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Tears of the Night Sky

by Linda P. Baker & Nancy Varian Berberick
Chaos War, Volume 2

Reviews of 'Tears of the Night Sky'

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Reviewer: Jiame

Rating: Stars

The heat... Every day it's the same, and the reason is unknown. Will it ever end? What are the gods saying, especially Paladine? The people of Palanthas are just as clueless, as Crysania, the Revered Daughter of Paladine. Slowly a quest forms: out of thin air come the Dragon Stones, magical artifacts the world has never known before. Only, to use it, one must go to the vilest place on Krynn, Neraka. Crysania embarks upon an unbelievable journey to speak to her so distant god to find out, what is wrong with the world this year.

A promising idea senslessly wasted, which could have been about a quest of faith, love and understanding the ways of good and evil. it's not even one-dimensional characters are not even pawns in an artificially generated plot - a plot of cliches as old as time itself.

This book is physically painful. All the characters, including a fifty plus woman (Crysania), a few adult mages (including Dalamar), and generally all the characters act like they have an emotional age of twelve.

The plot goes absolutely nowhere. It establishes two things: it's very, very, very HOT and Paladine, help us! All the "action" in the book leads nowhere, and it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever if our heroes make their journey. They actually and deliberately miss out on all the action of the chaos war (which, given the nature of the war, is quite a feat, actually). Even the two battle scenes are not enough to chase away the boredom.

Of course, the book is politically correct: a twenty-something desert mage can fall in love with a priestess thirty years his senior, no matter the numerous cultural differences. The story dragged along so painfully, that I couldn't even care when it got to the end - nominally, there is a climax-like episode with all the wrong and illogical twists and ludicrous scenes and still, you get the feeling, they missed out on something big.

Looking back from the end of the book, it was a completely meaningless, fruitless trip, which influenced nothing, solved nothing, had several characters die unnecessarily and the survivors made complete fools out of themselves. The whole premise of the story would have been much more interesting if they all stayed at home and fought for their city (and lost, as mentioned in the previous books) or died defending their homes.

Also included are two scenes, which appear in Dragons of Summer Flame. These shouldn't have been too hard to write (or simply copy), but they were rewritten, so it creates paradoxes: sentences deleted, said by different characters, or jumping to conclusions too fast, or by still other characters.

Ultimately, I feel that this book is as unbearable as the heat that pervades it.

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