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Amber and Ashes

(Dragonlance: The Dark Disciple #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,848 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The paperback edition of the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Margaret Weis.

The paperback edition of the opening title in a new trilogy from Dragonlance setting co-creator Margaret Weis takes up where the War of Souls series left off with the central character Mina. While following her story, this new trilogy also explores the chaos that is post-war Krynn.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Wizards of the Coast (first published August 2004)
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Karla Mercer
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: margaret-weis
Can you imagine working for a God? Falling inlove with a God after the death of your first God? Or having the first God's daughter hunting you down? Well Mina did, she was working for Queen Takisis as a Knight and fought in battles for her. The day her queen died she went and buried her far away from everyone, that way no one could find her or distrub her grave. She punished herself day and night for her Queen's death. Until one day Chemosh, Lord of Death came down to earth and claimed Mina as ...more
Lindsay Stares
Nov 12, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: popcorn-fantasy
This is what happens when I need some brain candy for tech week, and have already picked clean most of the local library's sci-fi/fantasy. I read this. Wow. it was bad. To be fair, though, for a don't-think-about-work-or-fall-asleep-on-the-subway book, it was adaquate. And the sexy evil zombies were kinda funny. As is the fact that the "plot" is that Mina is such a special snowflake that all the dark gods want her to be their special friend. Yeah.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
very good book in the dragonlance series! i already liked mina as a character and here she again shines throughout the book. she is a kind of an anti-hero, but so admirable, you simply cannot hate her. there are just a few key figures in the story, but they are very nicely portrayed. i of course loved the kender, haha. this surely is a good start to a gripping story and it's sad that i don't have the following volumes. still i enjoyed this book quite a lot. the only annoying thing is the obvious ...more
Jasher Drake
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
After reading through the War of Souls trilogy, I decided that I needed a little break from the world of Krynn for a while. I read through Ready Player One, The Fifth Knight, Blood of the Fifth Knight and Armarda, all of which I enjoyed immensely. After I had finished all of those, I heard the canticle of the dragon calling me back to Dragonlance once again. I was pretty excited to read this Dark Disciple trilogy, because it's pretty much the last Dragonlance trilogy in the main storyline, that ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I probably would have rated this book four stars, but it loses one for having a lot of typos. I don't know if I will read the other books. It was just okay.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Amber and Ashes is the first Dragonlance book I have read so far. The story follows Mina, whom I think is a bit of an idiot because of her unwavering faith to Chemosh, the Dragonlance setting's god of death. While the book kind of advertises itself to be about Mina and Mina only, Amber and Ashes is also largely about Rhys, a monk of Majere. The story is good, though the "Vampiric Cult" is not really all that vampirish, yes they are undead, but that does not make them vampires. They are more like ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
The general problem with Weis and Hickman works are that these girls trying to put whatever dreds of philosophy found in their blond heads.

For Tracy, it was some kind of Manichean Christianity...
For Margaret that is now some kind of Buddhism apparently.

No one wants to read poor-written pamphlets from not-so-great 'thinkers'.
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Weis Fans
I loved the different point of view that it offered. Most of her books are co-written with Tracy Hickman and the main characters are normally males. The change of the usual, coupled with the introduction of the effects of the War of Souls on the gods offered a most unique story that I hope is carried on to the next books in the series.
✨ Gramy ✨
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a worthwhile, fantasy, adventure that I enjoyed very much.

Would recommend!
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book called Amber and Ashes by Margaret Weis and also the writer for the entire dragonlance series with the help of Tracy Hickman. In Amber and Ashes the main character Mina along with a god by the name of Chemosh, try to take over a continent called aKrynn. As the story continues a new character is met named Rhys Mason (a monk) whose’ mom, dad, and entire group of monks were killed, he later meets a kender named Nightshade who becomes his companion. Even later in the book Rhys and ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rather disappointed with this one. I have fond memories of reading the early Dragonlance books back in the late 80's when I was just a kid. I picked this book up hoping to find some of that same thrill. Parts of the story are still really good fantasy but throwing in the vampy trashy stuff just made it seem tawdry. I didn't really enjoy reading the story of the how well the selfish and greedy guys were taking over the world, I'm just not mean enough, and the characters just weren't likeable ...more
Geoff Battle
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Following on from the War of the Souls, Amber and Ashes followed Mina in to a new game of chess, where the Gods are manoeuvring mortals for their own dastardly plans. All other plot lines feature new characters which are well fleshed out and have interesting arcs, with enough nods to the previous novels to keep fans nodding in appreciation. Weis's standalone writing is fine, featuring a less levity than her previous work with Hickman, which creates a darker and tighter novel. An entertaining ...more
Spandan Sharma
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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David Matthews
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recently read this book. It has been over a decade since I last read a Dragonlance book and it filled me with a sense of nostalgia and longing for the world of Krynn I'd long since put down. The author drew me back into this world with such ease. The Dark Disciple trilogy was enjoyable.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoyed Margaret Weiss’ writing style and plots. This book did not let me down.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Took me a bit to get into this book, but now I am enjoying the series quite a bit. On to book two.
Tiffany Packard
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A bit different from those before it. But a page turner just the same.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked fantasy when I was younger and especially D&D-oriented books. I disliked this book. It felt so cheesy and just churned out, it didn't capture any of the classic adventuring I liked and instead had a cast of rather unlikeable characters without a lot of satisfying plot points. I get why people would like it, it's just not for me.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
---------after i've read it
like throwing me off a cliff! I LOVED it and ran out and got book 2 and 3 before i even finished so I wouldn't have to stop reading. AWESOME!

