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Dragons of the Dwarven Depths (Dragonlance: The Lost Chronicles #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  4,261 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
Tanis and Flint seek out a haven in the dwarven kingdom of Thorbardin while Raistlin is strangely drawn to the haunted fortress known as Skullcap. Sturm seeks the legendary Hammer of Kharas, and Tika embarks on a perilous journey to rescue those she loves from certain death.

But it is the Dwarf, Flint Fireforge, who faces the most crucial test. The heroes race against time
Paperback, 594 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2006)
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Alicia Ham
Jun 09, 2008 Alicia Ham rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Shelves: dragonlance, fantasy
Once in a while you come across a world that pulls you in and never lets you go. Dragonlance was just such a place for me. A world where I could immerse myself and never get tired of the places and the people that I found there.

I know that many would put this series in the world of guilty pleasure or something similar, but for me this was a series that made me fall in love with reading. Characters that I wanted to know more about and that I fell in love with, places that I wanted to visit and ex
Nov 30, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a standalone novel that takes place after the events of Dragons of Autumn Twilight and before Dragons of Winter Night.

We've got all the heroes of the lance.
Tanis and Flint seeking out the dwarves in Thorbardin.
Raistlin drawn to a place called Skullcap.
Sturm seeking out the Hammer of Kharas.
Tika and Tasselhoff on a quest to save the ones they love.

This is such a great world. Such great characters.
600 pages of awesome! The entire Lord of the Rings wasn't much more than that. Hey Jordan, Go
Mar 10, 2015 Ugur added it
Shelves: fantasy, dragonlance
I read this book after The War of Souls trilogy. This book is a disappointment for me. The characters and the plot is not good enough to like.

I just read whole book and it does not impress me.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman wrote a sub story for the Heroes of the Lance. We know all of the characters from the main books of Dragonlance, the base of the characters are ok, they are well known, they have their uniqueness but the book does not add anything to these characters.

The plot and sub-plots lo
Oct 24, 2011 Alex rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
It's a good job that my expctations for this book were not high, because my very low ones weren't really met.

Like most people reading this book (why would you choose this as your first Dragonlance book? Just a small amount of research explains that this really isn't the best place to start!!) I have an unhealthy amount of nostalgia when it comes to Dragonlance, being hooked on the Chronicles - most notably being a Raistlin devotee - in my early teens to such an extent that thinking about Dragon
I'm so glad that the passage of the time did not diminish my enjoyment of this book. If anything, it was really really nostalgic and a very satisfying read.

All of the Companions are back again - it's like going back in time and remembering the time I was reading the Chronicles again. You find yourself falling in love with all the wonderful characters again.

The story tells of the events after their escape from Pax Tharkas at the end of book 1 of the Chronicles. It tells the story of how the refug
Feb 22, 2016 Ubiquitousbastard rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
As someone who originally read most of the (good) books of the series about a decade ago, reading these newer ones is almost the equivalent of someone remaking one of the awesome PSOne RPGs. I spent a good portion of the book pretty much reveling in having something more to read, and recalling the awesome times spent reading the earlier books. Oh, and loving Raistlin; that happens a lot.

One thing I liked about this book, that really only would appeal to veterans such as myself, is that it goes
Feb 12, 2013 Jasmine rated it really liked it
This was a fun book for me =) I'll preface this review by saying I'm a huge Dragonlance fan. A book pretty much automatically gets 3 stars from me by having the word "Dragonlance" on the cover. The closest thing I could compare this to (with a movie analogy) would be a special bonus DVD from a Director's Cut of a film. It is a nice little tale that fills in some of the glaring gaps missing from the Chronicles (hence the name of this series, the Lost Chronicles).

I'd been putting off reading these
 ☆☽ Ruth ☆☽
I love the Dragonlance series but I have been thoroughly confused by the recommended reading order! I seem to have started reading about the world of Krynn somewhere in the middle, then moved into the future, only to be shifted back in time and then returned to the middle again! Of course now I've forgotten some of the incidents in the first novels I read a year or two ago, so that I should really read them again - unfortunately I still don't know what order to read them in, so that they follow ...more
May 27, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it
Returning to the world of Dragonlance, always get me bit sentimental and excited. Dragonlance was my first real fantasy experience and is still my favourite overall. And I love getting to hang out with Tanis, Tas, Caramon & Raistlin, Flint, Sturm, Goldmoon & Riverwind, Tika and Laurana.
This book is a return to the time of the Chronciles and fill out some of the holes left from that trilogy. We follow our heroes after they've resuced the prisoners from Pax Tharkas and how they struggle to
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Dragons of the Dwarven Depths by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. It has been a few years since I read a DragonLance book and I had forgotten how much I loved this world. Now, this book takes place during the original Chronicles trilogy, which I have not read. It takes place between Dragons of Autumn Twilight and Dragons and Winter Night. Did it matter that I had never read the two books that this story takes place between? No, not at all.

