Dragons of a Fallen Sun: The War of Souls, Volume I Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2001
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Finally! Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have returned to Krynn, picking up at long last Dragonlance's seminal--and best--story line. Following directly on the heels of 1996's Dragons of Summer Flame, this new trilogy (dubbed The War of Souls) continues the arc begun with their phenomenally popular Chronicles series released so many moons ago. This first installment, Dragons of a Fallen Sun, sets up another epic conflict for the poor war-torn, dragon-beset populace of Krynn, some 40 years after the close of the Chaos War (and even longer since the triumph of the Companions in the War of the Lance), with the great dragons holding sway over most of Ansalon.
The action in Fallen Sun breaks as the mother of all storms sweeps across Ansalon, wreaking havoc on all the book's players: the Knights of Neraka (née Takhisis) laying siege to Solamnic-controlled Sanction; the elves of Qualinesti and their hated cousins the Silvanesti, barricaded behind an enormous magical shield; the aging Goldmoon in the Citadel of Light; the dragons, Malys, Beryl, et al., holed up in their lairs; even Bertrem and the librarians of Palanthas must scramble to keep their precious volumes dry. But it's a small girl who lies at the center of all this, an enigmatic waif who's quietly begun a bloody path of conquest in the name of the One God--even though now, in the Fifth Age, magic is on the wane and Krynn has no gods. Or does it? Heroes still die, mysteries still go unsolved, and Weis and Hickman show that they've still got it in spades, introducing a new set of characters (plus a couple of old favorites) and enough plot and locale jumps to keep you from wandering off. (The duo even provides enough backstory for Dragonlance neophytes to follow along.) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The characters, especially Mina, are multi-faceted and well-developed throughout the trilogy. I mention Mina because it is tempting to see her initially as flat and unidimensional. But she is not. To demonstrate this, most readers will find themselves rooting for her and fearing her simultaneously. By the end of the trilogy you're concept of her will take another, quite unexpected turn - sympathy or pity. (You'll have to find out why).
I bought this compulsively from a HB bargain bin and it sat on my shelf for more than a year and finally read it when I got bored. I missed out. This has become one of my favorite series and I am willing to try other series from Weis.
This was well worth the purchase and serious fantasy fans should try it.
The setting of DoFS is cold, bleak, verging on hopelessness. The Gods are gone and monstrous dragons hold the peoples in their firm talons. There is no joy on Ansalon. Then a storm hits, and in comes the mysterious Mina.
While all other wizards are losing their power, Mina has plenty to spare. She leads a regiment of the Knights of Neraka and performs miracles a plenty.
Okay, the storyline isn't too bad. But in my humble opinion, the characters leave much to be desired. It is hard to find a hero to root for. The personal character of the heroes are weak. Remember the selfless and strong of heart Caramon? The honorable Sturm? The courageous and bold Flint? No such characters here. Instead we have a small band of whiners, an arrogant knight, and a familiar kender.
On the plus side, this leaves the characters plenty of room to grow in the next two books. Also, the book is predictable. You know Mina is going to be successful in whatever she does. You will find yourself rooting against her, but knowing she's going to win each battle. There are some twists, but fans of Dragonlance will see them coming.
This book is a good one, and I plan to read the next two. But if the first book is any indication, the War of Souls is not going to rock our worlds like the War of the Lance.
If it matters, this "One God" is not revealed as being evil in this book. But I know a tired old cliche when I see one, and I can feel it in my blood... this is going to be nothing but a disappointment. Besides, Tracy Hickman is a fanatic Christian in real life. He would never create a "One God" that isn't the God of the Bible and have it be good. Nor would he allow Weis to do so, at least not over his dead body. It would be blasphemy to him. Hickman is a very predictable author, once you have the misfortune of reading his non-fantasy works.
Anyway, it still IS a Dragonlance novel, and not a horrible one. I would give it 2.5 stars if I could, but I can't, and 2 is just too low. So 3 stars. It is not a bad book, and it's a nice way to kill some time if you're a Dragonlance fan, but I fear the "mystery" over this "One God" will not be a mystery to anyone with half a brain.
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Love the new story to an excellent epic saga but I was left.... wanting . Which is good but i felt the first 2 books should have been one BIG book. Would have made more sense.Published on March 18 2004
My mother bought me a Dragonlance book when I was 13 years old. The first book in the Elven Nations trilogy. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2003 by Shawn M. Lucas
This book isn't as good as the rest of the Weis and Hickman Dragonlance Saga. In the matter of fact, most of the time it doesn't reach the standard of any of their books that I've... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by Nimrod
I found this book to be a good story. It had the power to pull the reader in and watch the world unfold around you. This was my first Dragonlance book ever. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003
I came across dragonlance last year and have devored the books. This book, Dragons of a fallen sun, has much of the loved charm of dragonlance. Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by I*chase*butterflies
Having been an enormous fan of the first 2 trilogies and having suffered through some of the shlock that spun off of them, I was thrilled when it was announced that Weis + Hickman... Read morePublished on May 28 2003
This was an extraordinary book! From the beginnning, it pulled me in and i found myself reading nonstop, everytime i got the chance. I would highly recommmend thid book to anyone. Read morePublished on March 24 2003
Having only recantly read the "Legends" Trilogy, and completely not having read "Chronicles" (It's on my to do list), I was kinda saddened by the death of Caramon so early on. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by Dj Toasty
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