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Reviews of 'Dragons of a Fallen Sun'

Dragons of a Fallen Sun

by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
War of Souls, Volume 1


Reviews of 'Dragons of a Fallen Sun'

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Reviewer: Auralynn

Rating: Stars

The whole story was great. The way the new characters were mixed into it I thought was quite amazing. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are truly artists when it comes to taking the best things about Dragonlance and weaving new, interesting, and creative storylines into the mix. The plot was prety good, and I saw a lot of the new ideas I think they were trying to get across.


Reviewer: Cassandra Jacobs

Rating: Stars

Overall... the writing quality was excellent. Very well done and very captivating all the way through.

Mina... interesting character. I Want to know more about her. Obviously she learned under Goldmoon, but what else is there about her, that the silver dragon mirror would go after her? And who is her one god? Maybe when the world "shifted" it wound up in the "beyond" where the High God reigns?

Mina's actions are really confusing. It appears that she fights for the army of evil, but at the same time, i'm thinking she's neutral. Her actions seem to almost balance themselves out. The freeing of Silvanesti appears to be a good act, but then again, the ultimate goal of dropping the shield will enable her knights to take Silvanesti easier. But i have this sneaky suspicion she's true neutral... she doesn't seem to radiate evil or good... just power.

Goldmoon's newfound abilities to see the dead? Very freaky. None of the spirits that they've been seeing were people killed before the Chaos War right? So people that died after the war are winding up in a limbo of some sorts... giving more signs that Krynn has been cut off from every outer plane in existence. Neat.

Tas... this is the part I don't like. I'm afraid this is going to turn into a "let's pretend the Fifth Age didn't happen by sending the kender back in time to fix everything". PLEASE NO! Do what you will, but don't FIX things.

Did anyone else figure out it was Cyan Bloodbane hiding in the body of the elf? I sure as heck thought it was... that seemed like a pretty see through part. And his death? Didn't like that. I'm sure Cyan didn't partake in the dragon purge the way the other dragons did (being caught up inside the elven lands) but i still think he should have lasted longer in that fight than he did. I kind of see Cyan as an equivalent to Skie. One of those powerful dragons that is a main character and will hold that position for a long time. I'm a little disappointed to see him fall.

I loved Gilthas' acting abilities! Blew me away when he turned on the knight. I knew he was trying to act meek and mild to dissuade suspicions, but his reaction just blew me away! Beautiful handling of him.

Review made October 27th, 2000


Reviewer: Craig J. Ries

Rating: Stars

First off... where Dragons of a Fallen Sun fits in. The book cover states it's 40 SC, roughly. But with all the previous discussion about Mina's age and whatnot, it still does seem to fit anywhere in a 5 year span of 35 to 40 SC.

Mina:

Dunno how many people mentioned this, but the book does mention Mina being from the Citadel of Light, at least three years past (37 SC then). People have stated she seems very comparable to Joan of Arc. Well, I'd agree with that. I'm not sure what to make of her or her One God. The interaction between her and some of the other characters were nice...such as Cyan & Mirror. I was hoping for more from the dragons in the novel though, especially the good dragons, which have still failed to make an impression on anybody in the 5th Age.

Majeres:

Speaking of which, since we have Palin, where in the Abyss is Ulin? At least Linsha is being covered. The death of Tika, "offstage", was perfect, in my opinion, and I sort of wish Caramon went the same route, but his death wasn't so bad... Although between him and Konnal, and Flint before them, everybody's dropping of heart attacks

Not much Usha, which is ok, she was in a short story or two in the anthologies, but I know many are hoping to see Ulin. Palin, as well, has taken another personality turn. Almost seems like an older Raistlin now.

Tas:

Well, what can I say. He should still be dead. In fact, the explanation in the book still doesn't sit with me at all, plainly because he was WITH Flint beneath the tree, ie, they're both dead. Tas is clearly not a wandering soul, so in my opinion, he's from an alternate timeline where he didn't die. The whole bit about him using the device before Chaos stepped on him? You've gotta be kidding me. He wouldn't have had time.

In the end, the whole thing doesn't make any sense: no past before Chaos cause Tas wasn't stepped on? We know these are the events that happened because Tas died because he helped defeat Chaos.

I did spot the Beryl/Kenderhome mistake right off the spot. I hope this is rectified for the paperback version. Although, I'd rather just see a little notation at the bottom of the page stating the mistake instead of directly changing the text on the page.

