Dragons of the Hourglass Mage (Dragonlance: The Lost Chronicles, #3)
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Dragons of the Hourglass Mage (Dragonlance: The Lost Chronicles #3)

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The dramatic conclusion to the Lost Chronicles series!

The War of the Lance is nearing its end—for good or ill. The wizard Raistlin Majere travels to Neraka, the lord city of the Dark Queen. Raistlin ostensibly plans to work for her, though in reality he means to further his own quest for power. The Dark Queen plans to destroy the gods of magic on the Night of the Eye, when...more
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Published August 4th 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2009)
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Gordon Clemmons
I'll start by saying I'm completely biased because I've had a love for the Heroes of the Lance since reading the Chronicles trilogy as a teen. This takes you right back to the War of the Lance, and covers Raistlin's journey, starting from that fated day aboard the Perechon in the maelstrom of the Blood Sea of Istar.

Hourglass Mage doesn't just provide a fun adventure and heaps of nostalgia (it provides those in spades), it also provides greater insight into the character of Raistlin Majere--his m...more
Inna
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Christina
Dragonlance was what introduced me to fantasy as an adult. I was charmed by the world and the creatures in it - especially the kender, a race unique to this setting. Over the years, I've read a lot of these novels and it is always enjoyable to enter this world. These books are a kind of comfort reads to me.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are the two authors who have written the core books in this series. From the amazing Chronicles, over Legends and Dragons of Summer Flame and finally The War of...more
Alicia Ham
The final book in the Lost Chronicles series, this story focuses on Raistlin, and what happened to him after he appeared on the steps of the Great Library in Palanthas using the dragon orb. It shows us not only how he ended up in Neraka at the end of Dragons of Spring Dawning, but also why he chose to do what he did in the end.

Being a book from one of my favorite fantasy series as a kid, and about my favorite character from that series, I thought that I would have enjoyed this one more than I ac...more
Jasmine
This one was my favourite of the "Lost Chronicles" books- particularly the end, it was great seeing how this storyline fit in with the end of the original Spring Dawning.

Overall, with the Lost Chronicles I think I'd give Dwarven Depths a 3.5, Highlord Skies a 4, and Hourglass Mage a 4.5. But since Goodreads doesn't let us be so precise, they're all getting 4s.

I think in general I would lump the Lost Chronicles in with perhaps the Tales subseries of books - not epic storytelling in the wider arc...more
Sierra
Okay, it was Raistlin Majere, my very favorite Dragonlance character. I can't dis him too much, but! I thought that a lot of the plot was author-driven and not character or plot driven. The author seemed to be telling the characters what to do and what to say. BUT! Again, it's Raistlin. And he rocks. The story picks up after Caramon, Tanis, Flint, Tass, and the others aboard the ship are thought to be lost to the Malestrom. Raistlin has whisked himself away via his dragon orb to Palanthas. It's...more
Tifa
I wanted so desperately to love this book because the Dragonlance novels were my favorite books when I was a teenager, and Raistlin was by far my favorite character. I was excited when I found this book so long after I first fell in love with Krynn, so I worked it into my re-read of the original series.

Maybe that was the problem. I read it immediately after Dragons of Spring Dawning so it was perfect chronologically, but the differences were clear. The authors' writing has changed drastically in...more
Eurydice Shadowcry
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was really curious in Dragons of spring dawning what Raistlin was doing during the majority of the book so this was awesome. He is my favorite character in the series and I was very depressed when he wasnt in that book. This book gives a very good explanation of what he was doing during that time and its helps you to get to know the mage. It kept me guessing. One reason I love Raistlin is that I can never figure out what he is going to do next and this book kept...more
Anthony
The first two books in this series were "meh", not up to par with the books these authors wrote over two decades ago about the same characters. But this final book in this series features a much beloved character, and it did not do him justice. He spent a good portion of the book going about mundane tasks, totally wasting opportunities to do something really spectacular for his character development. But nothing of the sort ever materialized. I think I'm probably not the only person who went int...more
Ithlilian
As a Raistlin fan, I have been waiting so long to read this. I finally got my chance and find myself disappointed. Even though the authors mention that it's best to read other dragonlance books before this, you really don't need to. There is so much repetition and information given that any dragonlance reader already knows. Many of the races and places, and the magic system and characters are described in too much depth for someone familiar with the series. I don't remember the previous two Lost...more
Modern Girl
This is a book worthy of Five Stars.

