Mar 192012
 

Author: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Pages: 440

Publisher: Random House, Wizards of the Coast

Release Date: 4/1/1984

Genre: Fantasy

Characters:

Tanis Half-Elven- Warrior and leader of the companions.

Tasslehoff Burrfoot- Small humanoid called a Kender, thief and lock picker.

Flint Fireforge- Dwarf blacksmith, old and grumpy.

Caramon Majere- Large thickheaded warrior that will do anything to protect his brother.

Raistlin Majere- Caramon’s brother, and morally ambiguous mage that traded his health for more magic power.

Sturm Brightblade- Knight of Solamnia, and honorable to the point of personal injury.

Goldmoon- Barbarian princess with a magic healing staff.

Riverwind- Barbarian warrior in love with Goldmoon, but tribes rules keep them apart.

SynopsisIn the fantasy world of Krynn, a group of friends meet at the Inn of the Last Home after separating years earlier to go out and experience the world. Tanis, Flint, Caramon, Raistlin, Tass, and Sturm find trouble in the form of mysterious strangers dressed in cloaks lurking around their old home. The robed men are searching the blue crystal staff that Riverwind acquired and gave to Goldmoon as a token of his love. The companions take up the quest to protect Riverwind and Goldmoon and to find out what evil is threatening the peace in Krynn.

Analysis: I first read the Dragonlance Chronicles long ago when I was in 4th grade and the book was newly published. Before that I had played Dungeons and Dragons, the role-playing game that the book is based on. Even though the authors changed some of the rules around, they really brought the game to life.

It has been years since I last played any role-playing games or even read much fantasy, my taste leans more to science fiction, but I picked Dragons of Autumn Twilight at a rummage sale for a quarter this past summer and finally got around to reading it again recently. Reading it took me right back to 4th grade. I was rooting for the heroes, and hating the bad guys. This is a fun book. I hope to find the rest of the series soon!

Pro:

  • Very unique characters like Raistlin and Tasslehoff.
  • Gully dwarves and Fizban are great comic relief.
  • Some great random encounters with monsters like giant slugs.

Con:

  • Book reads like a DND campaign. For instance, the last battle scene is like a typical DND battle with 4 characters battling against a much stronger opponent, but not very heroic in a literary sense. I don’t think Sturm would have taken part.
  • Even though Raistlin is a pretty powerful mage, he is only able to make a few successful spells.

Conclusion:This is the beginning of a grand fantasy adventure. It is like a game of DND with a really good Dungeon Master. Go out and get it and if you find a good deal on the rest of the series, let me know!

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters

3

Plot

2

Imagery

3

Read Again?

4

Average

3

 

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