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Dragons of a Fallen Sun

(Dragonlance: The War of Souls #1)

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The people of Krynn have known war in past ages. Some are still alive who remember the triumph of good at the conclusion of the War of the Lance. Still more remember the devastation of the Chaos War, which ended the Fourth Age of the world.

But now a new war is about to begin, more terrible than any have known. This war is one for the very heart and soul of the
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Paperback, 627 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2000)
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Trey Weller Weis and Hickman wrote a number of Dragonlance books before the War of Souls trilogy. You'll probably want to read in this order:
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Weis and Hickman wrote a number of Dragonlance books before the War of Souls trilogy. You'll probably want to read in this order:

Dragonlance Chronicles (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawning)

Dragonlance Legends (Time of the Twins, War of the Twins, Test of the Twins)

Dragonlance: The Second Generation

Dragons of Summer Flame(less)

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Nick T. Borrelli
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite Dragonlance series from Margaret Weis and Traci Hickman. I love dragons and this one hits all the right chords where that is concerned. I feel like this series is under the radar compared to their more popular Dragonlance books, but for me they outdid themselves here and the writing is phenomenal. If you like dwarves, dragons, wizards, and traditional fantasy in the vein of Terry Brooks, then this one should be at the top of your list of series to read. I've read it ...more
Greg Strandberg
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Just not where I want to be going.

We've got a terrible problem with Dragonlance, and that's the fact that the first 3 books were so darn good, and they were good because they were so negative and depressing and, well...world-ending.

So you get a real twisted and tough canonical that's hard to do much with. And boy, have they tried just about everything with Dragonlance but throwing the kitchen sink on the cover and having a gully dwarf come up the drain pipe (2016 maybe?)<
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Ugur
Nov 09, 2012 added it
Shelves: fantasy, dragonlance
Dragons of a Fallen Sun is the first book of the Dragonlance: The War of Souls series and written by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman in 2000.

Like other Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman novels, reading this book is enjoyable. It is nice to read good novels in Dragonlance world.

Forty years passed after the Chaos War which destructs everything in Dragonlance universe. Dragons have divided the continent and reigning the humans, elves and dwarves. Magical powers are fading
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Jenny
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
It took me a little while to get into this book because it starts with characters I don't know and ones who aren't very likable. The story picks up when familiar characters come into play, and then, when Weis and Hickman go back to the characters from the beginning, I didn't mind as much. The other reason this book is only three stars for me, though, is that much of it feels like exposition, not actual storytelling. I want more connection to action, dialogue, and the characters. My favorite part ...more
Dan
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
It wasn't a BAD book per say, it's just that the ending left me kind of embittered, and I thought there were a few characters that just absolutely destroyed the book for me (Mina.....)

As a disclaimer, I have always loved the combination of Weis and Hickman, but I couldn't really get behind this one.

Throughout the series, they just kept throwing character after character at the reader, introducing new story arcs, but not doing much with them, and I felt that the ending left quite a f
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Michael Timmins
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though it has been years since I have read this book, I still remember it fondly. Set in the future of the original Dragonlance books it still holds the same quality of writing and the same epic quality. A truly great fantasy read.
Christina
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
The first big trilogy from Weiss and Hickmann since Legends. I have read it once and I think I have tried reading it a couple of times since but not really getting into it - not sure why because this time around, I really liked it.
A new player stands on the face of Krynn, Mina, a young girl, follower of the One God. Able to predict the future, heal the sick and look into the hearts of people around her, Mina soon gets a huge following of Knights of Neraka and mercenaries.
Meanwhile, T
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Mark
"OK, guys, let's take everything that everybody liked about the Dragonlance setting and get rid of it."

That's essentially what happened with the introduction of the Fifth Age. From what I hear, this same error was repeated in the Forgotten Realms setting nearly a decade later as D&D moved forward into its 4th edition rule set.

Although when I decided Dragonlance sucked now I just started reading Drizzt books, so you know... whatever. I have the young and dumb shelf for
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Beau
Top-notch fantasy. One of my favorite Dragonlance novels. Full of mystery, psychology, humor, politics, and action. Weis and Hickman are masters of writing from the point of view of the evil characters. They are also excellent at creating flawed, ambiguous characters.

This book won't be very enjoyable (or completely understandable) unless you've read most of the prior major Dragonlance novels: at least the Chronicles trilogy, the Legends trilogy, Second Generation, Dragons of Summer F
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Chris Strehlow
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Ren
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! For my first Dragonlance book experience that was great! I commend the authors on doing a stunningly amazing job at creating and developing their characters.

Mina was.... Mina was simply amazing. I loved her from the moment she appeared in a blaze of lightning and hailstorm among the great black monoliths. I cheered for Mina as her Knights did, I worried as Galdar did when her footsteps faltered. Everything about her character was amazing in my opinion. I have to say that I am so enamored w
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Simon
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's been a long while since I've last touched a Dragonlance novel. After reading many other fantasy books during the interim, I finally can see why many readers desperately wanted the original authors of the Dragonlance novels to write the next trilogy of books and hopefully, beyond that as well. It's definitely not the case that I think the other fantasy authors are not good. It's just that every good author(s) should have a distinctive writing style to make their book unique and both Margaret ...more
Toby
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say I was a precocious reader, but once I learned how I fell in love with it. Reading for pleasure was a hobby I developed early, and as it turned out the genres I gravitated towards were fantasy and adventure.

