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(Dragonlance: Preludes #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,748 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Before the War of the Lance, carefree kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot is enjoying the company of his friends at the Inn of the Last Home when a bounty hunter arrives and charges him with desertion for violating the kender laws of prearranged marriage. But Tasslehoff's intended has pulled a disappearing act of her own. The race is on to see who gets dragged to the altar first in ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1989)
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David Munch No, they are totally independent. There is a major spoiler for the Chronicles series in this book though, so if you haven't, I recommend reading them …moreNo, they are totally independent. There is a major spoiler for the Chronicles series in this book though, so if you haven't, I recommend reading them before this one.(less)

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Jasher Drake
This book was FANTASTIC! If you want to see Tasslehoff...
Be late for his wedding, ride a dragon, become friends with a woolly mammoth, be hunted down by a bounty hunter, sing sea shanties, hire a crew of gully dwarves, do a pulley job, be kidnapped by gnomes, get stuck in a huge glass jar, get transported to candy land, stop the dark queen, have dinner at an ogre's house, put out fires with water spouts or steal the dwarf queen's ring, then this book is for you!
Jake Davis
Sep 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first half. Then it got ridiculous to the point of almost being bad. Overall it was okay but i was kinda bored even at the end. But it is a story youd expect of Tasselhoff. Frankly I aint a fan of Kenders
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun, well developed characters and I enjoyed the storyline!
Elaine Reinhard
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Delightful and enjoyable read. Well written and entertaining.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragonlance
A very disappointing story. On the face of it, this is a fantasy novel set in the Dragonlance world, one of the many preludes to the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy that kickstarted the whole thing. This one features Tasslehoff Burrfoot, a hobbit-style character who was merely comic relief in the original stories, so it had its work cut out from the start.

Unfortunately, Kirchoff decided to make this an out-and-out comedy, and even worse, one aimed at 5-year-olds. Thus we have talking mammoths, wo
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Meh. I seem to be one of the few people who really liked the character Tasselhoff, but since I started with the "Legends" series I was introduced to him after he'd started to mature as a character. His portrayal in this book is merely two-dimensional. Don't get me wrong, I love reading ABOUT kenders in the Krynn sourcebooks (especially the list of innocent explanations they use when caught stealing. Ex: "Maybe it fell in my pocket."), but having an entire city of half-sized lunatics as main char ...more
These early Dragonlance novels are somewhat disappointing. They aren't bad, but the writing seems a little unpolished, or perhaps written for a slightly younger audience. They also aren't structured the best....this often feels more like a series of unrelated events than it does a novel. Still, there are some enjoyable characters here. ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
An okay story for fans of Tasselhoff; though I think there were too many side stories.
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dragonlance
Kender are unique to the Dragonlance setting and there’s one thing that Dragonlance novels have liked to do, thus far, and that’s milk them for all they are worth. Whilst it would have been nice to have seen the preludes tackle a solo adventure with Tasslehoff a bit more akin to the magic ring short story that came earlier, there’s logic –and a lot of mileage - in broadening the scope, introducing us to the kender homelands, more Kender characters and upping the comedy. From time to it’s also ve ...more
Austin E
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tasslehoff Burrfoot is at Solace with his friends, a dwarf bounty hunter comes while they are talking and tells him he is under arrest. Tasslehoff was suppose to get married to the mayor of Kendermor's daughter. Because he hasn't they are holding his favorite uncle, Trapspringer Furrfoot, in prison. Tasslehoff wants to save his uncle. So he sets off for Kendermore.
The theme for this book is, people should do things before they get in trouble for not doing them. One piece of evidence is that sin
Mysty Vander
An adventure.

Or two.

Maybe three.

There was a lot of characters who came and went and I found Kirchoff didn't scratch beneath any of their surfaces - including Tasslehoff's. We get a peak that he is more than a "just a kender" only twice, briefly. The whole tale felt dry for a Dragonlance wanderlust and there were several issues of continuity with the main series. The writing is acceptable but doesn't leave much to be intrigued. The ogre, Vinsent, I do wish we saw or spent more time with him wit
Tom Green
Sep 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a steady and consistent 3 star book till the 1/2 mark. Then it went wild and bumped itself to a 4. It explains a thing about kendermore that I never understood a reason for in chronicles and had all the best call backs of Tass’s wild stories mentioned or played out.

