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Test of the Twins (Dragonlance: Legends #3)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  17,343 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Raistlin casts the magical spell that has cost him so much. For him, the Portal opens…

But at the same instant, his twin brother, Caramon operates the magical time-traveling device. The fields of magic shift and collide.

Caramon and the kender, Tasslehoff, are flung into an unexpected time and place where they make a horrifying discovery.

And Raistlin enters the Abyss, prepar...more
Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published August 1986 by TSR (first published January 1st 1986)
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Ian Hewitt
"Our last hope, thought Tanis - a dark elf. This is insane! It can't be happening.

Leaning against the stone table, he let his head sink into his hands. Name of the gods, he was tired! His body ached, his wounds burned and stung. He had removed the breast plate of his armor - it felt as heavy as a gravestone, slung around his neck. But as much as his body hurt, his soul hurt worse.

Memories flitted about him like the guardians of the Tower, reaching out to touch him with their cold hands. Caramon...more
After feeling the first book in this trilogy felt rushed and thoroughly enjoying the second one and watching the characters really come into their own, this one took my breathe away and broke my heart. For the first time since I began reading these books, I saw Caramon as more than just Raislin's twin or the brute force of the group - I saw him as a person who has become whole and found himself, which I suspect, is what was intended. The appearances of both Tanis and Kitiara were nice touches an...more
This almost got bumped down to three stars, because I cannot begin to tell you how much I still don't care about Tanis and Kitiara, but while the good bits were smaller than in the first two books, they were in some ways even sweeter.

Crysania buys a clue! Caramon manages to find a small bit of balance between total dependence on Raistlin and total repudiation of him! Raistlin remains fascinatingly ambiguous! (Did he stop Takhisis at the last minute because he realized that winning would be wron...more
We're back in the present for this one (after a brief sidetrip somewhen unexpected), as Caramon and Tas race to try to save Krynn from unspeakable horrors, joining forces with an old friend along the way. At the same time, Raistlin and Crysania are fighting their way through the Abyss, in an attempt to defeat the dark queen. Messy? It certainly was (for the characters, I mean, not the book). Again, this was somewhat darker in tone than earlier books set in the Dragonlance world, and there are pl...more
DragonLance: Chronicles and Legends are two trilogies that hold a really special place in my heart. So much so that I can't really divvy them up into separate reviews. I don't even think I could give an objective review of the books.

But if I know this: if I've had to replace a book from over-reading, that's amazing. I've had to replace these 6 books so many times that I keep spare copies around just in case. True story.

Chronicles Trilogy:

Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
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A good conclusion to a slow starting trilogy and is it wrong that I'm glad Kitiara finally got what she deserved? Yeah I didn't think so another wonderful addiction for me. :)
E anche questa seconda trilogia non solo non è da meno della prima, ma è per certi versi più matura e profonda. C'è meno avventura e più introspezione e qui si cerca la radice del dissidio tra i gemelli, e insieme si esplora ciò che si cela dentro loro, scoprendo una somiglianza inaspettata. I toni sono più cupi: se la prima trilogia era un'avventura fisica, all'esterno dell'uomo, questa è un'avventura mentale, all'interno dell'uomo.
Forse è un azzardo, ma ho avuto talvolta l'impressione di rived...more
Morbus Iff
Raistlin Majere remains a favorite.
I was a big Dragonlance fan in my teens and decided to re-read Legends recently mainly out of nostalgia. While the books still have a certain entertainment value it's hard not to notice their many flaws – not least the underdeveloped characters (Crysania) and the serious plot holes.

This was an improvement on War of the Twins, in that the plot holes weren't so glaring. But the writers seem almost as confused about how travel within the Abyss works as they do about time travel in the second volume...more
The third and final book of the Legends trilogy finishes off the series with quite the epic conclusion. Raistlin and his brother Caraman, Tasslehoff, and Lady Crysania have split ways. Raistlin and Lady Crysania enter the abyss to do battle with the dark queen, Takhisis. Meanwhile Caramon and Tasslehoff are thrust forward in time to bear witness to the effects of Raistlin and Crysania's actions. Not particularly liking what they see, they rush back to the present to try and change the future and...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Spero nessuno ne voglia a male se recensisco questo libro considerandolo come parte unico delle "Leggende di Dragonlance" che comprende: "Il destino dei gemelli", "La guerra dei gemelli" e "La sfida dei gemelli". Anche perchè se non erro attualmente si trova in commercio appunto il volume che raccoglie tutti i tre romanzi che comprendono questa seconda parte del ciclo di "Dragonlance".

Per chi non lo sapesse (sei appena arrivato da Marte, amico?) "Dragonlance" è un'ampia raccolta di romanzi fanta...more
Wow... well finished that in a matter of hours... This final installment in the Legends trilogy is quite the ending. All of my favorite people are in it. And I enjoyed emerssing my self in this world of Krynn once more. The book picks up right where the last one left off, with the brothers each taking the next steps to separate from each other. Raistlin and Crysania head on to take on the Queen of Darkness herself, while Tas and Caramon are off time traveling with Par-Salan's device. They end up...more
Sep 06, 2011 Christian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy nerds
Darkness unending...or is it?

As others have said, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman have created another trilogy that will forever have a seat within my heart next to their The Annotated Chronicles. The final volume of the Twins trilogy, the ending was superb. Test of the Twins weaves in a few old faces to join this volume's roster of main characters - although, again as others have reviewed, I personally could have cared less of their involvement. At first.

