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Dragons of Autumn Twilight

(Dragonlance: Chronicles #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  112,799 ratings  ·  2,325 reviews
Life-long friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales with strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chanced encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful wo
Mass Market Paperback, 444 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Wizards of the Coast (first published November 12th 1984)
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Craig Foster Dragonlance reading order for new readers. These are the 'core' novels everyone should read. Many further books can be found at the following website:…moreDragonlance reading order for new readers. These are the 'core' novels everyone should read. Many further books can be found at the following website:

* Chronicles Trilogy
- Dragons of Autumn Twilight
- Dragons of Winter Night
- Dragons of Spring Dawning

* Legends Trilogy
- Time of the Twins
- War of the Twins
-Test of the Twins

* Lost Chronicles Trilogy
- Dragons of the Dwarven Depths
- Dragons of the Highlord Skies
- Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

* Second Generation

* Dragons of Summer Flame

* Dragons of a New Age Trilogy
- The Dawning of a New Age
- The Day of the Tempest
- The Eve of the Maelstrom

* Dhamon Saga Trilogy
- Downfall
- Betrayal
- Redemption

* War of Souls Trilogy
- Dragons of a Fallen Sun
- Dragons of a Lost Star
- Dragons of a Vanished Moon

* The Dark Disciple Trilogy
- Amber and Ashes
- Amber and Iron
- Amber and Blood

* Heroes
- The Legend of Huma
- Stormblade
- Weasel's Luck
- Kaz the Minotaur
- The Gates of Thorbardin
- Galen Beknighted

* Kingpriest Trilogy
- Chosen of the Gods
- Divine Hammer
- Sacred Fire

So, from here on you can pick and choose whichever series you want to read. I suggest starting with the following, however:

* Raistlin Chronicles
- The Soulforge
- Brothers in Arms

* Elven Nations Trilogy
- Firstborn
- The Kinslayer Wars
- The Qualinesti

* Dwarven Nations Trilogy
- Covenant of the Forge
- Hammer and Axe
- The Swordsheath Scroll

* Kang's Regiment
- The Doom Brigade
- Draconian Measures

And where you go from here is completely up to you.

Any questions reply to this thread and/or contact me directly.(less)
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Jun 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy Geeks
Shelves: fantasy
Dragonlance was the first fantasy novel series I ever read so it holds a special place in my heart. The Chronicles Trilogy was the first in a series of 10 core books. There are probably well over a 100 books set in the Dragonlance world but these are the ones you need to read.

Chroncicles Trilogy:
Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragons of Spring Dawning
Legends Trilogy:
Time of the Twins
War of the Twins
Test of the Twins
Transitions to next generation:
Dragons of Summer Flame

The War o
Mar 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Someone played a dungeons and dragons game (which is based heavily on Tolkien's books) and then decided to write down what their characters did and publish it. And while dungeons and dragons is great fun for those playing it, everyone has had to suffer through players who labor under the mistaken impression that their adventures are just as interesting to everyone else as they are to the player...

"So then, like, you know, this Orc came out of the weapons room but I rolled a 20 and I threw my +5
Hear the sage as his song descends
like heaven's rain or tears,
and washes the years, the dust of the many stories
from the High Tale of the Dragonlance.

Three centuries have passed since the Cataclysm, where burning mountains fell from the sky and the gods of old abandoned their mortal worshippers. When a group of adventurers come together at the Inn of the Last Home after five long years on their own, they endeavour to begin a search for what has been lost. But darkness awaits them on their journ
Feb 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: kids
Wow (not a good wow). I just read some of these reviews and ratings. I have to raise my hand and be the voice of reason. The public deserves this.

Let's get something straight here: these books are unreadable for anyone older than 15. I love fantasy and I don't have an issue with the world building or the story here. In my reviews, I sometimes excuse poor writing, characterization and other literary elements when the author does other things extremely well. Most novels have multiple flaws and the
Mayim de Vries
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: My rating is purely sentimental. Dragons of Autumn Twilight is a read down the memory lane. If I were to rate it on the basis of my current standards and preferences, it would score 3 stars the most. As it is, it has been one of the earliest fantasy books I have ever read and it still engulfs me in the fuzzy warmth of initial wonder that there are other fantasy books beside the Lord of the Rings and that I can read them and love them as much as I like. It’s also one of the three book ...more
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
I first read this book about the time it came out, when I was about 10 or 11... and recently found an identical, battered paperback copy at a thrift store. Dipping back into it twenty-odd years later, it has many shortcomings. However, it still takes me back to that time when I'd read under the covers at night with a dying flashlight, and fell asleep dreaming of wizards, warriors and strange, forgotten lands. ...more
Curtis Westman
Jan 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2011
When I was nine years old, I wrote a short story about an elf and a mage traversing an imaginary world and banishing evil back to the depths from whence it came. I was proud of the story. I showed it to my family and they read it, and pretended it was great. They put it on the fridge.

