Darkness and Light (Dragonlance: Preludes, #1)
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Darkness and Light (Dragonlance: Preludes #1)

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This first in a series of Dragonlance Preludes recovers is from popular Dragonlance writing duo Thompson & Cook.

This title is the first in a series of rereleases of the popular Dragonlance Preludes series. When originally released, this title was one of the early collaborations for writing team Paul B. Thompson & Tonya C. Cook, who are now two of the most popular a

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Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Wizards of the Coast
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Scott Asher
This was the first book I ever read. I don't care if, by comparison, it is derivative or obvious. It will always remain special to me.

I wasn't a reader. My father took me to the bookstore one summer day and said that I could pick out any book to read so I picked up this one (but the old cover with the pink borders). I wasn't sure I would even read it. But once I started I couldn't stop.

That summer I must have read more than 20 Dragonlance books (thank God for used book stores!) And since then...more
Graham
A disappointing read, but then I wasn't expecting much - even the Weis/Hickman original Chronicles trilogy disappointed me when I read it again a few years ago, for the first time as an adult.

DARKNESS AND LIGHT, the first in the Preludes sub-series which tells of the early life of Sturm and Kitiara - is firmly pitched as a children's adventure story. Characterisation is nil - seriously, there's no character arc or development in the entire story! Sturm and Kitiara start out as exactly the same c...more
Jeff Yoak
The Chronicles and the Twins trilogy were among the first books I read. I decided to revisit the series and fill in with some of the many books written in the same universe as well as revisiting old favorites.

The problem is, though the integrity of the world is pretty much respected, it destroys the reality of the world to have epic stories contained in slices of the timeline I know that are otherwise just unmentioned.

The Chronicles begin after our heroes part for five years to search for signs...more
Azariphale
Gnomish misadventure reigns supreme.
Jasmyn
Back to the world of Krynn in the first book of the Preludes Trilogy. The series follows the main characters from the DragonLance Chronicles trilogy in the years before the series starts. Darkness & Light follows Kitiara, the fiesty female mercenary, and Sturm Brightblade, the honorable Solamnic knight, as they set off on an adventure to find Sturm's home and family. A home which was ravaged and burnd when we was a small child, a family that has scattered to the winds. Along the way they run...more
Nathan
This was the first Dragonlance book I ever hated. So very disappointing. I had been reading Dragonlance books since the first three books had come out, had followed the Chronicles and the Legends, the Tales and the Heroes. Had even followed the second Tales and the second Heroes. And then I picked this one up. Cool amethyst cover. A story from the days before the Chronicles began. Sounded good to me.

It was terrible. Sorry, Paul, but really. Not only did it completely lack the Krynn / Dragonlance...more
David
I liked Sturm and Kitiara very much in the Chronicles so I thought a book featuring both of them would be a very good read. Unfortunately I was wrong. It was turned out that the Sturm and Kitiara in this book were more stereotypical and have less depth than the ones written by Weis and Hickman. I didn't an epic-level story, but I didn't exactly expect comedy either. The authors didn't know what to expect either as it appears to be part epic and part comic. The first half of the book deals with t...more
Theshrewedshrew
... It was kind of rough. I haven't ever read a book of dragonlance before. Or I have and its been so long I have forgotten.

I remember d&d... I always tend to play in a party of loose morals, and sharp knifes aimed at the back of other party members. Yes, we have had several Party members die due to "friendly fire" and yes, I really do mean fire. lol

So this book with the "Moral" Knight being the main character really makes me mad. I get a lot of the means, but I also completely understand t...more
nimrodiel
Nov 09, 2011 nimrodiel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Dragonlance world
I had a hard time getting into this one. Not because of the writing, it was a fantastic dragonlance story, and the setting was great (I've always wondered about the red moon Lunitari), however I think it is because the two main characters are ones that I did't really care for much from the original trilogy. Sturm Brightblade always seemed so stuffy, and was even more so in this book. I did enjoy reading how he found his father's armor and legacy. Kitiara I had trouble believing. Most likely bec...more
Selena
There's not much good to say about this book, unfortunately. The writing style is very juvenile and it has no continuity whatsoever. The events do not relate to each other in any way at all. Yes, it reveals story, but you could have made a bullet point list for the same effect without wasting time to read the flat text between. This book would have done much better if it had been presented as a series of short stories. Then each chapter could have been self-contained and still revealed all the s...more
Don
This book wasn't terrible, but it certainly didn't have that flow that most of the better DragonLance books have. The first 2/3 of the story followed a pretty good arc and I wish they'd just ended it there. No, they added the last third, which was supposed to "finish the tale". Instead it felt weird just tacked onto the end. I found myself considering stopping several times through, but it had just enough in terms of characters and storytelling to keep me from pulling the plug.

Like I said, not...more
Jim C
A book set in the dragonlance realm. Before the original core books, Sturm and Kitiara hit the road and have an intersting adventure with a bunch of gnomes. You would think with these characters this would be a good book. It wasn't. The characters are interesting but the adventure was a little far fetched and never captured me. The only thing that saved this book was the last 75 pages which was about a seperate adventure. If this plot was the whole book, this book would have been better. The onl...more
Lucas Rodriguez
Darkness and light is a good book for people who like fairytale books, books about knights (sometimes in shining armor), science fiction, and just out of the ordinary. It is about Kitiara and Strum going north, but along the way they meet some... peculiar friends. On the trip, they take a large detour. To the moon and back!
Bert Janssens
Entertaining: a trip with a bunch of gnomes ending on the moon Lunatari....
Jennifer Kibble
Starts slow but then the book really takes off!
Elizabeth
The hidden years between Sturm and Kitiara that for much of my time reading the Dragonlance stories I had no idea about, only secretive hints from other books. The setting was a bit more suddenly far-fetched than many another book, but perhaps that just helps play into the whole reason for these years being much more hidden than other hero's five years apart.
Ari
This was the fisr DL book I ever read, don't know why its what I picked. I remeber it taking em a long time and kinda enjoying it. Overall, going back to it, ehhh is all i can say. This hsitory between Strum and Kitiara was interseing but that was all. Not the biggest loss if you skip this.
Kai
I loved the Gnomes!!! :D The were a fabulous addition to this book. I couldn't really empathise with either Sturm or Kitiara in this book.

A good read, but definitely not as good as the other DL novels.
Tim
copy-pasted from my Librarything account: At times a bit hard to get through, but overall this is a very nice book, though I had thought Sturm to be a bit stronger(-willed) towards the end.
Gabriela
Apr 12, 2010 Gabriela added it
Shelves: nope, dragonlance
Put it on hold for a while, after going through about 1/4 of it. I'm finding it hard to relate these characters with the ones I read on the Chronicles and Legends.
Jay Szpirs
Bar none, the worst book in this series. Perhaps there are worse fantasy books out there, but I doubt it.

Kevin J. Anderson's Star Wars books, maybe.

Maybe.
Flynn's
Read when I was young and it was one of the 2 novels I read that got me loving fantasy. I plan to re-read and go through the series, Preludes I & II.
Daniel
The first Dragonlance book - and first fantasy tale - I ever read. I didn't know then that this was the start of a life time of reading.
Emi G
GAH! Both Kit and Sturm are VERY out of character. And the sharding GNOMES will drive you crazy.
Will Oprisko
Reading it once was more than enough. Should have been a short story.
Leon
I enjoyed their "sci-fi inspired" exploration to one of the moons
Marcus
Aug 14, 2007 Marcus rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any one who likes fantasy
Very epic storyline.
Matt
very comical enjoyed every second of it. fantastic ending.
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