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Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance: Chronicles #1)

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(alternate cover for ISBN 0880381376)
Dragons. Creatures of legend. Stories told to children. But now dragons have returned to Krynn. The darkness of war and destruction threatens to engulf the land. Then hope appears - a blue crystal staff in the hands of a beautiful barbarian woman. The promise of hope, as fleeting as smoke upon the autumn wind forces a group of longtime
Paperback, 447 pages
Published 1984 by TSR
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Craig Foster Dragonlance reading order for new readers. These are the 'core' novels everyone should read. Many further books can be found at the following website:…moreDragonlance reading order for new readers. These are the 'core' novels everyone should read. Many further books can be found at the following website:

* Chronicles Trilogy
- Dragons of Autumn Twilight
- Dragons of Winter Night
- Dragons of Spring Dawning

* Legends Trilogy
- Time of the Twins
- War of the Twins
-Test of the Twins

* Lost Chronicles Trilogy
- Dragons of the Dwarven Depths
- Dragons of the Highlord Skies
- Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

* Second Generation

* Dragons of Summer Flame

* Dragons of a New Age Trilogy
- The Dawning of a New Age
- The Day of the Tempest
- The Eve of the Maelstrom

* Dhamon Saga Trilogy
- Downfall
- Betrayal
- Redemption

* War of Souls Trilogy
- Dragons of a Fallen Sun
- Dragons of a Lost Star
- Dragons of a Vanished Moon

* The Dark Disciple Trilogy
- Amber and Ashes
- Amber and Iron
- Amber and Blood

* Heroes
- The Legend of Huma
- Stormblade
- Weasel's Luck
- Kaz the Minotaur
- The Gates of Thorbardin
- Galen Beknighted

* Kingpriest Trilogy
- Chosen of the Gods
- Divine Hammer
- Sacred Fire

So, from here on you can pick and choose whichever series you want to read. I suggest starting with the following, however:

* Raistlin Chronicles
- The Soulforge
- Brothers in Arms

* Elven Nations Trilogy
- Firstborn
- The Kinslayer Wars
- The Qualinesti

* Dwarven Nations Trilogy
- Covenant of the Forge
- Hammer and Axe
- The Swordsheath Scroll

* Kang's Regiment
- The Doom Brigade
- Draconian Measures

And where you go from here is completely up to you.

Any questions reply to this thread and/or contact me directly.(less)
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Jun 07, 2007 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Geeks
Shelves: fantasy
Dragonlance was the first fantasy novel series I ever read so it holds a special place in my heart. The Chronicles Trilogy was the first in a series of 10 core books. There are probably well over a 100 books set in the Dragonlance world but these are the ones you need to read.

Chroncicles Trilogy:
Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragons of Spring Dawning
Legends Trilogy:
Time of the Twins
War of the Twins
Test of the Twins
Transitions to next generation:
Dragons of Summer Flame

The War o
Hear the sage as his song descends
like heaven's rain or tears,
and washes the years, the dust of the many stories
from the High Tale of the Dragonlance.

Three centuries have passed since the Cataclysm, where burning mountains fell from the sky and the gods of old abandoned their mortal worshippers. When a group of adventurers come together at the Inn of the Last Home after five long years on their own, they endeavour to begin a search for what has been lost. But darkness awaits them on their journ
Mar 26, 2008 CJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Someone played a dungeons and dragons game (which is based heavily on Tolkien's books) and then decided to write down what their characters did and publish it. And while dungeons and dragons is great fun for those playing it, everyone has had to suffer through players who labor under the mistaken impression that their adventures are just as interesting to everyone else as they are to the player...

"So then, like, you know, this Orc came out of the weapons room but I rolled a 20 and I threw my +5
Feb 10, 2011 Kane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
Wow (not a good wow). I just read some of these reviews and ratings. I have to raise my hand and be the voice of reason. The public deserves this.

Let's get something straight here: these books are unreadable for anyone older than 15. I love fantasy and I don't have an issue with the world building or the story here. In my reviews, I sometimes excuse poor writing, characterization and other literary elements when the author does other things extremely well. Most novels have multiple flaws and the
Nov 26, 2007 Graeme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book about the time it came out, when I was about 10 or 11... and recently found an identical, battered paperback copy at a thrift store. Dipping back into it twenty-odd years later, it has many shortcomings. However, it still takes me back to that time when I'd read under the covers at night with a dying flashlight, and fell asleep dreaming of wizards, warriors and strange, forgotten lands.
Oct 11, 2015 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter is getting older now and asking me for suggestions on books that are "age appropriate" - her term. I purposely haven't read all of the Harry Potter books (nor seen the movies) because I was hoping to read/watch all of them with her. She's 10 and hasn't shown the slightest interest in those books, but she just became interested in Star Wars this summer, so I'm willing to give her time.

I use this anecdote and the "age appropriate" tag because as a young lad in love with reading this s
Jason Koivu
Feb 29, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Great start to an all-time classic fantasy series!

