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Riverwind the Plainsman: Preludes, Volume Four Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786930098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786930098
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 154 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,381,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Paul B. Thompson is the author of 14 previous novels, including nine Dragonlance titles 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 has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. She works as a freelance editor and foreign rights manager for a large university press. Her recent release A Warrior's Journey was her ninth Dragonlance novel written in collaboration with Paul B. Thompson.

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Your beloved needs you to go on a quest to claim her. You take the village idiot. You fall down a big hole into an underground kingdom of elves. You have an elf fall in love with you and you eventually take on a black dragon. All in a days work for Riverwind.
Riverwind is forced to go on a courting quest to claim Goldmoon. The quest involves finding proof of the old gods. Catchflea, the town idiot, joins Riverwind and they end up falling down the entrance to a city of underground elves. After an epic battle to free them from their oppressive ruler, the companions blunder into a city of draconians and a cleric making horrible lizard warriors. Only one person makes it out of this whole mess alive and sane.
The plot is implausible so it's up to the characters to make the read interesting. And they do. Riverwind is an interesting very sweet character. Catchflea gets annoying, but Di An is a nice character and Li El is truly creepy.
If you're looking for a good, light read from Dragonlance, you might want to check out this book.
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By A Customer on Oct. 6 2000
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This book is a continuation of the short "Heart of Goldmoon" in 'Love and War (Tales III) by Laura Hickman and Kate Novak. Not only did the novel stay true to the outline of Goldmoon and Riverwind, but continued smoothly and correctly from the short mentioned above. The novel explains further the trials of the two Que-Shu, and leads their relationship to what it is in 'Chronicles', very well written, and very well thought out. To be this continuous in the story line must have been hard to do, but do it the authors do. Gully dwarves, draconians, ophidian dragon-men, clerics, a banish tribe (city) of elves (the Hestites)and their story, and of course the black dragon Khisanth. This book has a lot of different storylines wrapped up into one, but fear not... the story line always flows smooth. A little time consuming, yes... but hey, why do you want to rush a good thing? This explains also how together, Goldmoon and Riverwind can bring back the Goddess Mishakal's word, as well as her healing. The descriptions of Xak Tsaroth are even as described in 'Chronicles'... obviously tedious homework was done to keep this novel true to form.
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By A Customer on Oct. 31 1998
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I never really cared for whatever history Riverwind had to offer, i bought this book after sum thought only becoz 1) I had extra cash and 2) it wuz written by Paul Thompson and Tonya Carter who'z writing styles i admit , take a while 2 get used to , but after reading "Darkness and Light" (preludes 1 vol. 1 check it out! it'z also good!) which is the second novel they collaborated on , i jus had 2 give this talented writers another go as i did enjoy the novel mentioned above. After reading this book i had these thoughts in my mind 1) i did'nt waste my money 2) it'z a damn good book!! I'm glad dragonlance chroniclers gave this tall silent plainsman a chance 2 prove himself. Not only 2 his beloved Goldmoon , but 2 us readers as well. I for one seriously enjoyed the book. And hav no complaints on the pacing , it's not boring at the least. The characters are well handled , Catchflea lent sum humour 2 the trip. While Di An's vulnerability and puppy love feelings for Riverwind warmed my heart. (I'm glad in the end she did'nt get 2 fulfill her part of Catchflea'z prophecy). We are also introduced 2 a new faction of elves (this time underground dwellers , which reminded me strongly of Drow elves, frm which Di An hails frm) and "draconians" which r not really draconians to begin with (ophidians a result of experiments by a crazed alchemist in the story). All in all it's a great story , the action never lets up frm the beginning , it fades jus for a while 2 let u catch up then begins anew. Sumhow after reading this book Riverwind is'nt that distant or quiet anymore.
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By A Customer on March 26 1999
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When I bought this book, my first thought was that it would be a story of Riverwind's journey to Xak Tsaroth and would probably not fit into the Chronicles timeline. I was wrong on both thoughts. The book is very well written and the characters are good. (although I wasn't much impressed by Catchflea, and there is a long draggy point of walking through endless tunnels.) The story is like two books in one: first Riverwind journies to an undergound city of lost elves and participates in their rebellion against an evil elven sorceres, (Li El has to be one of the most evil villians I have ever read about) and then he journies to Xak Tsaroth to battle draconians and Khisanth the black dragon. It tied in very well with the series and explained why Riverwind couldn't remember the adventure. I know most people say that the preludes stink, but this one doesn't. Pick it up if you were as curious as me about Riverwind's lost quest that was wiped from his memory.
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By A Customer on Sept. 15 2001
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This was much better than I expected! While this book had a great plot and really filled in some details about Que-Shu customs, and Riverwind and Goldmoon's relationship, the authors really screwed up some details. Hollow Sky was NOT Loreman's eldest child, Hawker was. Also, Wanderer was not supposed to be Riverwinds father, he was actually his 'adoptive grandfather' as explained in the book 'Love and War'. Also, while 'Dragons of Autumn twilight' states that Goldmoon and Riverwind are in their late twenties, in this book it says that Riverwind is barely 20 years (Goldmoon is younger than Riverwind) and was gone 11 months before he returned to Que-shu, making him at most 21, so unless they traveled to the inn of the last home over a span of 9 years (which I doubt) There are some problems here. These details probably won't bother anyone, but just in case...
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