Since July, I had reread the following DragonLance titles (in this order)

Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragons of Spring Dawning
Time of the Twins
War of the Twins
Test of the Twins
Soulforge
Brothers in Arms
Dragons of Dwarven Depths
Dragons of Highlord Skies
Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

Well, I didn't "reread" the last three, I read them for the first time. I reread all the other ones because DragonLance Nexus said that they go better after readi...more
Geddy Israel
Dragons of the Hourglass Mage was the perfect conclusion The Lost Chronicles tying itself neatly to the original Dragonlance Chronicles. Raistlin Majere never fails to be a dynamic character, and this tale proves to be no exception. Raistlin has abandoned his friends to watery graves in a maelstrom to find himself at the great library in Palanthas. Here he can recuperate and plan his next steps, which take some surprising turns. Raistlin takes the black robes of Takhisis and determines to become...more
Scott Lee
I, like many who've reviewed this before me I'm sure, remember the Dragonlance books, especially Chronicles and Legends from early high school with fond nostalgia. I was very much engaged by Weis and Hickman's stories and have since followed them into several other worlds before returning with them to Krynn for the Lost Chronicles Trilogy. I've listened to all three now, and they were okay.

Unfortunately, these books are sufficiently dependent on the previous novels as to be nearly unintelligibl...more
Crystal
Originally posted by Wizards of the Coast:
DRAGONS OF THE HOURGLASS MAGE SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Tolena Thorburn
Wizards of the Coast
425.204.8011
Tolena.Thorburn@wizards.com

DRAGONS OF THE HOURGLASS MAGE SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER 2009

RENTON, Wash.—July 21, 2008 — Wizards of the Coast Inc., and New York Times Best-selling authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman today announced that Dragons of the Hourglass Mage is scheduled for a Summer 2009 publication.

Dragons of the Hourgla...more
Guin
You'd think I'd have some bad associations with Dragonlance, since it was my ex who first introduced me to it. But I don't - most of the lasting friendships I've made in the last ten years were based on a common interest in this series. So it will always have a special place in my heart.

Most fans have become disenchanted and disappointed in the direction DL has gone in the last few years. But I was really delighted with the chance to go back to the beginning with the Lost Chronicles and relive t...more
Marco
The Dragonlance books will always have a special place in my heart. I used to read them when I was a kid. I still remember many summer days spent outdoors, protected by the hot sun rays by an old silk tree, with my nose in one of the book of the series. I would spend hour after hour lost in those pages, until it was too dark to read or it was time for dinner. Reading this book was like falling back in time. I was no longer in my San Francisco apartment, but I was back again in that field in Ital...more
Kurtbg
The last of the "lost" or "missing" section of the author's dragonlance chronicles. This book focuses mainly on one of the most interesting characters that this world created - Raistlin the black robed mage. Oddly enough, they did not elaborate and flesh the hero character, Tanis. Imagine brad pitt with a beard and a smart cunning (Brad Clooney?) Anyway this last book ties together Raistlin's rise as the mage of past and present, and ties off the story where the end of the Dragons of Autumn pick...more
Lindsay Stares
I find the “Lost Chronicles” particularly ridiculous. The idea here is that Weis and Hickman's kids must need dental work or something, and/or things are very sour between them and WotC. This is the last of three books that aimed to fill in the time gaps in the original Chronicles trilogy. You know, besides all the short stories and etc. that others have written that retread the same exact ground. The first one was useless and the second inane. This one is... complicated.


My non-spoiler thoughts...more
David
Two stars for the book, one bonus star for it being focused on Raistlin Majere.

