The legendary team of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman take to the sky on dragonback again with the final dispatch from their latest voyage to the land of Krynn in the War of Souls trilogy
. In volume two, Dragons of a Lost Star
, the mysterious "One God" behind the irrepressible Mina's miraculous rise to power is revealed. Yes, Dark Queen Takhisis is up to her old tricks. This time, however, she has stolen the entire planet of Krynn and hidden it away from her fellow deities. Now, she is seeking to bring the entire populace (both the living and the dead) under her fickle sway through Mina's zealous proselytizing. Who will stop her dark quest? Who else? The troublemaking and time-traveling kender--Tasslehoff Burrfoot.
Unfortunately, with the mystery of the "One God" revealed, much of the narrative impetus that made the first two books page-turners is lost. However, while there isn't much left to write about in Dragons of a Vanished Moon, the scenery is beautiful. There is an Elven exodus across the "plains of dust," stubborn Solamnic knights, cunning dragons, plotting wizards, and a full helping of Kender antics as Tasselhoff assumes the role of fly in the dark queen's ointment. The conclusion is a textbook deus ex machina but fans should enjoy this book for what it is--another chance to return to the wonderful world of Krynn with its two most competent guides at the helm. --Jeremy Pugh
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From Publishers Weekly
The One God Takhisis has pulled a fast one and vanquished the other gods of Krynn to a place unknown in this fast-paced conclusion to the War of the Souls trilogy (Dragons of a Fallen Sun; Dragons of a Lost Star). Through the warrior princess Mina, Takhisis (aka the Dark Queen) pretends to do good, heal the sick and comfort the afflicted in her scheme to take over the world. Takhisis's most feared foe turns out to be a kender, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, who possesses the Device of Time Journeying, an instrument that could smash all Takhisis's ambitions with a single push of a button. As Mina takes over city after city, adding more souls to her dread troop, her opponents frantically try to figure out ways to stop her. The Solamnic Knights send one man, Sir Gerard, to spy on Mina by passing him off as a Dark Knight. The elves of Qualinest and Silvanost find common cause in the fight against the Dark Queen, while in a strange twist of allegiances, the dragons of Krynn realize that their survival depends on allying themselves with mortals which they do with cunning and stealth. At Sanction, all the players come together in a mighty battle to save Krynn and restore the world to its proper balance. Bestselling authors Weis and Hickman have made another admirable addition to the history, lore and ways of Krynn, including a set of useful endnotes to bring newcomers up to speed.
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