Of course, I loved the original Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends co-authored by this author, but does that mean I can't be impartial? It's my freaking review!

---------before i finished it
Because I loved Chronicles and Legends so much, I've been avoiding the other new novels (there are so many!). I picked this one up, though, for
David Zerangue
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It has been some time since I last visited the world of Dragonlance. So, it was nice to return to the world of Krynn. Since it has been so long, I do not recall a lot of details from the series (yes, I've read all the pertinent novels leading to this series). Ms. Weis does a decent job of 'reminding' the reader of key details from the past novels. This story is a bit different in that the main character does not have a large part in the first book. It is almost as if Mina begins the story but is ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amber and Ashes is my first (and definitely not the last) venture to the fantasy genre. Like sci-fi, I have always avoided fantasy, there is just something in me that does not like these kind of stories. Maybe because they are unrealistic; I don't know. Anyway, so why did I read this? Out of boredom? I can't really tell, I just did. As it turned out, I like fantasy and I was even more thrilled to know that there is this so-called Dragonlance Universe (meaning there are more books like this out ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the War of Souls, I never liked Mina, maybe because the readers never really got to know her. We only ever saw her from other character's point of view. We finally get a chance to know who Mina really is in this book, and she is not bad, just easily manipulated and power-hungry. But I find that I do like this character more now, even though she is following another evil god.

Rhys is also an very interesting character that I instantly liked. His struggle to support his god, and then being
Mar 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: sorry Tracey, but no one.
Anyone who knows my taste in books, knows that I love the Dragonlance series. The main author being Tracey. However she sells out in this one. It seems she take the world of Dragonlance then drops it into a bad teenage girl's fantasy book of lust and desire. This seems like a complete sell out book and was a complete let down. For as big of a fan as I am of her work, I couldnt even finish it. Sometimes it is a bit challenging to get through small sections of her books, but this one just seemed ...more
Finally reading fiction again, and couldn't think of a better place to start than the Dragonlance saga!

What surprised me about this book is how easily I was able to pick up where I left off over 5 years ago when I read the last book in the series before this one. Weis does a great job of making sure the reader doesn't get lost in all the epic storylines of the past, giving you just enough flashbacks and background to keep you on point without turning into a "Previously on Dragonlance" soap opera
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
None of the beloved "classic" dragonlance characters (i.e. the one of the first two trilogies) are featured in this book. The only returning character is Mina, a mysterious woman that was first introduced in the War of Souls trilogy. The mysteries surrounding her nature and origin will be finally revealed in these books.
Amber and Ashes focuses on the latest attempt of Chemosh, the god of Death, to gain the control of the Dark pantheon with the help of Mina, and on a human monk and a kender
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Margaret Weiss works her story telling magic again. It has been many years since I last read any of the DragonLance novels, but this book has rekindled my interest. I will definitely look for Volumes Two and Three next time I am in a book store. The main character, Mina, is a little too piously evil for my taste, but there is a Kender who can talk to the dead, and a former monk of Majere (now a monk of Zeboim, the sea goddess), who has a fabulous kender-herding dog. I want to find out what ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
I'm not really one for fantasy series, but this one caught my eye. I really liked the world and the idea of the old gods returning. The narrative is separated into different pov's and that gave the story the variety it needed. I do have to warn readers that, if you haven't read anything in this universe, it can be confusing at the beginning. You're given a little backstory during the book, but you never know all of what really happened before this story begins.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It has been a few years since I have last read a Dragonlance book. Boy did it feel great. Although it took me a lil bit to remember the exact details of the War of Souls and various characters but that easily was fixed. This was a great page turner and it was interesting to see a darker and more human novel. I loved how human the gods feel, it felt like something out of greek mythology. I cannot wait to read the rest!
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Margaret Weis has done it again! This is a great addition to the Dragonlance series. Not as much about Mina as I would have liked but I can't be too greedy, the first part of the book was about her finding Chemosh. It was nice to see more of the gods and goddesses being brought into the story line instead of everything being about Paladine and Takhisis. I do have to say the ending caught me by surprise and I am more interested in reading about the first cataclysm now.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do not read this book. My apprehensions have been confirmed. This book is, sadly, inappropriate. There are extreme amounts of sexual scenes, mostly committed by Mina and her new 'god', Chemosh. I hadn't even got halfway through when I had to put it down. This book is a severe letdown in comparison with the other Dragonlance books I have on my shelf. I will repeat myself- do not read this book. It is not worth the disappointment.
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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 ...more

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