Reviews of 'Time of the Twins'
Reviews of 'Time of the Twins'
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Time of the Twins is the first volume of the Dragonlance Legends Trilogy. We get to take a closer look at Caramon and Raistlin, and the troubles that now await the world after the War of the Lance. With a plot that was very hard to unravel from the beginning, this book was a great read.
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have written this book in the same style as the Dragonlance Chronicles, with their highly detailed explanations of the world of Dragonlance. They make you feel the beauty of the world you're reading about. You could easily tell throughout the book that their mission was to expand on the Majere Twins. They did just that!
The book at times, seemed to stumble in some places. The excitement did not seem to be as spread out as in other books, making for some awkward chapters where nothing really important happens. It's almost as if there was lag in the book. To me it was because the authors tried to incorporate the story they were telling with the history of Cataclysm (which is finally explained in detail!).
Understanding finally what actually happened during the time of the Kingpriest was something that was speculated on for a while. Although we always knew what happened, we never really understood the events that led to the Cataclysm, which is a startling surprise!
I never really got to like Crysania, a new character introduced in the book. She never seemed to have authority and seemed blinded through the whole book. She was never really, to me, someone I wanted to read about. She sort of felt useless, although she wasn't. She stuck out as different, and not in a good way. Dalamar, a new character also, is something else. He is captivating, someone who dares stand up to higher authority. He wants something, and will sacrifice himself to get it. Dragonlance always needed someone like him: a double agent!
Raistlin, on the other hand, was THE character of the book. At the end of the Chronicles, we see him as a new person; an evil person. But that is nothing compared to the Raistlin in Time of the Twins. A ruthless and ambition man who cares nothing of the people around hime, Raistlin is at the height of his power and is as compelling as ever. Why?, is a common question that comes to mind. Who has Raistlin become? Can he succeed in his mission? He is the backbone of the book and hopefully the rest of the trilogy.
Time of the Twins was a great book, but I am hoping for more from the next two books. There seemed to be something missing in this volume, something that holds the book together. The characters are perfect, and can only become more developed. The plot is boiling, ready to explode and release some surprises, I can feel it. The writing is impeccable, the classic Weis and Hickman style never fails. There are many questions to be answered, and many more to be revealed. One of these questions is the most important in the history of Krynn. One that ultimately means the end for the world if not answered correctly.
To my surprise, other reviewers on this web site downgrade the Time of the Twins for its lack of strong characterization. Mostly, they focus on Crysania as the major letdown. However, Crysania's journey is not destined to be a fan favorite as she is the self-appointed (and self-delusioned) antithesis to Raistlin. However, I found her layer-by-layer unraveling to be one of the most interesting characterizations in the novels. Also, the novel has the most character tension in the novels, though mostly internal. Surely, the first meeting of Crysania and the newly ascendent Raistlin exudes tension and intensifies his mockery of the world he rejects ruling. Add in the machinations of Fistandantilus, the revigoration of Caramon, the introduction of Dalamar, and the novel interference of Tas, and you have some of the most unexpected character development and character driven plot of the series. As if that was not enough, we get the first extensive glimpse into the social complexities of the Orders and Istar, not to mention a superb gladiator subplot a decade ahead of Russell Crowe. Of all the Dragonlance novels, I come back to Time of the Twins the most.
Even though I already knew the conclusion to the Twins trilogy before I read the first book, and also the fact that I saw Gladiator a few tmes too many (which I thik this book definately inspired) I still felt that reading Time of Twins was more of a chore than a pleasure, compared to the other Weis Hickman books.
The writing as usual is always top notch but the main aspect of the story, the characters, which I feel is aways te strength of every DL novel, is weak in this story.
Usually when we read a Dragonlance novel we are introduced to new characters who re compelling and whether we want to or not we get attached to them. The magic of the novels are that we end up holding our breaths when one of these new characters fates are in question.
In Time of Twins we are only introduced to two major new characters one of my favorites and one of my least favorite: Dalamar and Crysiana.
Dalamar makes his first appearance in this book and though it is breif, the mystery that he gives off makes you want to read more and more about him, and luckily we get that chance in the following two Twin Books. Crysiana, who carries much of the story, is the opposite, she is a complete cliche. You can tell whatever she is going to do ten stes before she does it, which is an anomaly when compared to Weis and Hickman characters. Usually you have no clue as to what a character is going to do next, not even if they are on of your personal favorites.
Time of twins is focused on only a few characters instead of the usual ensemble cast, which makes it uniqe and gives the auhors much more of an opportunity to bring out the characters. unfortunately the two main characters that it focuses on, Caramon and Lady Crysiana, are too good natued that they are predictable and lack depth. I know many fans will argue with me on this point and they would actually be right about Caramon and Crysiana's if they aretalking about the novels which follow this one, but for Time Of twins they have very little susbstance.
Raistlin who is the most intriging character in the book is only in a few scenes. He is mainy in the background thoughout the whole book. The scenes that he is in do make up for the rest of the book.
There is even a scene were Raistlin, one of my all time favorites meets another character who is close to my heart - Lord Soth. It didnt seem like the characters would have ever met, but luckily they do in This book. That is the only pleasant surprise in all of Time of the Twins.
Even though it is my least favorite of all the Weis an Hickman books, TIme of the Twins is still a well written epic fantasy adventure. It may be lacking in its character department and may be only a stepping stone to get to the amazing conclusion in Test of the Twins, it is definately worth the read.
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