Dragonlance - Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Chronicles #1)

Dragonlance - Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Chronicles #1)

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by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Matt Stawicki
     
 

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A Compelling, ground-breaking, highly imaginative tale from the most phenomenonally popular fantasy authors since J.R.R. Tolkien.

Creatures of legend, the dragons have returned to Krynn. Now, the darkness of war threatens to engulf the land. Then hope appears — a blue crystal staff in the hands of a beautiful bar barian woman. The promise of this hope forces a

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A Compelling, ground-breaking, highly imaginative tale from the most phenomenonally popular fantasy authors since J.R.R. Tolkien.

Creatures of legend, the dragons have returned to Krynn. Now, the darkness of war threatens to engulf the land. Then hope appears — a blue crystal staff in the hands of a beautiful bar barian woman. The promise of this hope forces a group of long-time friends into the unlikely roles of heroes: Tanis Half-Elven, their leader, a skilled warrior who detests fighting and is tormented by love for two women; Sturm Brightblade, Knight of Solamnia, driven to restore the honor of the knighthood; Raistlin Majere, the powerful and unsettling magic-user, whose hourglass-shaped eyes conceal dark mysteries; Caramon, Raistlin's twin, a genial giant both loved and feared by his brother; Flint Fireforge, the gruff old dwarven fighter, almost a father to them all; and Tasselhoff Burrfoot, a kender, the nuisance race of Krynn, immune to fear and followed by trouble wherever he goes.

These are the warm, memorable characters of Dragons of Autumn Twilight who bring alive the fantasy world of Krynn, a land millions of listeners will want to return to again and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786915743
Publisher:
Wizards of the Coast
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Dragonlance Chronicles Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
58,391
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.21(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Peter MacNicol starred as Stingo in the movie Sophie's Choice and has also appeared in the films Heat and Ghostbusters H. His theatrical credits include Crimes of the Heart on Broadway.