I reread the story years later and it was a difficult decision whether I should laugh or whether the embarrassment was too much even for hysterics. I thought fantasy fiction had a formula that alternated between a s
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Loved it

Jason Koivu
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Great start to an all-time classic fantasy series! I loved the colorful characters and fast-moving plot based on an interesting story line of reunited friends with secrets and a mysterious (and gorgeous, of course) stranger who drew them into danger and excitement.
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
DNF @ 53%

Ok I gave it my best. I’m not going to sit through another 9.5 hours of this, I literally can’t. The characterization is so wooden, the adventure is derivative, and the dialogue is ridiculous. I don’t care about a single character in this story, and I don’t care how things play out on any level.

I guess this book is a product of its time, but it just isn’t enjoyable. I don’t DNF lightly, but 2020 has been unbearable enough without adding this book on to the shitheap.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
My daughter is getting older now and asking me for suggestions on books that are "age appropriate" - her term. I purposely haven't read all of the Harry Potter books (nor seen the movies) because I was hoping to read/watch all of them with her. She's 10 and hasn't shown the slightest interest in those books, but she just became interested in Star Wars this summer, so I'm willing to give her time.

I use this anecdote and the "age appropriate" tag because as a young lad in love with reading this s
4.0 stars. I did not go into this book with very high expectations thinking is was going to be a little cheesy. Wrong again. I really enjoyed this and thought it was a ton of fun. Great world-building, excellent characters and a fast-paced, non-stop plot. Call it fantasy comfort food, but call it very good.
Efrona Mor
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed this book. I call it an oldie as it’s not from this decade, but for me that means a clean read, less gory and more story…..

In the land of Krynn’s somewhat easygoing world of laborers, the likes of magic wafts around like superstition. But when an evil force stirs things up from the north a group of old friends reunite to face a long journey together. In this character driven story, as most epic fantasy novels hold dear to, I loved being transported into this series of detai
Nov 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Every so often I do this to myself. I pick up an old, "classic" High Fantasy novel because I think it "will be fun" and a throwback to being in middle-school, and then about 100 pages in I can't do it any more. The prose is wooden, the characters cringe-worthy cliches . . . and I still have 800 pages to go. Dear god, when there are so many good books out there, how can I possibly slavishly force my through one of these? These books also remind me that I shouldn't be such a snob by only having a ...more
MissBecka Gee
I adore this series and can't wait to get into the next book!
We are adding in The Lost Chronicles during this re-read with my husband.
Next up Dragons of the Dwarven Depths

Favourite characters:
Raistlin Majere and Tasslehoff Burrfoot
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Why was I different? Sturm wondered. But he knew the answer, even as he listened to the dwarf grumble. It was because of the dwarf, the kender, the mage, the half-elf… They had taught him to see the world through other eyes: slanted eyes, smaller eyes, even hourglass eyes. Knights, like Derek, saw the world in stark black and white. Sturm had seen the world in all its radiant colors, in all its bleak greyness."

*Update: Just re-read this and to my surprise, I still really loved it despite of how
A. Dawes
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
When I read this D&D was all the rage, and this series gave lovers of high fantasy exactly what they were craving. I thought it very good at the time, not nearly as good as Brooks or Donaldson and naturally not Tolkien, but still an entertaining adventure trilogy.

I think Weis & Hickman's Rose of the Prophet series along with their Darksword books are also better due to their originality.

In this opening novel of the trilogy, friends of different ages and races are reunited after a lengthy absen
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Definitely enjoyable! I liked the characters and have some major questions about what had happened to them before the beginning of this book. I thought at times, it could be convenient and it seemed like one small problem after another over and over, but I did enjoy the story and the world. I'll definitely continue on and see what is going to happen next. ...more
Welcome to the world of Krynn....

