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The Annotated Chronicles (Dragonlance: Chronicles #1-3)

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The novels that introduced the Dragonlance line, collected in an annotated paperback.

This annotated version of Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning contains extensive notes by New York Times bestselling authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, as well as commentary from the original members of the Dragonlance conceptual team. T
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Paperback, 1312 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Wizards of the Coast (first published September 1st 1985)
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Jeff The writing level isn't particularly high; probably suitable for a Jr High level reader. If they can understand everything in Harry Potter, they…moreThe writing level isn't particularly high; probably suitable for a Jr High level reader. If they can understand everything in Harry Potter, they should be able to understand the plot of this story.
This isn't a YA book. The characters are adults, they are involved in a world spanning war, and people die. It isn't particularly gruesome, but it isn't as cutesy as HP. Its a little more Lord of the Rings, sword and sorcery style fantasy.(less)

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StoryTellerShannon
CONCEPT: A group of adventurers are chosen to help drive back the Evil from another world led by the Dark Queen.

MARKETING APPEAL: The DRAGONLANCE chronicles had the whole AD&D industry behind them; TSR used this tale as a marketing ploy, using their fans and game designers (to set up the world); then, they took some above average writers to do the first trilogy; Set up in a typical AD&D adventure (rag tag group of mixed adventurers off to save the world with promise of great magic, great
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David Beavers
Feb 01, 2008 David Beavers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy geeks
This review isn't for the special edition (which I didn't know existed) per se, it's just a convenient way to review all 3 of the books in this series . . . this marvelous series, which I read when I was probably 15 or 16, and which is a really wonderful piece of fantasy storytelling. If you like that sort of thing, I can't recommend Margret Weiss and Tracy Hickman's work enough: they're brilliant storytellers, and they invest the Dragonlance fantasy world with a darkness, wit, and gravity that' ...more
Mei
Jan 31, 2012 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to give these five stars because my love of fantasy stems from my stumbling onto these, and reading them, as a teenager. No mean feat given I grew up in a small town in Malaysia!

I have read, and reread, these books many, many times, for comfort, for memory's sake, for any number of reasons. I have not read them in recent years, and I have to confess that I am loathe to do so, because you can never go back, but they deserve 5 stars just for the warm memories I have of them, and how they m
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Bryan
Jul 15, 2013 Bryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried reading these once when I was younger and never finished them. They show up on lists of great fantasy series all the time, though, so I tried again. I made it through them this time, but barely: they are really not good.

The writers use as their framework the "alignment" concept from the Dungeons and Dragons manual: the tic tac toe grid of lawful / neutral / chaotic and good / neutral / evil. Each character inhabits one of the boxes in that grid, and that is the extent of their characteri
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Brad
This review was written in the late nineties (just for myself), and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability). It is one of my lost reviews.

An epic fantasy of Tolkien-like scope?! Sounds good for a novel's back cover, doesn't it? But it is almost true with the Dragonlance Chronicles. Almost.

The k
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Todos Mis Libros
Durante el mes de mayo tocaba leer la trilogía de Crónicas de la Dragonlance en el club de Fantasía y Cifi al cual asisto. No me dio tiempo de leer la trilogía, así que todo se quedó en la lectura del primer volumen que la compone, aunque mi edición la compila en uno solo.

La verdad es que, pese a la ilusión con la que comencé su lectura y las expectativas favorables que llevaba, resultó bastante decepcionante para mí (quiero recordar que incluso estuve buscando una edición bonita, pensando que e
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St-Michel
Jan 19, 2008 St-Michel rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2007, own
OH GOD!!! This thing sucked!!!!

Ok, now understanding the background behind this book, I have to relax on certain qualms - the main one being how it reads like a RPG transcript, basically because it IS an RPG transcript. So, that's fine, and personally, Hickman and Weis did a bang-up job of presenting it as such.

SPOILER!!
Now, that aside, I think the book started great and through most of the first book, was pretty good, until people starting dying. This is where I started becoming so angry that I
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Cassie Shook
Jul 31, 2008 Cassie Shook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book my brother gave me when we were kids, and I found it recently on a bookshelf at my parents house. I was looking for a totally fantastical fantasy story, so I decided to read it again.

