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Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance: Chronicles #3)

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Finally armed with dragonlances, a group of heroes, composed of a knight, barbarian, dwarf, and half-elf, faces a deadly showdown with the evil dragons and Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 1985)
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Oct 07, 2015 Markus rated it really liked it
Dragonqueen she was called in elven; Nilat the Corrupter, to the barbarians of the Plains; Tamex, the False Metal, so she was known in Thorbardin among the dwarves; Mai-tat, She of Many Faces was how they told of her in legends among the sea-faring people of Ergoth. Queen of Many Colors and of None, the Knights of Solamnia called her; defeated by Huma, banished from the land, long ago.
Takhisis, Queen of Darkness, had returned.

A disastrous defeat has all but destroyed the free nations of Krynn, a
Feb 25, 2015 Kaora rated it it was ok
The last two were okay. The writing in this series isn't amazing. It is repetitive and the characters are rather flat. The reluctant leader, the dark magic user, the strong yet beautiful female lead, the fiesty barmaid and her brooding warrior are all rather clique.

The redeeming factor in the last two books were the story lines and the bits of humor thrown in.

However, I felt like this one was missing some of the humor, and I quickly got over (view spoiler)
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Great end to the first Dragonlance trilogy. These books are fast paced, epic stories peopled with tons of great fantasy characters (elves, dwarves, knights, gnomes, dragons, magicians and sorcerers and even a minotaur sailor). Plus the anti-hero Raistlin is exceptionally well done. These books give you exactly what you are looking for when you pick them up and are the fantasy equivalent of "summer blockbuster movies." They are a ton of fun and will keep reading them as a fun ch ...more
Aug 26, 2010 Brad rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, to-my-kids
Of the original Dragonlance trilogy, Dragons of Spring Dawning is not my favourite. Even so, it contains some excellent moments while serving as both a pseudo ending to the War of the Lance and a fine introduction to the Legends series.

Perhaps it is Dragons of Spring Dawning's transitional position that makes it impossible for it to be the best of the three. There is a real sense in Dragons of Spring Dawning that we are not speeding towards a resolution of the War but a shift in hostilities from
May 14, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, four stars, at least a fraction of which are nostalgia-based. But for all that, once I started reading it required effort to stop. This was the book about which I remembered the least when I picked it up, but it came flooding back quickly enough -- Tanis, torn between the Good Girl and the Bad Girl, Caramon, torn between the Good Barmaid and the Sickly Brother, Raistlin, torn between Power and More Power ... And, of course, Tasslehoff and Flint and the rest. I'd forgotten how dark things ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This one took me longer to read and dragged more than the first two books but nonetheless it was an entertaining read. The whole series was a nice light reading break after all that serious grimdark.

The adventures are quite good and the companions splitting up and going on different adventures is fun to read. Kitiara is a compelling character, my personal hate for her notwithstanding. She is quite well written and not one-dimensional like most others. Fizban is my other favorite here and the sur
-Remate a la trilogía que simbolizó mucho tiempo el cénit del marketing cruzado de género.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Tanis vuelve con sus amigos, sin contarles toda la verdad de su relación con la Señora del Dragón Kitiara, cuando el grupo debe escapar y terminan en un barco donde su timonel es Berem, y… pero qué más da, estimados lectores, porque el “poder” de este libro va más allá de sí mismo. Tercer libro de la saga Dragonlance y tercer libro de la trilogía Crónicas de
Esma Tezgi
Oct 28, 2015 Esma Tezgi rated it it was amazing
İlk kitap ve ikinci kitap güzeldi, hareketliydi ama bazen durgunlaşıp aksiyondan çok uzak oluyordu ancak bu kitap.. Gerçekten çok güzel bir kitaptı, okurken diğer kitaplarda ki gibi sıkılmadım, açıkçası ilk iki kitap okurken bazen sıkıyordu ve bir oturuşta uzun uzun okuyamıyordum, bu kitapta bu sorun çok olmadı. Özellikle son 50 sayfayı nasıl okuduğumu bilmiyorum, olaylar müthiş bir ivme kazandı ve heyecan doruktaydı.

İlk kitaplarda başlayan olayların bir çoğu bu kitapta açıklığa kavuştu. Bir
Mar 28, 2016 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flat, one-dimensional, repetitive, shallow. If you are the type of reader who constantly forgets what color hair all the characters have, this is the book for you.