The whole thing with Jenna talking about Dalamar as well... we had great debates over who brought down the Tower of Palanthas in Dragons of a New Age, now we are told who actually did it, or was this something not meant to be? The character walking about the Tower had a staff that presumably resembled the Staff of Magius, but Raistlin had it, so that still leaves me to believe it was the Master of the Tower. Who knows? I'm sure we'll hear more about Dalamar eventually.

Overall, it seemed like Weis and Hickman were trying to stick as many characters in the book as possible, not knowing whether or not a lot of them would be used again. Kerian, Tarn, Samar & Alhanna, the constant mentioning of Porthios (which, according to Dragons of a Fallen Sun, Porthios & Alhanna kept in contact... in Puppet King, he was pretty much considered dead), Dalamar.

Of course, new characters are always nice: I especially liked Gerard and the book continues to show the lengths both Knighthoods are willing to go to get things accomplished with all the turmoil about them. I liked Medan as well. A nice change of pace from the Knights of Takhisis we've seen in the past.

Seeing most of the old characters floating about was pretty well done (cept Tas imo), but I wonder how much longer they're gonna let some of 'em keep floating about, such as Crysania & Jenna, who are getting up there. Bertrem should already be long dead. Maybe book two can make a bit of mention to some of these things happening "offstage" so new faces keep appearing.

End result:

A very lengthy novel that I think was a bit slow to start. Much like Dragons of Summer Flame, this book covers too many things at once. However, unlike Rabe's 5th Age trilogy, this book isn't hindered by covering 30 years of material (Dragons of a Fallen Sun did well in mentioning stuff covering 40, but not having to directly cover some of it), nor is it hindered by a 300 page limit. A "long" book is about 450 pages these days, and if Dragons of a Fallen Sun had to be 100 pages shorter, there's no way it could fit in one book and still tell the same tale.

However, as usual, Weis and Hickman did a lot of things right. They have an odd fascination of loving to tear Krynn apart just to rebuild it again, but it's always interesting to watch.


Reviewer: Elijah Brooke

Rating: Stars

I feel this book was well written. The characters were blended in well and there was always a sense of feeling for the characters you encountered. I reccomend this book highly to any Dragonlance fan that is looking for a well written book.

The book did well in blending the characters together and showing the connection each had with each other. There was always a sense of feeling what the character was feeling even if it was your first time reading a book like this. It introduced the characters as if it was meant to be the first book written in the series. No part of the story was jumped into without being fully described in history and present happenings. New characters are well described. The book is written in a way that you want to keep reading the book to find out what happened to a certain character next. I would highly recommend this book to any avid reader of the Dragonlance series or even if you are looking for a new fantasy series to get into.


Reviewer: Felix

Rating: Stars

Dragons of a Fallen Sun was a great book all around. It was not the best DL book I've read, though. It was a little slow at times, but it all ended up to having a great ending.

The best part about the book was reading about Tasslehof again. It had been a long time since i read about him. It was a joy meeting him again. He has really changed. He wanted to do something thats would really help people.

The worst part about this book was reading about Caramon's death. I didn't think he was going to die like that, but i guessed he had to die sometime.

This book was longer than most other DL books, but i guessed it had to to be this good.


Reviewer: Lady Timberwolf

Rating: Stars

When I picked up Dragons of a Fallen Sun, I thought, "yes a Dragonlance Novel! A new one!!" The plot seems very well versed and the storyline was excellent. However, it wasn't what I was expecting. I got the feeling that Christian overtones where brought in to the storyline through the emergence of the One God. If it is I wish for it to be taken out.

Otherwise, as for characters, Palin seemed a bit enraged, but Tas was his onery old self, which was a delight! Goldmoon seemed displaced and Lauranna was just as sweet as ever. The elven cousins Silvashonei and Gilthas were both well written.

I think that there was bit too much emphasis placed on Mina and her march, and I feel that Palin and Tas's story should have been developed more because they held an ancient relic that could have taken these 2 on an adventure of their own rather than a meek discovery. That and the fact that Tas came back on the night of the storm... The book never dwelved into his return, except for a short interlude with Caramon. The book also mentioned that Cameron and Raistlin need to be together to move on, but that wasn't expanded much in the storyline.

