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The Puppet King: The Chaos War Series [Mass Market Paperback]

Douglas Niles
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Feb. 1 1999 The Chaos War Series
Treason within, war from without.

Torn asunder by the nightmares of a mad king, the elven realm of Silvanesti has nearly been restored to its former grandeur. But the elf Porthios, returning to his homeland, launches a rebellion against young Gilthas, his own nephew.

Gilthas's troubles are multiplied by threats from green dragons and from the Knights of Takhisis. Now, with Porthios at his throat, Gilthas must choose between blood and honor.

Douglas Nile's new Dragonlance novel is filled with treachery and intrigue among the elves during the Chaos War, the backdrop for The New York Times best-selling novel Dragons of Summer Flame.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little disappointing... July 11 2001
By Kray
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Background:
"The Sacrifice" is an excellent short story in the "Second Generation" book, one of which I have read over and over again. Weis and Hickman have provided an excellent setting for the story to be continued and developed further. Unfortunately, even though Douglas Niles is a good writer, the story lacks in certain areas to make "The Puppet King" a great book.
The Plot:
Firstly, the book should be titled "The Exiled King" rather than the puppet king, since most of the story centres around Porthios and his band of elves. There are too many battle scenes, and not enough political intrigue that one would expect from "The Puppet King". I was expecting something more of David Edding's "The Diamond Throne" political intrigues.
Development of Characters:
This is my major complaint about this book. I would like to see Gilthas developed from the young puppet to a conspirator and a manipulator of the master of puppet. I would like to see him gaining the trust of the young elves in the senate council (as Tanis suggested in "The Sacrifice") and slowly work their way for the better good. But that didn't happen. Gilthas character developed too little, and too late. Even Porthios's character didn't develop much throughout the book.
The Setting:
The book is mostly a stand-alone, it didn't tell much about Porthios and Alhana's story during the childbirth at Caramon's Inn. Throughout the book, Tanis only appears in about one paragraph, and Laurana a little bit more than that towards the end. I would love to see Caramon, Dalamar etc and the overlapping of events from other books (but from a different point of view) as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little disappointing... July 11 2001
By Kray
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Background:
"The Sacrifice" is an excellent short story in the "Second Generation" book, one of which I have read over and over again. Weis and Hickman have provided an excellent setting for the story to be continued and developed further. Unfortunately, even though Douglas Niles is a good writer, the story lacks in certain areas to make "The Puppet King" a great book.
The Plot:
Firstly, the book should be titled "The Exiled King" rather than the puppet king, since most of the story centres around Porthios and his band of elves. There are too many battle scenes, and not enough political intrigue that one would expect from "The Puppet King". I was expecting something more of David Edding's "The Diamond Throne" political intrigues.
Development of Characters:
This is my major complaint about this book. I would like to see Gilthas developed from the young puppet to a conspirator and a manipulator of the master of puppet. I would like to see him gaining the trust of the young elves in the senate council (as Tanis suggested in "The Sacrifice") and slowly work their way for the better good. But that didn't happen. Gilthas character developed too little, and too late. Even Porthios's character didn't develop much throughout the book.
The Setting:
The book is mostly a stand-alone, it didn't tell much about Porthios and Alhana's story during the childbirth at Caramon's Inn. Throughout the book, Tanis only appears in about one paragraph, and Laurana a little bit more than that towards the end. I would love to see Caramon, Dalamar etc and the overlapping of events from other books (but from a different point of view) as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good... Nov. 21 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is easily the best written dragonlance book I've read in a long time, and even more easily the best book of the Chaos War Series. I mean it was just greatly done, excellent job by Douglas Niles. The action scenes were well put together, good word flow, description, everything was great! Very surprising for a Chaos War book, but I'm not complaining about that.
My only complaint is that things died too easy, but hey I can live with that.
Three of my favorite things were: the way it was set up, most DL books are chaotic but this one was well ordered with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Great Information on the elves, tons of things on how the Senate is held, how Qualinost is set up, good job there. And last, Niles was able to keep the characters (Gilthas, Alhana, Porthios, etc.) true to the way Weis and Hickman wrote them. He didn't advance the characters much, but he did keep them true, and that's more than I can say for most DL authors.
Final Thought: If you only buy one of the Chaos War Series Books then buy this one. Just make sure that you read "The Second Generation" by Weis and Hickman first, there's a short story in there that goes hand in hand with this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars average Aug. 8 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Doug Niles is defintely one of the better non-wies/hickman dragonlance writers, but only becuase he has been doing this for such a long time. Sometimes his discriptions are truly annoying, like he has this gnomish steam driven fantasy metaphor machine that shoots out cliche discriptions to fill in the gaps where he can't think of anything else to say. The use of flashback, with the dragon telling part of the story was also rather annoying. I couldn't really see the point of it. His actions scenes were ok, but the dragons were wimps. It seemed like they were killing dragons left and right. The story didn't really get interesting until the end, and then the end just kind of went that's all folks. I mean, the whole thing with porthios and his ultimate fate (I won't ruin it for you) and how everybody else treats it was really lame. One more thing bothered me. In the original series, Alhana seemed like a strong character. All she really does in this book is carry around a baby and give Porthios something to think about between action scenes. She should have been more involved in the story, even if she had a kid strapped to her back. Oh! And Tanis just popping by and rescuing Porthios from the Silvanesti was really lame. It's like Niles got Porthios into a place he couldn't get him out of, so he has Tanis fly by on a gryphon. It was all a dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Definitely a surprise
Alright to explain the title of my review. This book was a surprise for me because it is one of the few books that have a main political twist to it that I still actually enjoyed... Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by josh-13
4.0 out of 5 stars Chaos strikes Qualinesti!!
While the title leaves much to be desired - and in fact makes you weary of the book - this is a good book, detailing the time surrounding The Chaos War in Qualinest. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2002 by Andy. Gillum
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and exciting read...
"The Puppet King" but Douglas Niles is a book full of action, politics, exitement, and everything else you could possibly want in a Dragonlance novel. Read more
Published on June 3 2002 by D. Pachal
5.0 out of 5 stars For a book that is not about Raistlin, it's really good
To be honest, wasn't expecting much from this book. I only read it because I was hoping for more info about how Qualinesti handeled the Choas War. I was really inpressed. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Hold the Horses
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. Correct me if I'm wrong here but I don't believe this book holds true to Dragons of a Fallen Sun. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2001 by DeBrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book is great. Niles did an amazing job. I really like how deep he goes into the characters. I especially liked how Porthios is no longer viewed as a mean, grouchy elf. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Good all around book...
Well I have started reading these "Chaos Wars" books, "The Doom Brigade" being the first, this one the second. Read more
Published on July 12 2000 by C. Seubert
5.0 out of 5 stars Now why can't all non-Weis-Hickman DL books be like this?
When I started this book, I never really expected it to be SO great because most of the books that are not main books for the Dragonlance series are not to good, but this book... Read more
Published on April 29 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT !
Gosh ... this novel is great. NILES DID A JOB THAT COULD MATCH WEIS&HICKMAN
There isn't a bit of cold scene that turn your heat off. Read more
Published on April 12 2000 by Lancebearer
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