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Tanis, El semielfo

(Dragonlance: Preludes #6)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  9,788 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The tale is told that Tanis Half-Elven once disappeared in the mountains near Solace. He returned changed, ennobled and with a secret. No one knew what happened to him in those mist-schrouded peaks...until now.

The adventure began with a dying wizard who needed Tanis's help. It would not end until Tanis became a traveler in the old mage's memory, journeying into the past to
Paperback, 346 pages
Published March 2006 by Timun Mas (first published 1990)
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John Beck
Mar 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
I suppose that if you love, love, love DragonLance, and if you love, love, love the Chronicles series, and if you've read every single book in the series, then yes, you might as well read this one, too. That's why I picked it up. Unfortunately, the willpower required to finish the book makes it unworthy of even a "beach reading" rating. ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
They're called shadow years for a good reason: as far as I can remember, nothing that happens is relevant to the larger story. So, need to read only if you like Tanis, which I never did. ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance, fantasy
Are we reading about Tanis from the Dragonlance Chronicles or just some guy who could be anyone having this adventure? It certainly felt like the latter and, whilst in some ways that's no bad thing, I feel that this series of books ultimately bailed out on its own premise and has to be judged accordingly. Nevertheless, if we're prepared to accept that this adventure happened to Average-Joe the half-elf, then I confess I kinda liked it in a man-goes-into-someone else's-dream-in-order-to-retrieve- ...more
If you really liked Tanis in Chronicles, I would advise you not to read this book. Go ahead only if you're able to disassociate the Tanis in this book and the Tanis in Chronicles. The Tanis in this book doesn't feel right, granted, it can be argued that this was what changed him. But then, the plot itself is a bit weird, and there's too much love involved to the point of ignoring Tanis' relationship with Kitiara. Absolutely nothing about this book ties in with Chronicles, so just read it as if i ...more
Bert Molina
Mediocre storytelling and be honest I have yet to find a Dragonlance book not written by Weiss and Hickman that I really enjoyed. This is no different...came across like bland fantasy filler. Too bad because Tanis has always been my favourite character!
Austin E
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main characters in this are Tanis, Brandella, Kishpa, Scowarr, and Clotnik. Tanis is traveling with Clotnik to find more information about his father. After a while a fire starts in the woods they were at. There was an old man running trying to get away from the flames. Tanis saved him but he was badly wounded. Tanis found out that the old man, Kishpa, was the man who had information about his father.
One problem in this book is that Kishpa doesn't want a lady, Brandella, who he remembered t
Matt White
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fantasy
This book was OKAY at best. I had the highest hopes for this Prelude because in the original series Tanis was one of the better characters described and built for the reader. All around he was the main protagonist in the series which is why I had high hopes for thise book. I will admit the idea behind the story was interesting and creative for the series - either that or they ran out of ideas after the 5 preludes. I would of rated this book a 3 if it maintained my interest like it did in the beg ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
TANIS: THE SHADOW YEARS is the last of the Dragonlance Preludes series, telling the adventures of the principle characters in the Chronicles trilogy in the preceding years. This one sees what Tanis Half-Elven was up to five years before DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT, but anyone expecting a decent adventure is likely to be disappointed. The story is slight and confusing, taking place inside an old wizard's memory for the most part, and Siegel spends way too much time on a metaphysical romance which ...more
Jim C
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My rating is 1.5 stars.

A novel that takes place in the world of Dragonlance. This tells the story of Tanis before the original trilogy. A mage asks Tanis to save a woman but the hitch is that Tanis must travel in time thru the mage's memory. This book never grabbed me. It was a decent idea but I believe the problem was the characters. I never felt any connection to any of them including Tanis. Also, I did not like the final battle scene. To me, it was something out of comic books instead of Drag
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Tanis as a character and really looked forward to getting to know a bit about his past but the way this book was written it took us into a tale of its own, showing little of his past describing an adventure into a mage's memory sending tanis back into the past but not his own past!! The adventure was fun, Brandella and Scowarr and even Kizpah the mage where great to get to know of but I was still a bit disappointed that the book took this line and found it a bit too far fetched at times!Wit ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the most disappointing of the Preludes II series by far. There were so many plot holes and events that even for a fantasy novel were unbelievable, and that took me out of the book. The characters weren't nearly as relatable as in the other Preludes II novels, and not nearly as likable in my opinion. ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a good book on many levels.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Weakest prelude in series. Too much different timelines, ideas and aspects put together with no real point in the story.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Only read it because I have a bif curiosity of what happen to the companions.
Mar 21, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
I had looked forward to a good tell of what Tanis had done during those 5 years, I was very disappointed in this far out in left field story. Honestly it felt like the author had a few things that was to be covered in the tale then found the craziest way to try and link them. Had the story been just a random tell during the saga with a random character I would have liked it a little better. The story itself was written well, the tale is what I am highly disappointed in.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading more about Tanis and I enjoyed the story as a whole. I liked how unique the storyline was and how it came full circle.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Wildly creative and original.
Austin Miller
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings with prequels in general. On one side, I love reading/watching prequels because they give you a deeper insights into characters that you presumably care about (otherwise, why would you bother with a prequel?). On the other side, prequels are annoying because you already know how they are going to turn out (eventually). You may not know the specific way that a problem will be resolved, but you know that by the end of the prequel, things must be exactly the way they were befo ...more
Tanis is a favorite character of mine from DragonLance. This book did not disappoint, it only made his story better. Taking a trip back in memory, and perhaps time, Tanis takes up an unusal request from a dieing mage. The request seems to only get more and more complicated as the story develops. With a sweet and touching ending, it was a great addition to Tanis and the DragonLance series.
Adam Coe
Decent to good book in the Dragonlance realm. I have always liked many of the characters, and Tanis half-elven is a good one. This story is not one of my favorites. Time/memory traveling seems a bit hokey, but like most of the books, I enjoyed the trip back to the world of Krynn. Worth the read 2.5 stars rounded up to three.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
copy-pasted from my Librarything account: Very nice book/story, with action, romance, philosophical stuff.. Maybe not the best DL-book, but it's definitely a good one, in my opinion. Reads fast and is very enjoyable. ...more
Juan Alonso
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fue de los primeros libros que leí de esta saga de novelas y el que me animó a leer más libros. Para mí fue un antes y un después. Gracias a él, empecé a leer por gusto y no por obligación. Adoré al personaje de Tanis.
Fun stuff. Tanis sure did have some weird adventures. =)
May 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
What happens to Tanis, before he becomes one of the Heroes of the lance.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanis is my favorite character for this series so I naturally liked this book. I was not impressed with the lead female character, but I enjoyed the story.
Tara Calaby
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
I was never a reader of epic fantasy... and then I discovered the Dragonlance books and never looked back.
Nicole Engard
Tanis, the Shadow Years (Dragonlance: Preludes) by Barbara Siegel (1990)
May 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
Time Travel.
Jay Mark
rated it really liked it
Oct 05, 2018
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