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Product Details

  • Paperback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (February 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560760516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560760511
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,170,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul B. Thompson is the author of numerous Dragonlance short stories and novels. His most recent books include The Middle of Nowhere and A Warrior's Journey, the latter co-written with Tonya C. Cook. In addition to his novels, he has published a dozen works of short fiction and more than 40 non-fiction articles.
Tonya C. Cook is a freelance editor and foreign rights manager for a large university press. She has written numerous Dragonlance novels and short stories in collaboration with Paul B. Thompson as well as one stand-alone fantasy novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The most envisioning fantasy book of the decade. May 24 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Firstborn takes place before the popular events of the Dragonlance saga, respectively about 1,000 years fictional time before the series' focal points, the Majere Twins, Tanis Half-Elven, The second Cataclysm, etc. The book's literary genius is found in its ability to render classical romance and youthful intrigue so quickly, the romantics never complicated but desirably easy to relate to. This is the book that I would recommend any new fantasy reader to first touch down upon, but better yet a way for experienced fantasy readers to find for themselves a remnant of classical fantasy, by no means nostalgia however. A+
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the better Dragonlance books... Nov. 12 2002
By D. Pachal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Firstborn" is definately one of the better Dragonlance books out there. It is very slow during the beginning. Most of the book drags on, but the good thing is that it goes by quickly. The book isn't long, only around 300 pages. But the ending gets a lot better and sets up for much more action to come.
The book starts out with the birth of Kith-Kanan and Sithas. Sithas being the firstborn is destined to be the next Speaker of the Stars. The brothers have a bond that is almost unbreakable, and a love that is true. But when Kith does something that angers his family, he flees and meets friends in the outer woods. Here, he learns that life isn't the same as it is in the city of Silvanost. But, in desperate situations, Sithas calls his brother back to Silvanost and events begin to unfold that are beyond either of the twin's control.
While the book does start out slow, it is good enough to keep you reading. It is full of intrigue that most Dragonlance books are lacking in. I have read almost all of the DL books out there, and I can rate this one near the top of the list. If you can find it, it is a definate must!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is my favorite Dragonlance book yet! June 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being the owner of 41 Dragonlance books and having read them all, Firstborn is my favorite. It was written verry well, and is verry discriptive. I dont want to give any of the story away, so you must read it. But at any rate it is the best Dragonlance book yet!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent imagination!!! Sept. 24 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book! Thompson and Carter have outdone themselves. This first installment gives great insight into Krynnish Elven History. Wonderfully done.
Maybe 4 stars.... Aug. 12 2009
By D. Moler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would certainly not call this "the most envisioning fantasy book of the decade", but it is a good book. The things I pin-pointed were:

1. The editing is very poor, to the point of being distracting at times. Although this does not affect my rating of the story, it does affect the reading experience. So buyers, beware! And Wizards of Coast (or TSR or whoever) do a better job next time. Hell, I'll edit it for free if you want!

2. There is something about Thompson and Cook's writing style that just does not grab me....at times I felt like they gave me too much information on things I didn't care about, then glossed over some very important things. I'm not sure how well-planned this book was.

3. At times I felt like the characters were contrived and not very well thought out. I like good visual description: not just telling me what someone looks like, but giving me the feel of their presence. That's my personal sounding alarm for a good author(or authors). Kith-Kanan's speech and reactions were a little out-of-character sometimes for a ranger who is running away from his imperial heritage. Sithas was pretty well done and well-rounded, though most of the time the narration seemed to favor Kith-Kanan's point of view over Sithas'. I think it would have been more interesting to make the scenarios between the two more ambigious, rather than Sithas just being represented as a stone-cold rascist against all non-Silvanesti.

4. The story's pace quickened in the latter half of the book, the political intrigue very fun to read. I think the last thirty pages crammed too much though, trying to wrap up the few loose plot-points. However, the last thirty pages did excite me enough to read the rest of the series.

I liked the book overall and the concept is good. Plus, I loved Chronicles and Legends and have been curious about the rest of Krynn. Like I said, I plan on reading the next book and am looking forward to it.

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