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Dragons of the Dwarven Depths (Dragonlance: The Lost Chronicles #1)

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Dragonlance fans are going to love this: After more than two decades and dozens of bestselling novels set in the Dragonlance universe, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are returning to where it all began -- the very first adventure. Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, the first novel in the Lost Chronicles trilogy, will fill in critical gaps in the o
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ebook, 608 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2006)
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Alicia Ham
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Once in a while you come across a world that pulls you in and never lets you go. Dragonlance was just such a place for me. A world where I could immerse myself and never get tired of the places and the people that I found there.

I know that many would put this series in the world of guilty pleasure or something similar, but for me this was a series that made me fall in love with reading. Characters that I wanted to know more about and that I fell in love with, places that I wanted to visit and ex
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Ugur
I read this book after The War of Souls trilogy. This book is a disappointment for me. The characters and the plot is not good enough to like.

I just read whole book and it does not impress me.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman wrote a sub story for the Heroes of the Lance. We know all of the characters from the main books of Dragonlance, the base of the characters are ok, they are well known, they have their uniqueness but the book does not add anything to these characters.

The plot and sub-plots lo
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Alex
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragonlance
It's a good job that my expctations for this book were not high, because my very low ones weren't really met.

Like most people reading this book (why would you choose this as your first Dragonlance book? Just a small amount of research explains that this really isn't the best place to start!!) I have an unhealthy amount of nostalgia when it comes to Dragonlance, being hooked on the Chronicles - most notably being a Raistlin devotee - in my early teens to such an extent that thinking about Dragon
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Jenny
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I'm most impressed by is Hickman and Weis's ability to draw me into a story whose ending I already know. This book takes place between books one and two of the Chronicles, and I've read the Chronicles and the Legends, so I have the full picture in mind. Somehow, though, I cared what happened in this book and how it happened. The original authors make their world come to life like nobody else, but it's also being reunited with all the Companions that I loved.
I found a website that clai
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Scott
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a standalone novel that takes place after the events of Dragons of Autumn Twilight and before Dragons of Winter Night.

We've got all the heroes of the lance.
Tanis and Flint seeking out the dwarves in Thorbardin.
Raistlin drawn to a place called Skullcap.
Sturm seeking out the Hammer of Kharas.
Tika and Tasselhoff on a quest to save the ones they love.

This is such a great world. Such great characters.
600 pages of awesome! The entire Lord of the Rings wasn't much more than that. Hey Jordan, Go
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David
I'm so glad that the passage of the time did not diminish my enjoyment of this book. If anything, it was really really nostalgic and a very satisfying read.

All of the Companions are back again - it's like going back in time and remembering the time I was reading the Chronicles again. You find yourself falling in love with all the wonderful characters again.

The story tells of the events after their escape from Pax Tharkas at the end of book 1 of the Chronicles. It tells the story of how the refug
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T.C. Michael
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great to see the companions back together again! I started this trilogy many years after reading the original chronicles and I was so happy to read about the group: Tanis, Flint, Sterm, Tass, Caramon, Raistlin, Laura, and even Kit. So much fun!

This book takes the reader on an adventure that is basically a companion to the original chronicles. What happens in this series is kind of what happens in between those first books. You see the companions save slaves and escape the dark forces. The
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Ubiquitousbastard
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
As someone who originally read most of the (good) books of the series about a decade ago, reading these newer ones is almost the equivalent of someone remaking one of the awesome PSOne RPGs. I spent a good portion of the book pretty much reveling in having something more to read, and recalling the awesome times spent reading the earlier books. Oh, and loving Raistlin; that happens a lot.

One thing I liked about this book, that really only would appeal to veterans such as myself, is that it goes
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Jasmine
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book for me =) I'll preface this review by saying I'm a huge Dragonlance fan. A book pretty much automatically gets 3 stars from me by having the word "Dragonlance" on the cover. The closest thing I could compare this to (with a movie analogy) would be a special bonus DVD from a Director's Cut of a film. It is a nice little tale that fills in some of the glaring gaps missing from the Chronicles (hence the name of this series, the Lost Chronicles).

