I remember liking Legends more than Chronicles. Weis and Hickman have written many works together. You always remember them as being awesome when you're a kid, of course. In fact, that series could be a possible future retrospective, though I'd have to buy the books again on Kindle, as I donated them long ago. The others I'm guess I haven't read in at least 20 years. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. I had this edition, the box was beat to hell when I finally got rid of it.
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Sort order. But far more terrible is to admit it. 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 "It is such a quiet thing, to fall. Time of the Twins is the first real step on the path to this universe getting an identity of its own. In some ways, this is more of the same.
Characterisation has changed a lot. For the better. But the setting and storylines are similar to what we see in the first trilogy. Overall however, this is definitely my favourite DragonLance book so far. And look, it even has good writing! It is easy to have hope in the summer, when the vallenwoods glitter with gold. It is easy to have hope in the fall when the vallenwoods are as red as living blood. But in the winter, when the air is sharp and bitter and the skies are gray, does the vallenwood die, warrior? It digs deep, warrior. It sends its roots down, down, into the soil, down to the warm heart of the world.
There, deep within, the vallenwood finds nourishment to help it survive the darkness and the cold, so that it may bloom again in the spring. And so you must dig deep to find the warmth and the strength that will help you survive the bitter cold and the terrible darkness. No longer do you have the bloom of spring or the vigor of summer.
You must find the strength you need in your heart, in your soul. Then, like the vallenwoods, you will grow once more. View all 7 comments. Jul 15, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: shelf , fantasy. I feel kinda bad that it has taken me thirty years to finally get around to reading this second main Dragonlance trilogy. Ah, but never mind that. I discovered something awesome. 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 f I feel kinda bad that it has taken me thirty years to finally get around to reading this second main Dragonlance trilogy.
No, this isn't a classic fantasy in most cases Raistlin has that VIBE. Originally a dark hero master magician, like Elric from Moorcock's series, Raistlin is, in some ways, a lot more interesting, evil, and sympathetic than Elric. Awesomely powerful by the end of the original Trilogy, he's insufferably cocky and sure he could take over the world in a single day in this one.
So he gets more ambitious. As in taking out the Dark Goddess to become a God, himself. In the meantime, his twin brother, a brawny, broken oaf of a warrior and pretty much Raistlin's opposite, has his own redemption arc going on because he let himself go to seed. Big time. And then we get a full corruption of a good cleric, time travel, Kinder mischief, and a big return to the awesomely big cataclysm from the Dragonlance's ancient past. And we get to see it from the ringside seats.
I think so. Let me be clear, however. I had some issues with the original trilogy, but somehow this book kinda pushes all my reservations aside.
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I had FUN. A lot of fun. And the writing is not bad at all. View all 3 comments. 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.
The Kingpriest arrogantly and weakly calls on the gods to com I love this book despite the fact that about half of it is steeped in serious suckiness. The Kingpriest arrogantly and weakly calls on the gods to come down as peers and help him wipe evil from Krynn the World of Dragonlance for the uninitiated.
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The authors rely on our Dragonlance-fed understanding of Krynn's history to fill in the Kingpriest-gaps rather than giving us the time we need in Istar to damn the Kingpriest ourselves. We know he's arrogant and foolish because we're told he is, not because they make us believe it.
And that is sucky.
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Suckier -- Something similar happens with the other important characters in Time of the Twins. The gladiators, Kiiri and Pheragas, the priests, Quarath and Denubis, and the slavers, Raag and Arack, aren't given anywhere near the time they need to fulfill their potential as characters -- not even as supporting characters. Kiiri and Pheragas are supposed to be important to Caramon, but we're left to assume and accept their importance based on some barely developed camaraderie.
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Quarath, Arack and Raag are supposed to be the story's supporting villains, but they never movie beyond the Sneak, the pseudo-Mobster and the Muscle. Denubis who returns later in the series is the one true cleric left for Crysania to meet, and just as we are beginning to like him he disappears with an old, father-time style, Elven cleric. And all this is suckier.
Suckiest -- Tasslehoff Burrfoot. Tas is a favourite from the Dragonlance Chronicles.
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He is the lovable kender from who befriended a god and imbued the original stories with a sense of wonder. The authors lost their way with his character, though.
He was designed to be a full-grown adult from a race cursed with insatiable curiousity and no fear. He is touched by the War of the Lance, and he learns how to fear for the lives of those he loves, which should make for a more mature character, a wiser more sober character. They turn Tas into a little boy.
He feels like an insufferable, annoying, spoiled four year old. And that is the suckiest of all. Excellent Bits: Excellent -- All those sucky problems are offset by some cool stuff, though. One excellent element of Time of the Twins is Lady Crysania. She's second in commmand of the newly revived Order of Paladine -- cold, haughty, and utterly convinced of her natural superiority. But all that changes when she meets and is challenged by Raistlin, the dark wizard who has become the "Master of Past and Present. Excellenter -- Caramon Majere, twin brother of Raislin, has his own struggle, but his is more a recovery than an awakening.
He's a broken man when the story begins: broken by war, broken by being unnecessary when there's none left to kill, broken by his love for his brother. His story is the simplest, but also one of the most emotionally satisfying.
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