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

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  5,427 ratings  ·  15 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
Matt White
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
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
Bert Molina
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!
Jim C
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
Weakest prelude in series. Too much different timelines, ideas and aspects put together with no real point in the story.
Fun stuff. Tanis sure did have some weird adventures. =)
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.
Only read it because I have a bif curiosity of what happen to the companions.
John Beck
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.
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.
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.
What happens to Tanis, before he becomes one of the Heroes of the lance.
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Tanis, the Shadow Years (Dragonlance: Preludes) by Barbara Siegel (1990)
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