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Legacy of Steel: Bridges of Time Series [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary H. Herbert
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 1998 Bridges of Time Series
Three years after the Summer of Chaos, Sara Dunstan, adoptive mother of Steel Brightblade, hears rumors that the Knights of Takhisis are regathering in the evil city of Neraka. Although still branded a renegade by the Dark Knights, she travels to Neraka with the blue dragon, Cobalt, to learn the truth. There she discovers the knights are not only rebuilding under the leadership of General Mirielle Abrena, but they have imminent plans to return to war.

Frustrated and seeking answers, Sara jounreys to the Tomb of the Last Heroes in Solace. At the tomb, she receives an answer she never expected, which inspires a new order that could help the people of Ansalon to survive the dark days ahead.

Mary H. Herbert is the author of the best-selling Dark Horse series.

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Three years after the Summer of Chaos, Sara Dunstan, adoptive mother of Steel Brightblade, hears rumors that the Knights of Takhisis are regathering in the evil city of Neraka. Although still branded a renegade by the Dark Knights, she travels to Neraka with the blue dragon, Cobalt, to learn the truth. There she discovers the knights are not only rebuilding under the leadership of General Mirielle Abrena, but they have imminent plans to return to war.

Frustrated and seeking answers, Sara journeys to the Tomb of Last Heroes in Solace. At the tomb, she receives an answer she never expected, which inspires a new order that could help the people of Ansalon to survive the dark days ahead.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but nothing to rave about Aug. 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unlike the first book in this series (Chris Pierson's SPIRIT OF THE WIND), this book doesn't have a compelling plot that draws the reader into the book. There is a bare semblance of a plot, but nothing truly engaging. It's about Sara Dunstan's (Steel Brightblade's foster mother) infiltration of the regrouped Knights of Takhisis. Herbert tells this story with no real goal observable to the reader. There is an ultimate goal of the book, but it's really just to set up a story element that will appear in subsequent books in the Dragonlance universe.
The big redeeming quality of this book is the character of Sara Dunstan. Readers were first introduced to her in Weis & Hickman's THE SECOND GENERATION and we saw more of her in their DRAGONS OF SUMMER FLAME. This book fleshes here character out much more than those two did. Since the book is told from her point of view, we get to observe the various facets of her character. This is important since I get the feeling that she will be playing a larger role down the road, possibly in Weis & Hickman's War of Souls trilogy (which I have yet to read).
The writing in the book was solid, although the supporting characters all seemed pretty one dimensional. The new general of the Knights of Takhisis was kind of interesting and it would be neat to see her fleshed out in another book at some point. Herbert does a good job of telling the story and getting to the point where the necessary things (I don't want to ruin things for people who haven't read it yet) are established for use in later books. I just wasn't engrossed in the story since there wasn't much of a plot to get involved in. Decent book and Dragonlance fans might find it useful in understanding these new concepts that I'm not mentioning. If you're not a completist, though, you can probably skip it and not miss out on much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing! June 24 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a wonderful Book. I recieved it, and read it cover to cover all in the same day! I don't usually do that, but what a damn good book.
This story is centered around Sara Dunstan, whom is still grieving over her adopted son Steel Brightblade three years after the summer of chaos. In the begining, she is living as a exile from the Knights of Tahkisis, and is pretty miserable. Then she starts having some dreams that call to her for help. Eventually, she sets out to find the source of the dreams and comes upon a wounded and riderless blue dragon whom she nurses back to health.
Thats all I'm telling you about this book. But It was page turning. I just added Mary H Herbert, to the list amazing Dragonlance storytellers, right under Richard A Knaack, whom we all know is the best. I Cannot wait to learn more about the "Leigon Of Steel" which is founded in the end of this work!