There were quite a bit of misses in this book. And after a somewhat disappointing book 2, I didn't really have high hopes for this one. Raistlin, for the most part, acts the way that has become his trademark; yet we see him in scenes of weakness; not sure how I feel about that. Feels a bit out of character.

There's quite a bit of filler with repeated explanations or reflections in the book, so the new content is actual...more
Alex
A disappointing conclusion to a disappointing trilogy. Raistlin's missing story from Dragons of Spring Dawning could - and should - have provided good material for something quite thrilling or mysterious, but Weis and Hickman bash this one out as if they couldn't care less about it. Plot setups don't engage and we're rarely given any reason to care about any character in the book, not Iolanthe, not Kitiara, not any of the members of the Hidden Light and definitely not Raistlin, who ambles about...more
Martin Belcher
Being a massive fan of Dragonlance and I have to admit to Raistlin being my favourite Dragonlance character, I was eagerly awaiting this book and it took a while to receive it as the published date kept on being put back and then back....

I wasn't disappointed, the back story of what happended to Rasitlin following his escape from the ship in the maelstrom and subsequent journey to Neraka and accepting the black robes is just brilliant. I particularly enjoyed the personal battle of wills that ta...more
Lucy Hounsom
Hourglass Mage was the only one of this 3-book series I was interested in reading. I adore Raistlin and this novel encompasses a key missing part of his role in the War of the Lance. A must-read for Raistlin lovers, but it means much more if you are familiar with the parent trilogy - the Dragonlance Chronicles beginning with Dragons of Autumn Twilight.
Kimber
Well you would think I would be biased since it's Dragonlance and the Dragonlance Chronicles are my most favorite books of all time, and The Lost Chronicles were written to "fill in the gaps" to the Chonicles...but I'm not. Out of The Lost Chronicles themselves, I liked the first one, the second one was so boring I didn't even make it all the way through, but the third one (this one) was so good I couldn't put it down. Granted Raistlin is one of my most favorite characters...but even if he wasn'...more
April Danger
Back in the day I was a Raistlin fangirl like no other, and when I saw this at the library I thought it might be fun have a nostalgic kick. All I can say is I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

This was not the Raistlin I swooned over in junior high. He didn't have badass dialogue and he didn't seem to do a whole lot of anything. It's been many years since I've read Chronicles, but I understand there are quite a few continuity errors. Plus the whole involvement of the gods seemed out of place with what...more
John Young
Master

I love the way the books all intertwine with each other. This finishes the original trilogy with fewer questions. I will definitely reread this again.
Joe
Nov 06, 2009 Joe rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dragonlance fans
This book seemed an unnecessary addition to the story of Raistlin and the overall Dragonlance series. I have always enjoyed reading about the character of Raistlin; the Soulforge was a very good entry into the series. This book felt flat to me. Weis and Hickman are masterful storytellers, but their prose is in a very comfortable style that did not seem to fit the setting and characters of this story. Most of the emotional attachment to this story is not generated by this book but by other Dragon...more
Victor
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chris
Must read

For the new fans or long time fans like myself,this is a must read. Raistlin was,is,and all ways will be my favorite dragonlance character.!!!
Ubiquitousbastard
Raistlin=Awesome. Somehow I read the whole book in a few hours and didn't notice how much time had passed. There should be a whole series about Raistlin...uh a whole other series. Books are so much better when you actually like the POV character; most of the time I end up with some sort of not-hate that can get me through the book.
It was pretty weird to have Raistlin without Caramon, but it seemed to work well. The Kitiara parts were enlightening, and the whole other perspective of Takhisis' pe...more
Michael Tildsley
This book, while being the shortest in the trilogy by about 200 pages, might be the best. I love the character Raistlin. He's the happy medium between ambition (Kitiara) and loyalty (Caramon, though his loyalty is to his freedom and craft, whereas Caramon's is to his friends). This book fills in the gap between the original trilogy and the Twins trilogy nicely by showing what Raistlin went through at the end of the War of the Lances. I just wish there were more... I want to re-read the series no...more
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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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