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Dragons of a Vanished Moon: The War of Souls, Volume Three Paperback – Mar 1 2003

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (March 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786929502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786929504
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 4.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The legendary team of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman take to the sky on dragonback again with the final dispatch from their latest voyage to the land of Krynn in the War of Souls trilogy. In volume two, Dragons of a Lost Star, the mysterious "One God" behind the irrepressible Mina's miraculous rise to power is revealed. Yes, Dark Queen Takhisis is up to her old tricks. This time, however, she has stolen the entire planet of Krynn and hidden it away from her fellow deities. Now, she is seeking to bring the entire populace (both the living and the dead) under her fickle sway through Mina's zealous proselytizing. Who will stop her dark quest? Who else? The troublemaking and time-traveling kender--Tasslehoff Burrfoot.

Unfortunately, with the mystery of the "One God" revealed, much of the narrative impetus that made the first two books page-turners is lost. However, while there isn't much left to write about in Dragons of a Vanished Moon, the scenery is beautiful. There is an Elven exodus across the "plains of dust," stubborn Solamnic knights, cunning dragons, plotting wizards, and a full helping of Kender antics as Tasselhoff assumes the role of fly in the dark queen's ointment. The conclusion is a textbook deus ex machina but fans should enjoy this book for what it is--another chance to return to the wonderful world of Krynn with its two most competent guides at the helm. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The One God Takhisis has pulled a fast one and vanquished the other gods of Krynn to a place unknown in this fast-paced conclusion to the War of the Souls trilogy (Dragons of a Fallen Sun; Dragons of a Lost Star). Through the warrior princess Mina, Takhisis (aka the Dark Queen) pretends to do good, heal the sick and comfort the afflicted in her scheme to take over the world. Takhisis's most feared foe turns out to be a kender, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, who possesses the Device of Time Journeying, an instrument that could smash all Takhisis's ambitions with a single push of a button. As Mina takes over city after city, adding more souls to her dread troop, her opponents frantically try to figure out ways to stop her. The Solamnic Knights send one man, Sir Gerard, to spy on Mina by passing him off as a Dark Knight. The elves of Qualinest and Silvanost find common cause in the fight against the Dark Queen, while in a strange twist of allegiances, the dragons of Krynn realize that their survival depends on allying themselves with mortals which they do with cunning and stealth. At Sanction, all the players come together in a mighty battle to save Krynn and restore the world to its proper balance. Bestselling authors Weis and Hickman have made another admirable addition to the history, lore and ways of Krynn, including a set of useful endnotes to bring newcomers up to speed.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
(Review based on the trilogy) It took me a few chapters to become hooked, perhaps more than most books seasoned with thick prose. The language of the author was very eloquent, but almost different. Without being hyperbolic, it was a bit like reading Shakespear in that you must find the rhythm of the writer, but when you do it comes to you in a natural and pleasant fashion.
The characters, especially Mina, are multi-faceted and well-developed throughout the trilogy. I mention Mina because it is tempting to see her initially as flat and unidimensional. But she is not. To demonstrate this, most readers will find themselves rooting for her and fearing her simultaneously. By the end of the trilogy you're concept of her will take another, quite unexpected turn - sympathy or pity. (You'll have to find out why).
I bought this compulsively from a HB bargain bin and it sat on my shelf for more than a year and finally read it when I got bored. I missed out. This has become one of my favorite series and I am willing to try other series from Weis.
This was well worth the purchase and serious fantasy fans should try it.
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Format: Paperback
What Weis and Hickman had done is like re-enventing the wheel: The same principle, although not as good, and you find yourself asking "why?".
These two marvelous authros had taken their 'Chronicles' and 'Legends' round wheels off their Dragonlance wagon, and replaced them with square ones. Surprisingly, they're working. True, the ride isn't as smooth and fun, and it's sometimes bumpy, but it's moving. What makes this series a good ride is especially the amazing tallent of story-telling that the authors have. The cahrectres are good, but not as good as the original Dragonlance heroes. The plot is nice, but I prefer the Chronicles, and I liked the old Krynn better.