What I can't understand is how despite all of that, these books are so darn appealing. They fit snugly in that part of your brain that likes good old cookie-cutter predictability and simplicity. Terrible dialogue, ridiculous characters with one or two traits that govern everything they do. It's like Hercules The Legendary Journey in bo
Feb 24, 2013 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: read-long-ago
The Dragonlance series was a love of mine as a young teenager. They are one of the main reasons that I love fantasy so much today. These are the perfect young adult fantasy novels that are very well geared towards boys...

I loved them..
Jason Koivu
Feb 21, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Fuck this repetitious writing!

(See the following for a further explanation...
Apr 27, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a good conclusion to the companions' journey together. I didn't want it to end. My brother-in-law told me that many people love the world of Krynn, that it's a fantasy world many people feel attached to. I understand why. I would definitely read more books about Krynn, but I want them to be written by Weis and Hickman. They're not the best writers, but they make me connect to the characters. I love how the companions developed and changed from Dragons of Autumn Twilight to this book. The ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Jul 07, 2012 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it
This was quite a satisfactory ending to the trilogy--although I suppose it's not really an ending since it appears to be a prelude to another series after this one. Nevertheless, the tale of the diverse group of companions fighting against the Dark Queen and her evil dragons was wrapped up relatively neatly, although I found the ending a bit rushed.

I didn't like Tanis quite as much in this book as I did in the first two. He seemed too full of anger and guilt and allowed the darkness in him to ov
Zoran Krušvar
Aug 23, 2015 Zoran Krušvar rated it it was amazing
Look, these books aren't really THAT good, but I love them. So I'll give them a bunch of stars and that's it :-p
Oct 13, 2013 Colin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoying re-reading this series. I'm not so into the Mormon subtext that pervades the Dragonlance books (not a slam against Mormonism itself, mind you, just seems weird in a fantasy series). Since I first read Dragonlance books back in the 80s, I always identified with Raistlin Majere. Not quite as much in my old age, but it's interesting to re-read and see why I loved the character so much . . .
Jul 18, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
I let this go too long to remember much now. Too much of the good stuff happens off-screen, just like the rest of the damn trilogy. I'll juke it all the way up to three stars because it is notable for how the good characters (well, and even some evil characters) are tempted in ways consistent with their, well, characters; the plot is terrible and floppy, but the characters all at least have some strong points. It makes the series feel like a wasted opportunity, but I think it was a good experien ...more
Juan Eduardo Castellon
Nice ending. Great series. Fizban rules.
Luca Lesi
Mar 23, 2016 Luca Lesi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Potrebbe essere soltanto una coincidenza... ma segui la coincidenza abbastanza lontano e la torverai legata al destino
Astinus di Palathas sedeva nel suo studio.
La sua mano guidava il calamo che stringeva fra le dita a tracciare tratti fermi e regolari.
La scrittura chiara e decisa che scorreva da quella penna poteva venir letta senza difficoltà perfino da lontano.
Astinus stava riempiendo rapidamente un foglio di pergamena,soffermandosi raramente a pensare.
Nell'osservarlo si aveva l'impressione ch
Mike Rice
Dec 16, 2014 Mike Rice rated it it was amazing
Until recently, Dragonlance had been a whisper of my youth carried by me fondly into adulthood. A dear friend of mine, Christie Bilboa (of encouraged me to revisit the prolifically imaginative and colorful world of magic, wonder and danger as a group reading effort. Having 'remembered' reading this series before, but remembering only bits and pieces of it, I agreed. What I soon learned is that not only was Dragonlance a whisper of my past, but the whisper wasn't even mine. I ...more
J.C. Cauthon
Jun 27, 2016 J.C. Cauthon rated it really liked it
This book is part of the ever-expanding Dragonlance Universe, and it is book 3 in the Chronicles series.

This series is where my love for fantasy novels began, and it is my absolute favorite series from the Dragonstone Universe.

That being said, of the three novels in this trilogy, this one is my least favorite. To me, it read as a set-up novel. It's sole task seemed to be to offer minimal closure to the War of the Lance and to slowly introduce the Legends series, so for me, that's where it fell f
Apr 26, 2015 Rick rated it did not like it
I started this series because some friends told me that they loved it more than The Lord of the Rings. That seemed like a fairly worth while recommendation. I was certainly surprised to discover that this not even in the same league as Tolkien. They did say that it starts out a little rough, but once you get into it the story really takes off. Well, after finishing the book I kept wondering when it was going to get better.

