good woman that has dark hair and has happy ending?!) The characters I did like include Raistlin, Caramon, and, much to mine surprise, I loved Fizban and Tasslehoff. I didn't have much opinion on Sturm. There is comfort between characters as well as chemistry (not romantic) but platonic The voices aren't really drawn out which gives me an impression that they tend to be kind of weak and hesitant.

Theme:

There is always hope in everything.

Plot:

I do wonder if some of the book is missing because while it ends sufficiently, the second book picks up months and what seems to be after the quest while the first book finishes quietly. I would have liked to know the quests and information and whtanot they have gleaned. Still, this is a beginning journey and so forth, and I have enjoyed the travel.

Author Information:
(From goodreads.com)

Margaret Weis
Author profile

born
March 16, 1948 in Independence, Missouri, The United States

gender
female

website
http://www.margaretweis.com/

genre
Science Fiction & Fantasy


About this author

Margaret Edith Weis is a fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, is one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world and has written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn. She graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia and now lives in southern Wisconsin in a converted barn. Most recently, she has completed the third novel in the Dragonvarld trilogy for TOR, Master of Dragons. Her second novel in the Dark Disciple series, Amber and Iron, was released to stores on February 1, 2006. She has finished work on the first novel in the Lost Chronicles series with co-author Hickman, entitled Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, which was released in July 2006.

Tracy Hickman
Author profile

born
November 26, 1955 in Salt Lake City, Utah, The United States

gender
male

website
http://www.trhickman.com/

genre
Science Fiction & Fantasy

Opinion:

In high school and middle school I fell in love with Dragonlance, in Legends Trilogy and I also freely admit that I loved Raistlin. I recall that I didn't appreciate the book and didn't think it was good. Looking on it, re-read, it is a good book; very talented and well written with moments of humor in forms of Fizban and Tasslehoff. (I hated him as a teen, but now love him as an adult.) I do wish that Lord of the Rings was written like that. The authors were still trying to find voices thus some of the characters weren't as strong as they should have been; but the potential is unlimited and the comfort level as well as other things contain a great deal of potential.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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