Reviews of Dragons of Autumn Twilight (1984)
Review by spunkyfunk7 (2007-07-18)
A truly marvelous chronicle. I read the special edition that contained all 3 volumes, twice in succession. Whats great about this book is the story-telling, character development and the soul that is breathed into each character.
Above all this story transcends its message from its covers into the our world, hinting that if a world filled with different races can co-exist and work together, why shouldn't it be possible in our world?
To the authors, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, fantasy wouldn't be the same without you.
(This review refers to the 1984 version titled “Dragons of Autumn Twilight”)
Review by eggy (2006-02-14)
Ok I got round to reading this series when i was about...umm..14 I think. It was a really large old book of my dads and I cant even tell you when one of the books stopped and another began. I can say that the characters where fantastic, yeah there was a few cliches but thats why we read these type of books to start with! This book has everytthing you will be looking for in a fantasy book. All the races, betrayal and mixed up characters. These two authors are magic when they get toggether!
Review by rbolton (2005-09-22)
Think of it as A New Hope for the world of Dragonlance: Sure, maybe it's a little rough around the edges, maybe it's got one cliché too many, but this baby is pure magic. The first volume in the Dragonlance Chronicles series, this classic from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman started it all for Krynn, eventually spawning a bestselling 90-plus book series. (And, frankly, you'd do well to stick to the Weis-Hickman titles.) All the heroes that you've likely heard of already--the creepy, hourglass-eyed Raistlin, the noble half-elf Tanis, the comic relief Tasselhoff Burrfoot, the curmudgeonly dwarf Flint Fireforge--they're all here, starting the good fight against the Dark Queen Takhisis as the War of the Lance begins.
Review by raistlan316 (2005-09-12)
Ah, this book brings back memories for me! This was the book that really opened me up to fantasy writing at the age of 14. Up until this point, I had read mostly science fiction and Stephen King horror. This series and the original Shannara series were my gateway into the fantasy genre.
Ok, true, the characters are a bit cliche, but they did have depth. They made us love and hate them. The plot was simple, but masterfully written, and is weaved into an epic of fantasy storytelling. Straightforward enough to be understood by a 12 year old, but developed enough to entertain even an old fantasy sage.
I would dare anyone to find another other fantasy series (excepting Lord of the Rings) that had as much of an impact as this one. References to Raistlin, Kenders, etc., inundate pop culture. A whole Dragonlance line of products sprang from this series. This is one of the cornerstones of the genre. Period.
Review by blueworld (2004-07-08)
Not a bad story, if a bit formulaic. I don't know if this series is a spinoff of a roleplaying game or if a game was intended to be created from it, but it has to be one or the other. The characters are fantasy cliches -- I could point out to you the racce and class of each one. And the writing style wasn't horrible, just not particularly good. I would read a book like this if someone gave it to me, but it's not worth seeking out.
Review by dougthonus (2003-03-08)
This series on the whole isn't too bad. The plot and action both move quickly, but it's probably not as good as it's following would suggest. In generaly, the books are filled with extroadinarily unrealistic events, with an ending that's way too happy under the circumstances. It's not bad for light reading fantasy, and it's definitely the best of the dragonlance books I've read. I gave it 7 out of 10, but only if you're looking for a light, quick read.