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Test of the Twins
Margaret Weis
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Test of the Twins (Dragonlance: Legends #3)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,500 Ratings  ·  176 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
Published by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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War returns to Krynn. The Dragonarmies are on the march once more. And in the shadows, Raistlin Majere prepares for his ultimate test: the final confrontation with the Queen of Darkness...

Test of the Twins was a surprisingly good ending to the Legends trilogy, just as Dragons of Spring Dawning was a surprisingly good ending to the Chronicles trilogy. Both of those saved their respective sub-series from hopeless mediocrity after very disappointing middle books, and ended up making both trilogies
Ian Hewitt
Oct 23, 2011 Ian Hewitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Test of the Twins is the third and last book of Dragonlance: Legends series, which was written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman in 1986.

After reading the first two books of Legends series, I’ve been expecting more from Test of the Twins. I expect a different ending for this novel but I could not find what I expected and the end did not satisfy me.

In this novel you will read mostly Caramon’s adventures and also in this novel Tanis and Kitiara has roles. I could not learn what Raistlin is thinki
Jan 29, 2016 Gabriella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Okay, let me just say that I haven’t read any Raistlin Majere books since I was ten. You guys have NO IDEA the DEPTHS of my childhood unquenchable, unrequited, forbidden (yet everlasting) love for Raistlin. I devoured every single book that had his NAME in it. I read and reread and reread and reread a hundred times scenes, chapters, SENTENCES that involved him.

It started with this series — Time of the Twins had a gorgeous cover that stole my heart. (Who says not to judge a
Mar 14, 2012 Danni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012, fantasy
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
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Zoran Krušvar
Aug 23, 2015 Zoran Krušvar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dragonlance: Legends" is actually a good series. And that's weird, because game-inspired books do tend to suck big time. I give most credit for complexity of Raistlin's character and for the fact that Caramon suffers from PTSD. And that's just great, because too often fantasy heroes tend to be completely immune to distress and we know that human mind doesn't work that way.
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
Jan 31, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Very nice conclusion to the original trilogies! Nice to see the return of old friends (Tanis) and old enemies (Kitiara, Lord Soth) and some character arcs closed! This was a very satisfying conclusion. If I never read another Dragonlance book, I could move on and be happy. I still enjoy the world and I would love to read more about Lord Soth, but I can move on feeling satisfied here. I definitely see why everyone has said I had to read ALL SIX of the original novels! The first trilogy left me ki ...more
Dec 06, 2013 Antonis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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
Jan 06, 2010 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Legends trilogy finally concludes with Test of the Twins. The book started off with just Caramon and Tasslehoff, my two favorite characters in this series. The middle third of the book focuses on Tanis and Kitiara. Raistlin plays an amazing small part in this story.

Finally, I am happy to report, the story returns to my favorite characters in the last third of the book. Having been somewhat disappointed by this trilogy so far, I was happier with Test of the Twins, although I don't feel it wa
Георги  Димитров (Grim)
Изненадващо прочетох книгата за два дни, което говори или много добре, или много зле за нея!

Първо хубавите неща:

1. Почти липсваха безсмислени пълнежи и всичко се развиваше бързо и динамично.
2. Имаше много Тасълхоф и почти никаква Кризантия.
3. Повечето герои най-сетне придобиха някаква плътност и заприличаха на истински личности, а не клишета сложени само поради нуждите на сюжета. (С изключение на Кризантия.)
- Дилемата и терзанията на Рейстлин и Карамон най-сетне придобиха плътност и образите
Dungeon Reader
Dec 20, 2015 Dungeon Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance, 80s
tl;dr: Almost perfect ending to the Legends trilogy, despite some minor issues. Spoilers may follow.

This was an excellent end to the Dragonlance arc involving the Heroes of the Lance, and would make a great place to lay the Dragonlance saga as a whole to rest. Of course, you know they did no such thing when there are big bucks to be made.

I particularly enjoyed the apocalyptic Krynn scenario, first in Solace, then Wayreth. It's a shame the Abyss scenes weren't as evocative, but that's understanda
Dec 06, 2014 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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. :)
Nicodemus Argent
Jan 03, 2016 Nicodemus Argent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2014 Mirya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Morbus Iff
Jan 31, 2011 Morbus Iff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
Raistlin Majere remains a favorite.
Sep 17, 2014 David_mb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 20, 2012 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 03, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 12, 2012 Dru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gaming
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)
Sep 03, 2013 Blair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 03, 2013 cuifen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Feb 29, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great ending to the trilogy. It started out a little slow for me but definitely picked up in the middle or even before that. I like the way Weiss and Hickman wrapped up the characters' stories. There's an interesting parallel to the ending of The Lord of the Rings in the ending of this book. Overall, I enjoyed the Legends trilogy and this book specifically.
I highly recommend Dragonlance and Krynn, but I also highly recommend finding a reading guide and basing the order in which you read the b
Rj Money
Apr 13, 2014 Rj Money rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


(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...

Unfortunately (view spoiler)
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