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Time of the Twins

(Dragonlance: Legends #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  33,153 ratings  ·  442 reviews
The first title in the second Dragonlance novel trilogy is now being released for the first time ever in a trade hardcover edition. Featuring the stunning art and design that graced the cover of the paperback edition, this new version is a follow-up to the release of the Dragonlance novels Chronicles trilogy in hardcover in 2003. It also continues the planned release of al ...more
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Wizards of the Coast (first published February 1986)
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Nevada While it has been a long time since I read the series, I remember the Legends series being a standalone from Chronicles. Chronicles will provide signi…moreWhile it has been a long time since I read the series, I remember the Legends series being a standalone from Chronicles. Chronicles will provide significant backstory and greater depth of feeling for the characters, but you don't have wait. I also don't remember any spoilers in either.

I loved these books (both series) and would hate for you to miss out because you were waiting for the others. Hope this helps!(less)

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"It is such a quiet thing, to fall. But far more terrible is to admit it.”

That line is unfortunately not from this book, nor even from this universe. However, in addition to being a favourite of mine, it describes this book perfectly.

The War of the Lance is over. The Queen of Darkness and her Dragon Highlords have been defeated against all odds. But Krynn is devastated by the conflict, and new dangers lurk in the shadows. In solitude in the Tower of High Sorcery, a familiar wizard is setting his
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf
I feel kinda bad that it has taken me thirty years to finally get around to reading this second main Dragonlance trilogy. I mean, sure, it took me fifteen years to read the first Dragonlance trilogy and that was AFTER I had been playing D&D for years. Oops? Ah, but never mind that.

I discovered something awesome. This reads BETTER than the first trilogy. A lot more fun, more interesting, better characters (and not just Tolkien ripoffs), and a much more twisted story.

No, this isn't a classic fanta
MissBecka Gee
The first time I read this book I was horrified by the ending.
Now I know it's really just the beginning. 😉
Looking forward to starting book 2 tonight!
Mar 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love this book despite the fact that about half of it is steeped in serious suckiness. The fact is, at least for me, that the excellent bits in Time of the Twins are far more excellent than the excellent bits in the three Dragonlance books that preceded this one (and those books had some excellent bits), making Time of the Twins a favourite of mine.

Sucky Bits:
Sucky -- This story hinges on the corruption of the Kingpriest of Istar. The Kingpriest arrogantly (and weakly) calls on the gods to com
Jim C
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating is 4.5 stars.

This is the first book of a trilogy. This takes place after the original trilogy and I suggest reading that trilogy first. In this one, it is two years after the events of the first trilogy. Raistlin is still all powerful and could achieve world domination but that isn't enough for him. Caramon is reeling from the fact that Raistlin chose the black robes. Meanwhile, a cleric of Paladine is convinced she could stop Raistlin and she seeks him out with help from Tasslehof
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragonlance
This was the first book I read when I started my new bus/train commute. But, this was not the first Dragonlance book I've ever read. It was the tenth. Dragonlance is a gigantic moneymaking franchise that runs off the insatiable appetites of geeks, among which I count myself. It's almost besides the point for me to review the book at all, because it's so niche. Either you "get it" or you don't. But, shoot, I'll give it a try.

The original Dragonlance trilogy (which I read in high school) was about
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's actually kind of surprising that these books exist, at least in their current form.

The original Dragonlance Chronicles was the trilogy that launched a thousand other D&D tie-in novels; a wildly successful story in which the Forces of Evil were pitted against a half-elf, a dwarf, a Hobbitkender, a knight, a plainsman and a cleric. Oh, yes, and a fighter and his sickly twin brother mage. And there were epic journeys and dangers and setbacks, and a few tragic deaths, but in the end the aforeme
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a 4, but I'm actually calling it a 4.5 because I absolutely devoured it. Fantasy books like this are my guilty pleasure, mainly because I feel like I should be spending my time reading "classics" and whatnot, but I had a blast diving back into the Dragonlance universe. I read some of the books when I was younger, and I'm ready to read some more!

I started with the Legends trilogy because, well... angsty brothers are my weakness. I remember loving Caramon and Raistlin and their co
TS Chan
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragonlance was one of the very first fantasy series I've read a long time ago. I remembered that I loved it then. And yep, I was one of those fangirls who liked Raistlin over Caramon. ...more
Damien Black
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well... I first read this when I was 13. I must admit, when I opened it up on a whim and started reading it again three decades later, I expected to be partly amused, partly bemused. YA sprang to mind.

YA it might well be, but was I ever surprised. And I by that mean, I was REALLY surprised. A book hasn't captivated me like this in a long while. It drew me in as much as it did when I was a teenager, and time flew by...

