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Brothers Majere

(Dragonlance: Preludes #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  18,014 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Cats Are Disappearing...

What happened to them? and why has their disappearance sent the city of Mereklar into a panic?

A beautiful noblewoman persuades Raistlin, Caramon, and their kender companion, Earwig Lockpicker, to search for the cats. But what starts out as an intriguing mystery turns sinister when the town's leading citizens are what appears to be a
Published by Penguin Books (first published December 1st 1989)
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Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
Raistlin, Raistlin, Raistlin! I am a Raistlin fan boy. He is simply the only character that has kept me reading Dragonlance books so far. This book takes place between Brothers in Arms and Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Raistlin, Caramon, and Tasslehoff's cousin Earwig Lockpicker journey to Mereklar. Legend has it that as long as there are plenty of cats in Mereklar the city will be protected, but that cats are disappearing at an alarming rate. They unravel a mystery with the aid of the Cat Lord ...more
Jasher Drake
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raistlin, Caramon and a kender, What a perfect mix! What starts out to be a mediocre story about lost cats actually turns out to be one of my favorite Dragonlance adventures. Caramon and the lich was the best!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragonlance

Kevin Stein drew the short straw when he was asked to write the further adventures of Dragonlance’s most popular character(s). Guaranteed sales at the time, I’m sure, but in terms of critical approval this was always destined to be a lose-lose situation. Had Stein created too much of an elaborate backstory or delved too deeply into the characters psyches, then there’d be an outcry of “only Weis and Hickman can do that” and every minor contribution would be picked over to death. Swing
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always really enjoyed reading about some of the companions who I have left for such a long time now, and the majere brothers are great favourites of mine. I hate the way Raistlin treats Caramon all the time, ordering him about and being so unappreciative of all he does for him but when Caramon is hurt Raistlin shows another side to his character and gently tends to his twin!! Earwig the kender is as all kenders brave, enthusiastic and adverntures to the point of dangerous, but I just love it ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First prelude that actually was really well written and did not have spoilers for main series. Book makes reader feel the emotionally charged relationship Majere twins have and it is better than original series in that aspect.
Austin E
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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BROTHERS MAJERE is far from a great book, but I think I enjoyed it purely because it's a lot better than the other Dragonlance Preludes I've read so far (such as KENDERMORE). This serves as a stand-alone adventure for twin brothers Raistlin and Caramon Majere, although they're saddled with a kender (Tas from the original trilogy in all but name, which makes me suspect that the character was written as Tas and the name simply altered when the author found out he couldn't use him as he was in his ...more
This is an older attempt at continuing the story of Raistlin Magere: the early years that has mostly been made obsolete by the later installments by Margaret Weis in the Raistlin Chronicles. This particular work of the preludes remains interesting mostly as a study in what happens when characters in a series are placed in the hands of new authors: the dynamic between the twins is very different in this work from any others written by the two lead authors on the series. Let it serve as a warning ...more
Maybe the plot was a little convoluted, and maybe the cats part was just kind of weird, but this book was actually pretty good overall. Okay...maybe I also wasn't overly fond of the kender (because only Tas is bearable) and his parts took up too large a percentage of the book. I don't think I really have any complaints outside of the above written.
I completely love that (view spoiler) I think I was supposed to feel bad
Cat Rackham
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars technically.
I am extremely biased because there were cats and a Cat Lord in this along with my favorite Dragonlance character: Raistlin. so I almost feel this is the strongest in the series, which would hold it at a steady 3 ish stars but I popped it up to 4 solely for the Cat Lord and the cats...

I did feel Raistlin was slightly ooc at some points though.

Dragonlance series has an issue with having low diversity and super hetero-storylines and Raistlin is one of the few characters
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Majere brothers fan.
I love all the Majere stories, but this one has some odd parts.

There are meta-references I am highly uncomfortable with, and modern references that don't even make sense.

This particular author does employ the use of introducing re-occurring themes/objects/people in quite a better way than Weis/Hickman, but the story doesn't flow the same as the staple Dragonlance books. This unfortunately makes it feel out of place, with many paragraphs I wound up speed-reading for their redundancies, and it was
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This was the first attempt to write a novel about the brothers Majere but another writer. It was a good story but it felt that the Brothers were not the ones Weis and Hickman wrote. Nevertheless it was a good mystery good about the twins growth after separating from the group.