Overall, I think that this is a decent novel. Not as good as the first two trilogies, but netherless an enjoyable escape from everyday life. I think Dragons of a Fallen Sun leaves a lot of loose ends that should make for an exciting adventure in the sequel!


Reviewer: Lei

Rating: Stars

I rate Dragons of a Fallen Sun a 3 star book.

Dragons of a Fallen Sun naturally was one book I had to get. When I read the book I was very intrigued, I wanted to know what was going on who was the One god?

Weis and Hickman have very much improved on their writing style. A flowing narrative which I found very enjoyable. Not too deep, simple but with double meanings aswell. The plot was suspenseful in Fallen Sun. But after this book, the 'Come. we are summoned' and the 'One god' lines did make the book a little draggy in the other books.

I thank the writers of creating unlikely heroes in the likes of an unproven knight Gerrard, the twisted Palin, Mirror and even Galdar. A stereo type of a hero is usually someone dashing and with an invincible level of swordskill, who mindlessly and predictably hacks through armies of orcs and goblins. I also admire them for not being prone to what writers nowadays like doing - emphasizing 'items' and 'magical' and too many wizards. What makes magic magical is that only a gifted and select few have it, fewer still have a better mastery of it. And as for magical objects and items - feats accomplished without are grander.

The idea of dragon overlords and their eccentric obsessions were very appealing to the reader. Reading of how the Solomnics fell, how the elves were plagued by problem after problem. Intrigued me very much. Especially the idea of the shield tree. However, a bit of humanity it seems have crept into the elves. Complaining, a desire to kill, madness, corruption and backstabbing.

These books had a lot of suspense, but was in danger of turning stale. A good ending to Tasslehoff who even if he was going to get squished by chaos had to look good. A part I liked a lot. If there was another Weis Hickman DL trilogy, I would read it.


Reviewer: Morten Brattbakk

Rating: Stars

I must say that I really enjoyed the book. I savored it, but still reading it in record-time. It is not the best Dragonlance novel Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have written, but it beats Dragons of Summer Flame by many horse-lengths. And for the first time since Dragons of Summer Flame and the year of the Fifth Age Dramatic Adventure boxed set and Jean Rabe's trilogy, I had no idea what would happen next. This had to do with the book being set in the "present", of course, but also with the unpredictability of the novel. Except for the identity of Glaucous, which I figured out pretty early, I never knew what to expect. The plot was many-faceted and complicated; I wasn't quite sure who the good guys were and who were the bad guys. The conflicts were complicated, and were so much more than good vs. evil. The intricate plots took turns that were surprising but still made sense. In those respects, Dragons of a Fallen Sun is probably one of the best Dragonlance books ever.

I had expected this book to be about the War of Souls, about Chaos, what happened to the gods etc. I was a bit surprised when the entire book was about political intrigue in the elven nations, and all I got on what I suspected this book to be about was a couple of bread crumbs to keep me interested for the next novel in the series. However, I love the storyline about elven intrigues, and I am very happy the major chunk of the book was dedicated to it.

I was glad to see how Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman incorporated so much of the material written by others into the novel. They have certainly taken the consequences of Dragonlance being a shared-world setting. The Dragon Overlords are there, so is the new magic and the Citadel of Light. There is a reference to Kaz, and the green dragon Beryl who rules Qualinesti is not forgotten. They even have included some characters from game material - like Kiryn and of course Mina - and Gilthas meets up with Tarn Bellowgranite, the Thorbardin thane from The Last Thane. Dragons of a Fallen Sun weaves itself into the tapestry of the latest Dragonlance stories. There are some inconsistencies with The Puppet King, though, and one big coincidence when it comes to Neraka; according to the Fifth Age game material and the novel Legacy of Steel it is anything but a dead valley.

The way they handled old characters were OK. Caramon finally bought the farm (it wasn't a moving death, but then I think that with his death so long overdue it couldn't possibly have been), but of course he had to say those Final Words. The Final Words are so much a cliché by now, I cringed when I realized that Qui-Gon Jinn still had life within him to breathe a couple of cheesy lines. Also, I think it is well done by Caramon to still have life in him when he fell down the stairs of the Inn of the Last Home (they are looooong) after a heart attack at the age of almost 100. However, those final words can be excused because they are so integral to the plot. A heart attack without the stairs would have been better, though, in my opinion.