This story brings everything to the table. Powerful descriptive prose; time tr
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Like the Chronicles trilogy before it, this book is an oddly addictive hack job. Early on, you will find out Raistlin is thinly muscled. Then almost every chapter makes reference to his lean muscles. She felt his lean muscles through his robes. His thinly muscled form wrapped around her body. She could see his lean muscles through the silk of his black robes. Crysania also repeatedly smells his spell components while simultaneously noticing his thin muscles. These muscles can be found under his ...more
Joey Hines
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragonlance, dragons
I enjoyed the Dragonlance Chronicles in a Tolkien-lite type of way. Time of the Twins, however, really stands apart from the series that preceded it. This book mainly concerns the relationship between Caramon and Raistlin and the unpredictable force of Tasslehoff. These three were easily my favorite characters from Chronicles, so it's a thrill to see them get so much focus. New character Crysania has a well-developed struggle between her clerical faith and the callings of her heart, making this ...more
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is a fabulous tale and if you want to read any Dragonlance series, this is it. It’s a tale involving going back in time which is normally fraught with difficulty in writing a sensible plot. The authors’ do this amazingly well and this is a haunting tale. Characterisation is brilliant and fantasy fans will be enthralled by the main characters. Cameron and Raistlin are twins but more different twins you could not get. In this tale Cameron is a shadow of his former strength. Drink has brought ...more
Zoran Krušvar
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Dragonlance: Legends" is actually a good series. And that's weird, because game-inspired books do tend to suck big time. I give most credit for complexity of Raistlin's character and for the fact that Caramon suffers from PTSD. And that's just great, because too often fantasy heroes tend to be completely immune to distress and we know that human mind doesn't work that way. ...more
Lindsay Scott
RAISTLIN! Imagine my glee when I learned as an overexcitable preteen girl that there was a whole trilogy of books that featured my favorite character. (And apparently everyone else's.) Oh how my girlhood trembled. lol I wish I were kidding.

If I went back and read these books now, I'm sure I would still enjoy them despite the fact that I now see them in a different light. Sure, they aren't original and they use just about every fantasy cliche there is. But it's not like I knew that when I first r
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I found a website that told me which order to read the Dragonlance books in. Of course, I thought to look it up after reading The Second Generation, which takes place after the Twins trilogy, but still. This first book in the trilogy is a fitting continuation of the Dragons trilogy. The Dragons of Spring Dawning ends in such a darkly suggestive way, and this book picks up on that tone right away. Weis and Hickman introduce new characters but bring back enough former characters to keep f ...more
Bianca Klein Haneveld
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Since this book stands out for the way it offers insights in its very interesting characters, I will focus this review on them.
The titular twins Caramon and Raistlin stole my heart in the original trilogy. Caramon, brave, good, honest and completely devoted to his twin brother. Raistlin, bitter, brilliant, evil on first sight but oddly (but convincingly) compessionate at key moments... they are fascinating. This book hints at ways to see their complex relationship that makes these characters eve
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a Dragonlance fan since 1988. While I've loved most of the books, the Twins(Caramon and Raistlin Majere) were never my favorite characters. Friends have always said that Legends is a better trilogy than Chronicles (which started it all and am on my fourth reread.)

I probably should have listened to them. The first book was fantastic.

Raistlin(a powerful mage of the black robes(evil) and younger of the Twins)is one of the most devious characters around. He doesn't let you down, in his
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Zarina Elahi
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know what? I'm on a review hiatus but I feel compelled to write a review just for this book. It is 4:33 am and I need to review this specific book.

Time of the Twins has a way of outshining its dependence on tropes and corny dialogue. I don't know how it happened, but this book somehow transcends itself in a way that is nothing short of enchanting. You love it like you love an easy chair after a long day or a favorite episode you've seen a thousand times. Sometimes you realize what's happeni
Jeff Yoak
It was fantastic to walk through this world again. This trilogy was one of those that inspired me to read for fun. I don't think I would be such a fan if I encountered it for the first time today, but as nostalgia, this is pure gold.

2019: To my amazement, this just failed to hold interest as a family read. We bogged down about half way through and I started to suspect we'd just stop reading together, so we bailed. Lily loved the books, and this will free her up read them on her own!

2020: Lily an
Roderick Baxter
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great start to a new series in The Dragonlance Cycle. Not all the usual suspects are here. However, as the story is about 'The Twins,'some phisical action from Caramon and a devious plot or two from the magical black robed Raistlin. Of course there is non better to keep the plot moving, than the delightfully mischievous Kender, Tasslehoff Burrfoot. Naturally enough, we need a girl to save. Enter Chrysania. Then we only need a final ingredient, a world ending disaster, from which we all ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
Small Review: My two favourite characters are on this book. Raistlin and Tassheloff. Caramon and Crysania are in it too. Interesting tale about the mind of Raistlin and the quest to rule the Abyss overthrowing Takhisis. This was the tale of Finstandituls and Raistlin travelled back in time to fulfilled it. Interesting tale.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragonlance-saga
If you'd like to read my thoughts on Time of the Twins, I talk about it on my blog!
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was great! I loved reading more about some of my favorite characters from the original trilogy. It was full of action and suspense and I never knew what to expect next. This was the first book in a trilogy and I will definitely be continuing with the series.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Book itself is worth 4 stars, but i really do not like the way author thinks that it is logical and normal to do heavy time travelling in this D&D series. For fantasy there should not be limits, but it just seems desperate, also execution in that kind of meld must be extra fine and here it is not.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Much better then the entire first trilogy!! This book made wading through those previous books worth it. The characters of Raistlin, Caramon and Tasselhof are much more developed here and the story is incredibly compelling.
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Way better than a book which was designed to sell D&D modules should be.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It’s not really a 4 Star book. However, I’ve probably read it at least 10 times since I was a teenager, so that makes it 4 stars.
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“I can kill with a single word. I can hurl a ball of fire into the midst of my enemies. I rule a squadron of skeletal warriors, who can destroy by touch alone. I can raise a wall of ice to protect those I serve. The invisible is discernible to my eyes. Ordinary magic spells crumble in my presence... But I bow in the presence of a master.

-- Lord Soth to Raistlin Majere”
“Rule the world," Raistlin repeated softly, his eyes burning. "Rule the world? You still don't undestand, do you, my dear sister? Let me make this as plain as I know how." Now it was his turn to stand up. Pressing his thin hands upon the desk, he leaned towards her, like a snake.
"I don't give damn about the world!" he said softly. "I could rule it tomorrow, if I wanted it! I don't.”
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