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Dragonlance Chronicles (Dragonlance: Chronicles #1-3)

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More than three million readers have witnessed the return of the dragons...And now the books that began the best-selling 'dragonlance' saga are collected in their entirety in this special edition, along with all of the artwork from the trilogy. This splendid collector's edition is a must for the millions of readers who fell in love with the fantasy world of Krynn.
Paperback, 1030 pages
Published March 15th 1988 by TSR (first published September 1st 1985)
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CONCEPT: A group of adventurers are chosen to help drive back the Evil from another world led by the Dark Queen.

MARKETING APPEAL: The DRAGONLANCE chronicles had the whole AD&D industry behind them; TSR used this tale as a marketing ploy, using their fans and game designers (to set up the world); then, they took some above average writers to do the first trilogy; Set up in a typical AD&D adventure (rag tag group of mixed adventurers off to save the world with promise of great magic, great
David Beavers
Feb 01, 2008 David Beavers rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy geeks
This review isn't for the special edition (which I didn't know existed) per se, it's just a convenient way to review all 3 of the books in this series . . . this marvelous series, which I read when I was probably 15 or 16, and which is a really wonderful piece of fantasy storytelling. If you like that sort of thing, I can't recommend Margret Weiss and Tracy Hickman's work enough: they're brilliant storytellers, and they invest the Dragonlance fantasy world with a darkness, wit, and gravity that' ...more
I have to give these five stars because my love of fantasy stems from my stumbling onto these, and reading them, as a teenager. No mean feat given I grew up in a small town in Malaysia!

I have read, and reread, these books many, many times, for comfort, for memory's sake, for any number of reasons. I have not read them in recent years, and I have to confess that I am loathe to do so, because you can never go back, but they deserve 5 stars just for the warm memories I have of them, and how they m
I tried reading these once when I was younger and never finished them. They show up on lists of great fantasy series all the time, though, so I tried again. I made it through them this time, but barely: they are really not good.

The writers use as their framework the "alignment" concept from the Dungeons and Dragons manual: the tic tac toe grid of lawful / neutral / chaotic and good / neutral / evil. Each character inhabits one of the boxes in that grid, and that is the extent of their characteri
This review was written in the late nineties (just for myself), and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability). It is one of my lost reviews.

An epic fantasy of Tolkien-like scope?! Sounds good for a novel's back cover, doesn't it? But it is almost true with the Dragonlance Chronicles. Almost.

The k
Cassie Shook
This is a book my brother gave me when we were kids, and I found it recently on a bookshelf at my parents house. I was looking for a totally fantastical fantasy story, so I decided to read it again.

I LOVE IT. If you're looking for a book to read that takes you completely out of the current reality (and you love reading about Elves and Dragons and Dwarfs etc), read this. I've been working on it as my bedtime reading for a month or so now, and more than once have I ended up staying up til 4 or 5
El retorno de los dragones me costó un poco al principio meterme en otro mundo de fantasia pero una vez conoces a los personajes me enganchó muhisimo. La tumba de Huma fue alucinante un 5 para él. El desenlace me dejó totalmente descolocada... que ayer despues de una noche d lectura todavia no habia asimilado... vamos que pasan cosas que no esperaba para nada y eso siempre es bienvenido.
Mike (the Paladin)
I actually came across these books seeking something to interest my son in reading. He had up to that point been uninterested in books and we're a familly of readers. I was concerned.

But, using the wisdom of all good parents (get him something that is totally without merit and has no educational value) I introduced him to the Dragon Lance books (I'd discovered Dungeons and Dragons in 1978) and since I got them for my son I read them to.

Ever played D&D? These are pretty much the same experien
Quite simply this is a MUST read for anybody who loves Fantasy novels and in particular Dungeons and Dragons.