I remember the transitional books I was into between "juvenile" and "adult" reading -- I was a big fan of the Choose Your Own Adventure clone Time Machine which had the audacity to put learning into my adventure stories as they all took place in historical periods, from the time of
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Nicolas
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The gods have abandoned Krynn, the people on their own, struggling to find their own magic. Faith has begun to flounder and people hunger for something to believe in. Then, Mina, a young girl with close shaven red hair appears, professing the power of the "One God". A god who did not abandon Krynn and was here. From her a cult begins to spring, the power of this god flowing through her and causing her amber gaze to lock thousands in service to her. The forces of light seemed doomed as Mina and h ...more
Bahia
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I picked this up used for a friend and decided to read it before I gave it to him. Weis and Hickman are supposed to be some of the best writers in the Dragonlance series, but I was not impressed. They tell, but don't show, overuse words (never seen the word "restive" used more in a book), and this book should have been significantly shorter. It had been a long time since I'd read any of the Dragonlance novels and I didn't particularly mind that you were supposed to be familiar with the world to ...more
Jasher Drake
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, this is VERY different from all the previous Dragonlance books I have read, and when I say different, I mean DIFFERENT. The world that I once knew has been completely tuned upside down. The government has changed, the laws have changed, the factions have changed, heck, even the land itself has been changed. All of the familiar characters have been completely changed as well. Palin, for one, used to be all heart but now, he is turning into what his uncle Raistlin turned into, deceiving ...more
A.M. Reynwood
Wow. I had to take a moment and a deep breath after this one. This trilogy took me (I'm a little embarrassed to admit) several months to finish. Each volume is so big it could break a foot if you dropped it. This is a very intricate story with many threads woven to make a fine mesh tapestry.

I have been interested in the universe of DragonLance for a long time, and my very first venture into the world of Krynn was the Suncatcher Trilogy by Jeff Sampson (which I'm thinking of reading again, becau
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Erik Akre
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was great! I can't think of anything to complain about, try as I might. The writing is solid enough that you don't notice it; the plot is well-woven and inventive. One is kept in proper suspension-tension. The characters are finely-made enough to be believable... It's a "what's not to like?" experience.

I'm tempted to say that this series is the D-and-D'd cousin to George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, but really I know much better than that. It isn't a masterpiece of that magnitude
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Colin
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A return to form for Weis and Hickman. After the pretty disastrous Dragons of a Summer Flame, Fallen Sun picks up the remnants of that book and delivers an intriguing mystery. One in which the gods have left the world of Krynn, but maybe not?

The book introduces a new character, Mina, who follows a nameless God and can perform miracles. There's also the return of Tasslehoff Burrfoot which may or may not be a good thing for certain readers. The characters here are way more inspired and
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Geoff Battle
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fallen Sun is a long book and after the initial opening event it takes a while to get going. The action is spread across Krynn, involving the forces of good and evil, with all races being followed. It's this depth that makes Fallen Sun a little hard going at times. It seems 'The War of Souls' is set in an alternate reality to the previous Dragons series, with all the characters flawed, cursed or downtrodden in some way - there is little warmth and joy in this volume. So, enter this trilogy with ...more
Almustafa Couch
A really enjoyable book, a good third trilogy (the reading of the previous two is useful for providing the framework, back story necessary for the easy comprehension of this particular novel) though it is possible to read this alone. Behind all the brilliantly written fight scenes is the issue of the classic "Time Travel Paradox".
Long
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ok, it is the first volume of a trilogy, but 600 pages of setting the scene for the next volume is quite a lot. However, after reading this most people probably want to read the next volume too...
My ability to imagine may not be the same as 20 years ago, because parts of the story felt a bit too far out.
Jason
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
It was fun. It just feels hokie at times. I think I'm so conditioned to LOTR. This series was wonderful as a teen. I will still stick with this trilogy but I think it will just be because of nostolgia.
Gina
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home
Easy fantasy read. I used to enjoy the stories more when I was younger, but I'm unfortunately not as invested in the characters and world anymore. I plan to eventually finish the trilogy but will probably no longer seek out Weis & Hickman novels.
Marianne
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, gone
Requires having read Dragons of Summer Flame and some Tales shorts to make sense. Feels like an alternate timeline for Dragonlance. Didn't like the pacing or the characters, who mostly felt like bit parts.
Mark Nuetzel
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun book. Easy read. Interesting plot twists. Very entertaining.
Joseph Rice
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i like the book but it was hard to tell what part the world you where in
Robbi Holman
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I warmed up to it after a while.
Blue
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a bit slow at parts but the ending was fantastic. There were a few really good twists!
Jim Nowhere
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
well.. it finished better then it started, and I may just have to read the next one..
but I'll require a break between to sift through it all..
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