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The Silver Stair: Bridges of Time Series [Mass Market Paperback]

Jean Rabe
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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March 1 1999 Bridges of Time Series
For Goldmoon and her followers, Schallsea Island is a place of bright beginnings. In the shadow of the magical ruin called the Silver Stair, a translucent spiral that leads to visions and revelations, they have started construction on the Citadel of Light. For the first time since the Chaos War, the future looks promising.

But two forces challenge Goldmoon's plan to launch a new mystical order on Krynn -- one clad in the plate mail of a Solamnic Knight, the other hidden by mysterious magic and dark shadows.

Jean Rabe's novel tells the compelling tale of the struggle to preserve the Silver Stair and to prevent the dream of Schallsea Island from becoming a nightmare.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating characters Aug. 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Another disppointment in Rabe May 2 2001
By CeL
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars An Elf's Fall July 16 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than her last books. Oct. 12 1999
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This book was good and bad. I have a few bad things to say about it first. I didn't like how she broke her own rules of Krynn she put in her trilogy. Goldmoon was much to powerful for a world with more magic. It would probably take generations to get over the shock of the gods leaving and decades more of research to get clerical power. I understand a little magic, but it sounded as if she could beat Palin in a magical duel. Enough about magic, I found Gair's descent into evil much too quick and unrational. He didn't seem to have a reason to hate everybody all of a sudden. I haven't read the book in 6 moths, but if his reason was good I think I would remember it. Also, this isn't the best written book I have read it seemed too rushed. Now about the good parts in the book. It was a good fantasy with action, magic, and undead. A DL fan should read it, but I don't recoment it for anyone else. P.S. It was a good recovery for Jean Rabe after the FA trilogy. If she would have written another book like those I would have given up my faith in her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not classic Dragonlance, yet a very good read! Sept. 6 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the reviews I was reluctant to buy this book, however, something inside of me said do it! So I bought it and was not dissapointed. Jean Rabe is not Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, however her writing is nonetheless good and easy to read. If one is looking for classic dragonlance action as it was before the Fifth Age you will be sorely dissapointed, however, taken on its own merits, Jean is doing an excelent job on making the age of Mortals a worthwile one to explore.
I get the sense that Jean is a spritual person who has had a desire to see that mysticism inside her mind and soul come out. For in her portrayals of Goldmoon, I get a sense of one who is longing for something they have never had int heir life! I believe that this is the cause of most of the disention amongst readers whom are just looking for a good fantasy to loose themselves in which is exactly what Weis and Hickman did with the first books.
Enjoy it or hate it. Or simply just take it as a good story in its own right!
By the way, the discovery of the new clerical magic is quite well portrayed in the Silver Stair!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointment from Jean Rabe
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2007 by CK Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Healing powers come back Krynn!!
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2002 by Andy. Gillum
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Stair
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. Read more
Published on April 25 2002 by Helwen
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Rabe's other books
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... Read more
Published on March 4 2002 by M. Montealegre
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Dragonlance book.
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... Read more
Published on June 4 2001 by Josh Morel
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
A very poorly written work and a disapointing read. Unless you just have to read everything Dragonlance puts out, wait for something better.
Published on May 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
I thought this was a "dark" book, with the undead and such, and a good character becoming a bad-guy. Still, I found myself really getting into the characters. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly entertaining book
I never even finished Jean Rabe's Fifth Age Trilogy, and after all the bad comments this book got, I must say I was pretty hesitant to get it. Read more
Published on June 21 1999
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