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Dragonlance - Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Chronicles #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 343 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, it is sort of slow at first, but there is something in the book that makes you keep reading, and when you get to page 75 or so you cannot put it down! By page 200 it was straight to my top 10 list(maybe even 5). There is a little bit of love, extreme action, supense, danger, and twists and turns here and there. That silly kender Tasslehoff tips it off with humor. Slowly it builds up from some friends meeting to them fighting a Dragon Highlord! If you like swords, magic, love, humor, action, adventure, dragons and walking warrior skeletons, BUY THIS BOOK(at the very least read it)! I CAN GARANTEE YOU WILL NOT REGRET YOUR CHOICE!!!!! But all in all this book is undescribably one of the best books ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this and the whole series is very good i am 13 and my dad is around 40 and we both loved the whole series it is a great book for almost all ages, full of adventure, magic, treachery, suprises, and even romance. again, a must read series for everyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dragolance can give the Lord of the Rings a run for their money and probable take it away
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to love the characters and want to get to know them better. Easy to get lost in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dragonlance book that hooked me on the series almost 20 years ago and still among my favorite reads!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seventeen yrs ago I read this book as a sr. in high school. Since then I've read countless fantasy books and still consider this series to be one of the top 3. My opinion, this series deserves to be mentioned in the same class as LOTR. Lately many of the fantasy books I've read seem to be lacking, I decided to re-read this series as was not disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this novel. Highly entertaing adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and its series are like a good Hollywood movie they have an entertaining plot, likable characters, good action scenes and a somewhat predictable ending. If that is what you are looking for then this is a great book to buy. It has been my personal favourite since I was young from allthe Epic-Fantasy I've ever read. However If you are looking for something deeper like LOTR or with gore like Game of Thrones then don't buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book made me better as a person
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book and am enjoying the journey through this series. Finished the first 3 and am not on 'Timebofnthe Twins." If you enjoy well plotted and written fantasy, this book is perfect for you.
Lumber1 More than 1 year ago
This story has a lot of characters to explain in the begining, which makes it drag just a bit. As the adventures start and each character develops, you begin to warm to the Quest. By the end of the book, you may well find your self looking forward to the next book. I know I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
....it was good but i was expecting it to be a lot better. ive heard a lot of good things about dragonlance, and i did like it but i cant understand why everyone gave it 5 stars. there is so much other fanasy that is so much better..........
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm fully aware that I got to this series of books VERY late, but if a book has lasting appeal then that shouldn't matter. However, having read my share of fantasy literature, I have to say that this book doesn't rise much above the most dusty cliches of the genre...a very standard Quest To Save The World undertaken by a central-casting variety of characters who struggle and bicker their way to a heroic, multi-volume finale. I'll assume that the authors have improved in the intervening years since 'Autumn Twilight' first appeared, but here their style is basically generic : they move the plot along quickly, and I admit I turned a lot of pages at a stretch, but it all feels depthless. This is 'guilty pleasure' reading--fine every once in a long while,especially for kids or those with wandering attention spans, but very unsatisfying to a more demanding kind of reader.I don't plan to race through the other two volumes of this clunky saga with breathless abandon.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this series many times and have always enjoyed it. It is well written and the world it exists in is fun and imaginative without being too toothless. There are some problems with the e-book edition. There are no chapter markers and some formatting was removed that makes shifts in perspective a little confusing, thus 4 of 5.
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Bret_James_Stewart More than 1 year ago
As I am a huge Dungeons and Dragons fan, it is no surprise I love this book. it was published by the same company that owned D&D and has many similarities with game themes. A role-playing version of the books was later released. Although there are some wicked rumours floating around that this series was designed to dominate the fantasy genre of the 80s, who cares? It did, and it should have because it is a great series of books. Dragons of Autumn Twilight is the beginning of the story. Weis and Hickman have created a viable, living fantasy world as a setting. When you read the book, you feel as if you are there. As an example, the partially submerged/collapsed/underground City of Pax Tharkas is phenomenal. This city was destroyed in the Cataclysm (see below), and it is described in such a detailed and evocative way, you can see the city in your mind's eye, feel the mist and damp, and taste the tang of dragon stench and gully dwarf, and hear the waterfalls, streams, and workings of the inhabitants. They also had the foresight to bring together a cast of characters that are vibrant and real in their own right, but also play off one another, and not always in a positive way, so that there is ongoing tension in the party of heroes. This is epic fantasy at its best. The characters have been searching for the gods that seem to have abandoned the world of Krynn. The goddess of evil has recently launched clerics (priests) into the world, and the god of good has responded. The group has to deal with this, encountering new and strange creatures of evil in the draconians, fell minions of evil created from the perverted eggs of the good dragons, as they attempt to deal with the earth-shattering changes in the world. Race is against race, good against evil, and heroic against the anti-heroic. Each character, except Kas, is also battling some sort of inner-demon or, in the case of Flint, old-age. Thus, the characters are definitely the underdogs. As far as creating realistic characters, I cannot think of another book that has flawed, believable, and loveable protagonists. The plot is exciting, too. The authors have invested time and love into the setting and it shows. The world is very realistic, at least as good as Tolkien's, though not quite as much description is given. However, this difference is merely that--a difference, not a flaw. As with Middle-Earth, Krynn is one of the places I would live, if I could. The history of the world is unravelled as you read, and it is a very in-depth and interesting past. The world has been rocked by a huge Cataclysm, destroying the primary cultures of the time. The gods "abandoned" Krynn (or did they?). A dark age descended on the world. The first stirrings of light and renewal are occuring with the protagonists and around them, and this adds an intensity to the novel, especially since the powers of evil are winning. I fully recognize how difficult it is to wrap a world-spanning plot, personable characters, and epic adventure into one tale without it being unseemly or seeming contrived. Weis and Hickman have done just that. From the first chapter, I was hooked. Of course, I had experience with D&D and related themes, so it may have been easier for me to relate to it readily. Be that as it may, The Dragonlance Saga is my second-favourite series (behind The Lord of the Rings). In this first book, the primary issues are covered, as you might expect. You are thrust into the adventure with a sense of longing and renewal from the onset. Intense adventure is interjected into the story almost immediately, so you are learning about the world, its peoples, and the macro-view of the setting and the gods and the battle for and between the same as you follow along with the characters. It is blatantly evident that this is a BIG world, with the events you're reading about only one small (but important) portion of the story. Hints abound about the future, and you know that, whatever happens, Krynn will never be the same. Neither will you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
best book ever!
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I just honestly could not praise them enough. Some of my all-time favorites!
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