War of the Twins (Dragonlance: Legends, #2)
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War of the Twins (Dragonlance: Legends #2)

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Escaping the doomed city of Istar, Raistlin - now a wizard of great power - casts a spell that brings his twin brother, Caramon, and the beautiful cleric, Crysania, forward in time. Here, he intends to enter the portal and challenge the Dark Queen.
Paperback, 387 pages
Published 1987 by Penguin (first published 1986)
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Brad
I will concede these points: 1. there is some pretty shabby writing in War of the Twins; 2. the more Tasslehoff Burrfoot, beloved Kender, becomes like a cliched high school girl, the more insufferable he becomes; 3. it's hard to swallow that Raistlin would make the mistakes he makes; 4. so much evil is done by the supposedly "good" characters without any recognition that their acts are evil that I am fairly certain that what I love about the book is not intended by the authors; 5. the authors ha...more
Kathryn
This book came to me as a birthday present, from two very good friends who had never read any of the series. They just knew that a) I'm a twin and b) I love dragons. What they DIDN'T realize was that this was the second in this particular storyline, and since I'd never read any of the other Dragonlance books I ended up jumping in with no prior knowledge of the characters, or the world, or the story. And you know what? It worked perfectly. The characters were so wonderfully written that I ended u...more
Gary Greysonet
War of the twins brings the Legends series proves once again that the quality is so even among the books it deserves mention for that alone.

Raistlin and Caramon each come into power and their long troubled relationship as brothers diverts to a bitter rivalry, toward redemption through wisdom and mutual understanding. Paladine plays a subtly supervisory role in things as always, and Tasselhoff is as singular in manifestation as ever.
David_mb
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David
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Elizabeth
OK so much happens in this story. It was slow starting but entertaining once Tas left the Abyss. Caramon is back to himself and has been completely severed from Raist and we see what Raist is truly capable of.
Natalie
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Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Spero nessuno ne voglia a male se recensisco questo libro considerandolo come parte unico delle "Leggende di Dragonlance" che comprende: "Il destino dei gemelli", "La guerra dei gemelli" e "La sfida dei gemelli". Anche perchè se non erro attualmente si trova in commercio appunto il volume che raccoglie tutti i tre romanzi che comprendono questa seconda parte del ciclo di "Dragonlance".

Per chi non lo sapesse (sei appena arrivato da Marte, amico?) "Dragonlance" è un'ampia raccolta di romanzi fanta...more
Jess
My second Dragonlance book.I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this as much as the first in the trilogy, Time of the Twins. It's a pretty good book, overall: enough action and intrigue (most of it created by Raistlin and his acting), though the second half was a little confusing.

The pacing was mostly all right, but near the last third of the book, after wars and dwarves and armies came into the picture, the action starts to get slowed down by some major exposition. For some, maybe, page upon pag...more
Ubiquitousbastard
I had a perfect review for this book, then my computer decided that wasn't to be, so I'll wing it now. First off, I love the beginning of this book. For some reason, I can still picture everything that happened very clearly, so I'm gonna say that the description was perfectly done. Then, this book definitely jerks around the emotions. (view spoiler)...more
Dru
This will be my same review for all 7 books in the original double-trilogy (plus the 7th add on years later).



There are few D&D novelizations out there that are really worth reading. Only two series have I loved, and the original 6 (became 7) "Dragonlance" novels are one of those great series. (Gord the Rogue is the other).

At first when I read this, I was a bit put off because the "Krynn" world did not "agree" with D&D. The gods had different names (Bahamut = Paladine, Tiamut = Takhesis)...more
Blair
At some point later, perhaps I'll rant on about how much I love this series - at least the early Hickman-Weis core narrative. (The first 6 books, plus a later seventh, about 10 years later.) So much of it might be mired in nostalgia and newness; it was the first true adult fantasy stuff I had ever read. I was 11 years old. I got fully immersed. The characters are so compelling, from archmage Raistlin (perhaps the best fantasy character of all time, up there with Drizzt D'Ourden) all they way dow...more
Dale
This is the third book I read once I started my new commute in June '07. It's the second book in a trilogy, but I broke up the Dragonlance stuff with a memoir and some non-fiction.