I enjoyed this series, I really did. I read it without a break between the books, and I've read in any possible moment, just like the old Weis and Hickman books. I laughed, I was sad and I felt good and bad with and for the characters, like in any other W&H book. However, as fun as it was, it's not as good as the originals. I'm taking these wheels off my wagon and return to my old, round, favorite ones.
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By ilmk on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Paperback
The final part of the War of Souls trilogy finds Tas and Conundrum escaping the clutches of Mina and discovering that there is a past.
It finds Gilthas undergoing his own soul searching and deciding to lead his people to Silvanesti via the Plains of Dust.
It finds Silvanoshei continuing his inexprable march to doom.
It finds Gerard and Odila desperately trying to find a way out of the darkness.
It finds Palin and Dalamar working from beyond death.
It finds Malys, Razor and Mirror deciding the fate of dragonkind.
It finds the Gods back in Krynn for a titanic battle.
And, above all, it finds us a conclusion fitting to this epic world.
The fourth Age builds to its tremendous climax as elves, ogres, minotaurs, dragons, humans, gods and the souls of the dead all gather at Sanction for a final terrible battle where the balance is restored and the Book of Judgement of Gilean finally gives us the solution to Takhisis' attempt to rule Krynn once and for all.
The final volume in the fourth age of Krynn, the final volume before the Age of Mortals can begin, is a rich tapestry of love and war, heroes and villains set against a wonderful struggling backdrop of life and death, of magic and mortaility woven in a truly breathless manner by the undisputed current masters of fantasy, Weis and Hickman.
This book, this trilogy, the entire world of Krynn and its heroes that has been created deserves six stars and beyond and any fan of the fantasy genre must have this on their bookshelves.
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this triology. It's been many many years since I first read the Chronicles and Legends series, and War of Souls rekindled my interest in and fondness for the Dragonlance universe.
I can see the point of some of the critics here that there are some loose ends in the plot, some intentional and some not. The most obvious example of an intentional loose end is the one-page mention of the minotaur invasion of Silvanesti. This is obviously laying the groundwork for a spinoff series. Personally, I wasn't too offended by what same are characterizing as crass commercialism; I figure there's a lot going on in the Dragonlance universe, and we can't expect EVERYTHING to be covered in this one little trilogy.
But overall, I thought the plot was well crafted. The scenes involving dragons -- the destruction of Qualinost, the battle against Malys -- are among the most memorable in the series. I loved the verbal exchanges between Gerard and Odila and Silver and Razor. Yeah, Tas' character is starting to get a little worn from use, but I didn't mind seeing him in (hopefully) his final performance.
At the risk of going off on a tanget, I just finished reading the Sovereign Stone trilogy, and ick. Weis and Hickman are masters of the Dragonlance universe -- and they should stay there!
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Being a fan of the original six books and all the characters within, I had but one hope for the War of the Souls. That Tas would go back in time, get squished, and undue the whole bitter nonsense that was the 5th Age (ala post DOAFS). If you dont want to know, dont read any more...Did that happen, NO. Although the end was in true Weis/Hickman style with the fall of the One God and the Sacrafice that made it possible (Fizban), where will avid fans go from here? Minotaurs ruling Krynn, just not that exciting. I have always rushed to read the new stuff W/H added to Dragonlance and was disappointed after Fallen Sun, but I did keep going into WOTS, it was good overall, but in the end I feel this way. Im done with dragonlance. Someone likened it to the end of Phantom Menace, I liken it more to the end of Return of the Jedi, Vader is redeamed (ala Raist) and while you could go one, I cant think of one good reason to. Everything is pretty much wrapped up from the beginning, the six books that got us all into Dragonlance to begin with. There isnt anything left to say, the story has its end, and with that, I know that I will most likely never feel need to buy another Dragonlance novel again. While the story may go on, the characters with whom I have walked with in my mind over the decade, have all taken their last bow and have walked from the stage forever...
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