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Reviews of 'Dragons of Summer Flame'

Dragons of Summer Flame

by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
The Second Generation, Volume 2


Reviews of 'Dragons of Summer Flame'

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Reviewer: Beth Edwards

Rating: Stars

I must agree with Lawrence. It was everything I loved yet not what I wanted. The characters didn't seem to have learned from their past experiences and had matured very little. Tas seemed to have grown slightly out of his kender ways by the end of the Legends Trilogy, and seemed to care about things more then other kender. In this one when we first meet him where is he? In a jail cell in Palanthas! (I think it was Palanthas or was it Sancrist...?) But don't you think that he might have learned to keep his kender paws off of things? Yet he did get a certian amount of respect from the other prisoners. Only near the end of the book did I see any maturity from him. In most DL books I would label him my favorite character, but he's shown no character growth and didn't win the honor in this book.

Another thing: Dalamar. He seems to flip from bad to good too quickly, too often. He's a character I truly have a problem with. Sometimes I think he's okay, other times I want to throttle the darn elf!

And that chick (Justaruis's daughter) Jenna I think her name was. In love with Dalamar? Mages in love? Why does that not work? Are mages not (especially such powerful ones) supposed to love their magic first? Was the art not supposed to be thier lover, their spouse, their parent, their child? I'm pretty confused about that one.

Steel Brightblade. I thought he was an interesting character, caught between his father's and mother's spirits. His character gave the story an interesting twist. I find him to be quite a bit like Tanis: caught between two worlds, yet finding acceptance and gaining respect. I honestly thought he wasn't too bad for a bad guy. He was quite respectful to all of the 'good' characters he interacted with, execpt Tasslehoff. The one part in the book I will never be able to forget is when Steel yanked Tas's topknot. I think that's like smacking a happy child.

I was also quite disappointed by the death of so many characters. I myself am a writer (not professionally yet, considering I'm only 14) and I realize that death enhances the meaning of something, and I respect that, as I have killed off characters in my stories. But I had four characters I liked above the others for varying reasons and three of them died and Raistlin (my fourth) went back to the Abyss.

I also enjoyed the gods having so much of a role in this book. (It's a whim of mine that those in power become personally involved in the affairs of those beneath them.) I enjoyed the story of the Greygem in such depth and the conference the gods held in the Abyss. What really threw me off is the gods of the moons. I assume Weis and Hickman came up with that and figured we wouldn't notice so much if they threw them in. We noticed.

Overall I enjoyed this book, yet hoped for more character devolpment and growth. It will not stop me from reading any more DL books that come out.


Reviewer: Felix

Rating: Stars

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have returned to the Dragonlance world to once again change it and astound their readers. They have brought with them new characters, a new generation, to continue where their fathers and mothers left off. Though some of the classic characters from the War of the Lance are still very much bursting with life, we can tell that their time on Krynn is coming to an end.

Although the torch is being past down, there are some new characters with very interesting personalities. Palin Majere, for one, is discovering himself, understanding how he must fulfill his life. Steel Brightblade, is torn apart by his lineage and tries to understand who he must become. The connection between the characters in the book are very well developed. Each character seems to have an important meaning; a purpose.

With a world that is on the brink of change, Weis and Hickman continue to expand the world of Krynn. Dragons of Summer Flame brings in my opinion shows the one thing that had always been vague about the world of

Dragonlance: the relationship between the Gods and their creations. We see how one impacts the other, and understand the love, caring, hate and deceit that the Gods have for the mortals as well as for each other. We see the struggles the gods have and how it reflects those of mortals. The Gods were truly involved in this book.

This relationship brought an interesting element to a book that was at times a slow paced adventure. The story started off strong, with a real feeling of the hard times that the people of Krynn were going through. The story seemed to send a sense of urgency... that some bubble was ready to burst. But as the story went on, the feeling of a whole world in trouble slipped into the troubles of one man. The focused changed, and did not continue along the great pace it began on.

The ending, though, was brilliant. Everything came together, and that sense of a united urgency returned, making it enthralling once again. Many died, but many lived. Hope on Krynn was dwindling. Faith was faltering. There seemed to be no reason to live. I loved the way the authors ended the story.

Everything came together. All the plots were unraveled. This ending was a sad one. It finally looked as if Weis and Hickman prepared the world so that they can leave it, and continue on to other worlds.

The story leaves us unsure about the future of the lives of the people of Krynn. I am unsure what is ahead, but certainly it cannot come without hard work. I am not sure I agree with the ending, or maybe I just don't understand it. But it will change the way we see the world of Dragonlance, and the way the characters see their world.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman continue to astound us by writing a story that holds a great weight on its binding. This book was a great read.

Detailed to perfection, taking in all the aspects of a story into account, providing us with deep character plots that give a whole new meaning to love and sacrifice. This is all done with stunning brilliance, even as I feel the authors' writing style begin to change. Their writing hold more experience within it... more understanding. You could say over 20 years, their skills have matured. It is not better or worse, it's different.

Dragons of Summer Flame was not what I had expected to be. Being the first novel by Weis and Hickman for some time, I believe I expected a little more.

The book seemed a little long at times, but with great instances throughout.

The focused changed too drastically leaving me with a taste for more. There seemed to be so little happening at times, when in fact things were happening all over the world! Things I wanted to understand and read about.

Sometimes they felt more important than what was actually happening. The story lost some of its importance.It was a great story enveloped in a somewhat disappointing book.


Reviewer: Tasselmarsh Sothfoot

Rating: Stars

Steel Brightblade - my favorite Dragonlance character - is in only two Weis and Hickman Books: the first is The Second Generation, but he is only introduced in that book and has a very minor role. In Dragons of a Summer Flame Steel gets his chance to shine. He is a member of the Knigts of Takhisis, who play a major role in the book. Both Steel and the knighthood are so appealing because they are truly balanced characters. The theology and Philosophy of Dragonlance is based on balance and Steel and the Knights of Takhisis are the perfect examles. Noble Knights who fight for an evil cause. For me this is where the book has its strength. Because of this unique concept i find it to be the most interesting Dragonlance book I ever read.

I talk about Steel the most, but he is not the only remarkable character in the book, there are at least a dozen more in Summer flame who are so interesting that they not only deserve thei own books but heir own series of Adventures. Among them is the main villain of the story: Chaos.

He and his minions would have to be the coolest fatasy villians I have ever read about. Weis and Hickman must have let their imaginations stretch far and wide as well questioning themselves eternally about the concepts of good and evil before they wrote this masterpeice.

Summer Flame also has not one, but two very unexpected surprises. For the second surprise I had to put the book down, pick it up again and reread just to make sure I had read correctly. Dont worry Im not that cruel that i would ruin it for you.

The book has all this plus the most detailed and intense battles of the series. We meet old friends (tas plays a major role in the book) We meet new and compelling characters (Steel, Chaos, Arikan) and we even get a chance to see Ansylon through new eyes (the new character Usha isnot from Ansylon) . This is by far the best Dragonlance book written By Weis and Hickman!


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