Dragonlance - Dragons of the Highlord Skies (Lost Chronicles #2)

Dragonlance - Dragons of the Highlord Skies (Lost Chronicles #2)

by Margaret Weis

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Overview

The Chronicles retold--from evil's point of view.

The story starts in Neraka, where Kitiara uth Matar and Emperor Ariakas hatch a plan to retrieve a dragon orb and thereby destroy Solamnia and the Companions in one fell swoop. But the guardian of the dragon orb, Highlord Feal-Thas, disagrees with this plan. Kitiara must go to Ice Wall to force him to accept Ariakas' will, but her journey does not end there. Thrown out of favor, she conceives a daring plan to enlist the aid of the most feared beings on Krynn--Lord Soth and the Dark Queen. Meanwhile, Laurana and the Companions retrieve the dragon orb and take it back to Solamnia--not knowing that they bring their allies' doom with them.

The second volume of a new trilogy from celebrated authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, The Lost Chronicles details the famed War of the Lance from the perspective of the evil that menaces Krynn. The books are written in such a way that they will be marvelous complements to the original Chronicles, while at the same time accessible and exciting to new readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786954452
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Series: Dragonlance Lost Chronicles Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 109,887
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman published their first novel in the Chronicles series of Dragonlance, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, in 1984. Over twenty years later they are going strong as partners with over thirty novels as collaborators, and alone or together with other partners, over one hundred books, including novels, collections of short stories, role-playing games, and other game products. Tracy Hickman is also the editor of a new "Tracy Hickman Presents" line of Dragonlance novels for Wizards of the Coast, while Margaret Weis is in the midst of her own, popular, solo Dark Disciple trilogy for Wizards of he Coast.

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Dragonlance: Dragons of the Highlord Skies (Lost Chronicles #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
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Any good fanatasy needs a villan as dark as the heros are light. This book gives a more indepth look into Kitiara, her self serving obsessions, her role in the fate of Krynn and those she once shared her life with if not her heart. A MUST BUY for any Dragonlance fan.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The concept of revisiting one of the most loved fantasy campaigns in fiction is certainly an appealing one. The first volume offered a credible entry in to that mythos, however Highlord Skies misses that mark. It presents a plot following Kitiara and her plans for revenge upon a member of the Heroes of the Lance. Revenge, a well used motive for plots in high fantasy is best used as a sub-plot, and although there is a weaker plot running parallel about a quest to retrieve a Dragon Orb, neither combine to offer any real substance. As a short story Weis & Hickman may have pulled this off, however as a lengthy novel is merely offers tedium. Definitely for the completist since the magic of the original series is absent.
BeezerMN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dragons of the Highlord Skies is the second novel in the Lost Chronicles trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. The first book in this trilogy is Dragons of the Dwarven Depths (Dragonlance: The Lost Chronicles, Vol. 1) and tells of tale if the companions as they attempt to recover the lost hammer of Kharas. This book focuses mostly on the journey Kitiara takes as she rises in the ranks of the Dragon Army, it also tells of the tale of Laurana as she slowly emerges into what she becomes in the later books of the Dragonlance Chronicles. Fans of the Dragonlance Chronicles will no doubt find this novel very interesting. However, if you have not yet experienced the Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy Gift Set and are thinking of reading this book, I would highly suggest that you read the Chronicles first. I say this simply because some of the events that happen in this book will be so much more clear after reading the firs trilogy. The plot of this books fills in a major gap of events that occurred during Dragons of Winter Twilight, and a little into Dragons of Spring Dawning. The plot of this book is a little different than most Weis and Hickman books. In that it is a very involved plot and has several shifts in perspective and following main characters. Some of the plot points in this book are things such as Kitiara's rise through the dragon Army, her interactions with Highlord Ariakas, Sturm's interacting with Derek Crownguard, the battle of the Ice Wall, and several other things. This book is chalk full of plot points and story arc points. Fans of the original Chronicles will appreciate the depth that this story is explored and the answers it gives for how characters behave later in books and stories. Weis and Hickman have obviously had this story idea in their heads for a long time. It's great to see that this story has finally seen the printed page. The characters in this book will be largely familiar to fans of the original chronicles. There are a few additions, but for the most part all the `big players' will be known to readers. Unlike the first Lost Chronicles book, Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, there is a substantial amount of character development in this novel. Almost every one of the major characters has some level of development. Kitiaria, Laurana, Derek Crownguard, and several other characters all grow as characters in this book. It seems that Weis and Hickman put more thought behind developing the characters in this book than they did in the first. It was very refreshing to see. My main point of contention with the first Lost Chronicles book was that the character dialog seemed `off' ad wrong at times. I am very pleased to say that that issue seems to be completely resolved. The dialog in this book is exactly what I read in the first chronicles. Sturm, Tasselhoff, Derek, Laurana, and Kitiara all have spot on dialog and hold true to the characters I came to love more than twenty years ago. After the last book, I was slightly worried that those things would be repeated, I was very pleased to see they were not. This novel fits nicely into the stories that have come before it. Reading this novel was like putting on an old pair of shoes. It was comforting and I knew just what I was getting myself into. I can't say enough good things about the original Chronicles and now I have another book to add to that saga. Fans of the Chronicles will fall in love with the companions all over again. Hopefully, this also brings more readers to the original Chronicles and allows others to discover the wonderful books I grew up with. The last book in the Lost Chronicles is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2008, and is titled Dragons of the Hourglass Mage. This is certainly a book I am looking forward to. In regards to this book, I have no doubt I will find myself recommending it to countless Dragonlance fans. It truly was a great read.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike the first book, this 2nd book does not actually fill in any key missing parts of the original Dragonlance series. The 'missing' part of the quest to Icereach is a small part of the plot. The minor characters of the tale are given too much time here. Otherwise, this is usual Weiss and Hickman, well written, just not quite enough plot or action.
garalgar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second part of a new continuation of our old companions' adventures. Better than the first, it still fails to capture the spirit of the original saga. A good remedy for nostalgics.
droupou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The missing adventure! The lost chronicles are the stories that fall in between the Dragonlance Chronicles. This one takes place between Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning, and encompass the struggle to obtain the dragon orb, and the politics and goings on in the Dark Queen's forces.I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fills in alot of gaps from the main story
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I really loved this story because it is about Kitiara Uth Matar. As the dragon highlord of the blue wing. And her dragon Skie. This story became one of my most memorable.
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