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Brothers in Arms (Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles #2)

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In the months after the events of The Soulforge, Raistlin and Caramon join a mercenary army. The army's first assignment is to capture a city that holds a secret known only to Lord Ariakas, commander of the newly formed dragonarmies.
Paperback, 476 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1999)
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Jeff Yoak
Jun 01, 2014 Jeff Yoak rated it liked it
This story both fills in the 5 years prior to the scheduled reunion of the companions for both the Majere Brothers and Kitiara. The story for the brothers is a little weak, but the story helps to understand the transformation of their sister.

One of the things that disappoints me about the tales, preludes and other works added to the very successful Dragonlance universe is that they filled in the gaps with every little thing that ever came close to the heroes had deep significance and provided th
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Scott
Oct 31, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Volume Two of the Raistlin Chronicles
This book takes place about four years before the War of the Lance and soon after Raistlin takes the test.

The story not only follows Raistlin and Caramon as they join a mercenary army (The Mad Baron) but also their half sister Kitiara as she starts her climb up the ranks of the soon to be Dragon armies.

It's a stand alone book (and the only reason I didn't rate this as five star).
If you've read Dragonlance then you'll understand how much I loved coming back t
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Pöfivonat
Oct 03, 2014 Pöfivonat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: olvastam-2014
Ezen érezhető, hogy más volt a társszerű, sajnos kevésbé tetszett mint az első rész, de ettől függetlenül még mindig hozza az alaphangulatot. Még mindig jó, na. :)
Jp Garant
Jan 08, 2016 Jp Garant rated it really liked it
Awesome to go back and read this knowing whats gonna happen. Dragonlance was my first literary love and I love it still.
Rita Arcidiacono
Dec 25, 2013 Rita Arcidiacono rated it it was ok
Shelves: lingua-originale
Come al solito, c'è da dire "grazie" ai pochi denari spesi per tradurre libri fantasy in Italia. Già dal titolo, cui è stato furbescamente aggiunto "Raistlin" che nella versione originale non c'era, si cerca di trarre il lettore in inganno. Nulla di ché come libro... ho fatto fatica a leggerlo tutto sia per la scarsa qualità della traduzione, sia per il contenuto in sé. Troppa "realtà" in questa presentazione del passato dei famosi gemelli di Dragonlance. Li si vede prendere posto tra le fila di ...more
Manny
Sep 28, 2010 Manny rated it it was amazing
You cannot lose if you read anything containing this Raistlin fellow!
Kelanth
Feb 17, 2016 Kelanth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Raistlin - I fratelli in armi, in originale "Brothers in Arms" è un romanzo fantasy scritto da Margaret Weis e Don Perrin e pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1999 in America dalla TSR. È il secondo romanzo del ciclo Le Cronache di Raistlin e si riconduce all'ambientazione e al mondo di "Dragonlance".

La trama è la seguente: prosegue l'addestramento dei gemelli, iniziata con il primo libro e qui si narra della loro esperienza come mercenari nell'esercito del Barone Pazzo, Ivor di Langtree, un nobi
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Modern Girl
Oct 26, 2011 Modern Girl rated it it was ok
Two stars seems harsh - but compared to the other Dragonlance books, this one really dropped the ball. Yes, I liked it, I guess. I was kinda bored. I just re-read the Chronicles Triology, and they blew my mind. Then I re-read the Legends Trilogy and discovered new twists and understanding and emotions, and it was great. But The Soulforge and Brothers in Arms are let downs compared to the original six. I mean, the War of Lance is a world wide war, with lots of twists. Both of these books are just ...more
Sarah
Aug 02, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This rating may seem a little harsh, but it's mainly in comparison to the other Dragonlance books I've read - which I have really enjoyed - and also because I feel like this book failed to live up to both my own expectations and its own potential.

I expected a series of adventures with Caramon and Raistlin, wherein we would cover the five years between Raistlin's test and the meeting of the companions at the beginning of the Chronicles series. Instead, we get only the beginning of their adventure
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Anastasia
Jul 10, 2008 Anastasia rated it really liked it
As a continuation of Soulforge, Brothers in Arms is only slightly disappointing: the changed dynamic between the twins following Raistlin's test in the tower of high sorcery is an important part of the Dragonlance mythos, and here it at times falls apart. The addition of a half kender character that isn't too reminiscent of the famous Tasslehoff Burrfoot works fairly well, and the lives of the twins as well as their absent sibling Kitiara are nicely interwoven. Those unfamiliar with the Dragonla ...more
Russ
Jan 01, 2014 Russ rated it it was ok
I moderately enjoyed this book. Staples of the mercenary life are there, and there is plenty of action. Through most of the "Raistlin Chronicles" though, we see him and Caramon talking and behaving as they did in Chronicles and Legends. There was no feeling that I was experiencing a more juvenile Raistlin. Another thing that throws me off is that for guys who did this much in this book they should know a little more about the state of the world in Chronicles before the war started. It's as if th ...more
Jim C
Sep 29, 2012 Jim C rated it really liked it
The second book of The Raistlin Chronicles in the Dragonlance realm. This book is about the first real adventure of Raistlin and Caramon after Raistlin took the test. This book also devotes a good amount to Kitiara, their half-sister. This is a must read if you are a dragonlance fan. I liked how the authors portrayed the characters development before the original books. The reader gets a deeper insight how Raistlin develops and his growth in power of magic. I really enjoyed Kitiara's story in th ...more
David Alexander McLane
Sep 27, 2015 David Alexander McLane rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragonlance
Solid story and a nice follow-up to The Soulforge. Felt a bit unfinished, though. Kitiara's storyline abruptly ended. Was it deemed a success or failure by General Ariakas? What happens to the dragon eggs between this book and the emergence of the Draconians?

