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Old school escapist fantasy
on May 29, 2012
The Legend of Huma was written way back in 1988, so if you're used to reading modern fantasy fiction which has been doing its best to escape from the clutches of old Tolkien-inspired cliches, you will probably find this work rather simple and unoriginal, and would probably do well to skip it entirely. However, if you've read any of the big Dragonlance trilogies as a kid (like the Chronicles or Legends trilogies), you may be interested in these supplemental novels as a bit of nostalgic indulgence.
The Legend of Huma is about the knight Huma, legendary in the Dragonlance world of Krynn for defeating the Dragonqueen Takhisis (Tiamat in the greater D&D lore) during the Second Dragonwar. Mr. Knaak writes him as a noble knight that doesn't see himself as adequately heroic enough for the Knights of Solamnia, though he never actually tells us why Huma feels this way. He just does, I guess. He meets Magius -- your stereotypical arrogant wizard --, and Kaz -- a burly, dim-witted minotaur -- and goes on various adventures with them. Eventually, he makes his way beneath some mountains in Ergoth and discovers the weapon needed to finally defeat the Dragonqueen.
The Legend of Huma is basically what you would expect from a supplemental book set in the Dragonlance shared world and written in 1988. It is generic, cliche, entirely unoriginal, and heroic in scope. The writing is uneven, with little interesting prose, and has a structure of go on a journey, meet someone interesting/have a fight scene, then repeat the process.
There's nothing in the book to blow your mind, and I certainly can't understand how some reviewers on here stated it as being the best book they've ever read (unless this is the only book they've ever read?), but there is something about it that made me read the entire way through. I think this thing is likely nostalgia for the Drgonlance universe. I read the Chronicles trilogy as a kid, and have fond memories of it. Being reacquainted with that world, even in the form of bad escapist fiction, is nice. If you're looked to do the same, you might want to try and find this book. If you have no knowledge of the Dragonlance world, though, you should not pick this book up, and instead find something else.