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Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #46: 5/19/2005

WELCOME TO THE INN

Greetings, friends and fellow companions, and welcome back to the Inn of the Last Home. Pull up a seat as the bards tell us the latest tales from across Ansalon.

Today has been a most special day on many fronts. Between the release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (bring the tissue, not the kids!) and Mrs. Dragonhelm's 10th anniversary at her job, it's been spectacular enough. Of course, the revelation of what the Big Secret is in the Hickman Newsletter made it better still. More on this below!

So grab your hoopaks, my friends. New adventures and familiar faces await!

DARK CHRONICLES TRILOGY: THE BIG SECRET REVEALED!

Yep, you guessed it! Weis and Hickman are back! Here's the press release...

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: FANTASY DUO WEIS AND HICKMAN TO FORGE NEW TRILOGY

Authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, co-creators of the DRAGONLANCE® world, will pen new adventures.

May 19, 2005 (RENTON, Wash.) — Two of the premiere voices in American fantasy fiction have just agreed to write a new hardcover fantasy trilogy titled The Dark Chronicles for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. In this new venture, longtime masters of the fantasy genre Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman will return to Dragonlance, the sprawling magical world they first wrote together over two decades ago. This marks the first time Weis and Hickman have collaborated on a project since the 2002 release of Dragons of a Vanished Moon, the final book in The New York Times best-selling War of Souls trilogy.

The Dark Chronicles trilogy will return to the period of the original Dragonlance Chronicles and will feature some of the more popular heroes and villains from that era. The first book in The Dark Chronicles is currently planned for release in summer 2006.

"The Dark Chronicles tells the tales that took place between the chapters of the original Dragonlance Chronicles," said Hickman. "It is intended to mesh smoothly with the established story millions have come to know and love."

Added Weis, "Many of the characters whom fans have come to know intimately over the last twenty years will again come to life in the new series. You can expect to see all the original Heroes of the Lance—especially Flint, Tanis, Kitiara, Lord Soth, Tasslehoff, and, of course, the brothers Caramon and Raistlin Majere."

"We're very excited about Margaret and Tracy's newest collaboration. They're a dynamic writing team, and their energy and imagination has earned them a tremendously popular following, both collectively and independently. You don't have to be a Dragonlance fan to like their books, since they know how to deliver a great adventure story," said Peter Archer, Associate Publisher at Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

In addition to the new series, Margaret and Tracy will collaborate on a Dragonlance novella, which will feature several characters from their new trilogy. The novella will appear in Here Be Dragons, an oversize trade book scheduled to release in June 2006. That book will also include stories set in different fantasy-themed universes by New York Times best-selling novelist R.A. Salvatore, and by authors Keith Baker and Scott McGough.

About Weis and Hickman

Since their co-publication of The Dragonlance Chronicles in 1985, Weis and Hickman have jointly authored eleven Dragonlance books, four of which have appeared on The New York Times best-seller list. Both authors also publish independently while remaining committed to the Dragonlance world and fans of their collective efforts.

Margaret Weis's high profile career as one of fantasy's most prominent authors spans two decades. She has written numerous novels and short stories set in the fantasy world of Krynn. Most recently she has completed the third novel in the Dragonvarld trilogy for TOR, Master of Dragons. She is now working on the second novel in the Dark Disciple Trilogy, Iron and Amber, set to release in February 2006 from Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

Tracy Hickman, co-creator of the Dragonlance world, has been publishing fantasy novels for over twenty years. His first two solo novels, Requiem of Stars and The Immortals released in the spring of 1996 from Bantam press. Tracy and his wife Laura released Mystic Warrior (2004) and Mystic Quest (2005), their first joint novels in The Bronze Canticles, a trilogy from Warner Books. Their third novel in that series, Mystic Empire is expected in 2006.

About Wizards of the Coast

Since its founding two decades ago, Wizards of the Coast's Book Publishing division has produced hundreds of titles that have sold millions of copies in over 16 languages.

For more information about books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, scheduled author appearances, or other novels published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc., please visit wizards.com/books.

Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times bestsellers. For more information, visit Wizards of the Coast's website at wizards.com.

Wizards of the Coast and Dragonlance are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast in the U.S.A. and other countries. Copyright 2005 Wizards.

MORE NOVEL NEWS

Excited yet? If that's not enough to whet your appetite, then you might be interested in the latest Dragonlance novels.

Margaret Weis has announced that Amber and Iron, book two of the Dark Disciple trilogy, will be released in paperback in February. It sounds as if there may be a hardback copy eventually, but paperback will be announced first.

Richard Knaak finishes up the Minotaur Wars trilogy with Empire of Blood. I've heard mixed reports on whether the book is out yet or not, so call your local bookstore. Tides of Blood is also out in paperback.

For all you Taladas fans, Chris Pierson has a new book – Blades of the Tiger, book one in the Taladas Chronicles trilogy. Now you can learn about Krynn's second continent and what has transpired since the Time of the Dragon boxed set.

Doug Niles' Lord of the Rose, book one of the Rise of Solamnia trilogy, is also out. Book two will be called Crown and Sword, and book three is to be called The Last Measure.

Plus, the New Adventures series of novels continues with Dragon Knight by Dan Willis.

GAMING NEWS

If you haven't seen it yet, then you simply must pick up Tasslehoff's Map Pouch: The Age of Mortals. This product has a HUGE poster map, chalk full of goodies. Plus several smaller maps as well. The map pouch is by Sean Macdonald, who many of you know as Kipper Snifferdoo from Kencyclopedia.com.

Sovereign Press has three other products in the works. Spectre of Sorrows is part two of the Age of Mortals campaign. Written by Cam Banks, this product continues the adventure begun in Key of Destiny. Look for part three, Price of Courage, later in the year as well as Dragons of Autumn, part one of a trilogy of adventures that reprints the original modules and updates them for 3.5.

As for sourcebooks, Holy Orders of the Stars will be released shortly. This book details the clerics and gods of Krynn. On its heels is Legends of the Twins, a sourcebook detailing the Legends trilogy, time travel, and alternate realities.

COMIC NEWS

Coming up in June will be the release of the Legend of Huma trade paperback, compiling issues 1-5 of the comic as well as the previously unreleased issue #6! I'm proud to say that I've had the privilege of writing the scripts for issues 3-6. I'm afraid the comic won't be continued, but the trade will certainly be a collector's piece.

Also, Devil's Due Publishing will be releasing an adaptation of Chronicles. More news on this as it comes in.

NEXUS NEWS

The Nexus has been pumping along with several goodies as well, including combined requirement tables for the Sword and Rose Knights as well as the Age of Mortals Legion of Steel prestige classes. There are reviews of Sandstorm and Lord of the Rose. Reference has added several new articles including one on the ancient Empire of Ergoth (including a map by cartographer Sean Macdonald!). Plus a new prestige class for Tika fans – the barmaid!

UNTIL NEXT TIME

I'm not sure what more can be said! A new Weis and Hickman trilogy, new novels, new gaming books, comic books, and the Nexus....it's quite a lot! Throughout it all, the Nexus will be here to keep you up to date on all the Dragonlance news and to be a supporter of the Dragonlance fan.

See you soon, my friends!

Long live the Lance!

Trampas Whiteman
"Dragonhelm"
Dragonlance Nexus