I'm left wanting more, but what I did get was well done.
Ubiquitousbastard
It seems some other faithful readers agree with my rating of this book. There just wasn't that certain something that the other books in the series had. Raistlin was toned down, and not quite up to his usual snarkiness (odd, considering that this is a Weis book). I've always found Caramon to be sort of bland and uninteresting unless there is a heavy Raistlin influence on him at the time. And really, the plot just did not do anything for me. I kind of had to work my way through this one, which I ...more
Craig
Apr 13, 2011 Craig rated it it was amazing
Truly the tragedy of two brothers could not be more epitomized by any other novel more than this one. Raistlin is, for lack of better terminology, a badass who doesn't care about anyone but himself and accomplishes all his goals while his brother Caramon turns into one fighting for the good of everything bearing the griefs brought on by his brother. Raistlin ultimately doesn't shame the bond of brotherhood but for the longest time you are smiling while he does appalling act after act. You grin a ...more
Reg Gilbert
Mar 01, 2015 Reg Gilbert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely awesome.

Great backstory for the Twins Trilogy. Informative and well written, both books full in some excellent details about the brothers. Well done.
hollund christian
Love it

Always a great read, I can always go back and read these adventures and still get so into the characters
Bert Janssens
May 16, 2014 Bert Janssens rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-books
Entertaining as it should be. Nothing more....
Lady Belinda
Feb 24, 2012 Lady Belinda rated it it was amazing
A deeper look into my favorite character, Raistlin Majere, after taking the Test in the Tower of High Sorcery at Wayreth. This is an excellent book that shows how Raistlin came to find out some of the secrets that his Staff of Magius held and how Caramon progressed from a farm hand to a mercenary soldier. This book details the twins joining the mercenary army of the Mad Baron, Baron Ivor of Langtree. An excellent read if you are looking to find out more about the twins and their half sister, Kit ...more
casapazzo
Jul 12, 2007 casapazzo rated it it was ok
Not Margaret Weis' finest work on the twins. The book suffers from an overabundance of knowledge about the future - and the strange need to show it off. It's enjoyable reading purely because the characters are old friends (if one grew up on the other Dragonlance novels), but their characterisation occasionally strains belief. Caramon couldn't possibly be this stupid and still be alive to be the simple -- but not a dumb-ass -- man we came to appreciate in Chronicles.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This was a nice addition to Raistlin's Saga. Unfortunally there were only two books in it because I could figure Margaret Weis writing more adventures about Caramon and Raistlin.

In this book we learn more of how Raistlin turn to be a warmage. How he fought in the mercenary company and such. Unfortunally being written after the Dragonlance chronicles the writers (Don Perrin and Weis) were tied up a little bit.

Nevertheless... Excelent.
Josh
Feb 04, 2013 Josh rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book more than I did the first one. It had less Raistlin and his extremely annoying attitude. This book featured more of the other main characters we meet in the first book. I enjoyed seeing Kitiara more and learning about what she was going through. This book has a very strong cast and I enjoy reading about all of them. I will read the other books in the series, but I really hope they don't feature Raistlin as much.
Tanya
Mar 13, 2016 Tanya rated it really liked it
By far the most readable of the Dragonlance books. All of the main characters had compelling storylines, the dialogue was well-written, there was no filler, and best yet, there were no annoying NPCs. The half-Kender character was actually more sensible than the humans at times, and the only chaotic stupid character was a dragon antagonist whose constant sabotage of his companions was portrayed as odious rather than amusing.
Paul
May 11, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dragonlance
After taking the test at the Tower of High Sorcery, Raistlin and Caramon set out to Langtree to become mercenaries. Caramon is trained as a warrior, and Raistlin is trained as a battle mage by a brown robed wizard Horkin. when their training is complete the army is given marching orders to go to the city of Hope's End to quell a rebellion. Meanwhile Kitiara is in Sanction, rising through the ranks of the dragon army.
Guin
Nov 08, 2007 Guin rated it it was ok
I'm confused here...wasn't this series supposed to be about Raistlin and Caramon? Why is there a large portion of it devoted to their sister? This book was a big dissapointment for me, especially since I enjoyed The Soulforge so much. Ms. Weis writes better on her own than she does with Perrin. Honestly, I'd rather see the series left hanging if they're going to keep following Kitiara, rather than the twins.
Steven
Jan 31, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
A must read for fans of the Dragonlance saga.
Dara
Sep 25, 2011 Dara rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favourite in the Dragonlance series. Just can't get enough of Raistlin, and his early days of compassion and self-inflicted turmoil are so interesting. Also learning of how Kitiara grew into her character shown in later books is amazing... I wish there were a third book in this series, and one more tail of Raistlin and Caramon's adventures in Baron Langtree's mercenary army.
Miriam
Jun 06, 2008 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I'd say I recommended this for Majere completists, but honestly nothing significant happens that we haven't already learned about in previous installments. Sure there are more details here but they are mainly lard. Why bother throwing in some new, half-developed characters and other filler elements? Probably just because the authors new it would sell and make them an easy buck.
Adam
Jan 07, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it
Engaging and well-paced fantasy novel with very likable characters. Definitely inclined to check out more of the Dragonlance novels.
Lana
Apr 06, 2016 Lana rated it it was amazing
an excellent book, raistlin is great in this book, we can follow his growth from a young newly appointed mage to the great mage he later becomes. love the fight he has with the great dragon and of course enjoyed reading about the start of kitiara's rise to power with ariakin and the goddess of darkness!
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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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“And he enjoyed listening to Caramon's gossip. Raistlin enjoyed proving to his own satisfaction that his fellow mortals were fools and idiots, while Caramon took immense pleasure in bringing a smile - albeit a sardonic smile - to his twin's lips.” 3 likes
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