Tas, I don't know, the explanation that he triggered the Device of Time Journeying the second before Chaos's foot hit him is too convenient. But Tas and his time traveling is apparently integral to the plot, and unlike Raistlin in Dragons of Summer Flame there is never too much Tas at the expense of something else. Seeing him again was a guilty pleasure, and it was handled well.

I like what they had done to Palin. I have heard someone say he was too like Raistlin, but I don't think so. The authors should be careful so that he doesn't end up like that, though. In Dragons of a Fallen Sun Palin was a far more interesting character than in any other book about Palin I've read.

The new characters (Silvanoshei, Galdar, Mina, Gerard) are OK, but not as cool and interesting as the Heroes of the Lance were. But then, that's a lot to ask. I hope the new characters get more interesting as the trilogy progresses, though.

In the opening chapters (the first 200 pages or so), there were very many descriptions of what has happened to Krynn since Dragons of Summer Flame. While those interrupted the narrative, they were necessary. I found the background on Sanction particularly interesting. Finally they have provided a Sanction history that makes sense.

So, this book was very compelling and had a terrific plot (or should I say plots), but lacked the nail-biting suspense. It had complex conflict patterns, but still they didn't rewrite what we know about Dragonlance morality. Glour, for example, was as evil and disgusting as draconians should be, not at all like the good/evil-philosophical wimps in To Convince the Righteous of the Right.

One thing I liked about this book was that it was exciting on several levels. On the one hand, I wondered "what will happen next?". At the same time, I also wondered "what the hell is going on?" We not only see what happens next in a story, we also unravel, piece by piece, a mystery (even if very few pieces were unraveled in the first novel). And both of these dimensions make up a heck of a cliffhanger.

Review made Monday March 27th, 2000 on the alt.fan.dragonlance newsgroup.


Reviewer: Mr. Half Human

Rating: Stars

I had to write this reveiw because i had read everything up to Dragons of Summer Flame, and as soon as i began reading it, i knew that reading this book was going to be more fun (and considerably less dangerous) than a barrel of kender!

Dragons of Summer Flame did the impossible: it surpassed its predecessors. After reading the chronicles and legends trilogy, i firmly beleived that no book could ever top those masterpeices.

Man, was I wrong!

Dragons of Summer Flame is the fourth part of the chronicles, but it should be read after the first three chronicles and the legends and the Second Generation. If you read Dragons of Summer Flame before readiing the legends or the Second Generation, you are going to be completely lost when you read this book.

Some people have complained that the characters, namely Tas and Raistlin, seemed to have learned little from their past experiences. My answers to these complaints are as follows: Tas is a kender. No matter what happens, he will always eventually recover and be his jolly old self again. And who says he hasn't gained emotional depth? Just because he has seen horrible things and lost many freinds doesn't mean he will always be melancholy, does it? When the sad times do come though, he shows his emotions just as strong as anybody else. And Raistlin. After he (hopefully) redeemed himself, would you really expect him to be his legends self? I dont think so. Especially towards the end i think he is acting exactly how I would act during that situation.

Despite what certain people say, this book is and absolute masterpeice. There is no flaw in this book whatsoever. This should be required reading for everyone!


Reviewer: Valthonis

Rating: Stars

If ever you're wondering weather to buy the start of one of fantasy's greatest epics then you should be probably going to the nearst bookstore and purchase War of Souls: Dragons of a Fallen Sun.

I've practically read most of the 1st story line level of of Dragonlance saga and I have to admit the authors incorporated a new twist and style towards the molding of the fist book as an introductory through the series.

I'm in no habit of spoilng plot lines or giveaways and I will just go straight towards the point of this review, Fallen Sun may not have the same granduer and magic of Chronicles, but it has a different depth and aspect new to the world of Dragonlance. So don't be disappointed if you find yourself asking more questions after Saummer Flame, because all questions will be soon answered in the War of Souls series and Fallen Sun is the great way to start the series. I give it a 4/5 overall and in the positive side it gives a better understanding and story of the epic's villains as well as its upcoming new heros. some will be thrilled to see old and new characters, others will be in greif as their very lives are taken away from the readers. on the negative side, there were no new settings incorporated in the storyline, I kinda hoped that the authors would add certain elemts from the world of krynn like Taladas.

All I can say is that prepare yourself for more fun and adventure and escape to the world of Krynn =)


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