I LOVE IT. If you're looking for a book to read that takes you completely out of the current reality (and you love reading about Elves and Dragons and Dwarfs etc), read this. I've been working on it as my bedtime reading for a month or so now, and more than once have I ended up staying up til 4 or 5
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Uve
Jan 26, 2014 Uve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El retorno de los dragones me costó un poco al principio meterme en otro mundo de fantasia pero una vez conoces a los personajes me enganchó muhisimo. La tumba de Huma fue alucinante un 5 para él. El desenlace me dejó totalmente descolocada... que ayer despues de una noche d lectura todavia no habia asimilado... vamos que pasan cosas que no esperaba para nada y eso siempre es bienvenido.
Stefan Yates
Classic literature means different things to different people. While the Dragonlance Chronicles will most probably never be considered in the canon of classic literature, it has an important place in molding how we perceive the genre of fantasy today. Tolkien will always reign supreme as the father of modern fantasy. His works set the standards for much of what was to follow in the genre and they managed to break the barrier between fantasy and classic literature. What Dragonlance did for the ge ...more
Wallace
Dec 04, 2013 Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book, technically three books, when I was about 12 years old. It was the first 1,000 page+ book I ever read, and I adored it. I wept when one of the characters died. I gasped when a plot twist was revealed. I was, as you may guess, the target audience. I don't know how well the book would stand up today. It is certainly better than a lot of the fantasy books I've read. Raistlin is a wonderful character. The growth of the mage over the three books was terrific. You were watching him g ...more
Efaki
Jul 17, 2013 Efaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first-look impression of this enormous trilogy, when presented to me by a friend, was exactly this :

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^"What the f...? How am I supposed to read all this!!!"...^

And then it began.

At first, I have to say, I lived the experience of AD&D myself. Reading something that some other DM has written was kinda strange for me. The reason was that I didn't feel that it would be the same reading someone else's story, I 'd much rather live it through my DM. But then I started read
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Mike (the Paladin)
I actually came across these books seeking something to interest my son in reading. He had up to that point been uninterested in books and we're a familly of readers. I was concerned.

But, using the wisdom of all good parents (get him something that is totally without merit and has no educational value) I introduced him to the Dragon Lance books (I'd discovered Dungeons and Dragons in 1978) and since I got them for my son I read them to.

Ever played D&D? These are pretty much the same experien
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Tony
Jan 24, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite simply this is a MUST read for anybody who loves Fantasy novels and in particular Dungeons and Dragons.

I have read this first trilogy so many times and it is just as good now as it was when I first read it. The characters are some of the most memorable of any I have read (my wife vetoed Raistlin as a name for my son). This is right up there with LOTR in the must reads category and I can't say much more than wuld add to this point...
Monsour Anda
May 01, 2016 Monsour Anda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Raistlin: Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it.

Tannis: Are you saying we shouldn't hope?

Raistlin: I'm saying we should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open..T_T

Yup...yup. Best conversation of characters in a high fantasy setting.EVER!!
The best fantasy book series i've ever read.
Tanis Half-Blacky
Once you start with this magnificent Trilogy, you will want more and more! The epic novels by Weis and Hickman provide the readers with stories about friendship, love, war, and how different races struggle together for survival. I really recommend readers to start with the Chronicles and find out the great world behind its pages. Enjoy :)
Jacob Frank
May 01, 2015 Jacob Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I last read these books about 25 years ago. Obviously, everything about the world and about my own perspective has changed radically sense then. For example, I remember finding the character Raistlin very compelling: the wizard with the chronic lung ailment who dreams of limitless power, perhaps 12-year old asthmatic kids were the target audience there… on rereading though he seems somewhat irritating and one-dimensional. There is presumably more going on in his head than in those of other chara ...more
Jason
Jun 25, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, let's start by clarifying that these books are not literature, even though there's a whole generation of Xers (Gen-Xers) who would claim otherwise because many of them were coming of age reading these novels.

I owned my copies from the time I was about 22, but never read them all the way through until I was closer to 35. They came off as pulpy, silly, cheap and badly written in many ways. The characters were beyond even decent graphic novel caliber in their exaggerated, stereotyped behavior
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melydia
Dec 19, 2008 melydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three books (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning) that comprise a single story, so I'm reviewing them all together. I'm not usually interested in multiple-author series fantasy, but this trilogy is one of my fiance's all-time favorites and he wanted to share them with me. These books were inspired largely by a role playing campaign using the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons system. I wish I hadn't known that beforehand, because too often I caught mysel ...more
Ashley
Nov 08, 2015 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I give this series a 1 star purely because I cannot go any lower. I dove into this "epic saga" not expecting anything magical, and I wasn't disappointed. This is yet another classic example proving that a novel based on a game is not worth reading. I only (barely) made it through the first book and decided there was no way I was going to waste my time with the other two. The characters were interchangeable and the plot was highly lackluster, with our "heroes" trudging along from one forest or va ...more
Kyle
I am certainly biased. These were not just the first fantasy books I ever read. But the first books ever. These characters are a part of my childhood and I will always compare likable villains to Raistlin or comic relief to Tasselhoff. These books gave me a love for writing and creating other worlds.
The one aspect of the novels that I didn't care for, and which I would try to avoid in my own writings is the reveal that what is going to take place has been fated and it is known by characters tha
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Tim
Apr 07, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of speculative fiction/ young readers
Like many of the other reviewers of this series, my high ranking on it is based upon my reading it as a teenager. I had read Tolkien at that point, and was fascinated by this trilogy. I read it periodically for about 3 years and enjoyed it, but I do recall becoming somewhat disenchanted with the writing by the time I got back from a year at college.