By Huma's Shield, this was a Fantastic Book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Surprise June 24 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really love when an author can make a story like this out of a seemingly small placed character. Mary Herbert did a fantastic job on Legacy of Steel. I have read quite a few DL novels and this one is right at the top, almost as good as MW and TH. This book may not be a must read, but it is one that you should take the time to read, trust me you'll enjoy it. All the characters are great, even the love to be hated un-honorable Knights of Takhisis. There is also a good deal of suspense in this book, it's well paced, and the fighting scenes are excellent (including plenty of dragons). If you are a major DL fan and you haven't read this book yet then get it right now, and if you just read Dragonlance time to time then you should get this one over all the others (save for the mainstream MW and TH books of course).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it!!! July 18 1999
By YTWong
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book is great and I'm glad I bought it! It wasn't easy and cheap for me to buy Dragonlance novels all the way from USA and since I can't get it here in M'sia anymore, I guess I have no choice. I picked a few I could afford at that time and this was one of them and I really liked the way Mary H. Herbert wrote this book and portrayed Sara in such an interesting way. My impression of Sara before this was a very boring person being Steel's mom and kinda like a background character who's just there cos they needed someone to adopt Steel. However, Mary wrote in such a way that Sara was actually a really great and honorable character in the book! I like Cobalt too! Anyway Mary, thanks for being a great author! You made this book worthwhile my money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not to Love? Nov. 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Legacy of Steel is by far one of the best books ever written for the Dragonlance Saga. Mary Herbert has taken a minor charcacter, Sara Dunstan and turned her into one of the most compelling and interesting charcacters ever to grace the pages of the dragonlance world. We see a relationship of trust, care, and understanding between a dragon and a human which has never before been discribed. Herbert balances the story with the action and intrigue immaculately. You really can feel the emotion of all the characters and the bond between Sara and Cobalt. My only complaint, the book was too short. I wanted more. I only hope Herbert writes more Dragonlance novels, especially involving Sara and Cobalt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A *must* read for any Dragonlance fan! May 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A brilliant story magnificently executed in this wonderful Drangonlance novel. Reading "The Dawning of a New Age," I was skeptical in the choices of authors for ushering in the 5th Age. I had my doubts about this book, but they were quickly vanquished as I became more and more absorbed in the story. Tales of honor and justice, the pains of the past and the hopes of the future, all beautifully intwined in this novel of the adopted mother of Steel Brightblade, Sara Dunstan. A **~MUST~** read for any Dragonlance fan. Take my words for it, Mary Hebert did such a brilliant job that I did not want the book to end. I hope she continues to write many more novels for Dragonlance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The second book intresting from the first page
Like i wrote in the title this has been on of the first dragonlance's beautiful books from the very first page. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2002 by "chubecca"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Great book.
I only bought this because Spirit of the Wind was a good book and it ended up surpasing it. Great read!
Published on May 6 2001 by Josh Morel
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
This book was the book that got me started in the fantasy book stufff. I am reading The spirit of the wind right now and it is so cool. I love this kind of stuff now. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2000 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DL titles...
This book is one of my favorites. It is smartly written and I love it being about Sara! I also loved Cobalt's loyalty towards Sara. Read more
Published on April 5 2000 by Lacey
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!
I was starting to get disinterested in the bridges of time/fith age series, but this book had an amazing quality of making one want more. Read more
Published on Dec 12 1999 by Eric Remer
5.0 out of 5 stars In-Depth, Suprising, AWESOME.
This book just stunned me. I thought it was just going to be another lame old dl book but it was just purely awesome. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 1999 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!
Mary Herbert has definitely re-energized my interest in the DragonLance Saga. Sara and Cobalt enjoy invaluable times together, heroicly spirited and heartfelt. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 1999 by Seth I. Greiner (sgreiner@bucknell.edu)
5.0 out of 5 stars It has me in it!!!!!!! Of course its great!
Ugh, all those years of being Ariakan's "mod" finally paid off. I'm livin' it up all *sigh* with the royalties of this best-selling book which just happens to be awesome... Read more
Published on July 21 1999
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