|Submitted by Christopher Ware|
(May 15, 2001)
If this first book of the Dragonlance Legends is any indication, this series won't be quite as good as DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES. Not that I didn't enjoy reading this book...it was thoroughly enjoyable. It just wasn't as gripping as the first series. I found it very difficult to put down any of those three books. With this one, it was no big deal to me to put the book down when it was time to go to bed. This book focuses more on the characters than on the adventure. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of adventure to go around. It's just that Weis and Hickman seem to be focusing more on the characters of Caramon and Raistlin and their relationship to each other than on how many bad guys they can wade through. In this book, Caramon begins to realize just how evil his brother really is. We see him in denial and, as the book progresses, we seem him slowly come to realize how far beyond redemption Raistlin is. Aside from these two main characters, we also get to see Tasslehoff mature as a character. We see how truly devoted he is to his friends and that he does have a deep sense of commitment to those he calls his friends. The adventure side was neat, even if it wasn't the true focus of the book. We get a good look at Istar before the Cataclysm and the events that led up to it. Very intriguing. If you've read the CHRONICLES, this will definitely be an enjoyable read for you. If not, I suggest you read those three books (DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT, DRAGONS OF WINTER NIGHT, and DRAGONS OF SPRING DAWNING) first.