Still, the characters hold a warm place in my heart, and I think the trilogy is substantially better than other derivative works in the genre. The s
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Sara Terpilowski
Mar 21, 2009 Sara Terpilowski rated it it was ok
Shelves: dragonlance
The Dragonlance Chronicles are one of my favorite series of books, definitely. I was so excited when this came out, and immediately shelled out the 30 dollars to buy it and pore over every word. Honestly, I have not read a Dragonlance book since, with the exception of The Dark Disciple trilogy, which were written by Weis alone. Tracy Hickman just struck me as such a self-important douchebag in this edition that it pretty much completely turned me off of the entire core series. I'm starting to fe ...more
Tom
Jul 15, 2012 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
If I'd read this when I was 13 I may well have loved it. I picked it up when I was 30 and immediately struggled with some of the clunky writing, starting in the first few pages where an 80 year old noble elf warrior inexplicably has the internal monologue of a sulky teenage boy. I eventually gave up on it on page 100 just after a bit of character backstory was shoehorned in in the most awkward way possible, with one character apparently pausing in the middle of a battle to stand around daydreami ...more
Tim Eastman
Feb 23, 2016 Tim Eastman rated it liked it
I liked the stories overall, but I had serious problems with the love crap, Galthanis meets Silvara and is in love with her within a couple of days, Alhara meets Sturm and is so infatuated right away that she gives him a jewel that ties their souls together- bah what crap.

My favorite character hands down was Tasselhoff Burrfoot, and my least liked was Tanis Halfelven I couldn't really figure out his role other than to feel sorry for himself over everything that went wrong, he wasn't a mage type,
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Patrick
The main plot of this book is a group of adventurers who have realized to growth of evil in their lands. They move to investigate. While running from one obstacle they would hit another. Their ultimate goal is to restore peace and stability to the land however this goal often seems impossible.
I would rate this book 7 out of 10. This is because the plot is similar to that of The Hobbit. I do not condone copying someone's work especially when it is such a work of art. Originality is something tru
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Lunar
Dec 04, 2014 Lunar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series was released in 1984. 4 years later I was 11 years old... I knew nothing of D&D... I knew nothing of fantasy novels... yet. In the winter of '88, I was given a book to read by my grandfather, who was hoping to inspire his love for books in a Nintendo addicted kid more interested in playing Mario or watching Will Smith on TV.. "books are our friends and we treat them with respect" was the speech I was given. "Ever whonder what fighting a dragon is really like?" h ...more
Jamie
Jul 16, 2015 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book tells you what happens, not shows you. There were a few moments that were nice, but mostly I had to sit through tiring... something. Telling. So and so did this in the past. so and so did this. SO and so is doing this or that. The very first of the book when all the adventures meet, I thought I was in for a real treat. When they meet at the tree house. The authors told me about what each character did, and what they did together in the past. SO and so adventured together before, and did ...more
Maddie Lind
Mar 11, 2014 Maddie Lind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dragonlance Chronicles, a book made for fantasy geeks, D&D players and people who enjoy watching someone else play video games. You follow a group of adventurers, practically a D&D campaign, go through a series of adventures to drive out the forces of evil resurfacing in the world. The series is set in a high fantasy setting with much history and back story. The many plot and character twists makes this book a very good read. My only problems with this series is that there were times ...more
Fantasy Literature
Dragons of Autumn Twilight, a classic work of high fantasy, marks the beginning of a remarkable 6-book tale (the CHRONICLES Trilogy, followed by the even more magnificent LEGENDS Trilogy), which greatly increased the interest in the Dungeons & Dragons game throughout the 1980's. It certainly does contain more than a few stock fantasy elements (e.g. dragons, elves, dwarves, an unlikely group of friends somehow being chosen to stop the conquest of Evil...). However, the straightforward, simple ...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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Other Books in the Series

Dragonlance: Chronicles (3 books)
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight  (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #1)
  • Dragons of Winter Night (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #2)
  • Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #3)

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