Nevertheless it was good to pass a little time with Raistlin.
Philana Walker
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adolescent-bliss
For those of you who can't get enough of the twins here's a story full of good old fashioned adventuring, damsels and the queen of darkness. Throw in a kender for good measure and you've got the makings of one heck of an afternoon jaunt in your comfy chair.
Lucas Rodriguez
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brothers Majere is about Caramon and Raistlin Majere, along with a Kender, saving cats and townspeople from demons and the Dark queen. A witch tries to stop them, but ultimatley, very nearly succeds.
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a keeper. Good solid fantasy fun. =)
At last it ended. My thoughts summed up in one quote: "'And alcohol', Raistlin concluded."
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Dragonlance series
It was a fantastic adventure story featuring my favourite characters from the Dragonlance series. It had plenty of action and adventure and is a great read for fans of the Dragonlance series.
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“You see, Caramon,” Raistlin said, with a soft sigh, “I think that I am at last beginning to understand.” “I’m glad you are. I don’t understand a damn thing!”

The quote above pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. If you are familiar with the Dragonlance Chronicles you know that the heroes went their separate ways 5 years before the adventure that took place in the original trilogy. Preludes tells some of what Raistlin and Caramon Majere did in that time. The story starts after Raistlin
Cat Noe
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I may not be qualified to rate this accurately; I've been away from the series too long, and Raistlin- well, some things never change. Tunnel-vision adoration for his archetype is one, and he was the first. Any fixation lasting that many years... you never really lose. The character feels like home.

The action sequences were not to my liking, and it sort of train-crashed at the end, but I can't bring myself to care. It was a fun book to revisit. Yes, bringing in The Queen of Darkness herself so
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mysty Vander
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Out of the Prologue's trilogy, this volume shines brightly. The Brother's Majere are always a captivating duo in all literature involving them, but the story of them intertwined with the Queen of Darkness, Earwig the annoying but typical kender, and the Lord of Cats is great entertainment and well designed.
R.A. Lopez
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any young reader should be introduced to the PRELUDES series, then given the Chronicles trilogy/quadrilogy then the War of Souls. Essential reading for lovers of fantasy of any age, but especially for the young as it is easy enough to read and really explores layers of subtext and moral choices and wonder that anyone can appreciate. (All are within the 'Realm' / Book Series of "Dragonlance")
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this book by chance. A good story with my two preferred dragonlance character: Raistling (I love it) and Caramon. An easy reading to spend a good time remembering Dragonlace Chronicles. 100% recommended for Raistling followers ^_*
Vernon Ray
May 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
It's nice to spend a little more time with Raist and Caramon, and Earwig is an interesting Kender, but I thought this book was written quite poorly. Stein is far too in love with gerunds than is healthy, and Raistlin doesn't really have to end every single sentence he says to Caramon with "my brother." Overall the writing is clunky, it has a rhythm like a triangular wheel. And, what was most infuriating to me, the climactic events aren't explained until the epilogue, which is indicative of an ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm pleased to return to the world of Krynn once again despite this book not being as enjoyable as I'd hoped it would be. Character development was a huge dissapointment for me. I would expect more interesting villains and allies. Earwig was just a Tasslehoff rip off. I only kept reading because I wanted to confirm Shavas was what I thought she was even though she wasn't an interesting character. Still Raistlin revealing the truth about his brother's latest conquest made me laugh. I cannot count ...more
This is by far the best book of the Preludes. Granted, the brothers Raistlin and Caramon are strong personas in their own right, but the author manages to stay quite true to their characters - some liberties have been taken but then this is pre-Chronicles so they're supposed to be younger - I think the author succeeded on achieving a good balance of love and animosity between the brothers. The plot itself is intriguing - more a mystery-to-solve than a typical fantasy quest-type adventure, giving ...more
J.C. Cauthon
Brothers Majere is another book from the Dragonlance Universe, and it is the third book in the Preludes series.

I love the Majere brothers, which is the sole reason why I purchases this book. This one is a standalone adventure for Raistlin and Caramon.

It's a good story, but it really is not great, but I did enjoy reading it more than most of the Preludes series.

Remembering that these books are written for a teenage audience, I found it a bit harder to reread as an adult as I was able to see the
Jim C
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story set in the Dragonlance realm. This is the story of the twins Raistlin and Caramon before the original trilogy. Cats are disappearing in a town and the twins investigate. I know the premise sounds pathetic for a story, this is a good story. The author nailed the characters which is vital. There is a kender (Tas' cousin) which is good for a laugh and the story works to an exciting conclusion. I didn't give this a higher rating because I thought the author did not explain some minor points ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the characters and their further development in this book.

An easy read, not terribly powerful or world shaking, just an opportunity to wander along with the brothers some more. Decent book, fairly predictable.
Tara Calaby
I was never a reader of epic fantasy... and then I discovered the Dragonlance books and never looked back.
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