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The Silver Stair: Bridges of Time Series Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1999


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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: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #714,123 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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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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By Richard Raley on July 16 2000
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This book started off a bit slow, but picked up pace around the third chapter. I liked it much more than I thought I would, and found it to be entertaining even though one of my friends 'accidentally' told me some of the story. Basically this novel by Jean Rabe focuses on the fall of Gair (a Silvanesti Elf) to the dark side of mysticism with the building of the Citadel of Light in the background. Some new characters are introduced, such as a Gnoll and another Solamnic Knight and Jasper Fireforge and Goodmoon make re-appearances.
This is also a very good information book on the workings of Mysticism, which makes it pretty much a must buy for any Fifth Age fan. If you aren't that big on the Fifth Age then it's still a good read with plenty of interesting characters and lots of spirited fighting.
The only thing that I didn't like about this novel was the length. Typical of the Bridges of Time series the ending seemed a bit rushed and not as full and as deep as it could have been. But other than that, it's a good DL book by Jean Rabe.
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