I'd been putting off reading these
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Niki Hawkes  - The Obsessive Bookseller
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Even though the Lost Chronicles are the latest in publication, they actually fall in the middle of the Dragonlance saga chronologically. It is an expansion of some events that happened that didn’t quite make it into the original series. Happy to have anything new from these authors, I was thrilled when it was released, and found it to be an incredibly nostalgic read.

I don’t think the original manuscript was a full trilogy, and so the authors h
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Sneakend
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As a whole I would give this 2 stars at most, but everything Raistlin says and does is obviously worth full 5/5 stars. (Also + for unexpected Raistlin/Sturm bonding) ...more
 ☆Ruth☆
I love the Dragonlance series but I have been thoroughly confused by the recommended reading order! I seem to have started reading about the world of Krynn somewhere in the middle, then moved into the future, only to be shifted back in time and then returned to the middle again! Of course now I've forgotten some of the incidents in the first novels I read a year or two ago, so that I should really read them again - unfortunately I still don't know what order to read them in, so that they follow ...more
Christina
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Returning to the world of Dragonlance, always get me bit sentimental and excited. Dragonlance was my first real fantasy experience and is still my favourite overall. And I love getting to hang out with Tanis, Tas, Caramon & Raistlin, Flint, Sturm, Goldmoon & Riverwind, Tika and Laurana.
This book is a return to the time of the Chronciles and fill out some of the holes left from that trilogy. We follow our heroes after they've resuced the prisoners from Pax Tharkas and how they struggle to
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August
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i finished it quite a while ago...just haven't been back the web page to update...was an excellent book...i highly recommend if you are a Dragonlance fan!
Geoff Battle
Dwarven Depths is a standalone novel featuring the all-star Companions from the original Dragons sequence. The timeline is set between the first two books and features a quest for the mystical Hammer of Kharas and a trip to Thorbardin, the sealed home of the dwarves. The material is rather lighthearted, as is the tone, making this Dragons book easy on the tension and emotions, which are clear strengths of Weis & Hickman in their previous work. Dwarven Depths feels like a short story and alth ...more
Ana Elena Romero
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha sido una delicia volver a encontrarme con Flint el enano y con Tas el kender; dos de los personajes más entrañables de la Dragonlance.
Esta trilogía, secuela de la saga principal, Weis y Hickman recrean historias de la época de las Crónicas.
Podría parecer un relleno, un intento por mantener viva la saga, pero el universo Dragonlance es tan rico en historias y tan bien desarrollado por los autores que en absoluto desmerece la saga principal.
Entretenida, ágil de lectura y, como siempre, épica.
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Tanya
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is at least partly written in third-person omniscient, which means there's a lot of perspective switching, but this does lend some complexity to characters who are often out of focus in the Dragonlance series, such as Flint, Sturm, and Caramon. Unfortunately, the female characters are written out near the beginning of the story. The descriptive writing makes Thorbardin a relatively distinct and recognizable setting, and the plot answers some continuity questions from the original tril ...more
Peggy
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some 20 years ago I loved the series... It is still a good read, but I wonder, what was so great about it back then, that I loved it? That I finished a book in 1 or 2 days and now I have to motivate myself to keep reading?
James
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow such a great return for me to the Heroes of the lance. The books that started my love of fantasy back in the 80's. Definitely felt like meeting old friends. Same fun and magic I remember. Highly recommended.
James venus
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I loved this book its a grate read it fills in the story between. The first and second book,its full of law and adventure
Jamie Belanger
I always loved this world and the characters within. I grew up with the Chronicles, and I've read the Chronicles and Legends series countless times. I love those books. I've ventured into other books in the Dragonlance series (Tales, War of Souls, and some other random ones). Loving the Dragonlance world and the companions in the original series as much as I do makes it very hard to write something disparaging.

But I feel I must.

