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  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Jan. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786918071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786918072
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 4.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Vagabond77 on July 13 2004
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"Dragons of a Fallen Sun" takes place some thirty years after "Dragons of a Summer Flame". Most of the Heros of the Lance are dead or very old now; and their children, the next generation of heros, seems to be ineffectual in the new woes of the land. Magic has been steadily disappering from Krynn for a long time now, the clerics are getting weaker all the time. It is starting to look like a repeat of the aftermath of the Cataclysm until Mina shows up after a particularly bad storm. She leads a group of Minators in a crusade to spread the word of the one true god, thus far nameless. But in her way are the Silvinesti, very xenophobic elves who wish to remain isolated at any cost. Also thrown into the mix is Tassolhoff Burrfoot, with a magical time traveling device that has helped him mess up the future events. This book is the start of the "War of Souls" trilogy; which is the story of the beginning of the Fifth Age, the Age of Men. It is so far a fairly solid start, with a lot of forshadowing what is going to happen in the next books (a lot is made of Raistlin and Dalamar's disapperance, also the strange new sky). The character's are not as well fleshed out here as usual; even Tas is not as good as usual. But it has a lot iof mystery, intriege, action, even a few laughs. I can't wait to see what happens next.
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It took me a few chapters to become hooked, perhaps more than most books seasoned with thick prose. The language of the author was very eloquent, but almost different. Without being hyperbolic, it was a bit like reading Shakespear in that you must find the rhythm of the writer, but when you do it comes to you in a natural and pleasant fashion.
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.
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Let me start by saying that Weis and Hickman are among the best in the genre. The Chronicles and Legends trilogies were landmark, just fantastic reads. So obviously I was excited to check out the War of Souls trilogy.
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.
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I'm sorry, but I used to watch Xena on TV, and I've been there and done that. The gods are dying/dead and there's a new "one god" that's going to come and be good? Oh gee, us modern readers are supposed to assume this is the Christian (or whatever) God, or some parallel, and feel frightened that a magical fantasy world is going to turn into something horribly boring like a Middle Ages Earth where miracles are real. But of course, there must be a plot twist. Just like in Xena, we can count on this "One God" being very evil. Oh wow, how shocking!
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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