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The Soulforge (Dragonlance Universe)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  8,564 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
A mage's soul is forged in the crucible of magic.

Raistlin Majere is six years old when he is introduced to an archmage who enrolls him in a school for the study of magic. There the gifted - but tormented boy comes to secretly, for they see shadows darkening over Raistlin even as the same shadows lengthen over all of Ansalon.

As Raistlin draws near his goal of becoming a wiz
Paperback, 408 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1998)
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Amy Galaviz
Nov 16, 2007 Amy Galaviz rated it it was amazing
I've never been interested in reading or read a book of the fantasy genre before, but I was pleasantly surprised. All characters were fleshed out extremely well; for example, I nearly cried when Raistlin and Caramon lost both their parents, I could understand Raistlin's jealously at Caramon stealing his dream girl. Raistlin's competitiveness with Caramon is the classic nerdy brother vs. attractive/jock brother conflict. Eccentric characters such as Flint the dwarf and Tas the kender made me laug ...more
Aug 03, 2014 BookBandit rated it it was amazing
Anything with Raistlin Majere in it is going to get 5 stars from me. :)
Oct 04, 2007 Victor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a good example of what would have happened if Harry Potter turned evil. This is a great book to read if you are sick of mamby pamsy wizards and want to read a good book about a sickly kid who turns into someone who is “not a very nice person” (as said by one of the Hobbit-like characters in a different book from this series). The only flaw is that while it is quite informative about the character of Raistlin Majere (the golden guy on the cover), we do not get to see him use much magic. I ...more
Alan Hernandez
Jun 13, 2015 Alan Hernandez rated it really liked it
Having not read any dragonlance books prior to reading this one, I approached this with the unique perspective of having no pre-formed bias for the characters. For those that don't know, this book serves as an origin story for some of the main characters in the dragonlance books, specifically for the physically weak but intellectual Raistlin.

Overall I found the book to be an enjoyable read. The main cast are an entertaining bunch, each personality greatly contrasting the others. Though co-autho
Jun 02, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragonlance
I recently gave this book a re-read because, well, years had gone by and it was a favorite when I was a little kid. Unfortunately I was rather disappointed throughout my sojourn with my past because, while I had the very same tatty-covered copy I'd had since I was 11 or so, it would seem I filled in large gaps in the story with my own imagination. Now obviously this isn't such a bad thing, I mean kids are supposed to utilize their imaginations and I'm glad I did, but it made for a disconcerting ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Heideblume rated it really liked it
Il primo amore non si scorda mai. Questo vale sia per Dragonlance che per Raistlin (la mia prima e unica cotta letteraria).

Trama. La storia inizia quando Raistlin, a 6 anni, incontra il mago Antimodes e viene inquadrato come il figlio di una famiglia disastrata. La sorellastra medita di partire, la madre è mentalmente instabile e il padre non c'è mai perché lavora a lungo e lontano. Lui e il suo gemello crescono trascurati. Quando, in adolescenza, finalmente tutti i tasselli vanno al proprio po
Kirjan käännös oli harvinaisen epätasainen ja loppupuolella välillä lähes lukukelvoton. Nauroin raikuvasti Qualinestin kääpiöille, haaskiolle, Antimodeen sviitille Korkeimman taikuuden tornissa ja jonkin pikipäin tarkastamiselle. Kummallisten sanavalintojen lisäksi sanajärjestys oli välillä niin väärin, että oli vaikeaa ymmärtää, mitä kohtauksessa oikeastaan tapahtuu. Entä itse kirja? Minun oli vaikea ymmärtää, miksi Weiss oli päättänyt muuttaa aavistuksen melkein kaikkea, mitä Raistlinin elämäs ...more
Jeff Yoak
The Dragonlance series was the second set of fiction that I read on my own for enjoyment as a child. I fell utterly in love with them, and read them many times. Discovering that they're now available in audio, I decided to revisit them. I discovered that many more books were written in the world after I outgrew my interest, and decided to read them in the order of the story's chronology.

