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LEGEND OF HUMA
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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.
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on January 17, 2002
I feel that this book was not up to true Dragonlance standard. The author obviously didn't have time to even leaf through the Chronicles to find references to Huma. There are a large number of holes in it, leaving out stuff that was sorely needed to make this book even an interesting read. Huma and Magius are both hugely disappointing characters. I found it almost laughable that the so-called 'greatest war wizard' couldn't even pass the Test. In my opinion, Richard A. Knaak's book didn't rate highly when compared with some much better Dragonlance books by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Douglas Niles, Jeff Crook, Mary Kirchoff etc. etc. etc.
I would not recommend not bothering with this book, and proceeding straight onto Kaz the Minotaur, which I didn't yawn ALL the way through.
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on September 1, 2002
I was looking forward to this book from all of the reviews I have read, but when I finally did it was terrible. The story isn't that bad. It's the fact that whenever there is a fight it is over in one paragraph! The auther doesn't even drag it out and build suspense! The character development is nonexistant when it comes to the bad guys. I would have rather seen Huma fighting the STAY PUFF MARSHMELLOW MAN! The love story is laughable. There isn't one scene of romantic interaction in the whole story and they all of a sudden confess their love for each other. ... The only good thing is Kaz! Don't buy this book!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on August 26, 1999
This book wasn't TOO bad. The writing was alright, although I could see the silver dragon part coming a mile away. There were just too many coinscidence for its own good, I think. Im a big dragonlance fan and I'll read any Dragonlance book,but overall, I think Tracy Hickman and Margeret Weis do a better job. (after all, they're the ones who started the whole thing!).@
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on April 7, 2004
The Legend of Huma could have been a great story if it had been told right. Instead, we get a book full of plot holes, lifeless characters, pointless battles, and a romance that never develops.Worse, it's not even well written! I mean, what happened to the white stag Huma followed that was talked so much about in Dragons of Autumn Twilight? Knaak must have forgotten to read the ORIGINAL Dragonlance books! I can't see why so many people think this is the best book ever, but they really should wake up and read some truly good books.
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