I have read this first trilogy so many times and it is just as good now as it was when I first read it. The characters are some of the most memorable of any I have read (my wife vetoed Raistlin as a name for my son). This is right up there with LOTR in the must reads category and I can't say much more than wuld add to this point...
Tanis Half-Blacky
Once you start with this magnificent Trilogy, you will want more and more! The epic novels by Weis and Hickman provide the readers with stories about friendship, love, war, and how different races struggle together for survival. I really recommend readers to start with the Chronicles and find out the great world behind its pages. Enjoy :)
Jacob Frank
I last read these books about 25 years ago. Obviously, everything about the world and about my own perspective has changed radically sense then. For example, I remember finding the character Raistlin very compelling: the wizard with the chronic lung ailment who dreams of limitless power, perhaps 12-year old asthmatic kids were the target audience there… on rereading though he seems somewhat irritating and one-dimensional. There is presumably more going on in his head than in those of other chara ...more
OH GOD!!! This thing sucked!!!!

Ok, now understanding the background behind this book, I have to relax on certain qualms - the main one being how it reads like a RPG transcript, basically because it IS an RPG transcript. So, that's fine, and personally, Hickman and Weis did a bang-up job of presenting it as such.

Now, that aside, I think the book started great and through most of the first book, was pretty good, until people starting dying. This is where I started becoming so angry that I
I read this book, technically three books, when I was about 12 years old. It was the first 1,000 page+ book I ever read, and I adored it. I wept when one of the characters died. I gasped when a plot twist was revealed. I was, as you may guess, the target audience. I don't know how well the book would stand up today. It is certainly better than a lot of the fantasy books I've read. Raistlin is a wonderful character. The growth of the mage over the three books was terrific. You were watching him g ...more
My first-look impression of this enormous trilogy, when presented to me by a friend, was exactly this :

^"What the f...? How am I supposed to read all this!!!"...^

And then it began.

At first, I have to say, I lived the experience of AD&D myself. Reading something that some other DM has written was kinda strange for me. The reason was that I didn't feel that it would be the same reading someone else's story, I 'd much rather live it through my DM. But then I started read
Okay, let's start by clarifying that these books are not literature, even though there's a whole generation of Xers (Gen-Xers) who would claim otherwise because many of them were coming of age reading these novels.

I owned my copies from the time I was about 22, but never read them all the way through until I was closer to 35. They came off as pulpy, silly, cheap and badly written in many ways. The characters were beyond even decent graphic novel caliber in their exaggerated, stereotyped behavior
Three books (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning) that comprise a single story, so I'm reviewing them all together. I'm not usually interested in multiple-author series fantasy, but this trilogy is one of my fiance's all-time favorites and he wanted to share them with me. These books were inspired largely by a role playing campaign using the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons system. I wish I hadn't known that beforehand, because too often I caught mysel ...more
I am certainly biased. These were not just the first fantasy books I ever read. But the first books ever. These characters are a part of my childhood and I will always compare likable villains to Raistlin or comic relief to Tasselhoff. These books gave me a love for writing and creating other worlds.
The one aspect of the novels that I didn't care for, and which I would try to avoid in my own writings is the reveal that what is going to take place has been fated and it is known by characters tha
Apr 07, 2008 Tim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of speculative fiction/ young readers
Like many of the other reviewers of this series, my high ranking on it is based upon my reading it as a teenager. I had read Tolkien at that point, and was fascinated by this trilogy. I read it periodically for about 3 years and enjoyed it, but I do recall becoming somewhat disenchanted with the writing by the time I got back from a year at college.