Dragons of the Dwarven Depths is basi
Oct 22, 2015 Nihi rated it it was ok
There's not a lot to this one. The book's competently written but lacks any sense of size. Most of it takes place in an underground city, the scale of which is never well portrayed, and every location is within a short walk of every other. There's a lot of conditions having been a certain way for 300 years until changed forever by the group stumbling across them, and this cheapens the world somewhat.

The characters feel like pantomime versions of themselves. Apart from Tanis every hero has one pr
Mar 20, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

I've always liked Fantasy novels and especially ones about D&D. This story doesn't disappoint, It's not my favorite D&D novel, but I like the characters especially Tanis, Flynt, and Caramon. If you like D&D novels or sword and sorcery fantasy I would suggest you read this. Dragons of Dwarven depths gives you plenty of action, magic and character interaction. This is a great adventure. This is not really a book for you if you don't like fantasy, or hig
Addie Madsen
Aug 03, 2016 Addie Madsen rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. I loved the way it explained things that were left out of the original Chronicles due to this being a "lost story". I loved how it really focused on Flint too and explained more of him which in turn helped me to understand him more in the other books. It is best to read this book after you read Chronicles and Legends. DLNexus has a great reading order suggestion that I strongly suggest following when it comes to the series.
John Stephens
Sep 14, 2016 John Stephens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The early days of fantasy literature, in my world, went something like this.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (followed by a few more of those books)
The Hobbit (followed by a few more of those books, which I don't enjoy anymore, but that's a different review)
Dragonlance Chronicles

The last one is huge. Thanks to Margaret and Tracy I fell in love with fantasy, and they led me to RA Salvatore, Mercedes Lackey, and a host of other authors I love today.

But, let's talk about this book! Somehow the
Jamie Belanger
Nov 05, 2014 Jamie Belanger rated it it was ok
I always loved this world and the characters within. I grew up with the Chronicles, and I've read the Chronicles and Legends series countless times. I love those books. I've ventured into other books in the Dragonlance series (Tales, War of Souls, and some other random ones). Loving the Dragonlance world and the companions in the original series as much as I do makes it very hard to write something disparaging.

But I feel I must.

This novel is, by far, one of the worst editing jobs I've ever seen
Marco Vaca
Feb 02, 2015 Marco Vaca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a journey into my fond Krynn memories...

It was fun to travel again with The Companions. The book itself is good, though not as good as the original two trilogies (you should know the "Legends" trilogy is still one of my favorite books ever). The story seems plausible, though to be honest I don't remember the exact details of the sojourn to Pax Tharkas.

Should you read this book? Well, it depends on two things: Do you like the Dragonlance setting? If so, you should DEFINITELY read the two
Jul 20, 2016 Natalia rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I couldn't quite believe that this is a book written by the authors of the ever-wonderful Dragonlance Chronicles. I really wanted to love it, as if to prolong living in the world of Dragonlance but... there was something missing. I found writing to be a little, let's say, too simple, the portrayal of the world a bit shallow. The dialogues lacked a certain depth and events were presented in a in-your-face manner, without leaving much for readers to discover, inquire or guess. Everything was just ...more
Jul 03, 2012 August rated it it was amazing
i finished it quite a while ago...just haven't been back the web page to update...was an excellent book...i highly recommend if you are a Dragonlance fan!
Jan 11, 2014 Winston rated it it was amazing
Having won a small skirmish in the War of the Lance, the companions (with several hundred newly-freed slaves-turned-refugees), are holed up in a valley, hopefully to wait out the bitter, unforgiving winter and proceed to safety with the first thaws. Resourceful and streetsmart, they are aware that defeating a single commander is hardly sufficient to topple a cohesive military unit and throw the remaining draconian and human troops into chaos.

Their fears prove true after their nemesis, Verminaard
George Worroll
Dec 11, 2013 George Worroll rated it liked it
Finished "Dragons of Dwarven Depths". It's not horrible. I'm not sure if my tastes have changed over the years, though, or if Weis and Hickman had some off days working on this one, but it wasn't as good as I remember Chronicles, Legends, Second Chronicles, or any of the other Dragonlance novels I've read in the past. Not a waste of money or time, but still, not quite as good.

