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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Feb. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078691324X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786913244
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 150 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 reading. The characters in this are great especially some of the ones that are hardly even in it. I don't want to give away to much but the title basically speaks for itself. Gilthas is a young elf being manipulated by Rashas an evil qualinesti senator.
Niles definitely knows how to develop his villains. I mean I actually ended up really hating Rashas and the silvanesti general. Even though this book may deal a lot with the political aspect of the elvish society there is still plenty of action. And not all of the politics are boring either. Niles is definitely one of the better authors in Dragonlance and this book is definitely worth the money/time spent on it.
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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.
This novel has it all: treachery, plotical intrique & plenty of action but it isn't neccessarily about Porthios vs Gilthas has the review leads you to believe. Give this one a read. BTW, it ends with a twist. I'd still like to know what events transpired in Silvanesti.
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"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. This book is strangely set up, being that it is told like a story, but that doesnt take away from the read. The story itself follows many different points of view. It follows the exiled elf, Porthios. It follows the young and troubled Speaker of the Suns, Gilthas. And even follows the thoughts of a massive green dragon.
This book is full of Dragonlance goodness. Not only is the story an exciting read, but the characters are nicely developed. This book is set during the Chaos War, The same time as Margeret Wies'and Tracy Hickman's great book "Dragons of Summer Flame." It is nice to see the inner workings of the elven society, and see heroes rise up from unlikely places. This book is a must for any Dragonlance fan to read and enjoy.
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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. The plot is excellent, and apparently, I was the only one who liked the characters. Gilthnas was surprisingly well written, but I would have liked to see more emotion in him. I really like the parts about Gilthnas and his Kagonesti wife. I reccommend this book to everyone.
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By DeBrew on Aug. 11 2001
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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. I am going to ruin the ending right here so if you are planning to read this book continue to a different review. At the end we see Porthios fall off his gryphon and his face becomes dissfigured by the Chaos Dragons flame. Then he is taken to the wilderness by the wilder elves never to be seen again. In the new WOS series by the great W&H the exiled king has now grown a new face and he is communicating to his wife Alahna. Please if i am wrong someone inform me of my mistake, but if I happen to be correct please in the future can the writers of Dragonlance keep their stories straight.
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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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