Still, the characters hold a warm place in my heart, and I think the trilogy is substantially better than other derivative works in the genre. The s
Sara Terpilowski
The Dragonlance Chronicles are one of my favorite series of books, definitely. I was so excited when this came out, and immediately shelled out the 30 dollars to buy it and pore over every word. Honestly, I have not read a Dragonlance book since, with the exception of The Dark Disciple trilogy, which were written by Weis alone. Tracy Hickman just struck me as such a self-important douchebag in this edition that it pretty much completely turned me off of the entire core series. I'm starting to fe ...more
The main plot of this book is a group of adventurers who have realized to growth of evil in their lands. They move to investigate. While running from one obstacle they would hit another. Their ultimate goal is to restore peace and stability to the land however this goal often seems impossible.
I would rate this book 7 out of 10. This is because the plot is similar to that of The Hobbit. I do not condone copying someone's work especially when it is such a work of art. Originality is something tru
The first book in this series was released in 1984. 4 years later I was 11 years old... I knew nothing of D&D... I knew nothing of fantasy novels... yet. In the winter of '88, I was given a book to read by my grandfather, who was hoping to inspire his love for books in a Nintendo addicted kid more interested in playing Mario or watching Will Smith on TV.. "books are our friends and we treat them with respect" was the speech I was given. "Ever whonder what fighting a dragon is really like?" h ...more
The book tells you what happens, not shows you. There were a few moments that were nice, but mostly I had to sit through tiring... something. Telling. So and so did this in the past. so and so did this. SO and so is doing this or that. The very first of the book when all the adventures meet, I thought I was in for a real treat. When they meet at the tree house. The authors told me about what each character did, and what they did together in the past. SO and so adventured together before, and did ...more
Maddie Lind
The Dragonlance Chronicles, a book made for fantasy geeks, D&D players and people who enjoy watching someone else play video games. You follow a group of adventurers, practically a D&D campaign, go through a series of adventures to drive out the forces of evil resurfacing in the world. The series is set in a high fantasy setting with much history and back story. The many plot and character twists makes this book a very good read. My only problems with this series is that there were times ...more
Fantasy Literature
Dragons of Autumn Twilight, a classic work of high fantasy, marks the beginning of a remarkable 6-book tale (the CHRONICLES Trilogy, followed by the even more magnificent LEGENDS Trilogy), which greatly increased the interest in the Dungeons & Dragons game throughout the 1980's. It certainly does contain more than a few stock fantasy elements (e.g. dragons, elves, dwarves, an unlikely group of friends somehow being chosen to stop the conquest of Evil...). However, the straightforward, simple ...more
Jason Haverfield
For me this is where fantasy started, in grade school when a friend introduced me to these books. Before I ever got into LOTR and JRR Tolkien it was the Dragonlance Chronicles. Weiss and Hickman always take me back with such great memories of first discovering the world of fantasy in books. I will always be grateful for that.
Brian Kupfer
I first picked up the collected Chronicles edition of this book on a 10 day bus trip through England back during the early 90s, and don't think I spent a moment that I was on that bus without the book open in my hands. Always a voracious reader, I devoured this tale of friendship, love, adventure, sacrifice....and Dragons. At the time, I didn't know, or care, that it was based off the Dungeons and Dragons world, I just loved the richness of the world the Weis and Hickman had created, and the evi ...more
I give this series a 1 star purely because I cannot go any lower. I dove into this "epic saga" not expecting anything magical, and I wasn't disappointed. This is yet another classic example proving that a novel based on a game is not worth reading. I only (barely) made it through the first book and decided there was no way I was going to waste my time with the other two. The characters were interchangeable and the plot was highly lackluster, with our "heroes" trudging along from one forest or va ...more
What a fantastically written world to escape to as a teenager. These books will always have a special hold on my heart. The characters are very dynamic and their journey is in the wonderful, classical vein of Tolkien. I'm rereading them now and the nostalgia has not been dampened.
Brandon Luffman
I've read this trilogy multiple times, although I think it was back in high school the last time I read it. It was good to revisit Krynn and the Companions. This annotated edition has a lot of great backstory and inside info on the creation of the Dragonlance setting and the stories set there.

I have to say that the quality of the writing is interesting. The first book of the three (the first Weis and Hickman did together) is an excellent story, but the writing isn't that great. It's interesting
This is the series that started me on Fantasy - well, that is... after Lord of the Rings (of course!!!)
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