After finishing it I decided that I needed to re-examined all the recomme
Nov 17, 2011 Brian rated it liked it
To anybody interested in the Dragonlance Saga, this trilogy is definitely the place to start and an essential read. To others, it may not stand out too much. There is one thing you cannot deny: they are fun. Autumn Twilight will always be a favorite of mine and getting to know the characters and the setting has a feeling reminiscent of (but not overly derivitive of) Tolkein's Fellowship. It is, however, a D&D book and if you are not a fanboy/girl then you won't get quite the same rush I thin ...more
Carol Gibson
Jul 25, 2016 Carol Gibson rated it really liked it
I first read this book back in the 1980s I was in my 20s and I loved it. The world, the characters really spoke to me. I still enjoyed it this time but not quite as much as I did back then. I am older wiser and got a little frustrated with the actions of some of the characters. Mainly the idea that one life is worth letting the entire world fall into darkness. I also found the character of Laurana childish in many ways which as 58 year old woman bugged me. My 20 something self adored her.

That a
May 12, 2011 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fine conclusion to a wonderful trilogy read. Dragons and wizards. Friends saved and friends lost. Love lost and love rediscovered. Though one could quibble about the authors' overuse of character distraction and the inability to find one's breath at times when crucial information needs to be expressed (manufacturing dramatic tension), this is plain old pulp fantasy reading with fun heroes and great evil doers. And you just might find yourself a bit misty-eyed a couple of times dependi ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Theunenlightened rated it liked it
If I am 15 years younger, and I have not read Tolkien/Martin/Salvatore/Pratchett, I would give this a 5.

The plot is very exciting. There is no pause... our characters are always running away from something or fighting against something. The premise is interesting, and the world is rich. I really felt that I was transported back to the magical world where dragons are, very real, when I was reading this. I had the urge to keep reading to find out what really happened to the world.

Yes, I did not
Nicodemus Argent
Jan 03, 2016 Nicodemus Argent rated it really liked it
Of the above what I see is many people claiming it is trash meant for teens and many others simply quoting the dust jacket. If it is meant for middle schoolers, then leave it to them to write the review.

I started books of this grade a little later than I should have. Reading wasn't a big thing in my house, it wasn't until I was in the military and had long field deployments when I started to see the value in it.

Big thing about the Dragonlance book setting: The books by Weis and Hickman are a sol
Aug 04, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come! :D
Nov 23, 2014 Francis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites-books
He terminado la relectura de esta maravillosa saga y ahora voy a animaros a leerla. No va a haber nunca unos personajes tan humanos y amables como éstos. Valientes, humanos y entregados a un bien común: salvar el mundo de la destrucción y el mal.

Los draconianos quieren proclamarse como única raza existente en Krynn. Son criaturas humanoides con rasgos reptilianos y liderados por dragones.

Tanis el semielfo, líder de los aventureros, ha logrado infiltrarse en el ejército de los draconianos, establ
Apr 20, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

Desenlace de la trilogía y desenlace de mi primera incursión en el universo Dragonlance.

He disfrutado mucho de esta trilogía de las Crónicas.
Aunque sí que debo reconocer que en este volumen me faltó un desenlace más épico. Tuve un poco esa sensación desagradable de: ¿tanto sufrimiento, tantas idas y venidas... para terminar solucionándolo todo así de fácil? No sé. Un final un poco soso, en mi opinión. Y por eso debería bajarle la nota a Bien... Pero confieso que en las últimas parte
Dungeon Reader
Nov 04, 2015 Dungeon Reader rated it liked it
Shelves: dragonlance
tl;dr: More of the same, but the authors are getting better at writing emotion. Spoilers may follow.

I found this to be slightly less exciting than Winter Night in some ways. On the plus side, it makes up for it by having the characters experience real, relatable reactions to events, for the first time. You can see that the authors have matured since Autumn Twilight, which is impressive to see. Also, for the first time, I was amused by some of the humour in the books; specifically where Astinus i
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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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“Interesting." Raistlin coughed the word.
Tanis glanced at him sharply. "What is interesting?"
"I've never heard you lie before, Half-Elf," Raistlin said softly. " I find it...quite...fascinating.”
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