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Reviews of 'Kendermore'

Kendermore

by Mary Kirchoff
Preludes, Volume 2


Reviews of 'Kendermore'

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Reviewer: Darlaten

Rating: Stars

Kendermore is part of the Preludes series, which features the stories of the companions during the five years prior to the Chronicles Trilogy.

Synopsis:

In Part One of Kendermore, the story starts off at the Inn of the Last Home where Tasslehoff, Flint, and Tanis are discussing where they will be going. Unfortunately for Tasslehoff, a dwarf bounty hunter by the name of Gisella shows up seeking to return Tasslehoff to Kendermore. The reason - an arranged marriage! To ensure that Tasslehoff returns, his famous Uncle Trapspringer is being held in prison in Kendermore. From this beginning, Tasslehoff, Gisella, and Woodrow, a human assistant to Gisella, set off on a course to Kendermore. Their journey in part one deals with misleading maps, gully dwarves, and the "borrowing" of a boat.

Meanwhile, back in Kendermore, a human named Phineas meets up with Uncle Trapspringer. Trapspringer exchanges half a map with Phineas, which shows a hidden treasure in an area called the Ruins. Unfortunately for Phineas, Tasslehoff has the other half of the map. Damaris Metwinger, the Kender who Tasslehoff is supposed to get married to has gone off to the Ruins to explore. She has also decided not to get married to Tasslehoff. Realizing that if Damaris does not want to marry Tasslehoff, he will not return to Kendermore with the other half of the map; Phineas and Trapspringer set off to find her. Lastly, an assassin named Denzil has learned about the map, the treasure, and Tasslehoff. He begins to hunt for Tasslehoff in order to obtain the map.

In Part two of the story, Tasslehoff, Gisella, and Woodrow arrive at the dwarven village of Rosloviggen. The village is full of adventure and intrigue as it is the time of Oktoberfest celebrations. During the celebrations, two gnomes, whose life-quest is to preserve one of every animal on Krynn, capture Tasslehoff. While captured, Tasslehoff meets Winnie the Woolly Mammoth. I wont spoil the book by telling you what happens during the rescue attempt except to say that it's very intense and surprising.

Back in Kendermore, Phineas and Trapspringer discover that Damaris might be inside the fifth Tower of High Sorcery. Fearing that she is in trouble, they venture into the grove surrounding the Tower. Eventually they succumb to the magical effects of the grove surrounding the tower. However, they are saved by a very un-ogre like ogre named Vinsint.

In the third and final part of the story, Phineas, Trapspringer, Damaris end up trapped in a different plane where everything is made out of candy! Here they meet a number of Kender, all of who have been trapped for a long period of time. The Dark Queen is watching the gateway to this plane. Will she be able to use it to enter the Prime Material Plane?

In the meantime, Tasslehoff and Woodrow set out to return to Kendermore to rescue Uncle Trapspringer. The action and events in the third part of the story move quite quickly. I wont spoil the story by summarizing it except to say that in part three, the story is darker with a lot more action. There are plenty of surprises in store for the reader.

What I liked about the book:

(1) The characterization of Woodrow, Gisella, and Vinsint are excellent. These three, out of all the characters in this book, seemed to be the most real. Woodrow in particular grows in a unique way. A short story featuring his endeavors after the events in Kendermore would be nice.

(2) At last we know what really happened regarding Tasslehoff and the woolly mammoth!

(3) The inclusion of a small background story regarding Flint's grandfather Reghar Fireforge and the Dwarfgate Wars was very touching. Not only does it shed light on Flint Fireforge but also helps establish continuity within the historical world of Dragonlance.

(4) The description of Kendermore along with all of its rules and regulations was fascinating - although some parts were unbelievable. Who would have thought Kenders would require arranged marriages in order to procreate; after all they seem to be everywhere!

What I didn't like about the book:

(1) As readers may have determined from the synopsis above, the story is extremely complicated with numerous characters and plots/subplots. Parts of the book are unclear - sometimes needlessly so.

(2) The summary printed at the back of the book is wrong. There is no "capricious wizard" looking to pickle every creature on Krynn. Rather, it is two gnomes. Hopefully this will be correct when the book is reprinted in 2003.

(3) The maps in my copy of the book were poorly drawn. You could not make out the names of town or villages. Perhaps it was only my copy; however, if not, it would be nice for clearer maps to be included in the reprint.

(4) Denzil is half-orc. As there are not supposed to be Orcs on Krynn, one wonders how the editors would have passed this detail!

(5) Kender in general. The actions and comments of a number of Kender throughout the book did not seem Kenderlike. Tasslehoff at times reminded me of a human instead of a Kender.

Kendermore, which was written by Mary Kirchoff, is an enjoyable read. At times, however, it can be confusing. But once readers get to the end of the book, everything will make sense. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a little more Kender in their life.


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