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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (March 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786913150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786913152
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #510,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read other Dragonlance books by Jean Rabe, the Dawning of the Fifth Age Trilogy, followed by the Dhamon Saga, and was not impressed by either. I did like the concept of the five dragon overlords, sort of uber dragons that should be much harder than normal to kill, but Rabe's version of human and elf characters are mostly unrealistic compared to Dragonlance standards. Sometimes I wonder if Rabe has read the primary Dragonlance books. On page 16 she describes Gair as being tall for an elf at almost six feet tall. Elves have always been described as slightly taller than humans in Dragonlance books. This is Krynn, they aren't Keebler elves. Then on page 36, she describes how the Sentinel was abandoned by the Knights of Takhisis one year before the end of the War of the Lance. The Knights of Takhisis weren't even introduced until the Chaos War in "Dragons of Summer Flame" approximately 25 years after the War of the Lance. These are two major contrasts in the first 36 pages, were these books even edited ??

If you're an avid Dragonlance reader, you'll probably be disappointed in this book. If you've never read a Dragonlance novel in your life, you might enjoy it.
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Having read Rabe's DRAGONS OF A NEW AGE trilogy and now this, I've come to the conclusion that she has a difficult time writing characters that act like actual people would. This tended to improve as the aforementioned trilogy progressed, but it was terrible in this book. What I mean by this is, if something strange or suspicious occurs, most people would stop and question it. However, Rabe's characters tend to blithely continue on with what they were doing and don't give it a second thought. Very very frustrating to read when you know that it needs to be questioned. It's as if Ms. Rabe just wants to get where she's going and she completely disregards the fact that she needs to make her characters act like normal people in order to make them believable. This makes it very difficult to become emotionally involved with either the characters or the story. I'm guessing that this is one of her early works because, by the third book of DRAGONS OF A NEW AGE, her characters were behaving more reasonably.
The other thing about this book that caused me to dislike it so much was the fact that her main elf character, Gair, didn't act like an elf at all. He was impatient, impetuous, and, for someone who claimed to be a scholar in the field of magic, tended to jump right in to doing something without even considering the consequences. These characteristics are all the complete opposite of those describing an elf. They are more along the lines of a human. If you're going to create a character and assign them a race and you want them to be believable, they have to have at least some of the characteristics of that race. Gair seemed to have none. I felt no sympathy for him whatsoever.
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As a writer, Jean Rabe either runs hot or cold. There's no middle ground with her. Her novel Marquesta Kar-thon: I started reading & then quit. I'll go back & read it sometime. Her 5th Age trilogy was god-awful stupid.
On the other hand, her Dhamon trilogy - while I haven't read them yet - sounds promising. This book is very good. You know there's a threat to Goldmoon but you don't know where it's coming from until springs up. I was completely surprised.
The characters are well-developed, the plot's strong & it draws you in. The rules by which they recieve their clerical powers in this book actually makes sense unlike the rules they made for the wizards in the 5th Age. A good read.
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By Helwen on April 25 2002
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First, DRAGON LANCE books are world class fanasty books. Unless you know nothing about reading these types of books you have no reason rating this book so low. All books by Jean Rabe are of the greatest stories told throughout DRAGON LANCE saga. The Silver Stair just happens to be my most favorite DL ever because theres just so much going on throughout the story. "Just read it"! DRAGON LANCE rules all others fail to come close.
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The characters are all shallow and the story is poorly written. The elf goes from being an inheritantly good person to the most evil person in the world in one chapter for no apparent reason. He also gets whacked in the knee 5 or 6 times with a hammer then two pages later is out running someone. You gotta wonder why TSR lets her continue to write for the dragonlance series, I have not read a good book from her yet.
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Despite a few flaws I found this book quite entertaining. Following Gair's story was a very interesting read, and if this is how the Age of Mortals trilogy is like I'm sure it's hardly as bad as some people say. One thing that was odd, how was the mage at the start using magic as he did?
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I had bought The Silver Stair because I wanted to know more about Goldmoon and the Citadel of Light. However, the book is a disappointment; it lacks a plot and there is no flow. There are many loose ends that Rabe did not tie up.
The fall of Gair to the dark side of mysticism was just to fast! One minute we have Gair telling himself that he needed to have Goldmoon cleanse him of the darkness in him. The next minute...surprise! We have a mega evil Silvanesti elf creating a wraith army for himself.
How about the gnolls that was first mentioned in the beginning of the book? All we have is Orvago, and we don't even know much about him.
Camilla, the Solamnic Knight had opposed vehemently of Goldmoon's idea of mysticism and the Citadel of Light. Just a word from Goldmoon and she finds everything ok? Not convincing enough.
This is a bad read. I found myself skipping parts of the story to get to the end (something which I have never done in all the Dragonlance books I have read). The book did nothing to capture my interest and hold my attention. Even Rabe's Dragons of a New Age trilogy was not as bad as this one.
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