That said, at least one old friend is...more
This will be my same review for all 7 books in the original double-trilogy (plus the 7th add on years later).

There are few D&D novelizations out there that are really worth reading. Only two series have I loved, and the original 6 (became 7) "Dragonlance" novels are one of those great series. (Gord the Rogue is the other).

At first when I read this, I was a bit put off because the "Krynn" world did not "agree" with D&D. The gods had different names (Bahamut = Paladine, Tiamut = Takhesis)...more
At some point later, perhaps I'll rant on about how much I love this series - at least the early Hickman-Weis core narrative. (The first 6 books, plus a later seventh, about 10 years later.) So much of it might be mired in nostalgia and newness; it was the first true adult fantasy stuff I had ever read. I was 11 years old. I got fully immersed. The characters are so compelling, from archmage Raistlin (perhaps the best fantasy character of all time, up there with Drizzt D'Ourden) all they way dow...more
I feel that I have to review Legends as a whole rather than as individual books, because really, it's one long story broken up into parts by device rather than by intention. Somewhat like Lord of the Rings.

The bad: I don't like Caramon very much. Since, if you can't guess by the titles of the books, Caramon and Raistlin are the main characters of this particular trilogy, this puts a dampener on my enjoyment. He does grow significantly over the course of the series, and I understand that he had t...more
Rj Money


(I remember maybe 3% of what happened in this book). But the Legends were really cool because they focus on two brothers (The good brother Cameron or something like that and his sickly evil wizard twin Raistlin) and I really wanted to be Raistlin as a kid...

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Caleb Mickel
I'm not sure what to say about this book. Let's see. It's solid. I really enjoyed the ending, even though I think it is a little bit predictable. I think that the first trilogy, as a whole, was better. With that being said I think that the first 2 books in this trilogy were better than the first trilogy. (Hopefully you aren't confused.) This book didn't ruin the trilogy by any means it just wasn't as good as the first 2 twins books. Part of the problem for me is that I love Raistlin so much as a...more
This final installment of the trilogy was mostly about Caramon’s final development as a human being (he began the first book as a belligerent drunk), and Raistlin’s final descent into darkness as he faces the Queen of Darkness (one of three gods in this universe), hoping to become a god himself through her defeat. I admit I teared up a little bit there at the end, having against all reason become a bit attached to awful old Raistlin. I would suggest reading all six books (Chronicles and Legends)...more
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Modern Girl
This book is so much more dreary and pure evil than the rest of the trilogy. It's even more dreary and evil than the end of Dragon of Spring Dawning. It's well written, has a fantastic story arch and some great insights into the complicated brotherly relationship (but War of the twins is better is this aspect). I didn't like the portrayal of Tanis, he seemed more impulsive. I like that he apparently swears a lot. Even though I read it before when I was teen, I didn't think what happened to Kitia...more
Roger Rosenbalm


I am saddened a little in the knowledge that this is the last book in the series but the journey was a true pleasure well written great characters and all the emotions anyone could explore. anyone who likes fantasy should read this series.
(This review is about the whole trilogy)
This is an amazing series. Suffice it to say that I'm not a book re-reader and those three are the only books I've ever read for a second time!! They are that good! In my opinion, (which admittedly was formed when I was much more inexperienced reader and might be a little foggy from the passage of time) this series has everything a reader might expect from a good fantasy read. Very well written and distinct characters, passion, drama, magic, more magic, ex...more
This trilogy is the sequel to the Dragons of Autumn, Winter, Spring trilogy. It centers on the only compelling character from that trilogy: a consumptive wizard with hourglass eyes, who started off as something of a hero but then went mad with power and dreams of becoming a god. In order to make those dreams a reality, he travels back in time with his entirely heroic twin brother. I can’t remember why time travel is involved in his quest to take over the universe, or how his twin brother comes a...more
ninotaziz ninotaziz
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Anna Irving
Oh, I cried! Admittedly I'm a sap who cries at most sad stuff but... Poor little tas, I just wanted to give him a huge hug. The whole series was a joy and raist's love for poor little bupu was touching!
Rey Mysterioso
What happens when the unthinkable happens and the twins come together against each other.

Caramon has grown so much in the past two books, and lost Raistlin has just evolved from the lost and sick and hurt soul into... well, into Sauron. The love interest is a little bit forced, but they needed something else, so I understand.

This is a great read. Six books with the brothers at this point. It came down to this.
The ending and we finally get a conclusion! These books tugged at my heart and will always have a place there! They are fantastic and I recommend them to anyone and everyone!
RAD Reader
This review covers all 3 books

I would not recommend this series if you have not read the chronicles first. If you love the chronicles particularly Raistlin, this is a must read. If you don’t like him Id say pass it up.

The end game solution is moist satisfying and fits perfectly with the thrall of Raistlin. The books prominently features time travel but its handled carefully in a way that works and this is coming form a reader who typically frowns upon time travel -in fact even prequels bother m...more
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Fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, was one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world. I've written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn, as well as series in other, original worlds. These include: Darksword, Rose of the Prophet, Star of the Guardians, DeathGate, Dragonvarld, Sovereign Stone, Dragonships, and the Dragon Brigade. I also wrote two para...more
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