Dragons of a Fallen Sun (Dragonlance: The War of Souls, Volume I)

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Press:Wizards of the Coast Wizards of the Coast; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (January 2001)
Publication Date:2001-01
Author Name:Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman


The people of Krynn have known war in past ages. 
Some are still alive who remember the triumph of good at the conclusion of the War of the Lance.
Still more remember the devastation of the Chaos War, which ended the Fourth Age of the world.But now a new war is about to begin, more terrible than any have known.
This war is one for the very heart and soul of the world itself.


"Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have done it again".-- Bookreproter.com

From the Back Cover

The people of Krynn have known war in past ages. 
Some are still alive who remember the triumph of good at the conclusion of the War of the Lance.
Still more remember the devastation of the Chaos War, which ended the Fourth Age of the world.But now a new war is about to begin, more terrible than any have known.
This war is one for the very heart and soul of the world itself.

About the Author

Margaret Weis is a New York Times bestselling author. 
Her Dragonlance(r) series has sold over twenty million copies worldwide, and the first book in thatseries, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, is being made into an animated film by Paramount Pictures.
Warrior Angel is her first venture into romance, and it has been an exciting one.
She has particularly enjoyed writing with her daughter, Lizz Weis, a former novel editor.TRACY HICKMAN and LAURA HICKMAN have been publishing game designs, books, and stories for over thirty-two years.
In addition, Tracy is a New York Times bestselling coauthor of many novels, including the original Dragonlance Chronicles, Dragonlance Legends, Rose of the Prophet, and Darksword trilogies as well as the seven-book Deathgate Cycle.
Tracy and Laura live in Utah.


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Comment List (Total:12)

  •     Best series since the original Chronicles! Weiss and Hickman shine in this series!
  •     Solid but unspectacular. I expected a little more,although I was most impressed by the characterisation of Gilthas. Maybe the next book in the series will be better
  •     The story has been very good (currently about half way through). Better than Dragons of Summer Flame.The reason I am submitting a review is regarding the narrator.
  •     With each new book I read within this series I am treated to some new adventures and new friends as well as given the honor to visit with some old friends: Tas, Tanis, Tika and...
  •     A+++++++++++++++++++++++
  •     ok
  •     I have to begin by admitting I was a touch disappointed with Weis & Hickman's last Dragonlance book, Dragons of Summer Flame. It was quite good overall, up until the end, where it seemed like the authors deconstructed everything they had built for Krynn over many years in a few rushed pages. This book, however, picks up where that one left off, and generously contains references to the many changes Krynn has undergone since the Chaos War and the many novels written since about the new 5th Age of Ansalon. In fact, the authors communicate most of this background so successfully that it is easily understood by those purists like myself who've mainly read Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance books but not the others. Also, the way all this material is incorporated is quite inspired, and never gets in the way of the story these authors want to tell, but in fact actually enhances the story. With this book, Weis & Hickman are steering Krynn into a hopefully exciting new direction (just in time for the 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons RPG, it seems, for all you roleplaying gamers out there). The characters, both old friends and new, are as richly developed and interesting as we've come to expect from Weis & Hickman. There is also a high level of sophistication to the story, causing the reader to question many of the sometimes disturbing miraculous events taking place, as some of the characters do, and wondering why other characters don't question these events. What is good and what is evil is very blurred in this book and keeps the reader guessing and very intrigued-- reminding me of some of the sophisticated ethical concerns in the Darksword trilogy, which were equally involving. There are also haunting scenes late in the book reminding me of Fire Sea, the fine fourth novel of the Deathgate Cycle. Note, these aren't repetitions as much as they are new treatments of themes these authors enjoy exploring, and the reader along with them. They top all this off with a wonderfully gripping "triple cliffhanger" that will make the months long wait for the next book a thoroughly agonizing one. Dragons of a Fallen Sun is full of fresh promise for the world of Dragonlance. I sincerely hope it lives up to its promise to be perhaps the best Dragonlance trilogy since the wonderful Legends series (which I recently re-read for the "Nth" time and thoroughly enjoyed once again!). I highly recommend this book to Dragonlance fans everywhere, and to those who haven't experienced Dragonlance's wonders yet, as well (but please don't pass up the original Chronicles or Legends trilogies, new readers!). The hardcover edition did have some minor copy editing errors-- typos and the like, but hopefully these will be corrected for the paperback release. Not a perfect novel, but a very good one and full of inspiring promise for the future of Dragonlance.
  •     These authors always entertain
  •     GOOD READ
  •     I loved it
  •     Perhaps the influx of new characters and the diminished role of the olders ones gave this book a distinctly different flavor from the other DL novels by Weis and Hickman. Certainly Dragons of a Fallen Sun breaks the mold of the Legends and Chronicles, which delve into character with much more depth. Some of the old heroes are still around, granted, but they are pushed into the background by new ones, or by those previously-undeveloped charaacters like Gilthas and Silvanoshei. Unfortunately, either because of the lack of character-development or the comparatively-bland and uninteresting personalities or simply 15 years of Dragonlance history, the new heroes do not command the same attention as do the old. The only saving grace is Palin, who has undergone some significant changes, reminiscent of another Dragonlance legend.Except for some bright patches offered by Tasslehoff's antics, this is a darker novel, filled not only with the decay of Krynn without its gods but also of its classic heroes. This is unfamiliar territory, even more so than Summer Flame. In a way, much of what was familiar to DL fans has vanished, replaced by a new, alien world. Part of this is due to the drastic changes instituted by the Fifth Age storyline, one which (until now) has paled in comparison to the richness of classic Dragonlance. But another factor which has completely altered the aspect of Dragonlance is the writing style of Weis and Hickman. It has been mentioned that a lot of the book was synoptic and plot-oriented, and that has indeed contributed, but Weis and Hickman are breaking new ground, writing about characters which do not have 15 years of history, which do not seem like old friends to them, but strangers, and this has affected how the reader views the characters--not with the familiarity of two trilogies, but the awkwardness of a first meeting.Plot-wise, this book has certainly sown the seeds that will revitalize the Dragonlance series. However, given the relative lack of character-development, there was insufficient story-development to truly compensate. Weis and Hickman seem to have but one cookie of creativity to offer their readers, and are trying to dole it out slowly, giving us only the barest crumbs. While this may whet our appetite for the remaining books of the trilogy, the lack of completeness in this first book is evident. Not only have we been left hanging, but there is no sense even of a partial resolution. Granted, this is only the first book, but without a firm bite, without being able to truly sink my teeth into this trilogy, I don't feel as drawn into the world as I was, for instance, when the Legends series was released.Still, this was a good, albeit somewhat disappointing novel, in part because it could not fulfill the expectations after four years away from the world, in part because it only somewhat salvaged the mishaps introduced by the Fifth Age storyline, and in part because it has such a rich legacy to live up to.
  •     You need to get all the books in this series - keeps one guessing with each story.

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