Pretty much everything from my review of Time of the Twins applies to War of the Twins as well. It's good, geeky fun done very well, and the more likely you are to enjoy this kind of hard-core niche genre, the more likely you are to enjoy this particular example. Of the three books in the trilogy, this once concerns it...more
melydia
I need to not wait multiple years between reading these books, but luckily I was able to find my place fairly quickly. We rejoin all the characters from the previous book - Raistlin the crabby dark mage, his twin brother Caramon the somewhat dimwitted fighter, Crysania the beautiful and rather misguided cleric, and Tasslehoff the entertainingly amoral Kender - now one hundred years in the future from where they were (and still two hundred years before their own time). This time they find themsel...more
Ashley
Well well well.. It's been awhile since I have immersed myself in the world of Dragonlance.... and I have to say, I have missed it. I'm glad I've decided to reread this series of books. It just as good the second time around! Tas and the twins provide ample entertainment. Tas can get into the amount of trouble as a two year old child. He is so eager to see everything and do everything he can before he dies and joins Flint in the afterlife. Raistlin's evil plans seem to be heading to his own demi...more
Jasmyn
There's not much more you could ask for from a second book in a series. We return to the watch the brothers Caramon and Raistlin Majere in the next step in their adventures through time. Only now things are really starting to get interesting. Crysania and Tasslehoff haven't gone anywhere...in fact all four friends seem to be going everywhere and everywhen! We travel backwards and forwards through time as they desparately try to alter the past and there's even a trip or two into the depths of the...more
Modern Girl
I don't think I actually "read" this back in high school when I read the trilogy. Because I just "reread" it now at the age of 28, and it was clearly better than I remembered. Much better than the first book in the triology, which had lots of cheesey gladiator stuff, and weird cameos by Tanis and Riverwind. This focused so indepth on the brother's relationship - it was like being in psychotherapy with them. Raistlin was the most gloriously evil character. I guess I remember lightly reading the f...more
Christie
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Antonis
(This review is about the whole trilogy)
This is an amazing series. Suffice it to say that I'm not a book re-reader and those three are the only books I've ever read for a second time!! They are that good! In my opinion, (which admittedly was formed when I was much more inexperienced reader and might be a little foggy from the passage of time) this series has everything a reader might expect from a good fantasy read. Very well written and distinct characters, passion, drama, magic, more magic, ex...more
Sam
The trilogy continues with Raistlin, Caramon and Crysania still back in the past, though now some time after the Cataclysm. But are they able to change what has already happened, or are they doomed to repeat a history already made? We get something more of character development in this book. There are hints of a softer side to Raistlin, Crysania thaws out slightly, and Caramon finds himself in a role that really enhances him as a character. Though I'm still not too sure about the nekkid duelling...more
Peter
This book is not quite a three star book; but it is better then a two star book.
I really enjoy reading one of those D&D novels from time to time. But this one has some flaws in my eyes. The first problem is that this is the second book, in a three book series, and we all know that those are the weakest books in the series. Another problem is for me is the descriptions of the feelings and inner monologues of the characters. It feels like the authors got their inspiration from a bouquet novel...more
Brittany
This is the second book in the Legends trilogy. It was a complete different experience. Caramon whined, Tas was...well Tas, and Raistlin was evil. I was a little disappointed at times because I felt that the writing itself was still amazing, but the plot was just a little shallow. I hope that the third picks up speed. So far, the series is not as great and amazing as the Chronicle was.
Jediraven
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Dylan
DragonLance: Chronicles and Legends are two trilogies that hold a really special place in my heart. So much so that I can't really divvy them up into separate reviews. I don't even think I could give an objective review of the books.

But if I know this: if I've had to replace a book from over-reading, that's amazing. I've had to replace these 6 books so many times that I keep spare copies around just in case. True story.

Chronicles Trilogy:

Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragon
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RAD Reader
This review covers all 3 books

I would not recommend this series if you have not read the chronicles first. If you love the chronicles particularly Raistlin, this is a must read. If you don’t like him Id say pass it up.

The end game solution is moist satisfying and fits perfectly with the thrall of Raistlin. The books prominently features time travel but its handled carefully in a way that works and this is coming form a reader who typically frowns upon time travel -in fact even prequels bother m...more
Mike
I like seeing the evil mind at work. Still flat characters and terrible diction. O knight where aren't thou- I mean night
Lauren
Here we are still following the twins (obviously!) and it is fantastic! These books are old but absolutely worth the read!
Akane
I'm not going to lie, this book went really slow for me. It took me forever to finally pick it up and finish the last half. I started reading it the first week of summer break and didn't finish it for about month after that. Sure, I was busy, but if I had cared enough, I could have finished it quite a bit quicker. I still give it four stars for the amazing quotes and the parts that did make me gasp and cry. I love her writing style and the amount of detail, making the book seem very real in ever...more
Monique
Would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

This book was amazing, better than the first novel. I enjoyed the storyline; I thought it was interesting to read about the Dwarfgate wars and the hellish nightmare the Cataclysm caused. The character development was the best part: how Caramon truly realized what his brother was (how evil his brother was) and the struggle Raistlin wages within himself. Raistlin was fighting his evil side (the part that lusts for power) and his good side (the side where he...more
Rebecca Kent
By far the weakest book in the series in my opinion.
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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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“This wasn't in the histories", Raistlin murmured to himself, staring down at the little wretched bodies, his brow furrowed. His eyes flashed. "Perhaps", he breathed, "this means time has already been altered?"
For long moments he sat there, pondering. Then suddenly he understood.
None saw Raistlin's face, hidden as it was by his hood, or they would have noted a swift, sudden spasm of sorrow and anger pass across it.
"No," he said to himself bitterly, "the pitiful sacrifice of these poor creatures was left out of the histories not because it did not happen. It was left out simply because-"
He paused, staring grimly down at the small, broken bodies. "No one cared...”
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