The Annotated Chronicles Hardcover – Nov 1 1999
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About the Author
Tracy Hickman is the coauthor of fifteen Dragonlance novels, as well as other series such as Darksword and the Death Gate Cycle. He has designed game settings, including Starshield, and is the author of the novel The Immortals. Hickman lives in Utah.
Top Customer Reviews
This new edition of the Chronicles adds a great deal of commentary from the authors and from other members of the Dragonlance design team. Their annotations add a new depth to the novels, expanding on bits of backstory that were only hinted at in the original text, explaining where they got their inspiration for certain characters and events, providing insight into all aspects of the writing experience. Many of these notes are very interesting, and some are hilarious. My favorite was Weis and Hickman's little argument about Elistan at the beginning of the second book, which I won't spoil for you!
A bit of advice, though, to anyone new to Dragonlance. Be a little wary of the annotations if you've never read the books before, as they will sometimes reveal things that happen later in the story, and nothing's worse than having a book spoiled for you. It's probably better to read through without reading the annotations first.
Now, if only they'd come out with an Annotated Legends...
(EDIT: 21 Feb 2003) For those interested, the Annotated Legends is, in fact, in progress, and is scheduled to be released sometime around September - October [...]. I certainly can't wait!
The main portion of the books are concerned with a band of adventurers at the coming of the Dark Queen. Surprisingly, these heroes are not infallible and have an amazing depth for "good" characters in fantasy novels.
The plot is an intricate tangle of people and places, as varied as those in our world. Weis and Hickman do a masterful job of creating a fantasy world, coming close to the complexity and color in Tolkien's LOTR novels.
Alone, these books are stunning. The annotations, however, make this book a masterpiece. They are funny, informative, and interesting. Weis and Hickman give you their side of the story, and their exposition seem to make the characters more real.
As you can tell from the length of the book, though, Weis and Hickman are unfortuantely quite long-winded. For those who need a quick read with a clean and concise storyline, choose another book. But for those who enjoyed the gradual building of LOTR over 3 books, I will guarantee that you will not be able to put this book down.
A great read-I thoroughly reccomend it.
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman did a fantastic job writing these books. They draw you in with the emotion of each character, keep you in suspense by having 3 and 4 stories going on at once (every couple chapters changes), and end it with events you will never expect to happen.
This book is three books in one. You get "Dragons of Autumn Twilight", "Dragons of Winter Night", and "Dragons of Spring Dawning". Not only do you get three books, but you will get an annotation by the authors on the book. This is good for those of us who are re-reading the books again. But for those of you who haven't read it yet, buy this anyway. The authors give great inside information on the book, characters, and events.
Most recent customer reviews
It's absolutley amazing how this book gets u addicted. Im 17 and i find this book addicting sooo bad. SO interesting, such interesting characters, a must get if u like good booksPublished on July 4 2004
Have you ever wanted to get into the author's head just a little bit further? Or to rent them for a few hours and ask them questions? Well here you go... Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Chris Rehers
I first read this series when I was in grade 6, and have recently re-read it again. The story is first rate and it good for all ages. A must read for any fantasy lovers.Published on March 18 2004 by Terry J Tsang
The chronicles is the second series I have ever read by Weis and Hickman, and I love the story very much. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004
In this book, not only do you get the three Dragonlance Chronicle book, but you also get a bunch of notes, explanations, and commentary from the authors. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003 by Myra
If you have the first three in natty old paperback, trade them in for this.
This book is for real fans and people that are new to the series. Read more
After reading a lot of reviews about how bad the annotated chronicles were compared to the original, I think a lot people forget the main point behind it. Read morePublished on July 16 2003 by JJAM
If you have not read these books and are the type of person to jump right to the last page, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on June 9 2003
I read this series when I was in 5th grade. It is a great introduction to fledgling fantasy readers. The story is a memorable one with pretty basic ideas. Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by ForsakenOne
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