I loved the colorful characters and fast-moving plot based on an interesting story line of reunited friends with secrets and a mysterious (and gorgeous, of course) stranger who drew them into danger and excitement.

The negatives were mere niggling at best, however they did exist. I was about 13 or 14 years old when I read Dragons of Autumn Twilight and even then I knew Weis was leaning a little too heavily on stock phrases: the same emotion is d
Curtis Westman
Jan 29, 2011 Curtis Westman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
When I was nine years old, I wrote a short story about an elf and a mage traversing an imaginary world and banishing evil back to the depths from whence it came. I was proud of the story. I showed it to my family and they read it, and pretended it was great. They put it on the fridge.

I reread the story years later and it was a difficult decision whether I should laugh or whether the embarrassment was too much even for hysterics. I thought fantasy fiction had a formula that alternated between a s
Efrona Mor
Jun 12, 2015 Efrona Mor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely enjoyed this book. I call it an oldie as it’s not from this decade, but for me that means a clean read, less gory and more story…..

In the land of Krynn’s somewhat easygoing world of laborers, the likes of magic wafts around like superstition. But when an evil force stirs things up from the north a group of old friends reunite to face a long journey together. In this character driven story, as most epic fantasy novels hold dear to, I loved being transported into this series of detai
A. Dawes
When I read this D&D was all the rage, and this series gave lovers of high fantasy exactly what they were craving. I thought it very good at the time, not nearly as good as Brooks or Donaldson and naturally not Tolkien, but still an entertaining adventure trilogy.

I think Weis & Hickman's Rose of the Prophet series along with their Darksword books are also better due to their originality.

In this opening novel of the trilogy, friends of different ages and races are reunited after a lengt
4.0 stars. I did not go into this book with very high expectations thinking is was going to be a little cheesy. Wrong again. I really enjoyed this and thought it was a ton of fun. Great world-building, excellent characters and a fast-paced, non-stop plot. Call it fantasy comfort food, but call it very good.
Every so often I do this to myself. I pick up an old, "classic" High Fantasy novel because I think it "will be fun" and a throwback to being in middle-school, and then about 100 pages in I can't do it any more. The prose is wooden, the characters cringe-worthy cliches . . . and I still have 800 pages to go. Dear god, when there are so many good books out there, how can I possibly slavishly force my through one of these? These books also remind me that I shouldn't be such a snob by only having a ...more
Mar 24, 2008 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: Kelly
The first half of the book leaves a lot to be desired, and Weis & Hickman try to cram way too many characters into the story (leaving many of them pretty under-developed and one-dimensional). That said, it really picks up near the end, and left me wanting to jump into the next book in the series. The reason I got into the book in the first place was because I was in the mood for dragons, and Dragons of Autumn Twilight does not disappoint.
Feb 22, 2016 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Definitely enjoyable! I liked the characters and have some major questions about what had happened to them before the beginning of this book. I thought at times, it could be convenient and it seemed like one small problem after another over and over, but I did enjoy the story and the world. I'll definitely continue on and see what is going to happen next.
Solid three star rating for this one, but I'm giving it an extra star just because this book lured so many young readers into the fantasy genre.
Nick (Book-Absorbed Reviews)
I loved this book when I was 15. Upon rereading it this week, it definitely feels like a book that would be more tailored toward a 15 year-old. That's not to say that it isn't a fun book with moments of intrigue and interesting dialogue. I just think that my reading tastes have evolved to the point where this type of read just doesn't do it for me anymore. The same could be said for R.A. Salvatore. I used to be rabid about picking up his books and reading them as soon as they were released. Howe ...more
It has been nearly 25 years since I read this book and I have to say I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did the first time. I was a little hesitant to reread because I have gone back to some books I read as a teen and found that I didn't enjoy the nearly as much as I did the first time around. I am really glad that did not hold true for this book. It was like revisiting an old friend I hadn't seen in a very long time. I found that I remembered the characters decently well, however, I found ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Lowed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five years has passed. Five long years since they have seen each other. They have decided to split up before to search for their truth. The story behind the Cataclysm. The story behind why the Gods abandoned the land, leaving men in utter confusion and cloaked in darkness.

Tanis Half-Elven (leader of the companions), Sturm Brightblade(an honorable knight), Caramon Majere, (twin brother- the mage) Raistlin Majere, Flint Fireforge, and Tasslehoff Burrfoot (my favorite character) were among the maj
-En su propuesta, que engloba muchas cosas, un hito.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Un grupo de aventureros de diferentes razas y orígenes une sus fuerzas contra el mal… sí, bueno, podría ser más preciso en cuanto a las razones, los motivos, pero en realidad para qué… Primer libro de la saga Dragonlance y primer libro de la trilogía Crónicas de la Dragonlance.

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Jeff LaSala
Apr 26, 2012 Jeff LaSala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is fantasy at some of its best. Not only is this the first book in a wonderful saga, some of its characters are enduring and captivating, still memorable so many years later. Even though it wasn't written to be YA fiction, it's an easy fit for young readers. Dragons of Autumn Twilight is what all YA fiction should strive to be like. Morally uplifting and evocative.
Kitvaria Sarene
This a book I have to judge by two standards.