It was an interesting experience starting with The Soulforge. Though it was new to me, it was very nostalgic.
Evan Leach
The origin story of Raistlin Majere, of Chronicles and Legends fame. This book covers Raistlin's early life, from childhood through his test at the tower of high sorcery. Fans of this fascinating character will enjoy this look at his rise from obscurity. 3 stars.
Jp Garant
Sep 22, 2015 Jp Garant rated it it was amazing
Raistlin effin Majere.
Sep 11, 2014 Pöfivonat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Újraolvasás után is úgy gondolom, hogy az egyik legjobb sorozat. :) Nekem még mindig kedvenc. :)
Aug 08, 2011 Marc rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Raislin is my favorite character, and any series centered on him is hard to beat.
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Feb 02, 2011 Christian, Kelanth, Scala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Raistlin - L'alba del male, in originale "The Soulforge" è un romanzo fantasy scritto da Margaret Weis e pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1998 in America dalla TSR. È il primo romanzo del ciclo Le Cronache di Raistlin e si riconduce all'ambientazione e al mondo di "Dragonlance".

La trama è la seguente: tempi duri si avvicinano per i popoli di Krynn. Una nuova guerra si profila all'orizzonte, temibile come nessun'altra è mai stata prima, ma così lontana che solo i più potenti fra i maghi riescono
Justin VanShaar
Feb 10, 2017 Justin VanShaar rated it it was amazing
The Soulforge is the story of Raistlin Majere's childhood years, a more in-depth account of his fathers and mother's depression and death than was told in Dragons of Winter Night. His bullying is emphasized more than the small record we were given in Test of the Twins. This story tells of his introduction to the mage-school where his "soul is forged in the crucible of magic."

In my opinion, this is one of the best Dragonlance books ever written! It excellently answered some of my questions about
Feb 15, 2017 Filippo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Questo è il primo romanzo scritto da Margaret Weis che abbia letto, nonché il primo della serie dragonlance. Il libro narra la genesi di un personaggio in stile D&D. Leggendolo si avverte immediatamente il legame con il gioco di ruolo.
Ho trovato i personaggi e gli eventi stereotipati e prevedibili. Sebbene scorrevole, lo stile è alquanto scialbo, non so se per colpa dell'autrice o della traduzione. L'edizione che ho letto ha inoltre alcuni evidenti refusi.
Se uno dei membri del mio vecchio g
David Alexander McLane
Sep 11, 2015 David Alexander McLane rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragonlance
This book basically covers the first half of Raistlin's massive alignment shift from what appears to be Neutral Good to Chaotic Neutral. Events described in chronologically later books shift his moral pendulum further towards the Neutral Evil/Chaotic Evil side, and perhaps back to Chaotic Good towards the end of Test of the Twins

In other words, Raistlin is incredibly complex and enigmatic and this book shows us how that personality was shaped through events in his childhood, adolescence, and ear
Joshua Mandell
Feb 24, 2013 Joshua Mandell rated it it was amazing
I'm something of a fan of the Dragonlance mythos in general; the Chronicles intrigued me and seemed quite well done, and now from one of the authors of those books comes this first in a new series, the Raistlin Chronicles. When I saw that there was indeed going to be a "Raistlin Chronicles" I was highly interested. After all, Raistlin is in my opinion and in the opinions of many other Dragonlance readers the most well thought out of the protagonist characters, the most complicated in terms of pe ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it
I have never read any gaming related fiction, and would be reluctant to admit it if I did. It has a dubious reputation. But then so does the pulp science fiction I love so much, and I have no problem admitting to enjoying that. Since this was a bargain audiobook on Audible, and since I used to illustrate products for TSR (the previous Dungeons and Dragons producers) back in the 1990s, I thought I'd give it a try for nostalgia's sake and out of curiosity.

Boy, was my preconception off!

The writing
Modern Girl
This was a lot more slippery and sloppy than I remember. Perhaps Hickman is the cleaner voice behind Chronicles and Legends, or there was just a better editor in the 80s. Weis clearly doesn't know how to give "age appropriatness" to her story. 16 Raistlin spoke like 28 year old Raistlin. 13 year old Caramon spoke like 25 year old Caramon. 6 year old Raistlin was a creepy little guy, but some of this stuff was just too unbelievable. And cushioning the early chapters with hints of Raistlin's later ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Raistlin was always my favourite in Legends and in Chronicles so I knew I would love this book. The SoulForge is written from Raistlin's perspective and how he became a wizard. None of this is ever explained in the previous books until now. It's full of delicious sarcasm from Raist and silly commentary from Taz who is my second favourite character. Soulforge also explains why the twins turned out the way they did.

Favourite quotes:

"No just and honorable god would have played such a cruel joke a
Jul 23, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Raistlin. How in the world can you manage to be both unlikable and ridiculously sympathetic at the same time? Maybe that's one of the reasons you are one of my favorite characters ever. (Yes, EVER. I'm telling you, guys. I have a thing for sarcastic, power-hungry mages. It's a problem.)

