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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: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 150 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,012,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By Russell Handly on Aug. 8 2000
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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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