Just like any (new) fantasy book:
It is a bit predictable, the characters are easy to understand, and very black and white. Even the one character that is supposed to be grey, and unpredictable for the reader is quite obviously not a bad guy. I felt to safe in the story, and as it is a clear quest - even if you missed a minute or two of the audio book, you still had no problem to follow the story. => 3 stars

As a book that was published in 1984:
A gem
M. Tatari
Her şeyi başlatan kitap. Soluk kesici, temposu hiç düşmeyen, hem ağlatan hem güldüren eşsiz bir macera. Şurası kesin, bugüne dek pek çok Ejderha Mızrağı kitabı yazıldı ama hiçbiri ilk kitabın yerini tutamaz.

Huysuz cüce Flint, doğuştan lider Tanis, iyi yürekli savaşçı Caramon, kahkaha makinesi Tasslehoff, cesur şövalye Sturm, gizemli Kitiara ve tabi ki Raistlin... Hepsi de bir fantastik edebiyat okuyucusunun mutlaka ama mutlaka tanıması gereken karakterler.

Kitabı bitirir bitirmez ikinci cildini
Mar 26, 2008 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, to-my-kids
I love this story; I love the whole series and the follow up series, but I really can't stand Tanis Half-Elven, which is a bit strange since he is sort of the default hero of the Chronicles, and certainly the main character in book one.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight opens with Tanis coming home to Solace after five years away in a fruitless search for evidence of the old gods. It doesn't take long for us to get our first dose of Tanis' incessant doubt and self-pity, which are the basis of my Tanis h
Apr 26, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Autumn, 1984, my junior year in high school. I finished collecting for my paper route, then walked down to Main Street to the Hobby Shop (the only source at that point for D&D materials in my hometown). There on the rack, in front of a bunch of random adventure modules, was a red paperback book with a lovely Larry Elmore cover (not that I knew who he was by name, but I'm sure I recognized his art style from previous issues of Dragon magazine, or work in other D&D supplements and the like ...more
SilverPen Pub
A few weeks ago, I was facing the prospect of the end of the spring semester and the approach of summer. The heady realization broke over me that I would be free to read something I wanted to read, rather than something for class, and as I dug through my memory of what we owned that I would like to read, a lightbulb fired above my head. I wanted to return to the DragonLance Saga, books that had practically raised me, teaching me the difference between good and evil, my moral code, and a great ma ...more
I would say this book is more of a guilty pleasure than an outstanding read. The authors have (whether knowingly or not) written a story with all the cheesily cliche elements of a fantasy story, while also falling into the trap of unnecessarily over-describing as is often characteristic of the genre. Even so, I gave the book three stars because it retains the ability to hook the reader.

The characters of the book, however stereotypical they may be, are interesting enough to make you care about w
Mar 07, 2012 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I last read this book in Junior High, and fondly remembered the Dragonlance novels as epic fantasy set in a D&D-inspired world. I was feeling nostalgic lately, and decided to pick it up again and see how it held up.

Not well.

While the plot is as I remember, and does indeed have an epic scope with some interesting ideas, it's mainly full of standard fantasy tropes like the outcast half-elf, the stupid warrior, the weak wizard, the journey through the haunted forest, the flight from a destroyed
Feb 18, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first fantasy books I ever read, and I believe I was about 15 the first time I read it. It is a great introduction to fantasy, and is perfect for a young adult who has never read fantasy before. For those of you who are fans of the grimdark, and are seasoned fantasy fans, either you've already read this, or this book probably isn't for you.
M Hamed
Sep 16, 2016 M Hamed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
very Tolkin-esq fantasy .with flares of creativity ,a sister novel to The Dragonbone Chair but ted was male/realism oriented ,Margaret choose to have female warriors which isn't surprising

overall a very 80s fantasy novel ,if you look very hard you can see the baggy jeans
May 25, 2015 nat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re-reading this book was definitely more enjoyable this time. Tas and Flint sure delivered some laughs.

and Tanis.... you the man.
I have high hopes for you, don't let me down.
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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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Dragonlance: Chronicles (3 books)
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  • Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #3)

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“Well! I had the most fantastic dream! Trees crying blood. Horrible dead elves going around and killing people! Raistlin wearing black robes! It was the most incredible thing! And you were there, Sturm. Laurana and Flint. And everyone died! Well, almost everyone. Raistlin didn't. And there was a green dragon-'
Tasslehoff stopped. What was wrong with his friends? Their faces were pale, their eyes wide.”
“You know," he said with unusual somberness, "I asked my father once why kenders were little, why we weren't big like humans and elves. I really wanted to be big," he said softly and for a moment he was quiet.
"What did your father say?" asked Fizban gently.
"He said kenders were small because we were meant to do small things. 'If you look at all the big things in the world closely,' he said, 'you'll see that they're really made up of small things all joined together.' That big dragon down there comes to nothing but tiny drops of blood, maybe. It's the small things that make the difference.”
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