The Soulforge (Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles, #1)
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The Soulforge (Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1998)
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Amy Galaviz
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
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
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 some 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
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....more
Fantastic! Raislin is my favorite character, and any series centered on him is hard to beat.
Matteo Pellegrini
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
brenda minnis
The creation of a soul

waistline and his twin must learn to live as one yet as separate people. as twins will do they each learn that which is the most important to themselves.
Raistlin being the weakest physically learns that he has a gift that can be used to help others but first he must over come his jealous nature in regards to his brother. Like so many siblings what one sees the other has but cannot have for himself is what causes jealousy.
Even when the frail twin must take a test of magic t...more
I really liked this book. It was a fairly easy read, but it was enjoyable. The characters were colorful, and you could watch them change over time. There were characters I hated at first, but grew to love, and characters I didn't mind at first, but grew to hate. I liked the way it was split up into smaller books, allowing for different stories to be told through the progression of time. Everything ended up being relevant, so it worked well when it all came together. I own a few other books from...more
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
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
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...more
Joshua Mandell
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
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
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
Liam Hadley
I have never left a review for a book, but for this book I will. This book is amazing! Raistlin was not a character I liked so much in the dragonlance series but after reading this he has now become a special character to me. if you love the Dragonlance series then I would certainly recommended this novel 10\10
Hayley M.
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
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
I absolutely adored this book because Raistlin is one of my favorite characters. I will have to say that this book made me hate Kitiara's character even more than I did before... what a cold heartless bitch of a whore... really let them burn your baby brother whom you nursed to health when he's younger for a crime you committed. This book also made me have major sympathy for him which I'm sure he would've hated if he was real lol. This book also makes you realize that Caramon is not the bumbling...more
Joseph Nichols
Oct 15, 2010 Joseph Nichols rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any fan of the Brothers Majere.
Recommended to Joseph by: My brother
Very good book. I just couldn't give it 5 stars because I wanted to see more brotherly love. I know that it had a LOT in it but I just, in the end, couldn't feel like it was as strong as they let on. Also, of all of the good times they seem to have shared and fondly speak of within the novel, they do not display these scenes. I think that it would have beneficial to their characters if those scenes so fondly spoken of had been played out in the pages.

Other than that it was a fantastic read. I've...more
Nothing terribly in-depth here. Simply put, this book is much much better than the annoying Legends trilogy (War of the Twins, et al). There is no silly woman involved that makes for laborious reading. Simply put, Raistlin is probably the most interesting of the original Heroes of the Lance, so it is fitting that he alone has his own series of books. It's fascinating to find out how he came to be the way he is, even though it has been hinted at in other books in the Dragonlance universe. It's al...more
It took me a while to get into this book but once I did I started to enjoy it more than I thought I would. Not the usual sort of thing I'd read but it had it's moments and even made me laugh out loud at times. I though the Kender was the most charming character, even if he did have a bit of trouble "borrowing" things. I also really liked Caramon and felt Raistlin was overly harsh about him at times which made me dislike Raistlin slightly. Also thought he was quiet up himself at times. Even thoug...more
I can't ever remember reading a book where I disliked the main character more. Raistlin was extrememly difficult to read about. His character is selfish, greedy and spiteful. I almost stopped reading this book several times because of his actions. The only reason I didn't is because I enjoyed the supporting cast too much. His brother Caramon is extremely likable and fun to read. Of course, I realize that is probably the point that the author is trying to make...well done, you succeeded, almost t...more
I really enjoyed this book as I have not ventured back in to the world of fantasy in a very long time. This was a story of a charecter that I loved when I was reading fantasy books all the time, It was nice to dive back in to the genre and I can see myself continuing to read these types of stories again. This was the story of the early life of Raistlin Majere a powerful mage in the DragonLance world. It was interestign to see how he bacame the person I knew in later books. I would recommed this...more
Echt een magistraal boek. En het bevat weldegelijk spoilers voor de Legends trilogie. Maar ik vraag me toch af of Par-Salian en andere wizards het al dan niet gepland hadden, dat Raist Fisty zou ontmoeten en dat Fisty dan terug z'n crusade kon verderzetten tegen Takhisis.

Anders zijn ook de 'ruzies' tussen Tas en Flint hilarisch!

Kitiara heeft dus de priesteres Judith vermoord, maar waarom heeft Raist haar beschermd door het mes bij te houden en haar niet aan te geven bij de 'flikken'? Wat baat...more
Jim C
This is the story of Raistlin as a child and how he found magic. It is also the story of how the Heroes of the Lance came to be and their first adventure. This book had it all and it is a must read if you are into Dragonlance. It made me laugh( how could you not with any scene involving Tas). I was sad at one scene and it also provided me with a detailed account how Raistlin came to be in the original series. Raistlin is a one the most interesting characters and this book helped me understand hi...more
This mostly well written book was a disappointment. I was disappointed that Raistlin wasn't developed as the enigmatic character portrayed in the rest of the Dragonlance series.

I was also frustrated with numerous continuity problems in the book including how the characters met, knowledge of the characters of the old gods and good dragons, and the details of the Test. The sorry "explanation" by Astinus at the end of the book asserting that this is the true story because Raistlin wrote it, is so c...more
this review is only about brothers in arms. I have read soulforge before and didn't reread it.

The book is ok. I would say it is more a 2.5 star book than a 3 star book but I enjoyed reading this. Brothers in arms is the tale of Raistlin and Caramon Majere's first battle experience. Throughout the book there are hints that something big is brewing but most people who will read these books will already have read the original dragonlance saga and thus be familiar with what is to come.

All in all a...more
This is one of those books that just makes me happy every time I read it. I adore Raistlin Magere: he is the perfect fantasy world realization of the misfit kid who nobody likes who the average fantasy reader--myself included, of course--can identify with. The childhood story of Raistlin thus offers much satisfaction for the once picked upon kid. Raistlin gets to slowly learn to draw upon the strength that will one day even the playing field between himself and his tormenters--so that one day, a...more
Tero Luikku
Soulforge was the first Dragonlance-book I didn't feel like it's suppose to be the backbone of a tabletop RPG-adventure. Even though it's constructed pretty much in a similar fashion to the other, building up to a huge boss-battle in the end, the flow and scope makes it more personal, makes it feel more like a diary confessions of a single person.

That's what makes the Soulforge quite unique in Dragonlance-books, and that's what draws me to this book even more so than the fact that it's Raistlin.
The last time I read a Dragonlance book was in the early nineties - I stopped because I didn't really like the guest writers that came after Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. So it was refreshing to read MW's storytelling again. This book covers the Majere twin's childhood through to Raistlin's test at the Tower of High Sorcery, and gives more insight into their personalities later on as adults. I think the beginning was a little slow, but it picked up later.
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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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