One thing that was interesting was the way it seemed to explore the characters a bit. Not quite a character study masquer
Geddy Israel
Sep 30, 2013 Geddy Israel rated it it was amazing
Weis and Hickman pull it off again. Our Heros of the Lance have triumphed time and time again against insurmountable odds, but those odds aren't growing any more favourable, and now the politics are thickening. Tanis finds himself responsible for the lives of hundreds of refugees. Flint is given the opportunity to seek the Hammer of Kharas which would restore dwarves to their former glory, and make him, a simple hill dwarf, a hero amongst his own kind. Strum wants the hammer also, but he's think ...more
Niki Hawkes
Oct 02, 2013 Niki Hawkes rated it really liked it
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Even though the Lost Chronicles are the latest in publication, they actually fall in the middle of the Dragonlance saga chronologically. It is an expansion of some events that happened that didn’t quite make it into the original series. Happy to have anything new from these authors, I was thrilled when it was released, and found it to be an incredibly nostalgic read.

I don’t think the original manuscript was a full trilogy, and so the authors h
Carl Alves
Feb 02, 2013 Carl Alves rated it liked it
Not being familiar with other installments of the Dragonlance Chronicles, I took this on and am evaluating on a standalone book. I thought the storyline was straight forward. A group of refugees from a draconian prison have escaped and have to flee their caves to the dwarven stronghold in the mountains. Their draconian pursuers chase them to the mountains. When they reach it, there is treachery afoot with some of the dwarves. The main plotline that breaks out of this is the dwarf Flint must fin ...more
Shawn Towner
Sep 21, 2012 Shawn Towner rated it liked it
I haven't read any Dragonlance novels since high school, so I'm going to assume that my memory of them is probably skewed by my love for D&D and the fact that Dragonlance novels were some of the few fiction books that I actually enjoyed reading (the others mostly being Star Wars novels or the novelization of Spaceballs (High school me did not have the best taste in literature)). I doubt the Chronicles and Legends books are as good as I remember them being, so I wasn't expecting much out of D ...more
Louis Vigo
Mar 28, 2012 Louis Vigo rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had been awhile since I read a Dragonlance novel and it was quit refreshing to do so again. Its not heavy reading, but being thought out it has just enough to chew on intellectually to satisfy the desire for a fun read.

One of the ideas that popped out at me was how non-pagan the gods of Krynn seem to be (other than their multiplicity). I wonder if that is in part to Hickman being Mormon? The gods of Krynn produce a setting quite different from Forgotten Realms
Jan 22, 2012 Nathan rated it it was ok
Published a ways after the Chronicles books, but threaded through them -- and, happily, written by Weis and Hickman unlike the bulk of so-called Dragonlance books out there -- this book is read directly after Chronicles Book 1, Dragons of Autumn Twilight. It tells the tale of what happened after Pax Tharkas but before Tarsis, and explains how the refugees and the Companions got to Thorbardin, which had been explained away by a few brief expositional paragraphs in the beginning of Chronicles Book ...more
Modern Girl
Nov 04, 2011 Modern Girl rated it liked it
I liked that this book took us back to the War of the Lance. However, it didn't really succeed in taking us "back there." I expected the writing to be a similar style to that of Autumn Twilight and Winter Night. The characters were different, the lens of the authors was different. Instead of getting a story that seemed like it was written back then, and happened back then, it was a story that was bandaged together 20 years after the AT and WN and tried to fill in what happened between these two ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Scott rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Okay, this wasn't total junk. This was my first Dragonlance book, and although it did keep me awake while I was driving for the first 3 hours, it failed after that and I had to grab a Louis L'Amour book for the remaining 17 hours--it was not gripping. My main complaint was the insulting way it treats race. We are supposed to accept that because one character is a dwarf, certain characteristics are givens, and that if someone else is a kender (sort of like a hobbit with small feet, long ears, and ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Henrik rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone enjoying Dragonlance books, especially the original stories
Recommended to Henrik by: Christina Stind Rosendahl
Shelves: fantasy
It's been a while since I was in the world of Krynn... I'm about 60 pages in right now, and so far, so good. Hanging out with good old friends:-)

I'll write a review when I've read all the pages;-)



It was wonderful to be back--back with old friends in a cozy old world one remembers with fondness.

This book is the first in a proposed new series filling out the "missing blanks" in the original Chronicles Trilogy. It deals with what happened when the Heroes of the (not yet) Lance arrived
Set between the first and second book of the original trilogy, this book details who the companions and the refugees travel to the city of the dwarfs and the adventures they have there.

The story is excellent and very full considering it covers what is a relatively short amount of time in the series. It gives a good amount of reminders so if it has been a while since you have read the original trilogy you won't have a problem diving back into the story.

The characters are excellent with the dynami
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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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