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Tanis, the Shadow Years (Dragonlance: Preludes #6)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  7,244 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The sixth and final title in a series of recovers of the classic Preludes series.
First launched over a decade ago, the Preludes series has continued to prove popular with Dragonlance fans. This re-release of "Tanis, The Shadow Years" showcases a new look that is also reflected in the other recovers of this series. The title features cover art from lead Dragonlance saga ar
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1990)
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If you really liked Tanis in Chronicles, I would advise you not to read this book. Go ahead only if you're able to disassociate the Tanis in this book and the Tanis in Chronicles. The Tanis in this book doesn't feel right, granted, it can be argued that this was what changed him. But then, the plot itself is a bit weird, and there's too much love involved to the point of ignoring Tanis' relationship with Kitiara. Absolutely nothing about this book ties in with Chronicles, so just read it as if i ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Lana rated it really liked it
Love Tanis as a character and really looked forward to getting to know a bit about his past but the way this book was written it took us into a tale of its own, showing little of his past describing an adventure into a mage's memory sending tanis back into the past but not his own past!! The adventure was fun, Brandella and Scowarr and even Kizpah the mage where great to get to know of but I was still a bit disappointed that the book took this line and found it a bit too far fetched at times!Wit ...more
Matt White
Jan 12, 2014 Matt White rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-fantasy
This book was OKAY at best. I had the highest hopes for this Prelude because in the original series Tanis was one of the better characters described and built for the reader. All around he was the main protagonist in the series which is why I had high hopes for thise book. I will admit the idea behind the story was interesting and creative for the series - either that or they ran out of ideas after the 5 preludes. I would of rated this book a 3 if it maintained my interest like it did in the beg ...more
Austin Miller
Aug 24, 2012 Austin Miller rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings with prequels in general. On one side, I love reading/watching prequels because they give you a deeper insights into characters that you presumably care about (otherwise, why would you bother with a prequel?). On the other side, prequels are annoying because you already know how they are going to turn out (eventually). You may not know the specific way that a problem will be resolved, but you know that by the end of the prequel, things must be exactly the way they were befo ...more
Jim C
Oct 12, 2013 Jim C rated it it was ok
My rating is 1.5 stars.

A novel that takes place in the world of Dragonlance. This tells the story of Tanis before the original trilogy. A mage asks Tanis to save a woman but the hitch is that Tanis must travel in time thru the mage's memory. This book never grabbed me. It was a decent idea but I believe the problem was the characters. I never felt any connection to any of them including Tanis. Also, I did not like the final battle scene. To me, it was something out of comic books instead of Drag
Oct 14, 2012 Jasmyn rated it it was amazing
Tanis is a favorite character of mine from DragonLance. This book did not disappoint, it only made his story better. Taking a trip back in memory, and perhaps time, Tanis takes up an unusal request from a dieing mage. The request seems to only get more and more complicated as the story develops. With a sweet and touching ending, it was a great addition to Tanis and the DragonLance series.
John Beck
Mar 16, 2013 John Beck rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
I suppose that if you love, love, love DragonLance, and if you love, love, love the Chronicles series, and if you've read every single book in the series, then yes, you might as well read this one, too. That's why I picked it up. Unfortunately, the willpower required to finish the book makes it unworthy of even a "beach reading" rating.
Nov 17, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the most disappointing of the Preludes II series by far. There were so many plot holes and events that even for a fantasy novel were unbelievable, and that took me out of the book. The characters weren't nearly as relatable as in the other Preludes II novels, and not nearly as likable in my opinion.
Jul 28, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it
copy-pasted from my Librarything account: Very nice book/story, with action, romance, philosophical stuff.. Maybe not the best DL-book, but it's definitely a good one, in my opinion. Reads fast and is very enjoyable.
Juan Alonso
Jul 28, 2016 Juan Alonso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fue de los primeros libros que leí de esta saga de novelas y el que me animó a leer más libros. Para mí fue un antes y un después. Gracias a él, empecé a leer por gusto y no por obligación. Adoré al personaje de Tanis.
Bert Molina
Dec 05, 2014 Bert Molina rated it it was ok
Mediocre storytelling and be honest I have yet to find a Dragonlance book not written by Weiss and Hickman that I really enjoyed. This is no different...came across like bland fantasy filler. Too bad because Tanis has always been my favourite character!
Dec 21, 2014 Bradley rated it liked it
Fun stuff. Tanis sure did have some weird adventures. =)
May 24, 2008 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: dragonlance
What happens to Tanis, before he becomes one of the Heroes of the lance.
Feb 19, 2016 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Tanis is my favorite character for this series so I naturally liked this book. I was not impressed with the lead female character, but I enjoyed the story.
Nov 11, 2014 Elar rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
Weakest prelude in series. Too much different timelines, ideas and aspects put together with no real point in the story.
Sep 21, 2014 Mariana rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Only read it because I have a bif curiosity of what happen to the companions.
Tara Calaby
I was never a reader of epic fantasy... and then I discovered the Dragonlance books and never looked back.
Nicole Engard
Tanis, the Shadow Years (Dragonlance: Preludes) by Barbara Siegel (1990)
May 29, 2009 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
Time Travel.
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