This novel is, by far, one of the worst editing jobs I've ever seen
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Modern Girl
I liked that this book took us back to the War of the Lance. However, it didn't really succeed in taking us "back there." I expected the writing to be a similar style to that of Autumn Twilight and Winter Night. The characters were different, the lens of the authors was different. Instead of getting a story that seemed like it was written back then, and happened back then, it was a story that was bandaged together 20 years after the AT and WN and tried to fill in what happened between these two ...more
Nihi
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's not a lot to this one. The book's competently written but lacks any sense of size. Most of it takes place in an underground city, the scale of which is never well portrayed, and every location is within a short walk of every other. There's a lot of conditions having been a certain way for 300 years until changed forever by the group stumbling across them, and this cheapens the world somewhat.

The characters feel like pantomime versions of themselves. Apart from Tanis every hero has one pr
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George Worroll
Finished "Dragons of Dwarven Depths". It's not horrible. I'm not sure if my tastes have changed over the years, though, or if Weis and Hickman had some off days working on this one, but it wasn't as good as I remember Chronicles, Legends, Second Chronicles, or any of the other Dragonlance novels I've read in the past. Not a waste of money or time, but still, not quite as good.

One thing that was interesting was the way it seemed to explore the characters a bit. Not quite a character study masquer
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Shawn Towner
I haven't read any Dragonlance novels since high school, so I'm going to assume that my memory of them is probably skewed by my love for D&D and the fact that Dragonlance novels were some of the few fiction books that I actually enjoyed reading (the others mostly being Star Wars novels or the novelization of Spaceballs (High school me did not have the best taste in literature)). I doubt the Chronicles and Legends books are as good as I remember them being, so I wasn't expecting much out of D ...more
Nathan
Published a ways after the Chronicles books, but threaded through them -- and, happily, written by Weis and Hickman unlike the bulk of so-called Dragonlance books out there -- this book is read directly after Chronicles Book 1, Dragons of Autumn Twilight. It tells the tale of what happened after Pax Tharkas but before Tarsis, and explains how the refugees and the Companions got to Thorbardin, which had been explained away by a few brief expositional paragraphs in the beginning of Chronicles Book ...more
Henrik
Feb 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone enjoying Dragonlance books, especially the original stories
Recommended to Henrik by: Christina Stind Rosendahl
Shelves: fantasy
It's been a while since I was in the world of Krynn... I'm about 60 pages in right now, and so far, so good. Hanging out with good old friends:-)

I'll write a review when I've read all the pages;-)

JUNE 4:

Done:-)

It was wonderful to be back--back with old friends in a cozy old world one remembers with fondness.

This book is the first in a proposed new series filling out the "missing blanks" in the original Chronicles Trilogy. It deals with what happened when the Heroes of the (not yet) Lance arrived
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Scott
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Okay, this wasn't total junk. This was my first Dragonlance book, and although it did keep me awake while I was driving for the first 3 hours, it failed after that and I had to grab a Louis L'Amour book for the remaining 17 hours--it was not gripping. My main complaint was the insulting way it treats race. We are supposed to accept that because one character is a dwarf, certain characteristics are givens, and that if someone else is a kender (sort of like a hobbit with small feet, long ears, and ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Dragons of the Dwarven Depths by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. It has been a few years since I read a DragonLance book and I had forgotten how much I loved this world. Now, this book takes place during the original Chronicles trilogy, which I have not read. It takes place between Dragons of Autumn Twilight and Dragons and Winter Night. Did it matter that I had never read the two books that this story takes place between? No, not at all.

Dragons of the Dwarven Depths is basi
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Geddy Israel
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weis and Hickman pull it off again. Our Heros of the Lance have triumphed time and time again against insurmountable odds, but those odds aren't growing any more favourable, and now the politics are thickening. Tanis finds himself responsible for the lives of hundreds of refugees. Flint is given the opportunity to seek the Hammer of Kharas which would restore dwarves to their former glory, and make him, a simple hill dwarf, a hero amongst his own kind. Strum wants the hammer also, but he's think ...more
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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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