I really enjoyed this glimpse of the past, especially because we got to see not only Raistlin and Caramon, but the whole group. I'm a sucker for a good backstory, and after reading the Chronicles and Legends t
May 03, 2009 Alex rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, dragonlance
It's hard to criticise Weis and Hickman's motivations for writing this book; Raistlin has always been Dragonlance's most popular creation and if Dragonlance has always been about one thing, it's giving the readers more of what they know and love, fleshing out the world's history with more and more backstory. As such, this book was pretty inevitable but it was inevitably going to feel a little rote. After all, anyone who has gotten this far probably knows as much about Raistlin as they'll ever ne ...more
Tyler Zilkie
Mar 02, 2015 Tyler Zilkie rated it it was amazing
After reading some of my short stories, a friend gushed about how similar it was to Soulforge and insisted I pick it up. Though I don't personally see the connection, this story was still my enjoyable entry into the Dragonlance setting.

I dislike prequels in general, so having read this first before Chronicles was a great choice. The characters seem to come alive a bit more so than Dragons of Autumn Twilight, and it's nicely put together origin story for one of the settings more enigmatic and pop
Apr 16, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dragonlance
The Twins Caramon and Raistlin are opposites, Caramon got the body, Raistlin got the brain. As children in Solace their older half sister Kitiara took care of the boys. She knew Caramon would grow up fine, he had a strong body that would have no trouble working a field or swinging a sword. Raistlin on the other hand she feared for, he was lean and sickly and needed more attention than his brother. Kitiara arranged for a passing Archmage to meet Raistlin and sponsor him in the local wizard school ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Tifa rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize what a huge influence the Dragonlance books had on me as a teenager developing as a reader and writer until recently. When I started to re-read the original two trilogies, I was really excited to find the writing was as good as, or even better, than I remembered. Then I read a few of the "in-between" novels and was disappointed by the way the writing had changed over the years. Fortunately, this book was really back up to Weis' usual standards. The writing was done well and inte ...more
May 24, 2013 Katrin rated it really liked it
One relaxed afternoon and I finished reading the rest of this book. I must say I loved it. After I had read the trilogy I was kind of fed up with some characters and couldn't take that anymore. But now we are many years back, things are completely different. I loved the story of Raistlin and Caramon. This was a true joy to read. Still there are things that slightly annoyed me. First of all Caramon's almost religious love for his brother that, although understandable, sometimes annoys me. Tanis, ...more
Avaminn F'nett
Oct 30, 2014 Avaminn F'nett rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.

I haven't read too much of Dragonlance - Only the Chronicles and Legends so far - but Raistlin and Caramon are my absolute favorite characters in the series and some of my favorite literary characters of all time. As you could probably guess, this is my favorite Dragonlance book so far.

This one had a big "magic school" theme which made it a bit like Harry Potter, but also showed how the companions all met. I liked seeing that.

I've always
Hayley M.
Nov 05, 2010 Hayley M. rated it really liked it
I read this book a long time ago, but it is the book that always came to my mind when asked about a favorite book. In fact I think it was this book that I picked up and read by myself other than required school text. I adored the character development and extremely enjoyed the snide/sinister remarks that always escaped (the main character) Raistlin's mouth. He's the best creation ever made. He's so lovable, but in all the wrong ways. But this just adds to the appeal since he's definitely not you ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
L'anima di un mago viene forgiata nel crogiuolo della magia. Raistlin Majere ha sei anni quando viene presentato all'arcimago che lo iscrive a una scuola di arti magiche. Là il tormentato eppur dotato giovane giunge a vedere nella magia la propria ancora di salvezza. I Maghi nella Torre della Grande Stregoneria di Wyareth lo osservano in segreto, dal momento che vedono ombre lunghe e oscure addensarsi su di lui e sui destini di Ansalon. Finalmente, Raistlin si trova vicino alla meta: diventare ...more
Raistlin backstory, how could I not like it? This is a pretty big overview of the early years, and you can see different contributions to how and why he turned out like he did: awesome, but really kind of a bastard. He was such an adorable kid, too. It's sad how it all happened. It also shows how easy freaking Caramon had everything when he was younger; so yeah, his parents died, but beyond that he sort of just coasted along. I will not even go into what happened with Raistlin's first crush, tha ...more
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