It has been 5 years since our characters have last seen one an other, vowing to meet again at the Inn of the Last Home in Solace. All having their own stories and secrets to keep, some seem different, changed. Little did they know that after all this time they would be adventuring together, finding new friendships and enemy's along they way.

Stars are missing, and dragons, children's tales are coming to life. Things that haven't been seen since before the catacly
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok

1.5 stars
I honestly believe that if i had read this book when i was way younger, i would have absolutely loved it. Now though, it's kinda hard to overlook the toxic fragile masculinity, the idiocy, pointless pride and female idiot quota that makes up the companions who are to save the world. Quite frankly the only person who had a lick of sense in this book was Raistlin.

Riverwind aka Masculinity so fragile: How on earth did such a toxic character get written? This guy was supposed to be Goldmoo

Ralph Pulner
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
DNF at 41%.

It's becoming a habit. I just love the beginning, but everything just goes down from there.


I would probably have loved it as a child. Plot is action packed, tons of things happen just one after another. But the constant jumping from one character to another is annoying - almost half into the book I still feel like I don't really know any of them. Their backstories are incomplete, when it comes to something more descriptive, everything is cut down to another action scene. The scenery c
Jim C
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
War has come to Krynn and a group of friends find themselves in the middle of it. This group consists of humans, elves, and other species. This war is being fought on different levels as it is being waged by the inhabitants of Krynn but also by the gods.

My introduction to fantasy was this trilogy. I didn't know about realms like Middle-Earth or Shannara. This trilogy is near and dear to my heart and I make it a point to reread this every so often. I know it has its flaws but for me it is perfect
It has been nearly 25 years since I read this book and I have to say I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did the first time. I was a little hesitant to reread because I have gone back to some books I read as a teen and found that I didn't enjoy the nearly as much as I did the first time around. I am really glad that did not hold true for this book. It was like revisiting an old friend I hadn't seen in a very long time. I found that I remembered the characters decently well, however, I found ...more
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Five years has passed. Five long years since they have seen each other. They have decided to split up before to search for their truth. The story behind the Cataclysm. The story behind why the Gods abandoned the land, leaving men in utter confusion and cloaked in darkness.

Tanis Half-Elven (leader of the companions), Sturm Brightblade(an honorable knight), Caramon Majere, (twin brother- the mage) Raistlin Majere, Flint Fireforge, and Tasslehoff Burrfoot (my favorite character) were among the maj
Julia Sarene
This a book I have to judge by two standards.

Just like any (new) fantasy book:
It is a bit predictable, the characters are easy to understand, and very black and white. Even the one character that is supposed to be grey, and unpredictable for the reader is quite obviously not a bad guy. I felt to safe in the story, and as it is a clear quest - even if you missed a minute or two of the audio book, you still had no problem to follow the story. => 3 stars

As a book that was published in 1984:
A gem! T
Mar 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Kelly
The first half of the book leaves a lot to be desired, and Weis & Hickman try to cram way too many characters into the story (leaving many of them pretty under-developed and one-dimensional). That said, it really picks up near the end, and left me wanting to jump into the next book in the series. The reason I got into the book in the first place was because I was in the mood for dragons, and Dragons of Autumn Twilight does not disappoint.
Solid three star rating for this one, but I'm giving it an extra star just because this book lured so many young readers into the fantasy genre. ...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
2.5 stars. Story was ok, but never had me excited and this took me 12 days to finish. Writing felt clunky, but biggest issue was that characterization was lacking and at the end I was still only partly invested in two of them. Thankfully the second half picked up the pacing and finished strongly. Hopefully a sign of things ahead.
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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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Dragonlance: Chronicles (4 books)
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“You know," he said with unusual somberness, "I asked my father once why kenders were little, why we weren't big like humans and elves. I really wanted to be big," he said softly and for a moment he was quiet.
"What did your father say?" asked Fizban gently.
"He said kenders were small because we were meant to do small things. 'If you look at all the big things in the world closely,' he said, 'you'll see that they're really made up of small things all joined together.' That big dragon down there comes to nothing but tiny drops of blood, maybe. It's the small things that make the difference.”
“Well! I had the most fantastic dream! Trees crying blood. Horrible dead elves going around and killing people! Raistlin wearing black robes! It was the most incredible thing! And you were there, Sturm. Laurana and Flint. And everyone died! Well, almost everyone. Raistlin didn't. And there was a green dragon-'
Tasslehoff stopped. What was wrong with his friends? Their faces were pale, their eyes wide.”
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