Thoroughly fun, and the hook was NOT what I had anticipated. All around an unexpected, fun, fill in gaps, with a few heart string tugs story.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gone
I feel like Preludes 1, with Sturm and Kitiara, would have been a better book about Tasslehoff. Kendermore is about sad serious things, following responsibility, and feels like it's missing the light-hearted banter that would have caught me for a kender book.

If you read both, perhaps imagine Sturm or Kitiara in Tasslehoff's role, and Tasslehoff in Sturm's. It will make more sense.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
It's refreshing to be able to read something without being inspired enough to make notes or pick it apart. This was light reading for the nice weather days that I could sit outside. Those days are as over as this book.
Gisella was my favourite character, so full of life.
This was one of those books where a mixture of stubbornness and inertia got me to the end.
Gayle Gordon
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked this a little more than I thought I would, but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It gives some good background story to one of the original characters, but was a little too much on the silly side. Even in fantasy, there has to be believability within the fantasy world. Aspects of this story really stretched it. ...more
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m really loving all of the Dragonlance series books and was so excited to find that there was a book all about my favourite character. I really enjoyed reading more about kenders and their day to day lives, along with Tass and his adventure! I’m definitely going to be looking out for more Dragonlance novels every time I go to the book store now
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
These preludes books were written without care for continuity with the original Dragonlance trilogy. Entertaining on their own but have read two of them and both involve characters in things that they "learned" as new in the Dragonlance trilogy. ...more
Mostly meh adventure. Had some good parts. Felt very childish at times and then there is sudden assessing and death which throws the balance off.
Kender behavior was abundant which was bit overbearing.

Samuel Monsees
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish it. I forced myself to read about half the way but even the writing seemed to be written by a Kender; all over the place. ...more
Jun 30, 2019 added it
A collection of small vignettes, could have been more focused.
James Hein
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed this book. Quite light and good to listen to on my walks.
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had some good moments
John (Hey Y'all Listen Up)
Fun read. It's hard to imagine someone stealing the scenes from Tasslehoff, but there is a character in here that does. ...more
Didn't finish. Way too cutesy with too little structure. ...more
Vel Veeter
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
It'd be pretty annoying to not get a Kender novel, in part because while they are hobbits, they're also not hobbits, and this book, little sense that it makes in a lot of ways, adds in some fun there. The thing about Kenders is that you have to basically just accept them if you're going to move on. No way could they have a functioning city, a functioning economy, a functioning society and class, but here we are.

Tasslehoff is sitting around with Flint and Tanis when a hot lady dwarf who charms t
I would've probably added another star if this book was not set in the Dragonlance setting. Tasslehoff is an interesting character (not that I like kender much) to write about and the book was ok enough to be good light reading. There are places where the dialogue is pretty good and the villains are well-crafted. Purely on the story, there are a few sloppy unresolved plot lines such as what happens to the assassin or the mammoth. The gnomes and gully dwarves, as usual in most Dragonlance books a ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragonlance
"What I really need is another minotaur finger bone." Phineas rubbed his face wearily and plopped down on his padded stool. He'd lived around kender long enough to know there was going to be no easy way out of this conversation. "You want me to give you a minotaur bone," he repeated dully.

"From a finger. I would be most grateful," Trapspringer said,holding out his hand expectantly. "You see, my old one was my good luck charm, and I'm certain something dreadful will happen to me unless I replace
Avel Rudenko
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kendermore is one of the better book's I've read. I really like Mary Kirchoff's writing and this story is quite amusing (that can be expected with Kender) and it also gives info about Tasslehoff Burrfoot's origins and Kendermore itself, which have been pretty much neglected in previous titles. Tasselhoff is one of my favorite characters and this book does him justice. Was worth the time and the money. The only negative thing I noticed about this book was the lack of preparation for the ending, a ...more
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tasslehoff Burrfoot is a kender, a race known for their light-fighers, fearlessness, and love of a good story. Tasslehoff has been summoned back home to marry, but he's really not too interested in settling down just yet. The mayor sends a bounty hunter off after him and on their way back, they encounter quite an adventure. They travel across the world of Krynn to encountering freak storms on the sea, mad wizards that want to pickle him for their museum, treasure hunters, and a sinister force ou ...more
Mark Austin
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
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Mary L. Kirchoff (b. 1959) is an American author of fantasy and young adult novels.

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Dragonlance: Preludes (6 books)
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