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Firstborn [Paperback]

Paul B. Thompson , Tonya R. Carter , Robin Raab


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February 1991 The Elven Nation Trilogy, Volume One : Dragonlance
First title of a classic trilogy now brought back into print!
Firstborn, the first title in The Elven Nations trilogy, was initially released in mass market format in 1991, and it documented the ancient rise of the elven races in the Dragonlance world. Unavailable for the past several years, this title is now being brought back into print in a new mass market edition in order to fulfill the rising demands of consumers. The other two titles in this trilogy will also be re-released in the same season so that readers may easily compile the entire trilogy.
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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: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,044,265 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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Finally Brought Back Jan. 20 2005
By Richard Raley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you love DL you really need to read this trilogy. It's a wonderful tale of love, prejudice, war, and brotherhood. This first novel is really a fish out of water story where the elvish prince long use to court life, Kith-Kanan, is spurned in love and runs away. Out in the forest Kith-Kanan realizes what it really is to be an elf, he learns his roots you could say, remembering how his ancestors lived their lives. If you are looking for knowledge on elves in DL, you've got to read this. If you like humor, action, and a good plot, you've got to read this.

Its required DL for the DL addict and I'm very glad and I'm thankful Wizards of the Coast reprinted it, which is what makes this next comment really ungrateful, but oh well. DID ANYONE EDIT THIS BOOK? Sorry for the caps. I know I'm picky...but it really looks like this had zero attention. You see horrible mistakes: misspelled names, paragraphs ending in a comma or no period at all, and two other things that amazed me. I saw an "Oh" spelled with a zero...example: 0h. Even worst I saw an "I" that was a one! Example: 1 went to school. That's just mind boggling bad.

Final Thought: Other than the editing mistakes, which do throw you out of the story, this is classic DL. If you like dragonlance at all you are going to like this. Go get it.

After Thought: Hopefully Wizards of the Coast get their acts together, the editing mistakes by a major publishing company must be embarrassing.

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