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Reviews of 'City of the Lost'

City of the Lost

by Mary Herbert
The Linsha Trilogy, Volume 1


Reviews of 'City of the Lost'

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Reviewer: Cassandra Jacobs

Rating: Stars

Book 1 of a trilogy, City of the Lost begins several years after the events in Clandestine Circle. Linsha is now stationed in a Solamnic Circle in a city called Mirage, also known as the Forgotten City. The War of the Souls has not yet started, but will be very soon.

The brass Dragon Overlord Iyesta is the ruler of the city, but she's benevolent and a good friend to Linsha. She entrusts the knight with information about the brass dragon eggs below the city and asks her to care for them, a promise that Linsha accepts, not realizing the repercussions of such an oath. Working with the Legion of Steel, the city guard, and the dragon's personal guard, Linsha creates a large network of friends and supporters who are loyal to the city and the dragon. Unfortunately, this doesn't bode well with one of the commanders of the Solamnic garrison, an unbending and cruel man named Remmik, who would love to see Linsha out of the knighthood for her wayward ways.

Then the storm that covers Ansalon hits, heralding the coming of the War of the Souls. Through no fault of her own, Linsha barely survives an ambush that took place during the storm, but Remmik takes the opportunity to place the death of the head commander on her and sentences her to death... not a fitting idea for a city that's just about to fall under siege.

Within several days of Linsha's conviction, an army of brutes and mercenaries, headed by the blue Dragonlord Thunder attack the city. With Iyesta dead by the blue dragon and the city's forces unprepared and unsupported by the knights, it's not difficult for the invaders to capture the city and break the will of the defenders.

With the help of Crucible, the bronze dragon from Clandestine Circle, the escaped defenders do put up some resistance and are able to emerge somewhat victorious at the end, but the city still remains in the hands of the enemy and the question remains... where are the brass dragon eggs?

My only complaint about this book is the classic "good guy with a bad attitude" which is represented in the Solamnic Knight, Remmik. I've seen this plot line way too many times in the past... someone who's supposed to be a representative of good has aspects to his personality that makes him nearly corrupt. His dedication to the rules of the Knighthood are a detriment to the Solamnic circle and the knights underneath him, leading him to run a trial of corruption to condemn Linsha to death. Over time, this kind of person becomes stale, boring, and unbelievable.

Other than that, this is an excellent book, with an ending that easily leads into the events in the second book.

Review made November 30th, 2005.


Reviewer: Darlaten

Rating: Stars

Synopsis of Story (Minor Spoilers Ahead)

In a the city on the edge of the world, an uneasy peace exists between a Brass Dragon Overlord and an ambitious Blue Dragon Overlord. In the midsts of this peace are the Knights of Solamnia, the Legion of Steel, and the population of a unique city that, unbeknownst to them, will soon feel the wraths of war. The story opens with an explosive beginning with Linsha Majere, Knight of the Rose, being shot by centaur named Leonidas. But this is not the worst ordeal that Linsha will have to face. When the Brass Dragon Overlord Iyesta mysteriously disappears, Linsha is forced to choose between her vow as a Solamnic Knight and a vow she gave Iyesta—to protect the dragon eggs that she had been gaurding. Worse than that, Linsha is accused of murdering a high ranking member of the Knights of Solamnia; thus she is charged with treason and scheduled for execution.

Now, Linsha must not only fight for her freedom but she must also fight to protect the dragon eggs. To complicate matters, with Iyesta gone, Thunder, the Blue Dragon Overlord, makes his move against the Missing City and launches an attack that will forever change the city's future. To make matters worse still, a force of invaders that has not been seen since the time of the Chaos War appears to be in league with Thunder. They are the Brutes! Will the Knights of Solamnia be able to deal with the oncoming threat of the Brutes and Thunder or will their own Oath and Measure be their downfall? Will the Legion of Steel, with it's network of spies and associates, be able to aid the city in its' time of need? Does the Missing City mark the first victory for the Brutes as they make their presence known on Ansalon? And will Linsha be able to save herself, the dragon eggs, her friends, and the city that she has grown to love?

These questions are just some of things that readers can look forward to in City of the Lost. This novel is an adventure that will have readers sitting on the edge of their seats from the very first page to the last. Succintly put—this book is a must read.

What I liked about this book?

1) Mary H Herbert has created a substantial, compelling, and intriguing, storyline that Dragonlance fans will find rewarding. This is a story that moves at a quick pace yet never seems to lose track of the main plot line. The characterizations are believeable and there are pleny of suprises in store. There's also a mystery on hand—just who is the spy that the Brute General referred to?

2) This book illustrates the vastness of the world of Dragonlance, e.g., a detailed discussion on the origins of the Missing City or Gal Tra'Kalas as the Silvanesti founders called it before the Catacylsm; the introduction of a truly evil weapon—the Abyssal Lance which was created by dwarven smiths of Highlord Ariakas; a thorough discussion into the development and political structure of the Legion of Steel; the inclusion of an elementalkin—the Water Weird—a character that very rarely get's used in a Dragonlance novel; and the reintroduction of the Brutes in more detail then any other previous Dragonlance novel. These are just some of things that the reader can look forward to.

3) Mary H. Herbert references other Dragonlance novels; specifically, The Odyssey of Gilthanas, The Clandestine Circle, Dragon's Bluff, and Dragons of a Fallen Sun. The characterization of Linsha along with the description of the Missing City that was in the Odyssey of Gilthanas matches nicely with what is presented in City of the Lost. Varia, Hogan Bight, Cruicible, all characters featured in The Calendestine Circle, are key components in City of the Lost. Even Ulin and Lucy's adventures in Flotsam are described. Lastly, we have the magical storm and references to a girl warrior—all key points in Dragons of a Fallen Sun. With the inclusion of information from these previous novels, City of the Lost manages to tie the world of Dragonlance together.

What I did not like about this book

1) There were a number of spelling errors in the first half of the book. This seems to be occuring in many of the newer books being published by Wizards of the Coast. The editing department needs to start making a serious attempt at correcting this issue.

2) Sir Remmik is one character that may get on your neves and, as a result, may get in the way of the story for you. Simply put—he is the most annoying Knight of Solamnia that you will ever meet. I can not really say much for fear of spoiling this book; however, if anyone wanted to know why the Knights of Solamnia are in trouble; all they would have to do is meet Sir Remmik. Though something funny does happen to him towards the end!

3) There wasn't a map of the Missing City or the land surronding it. While certainly not a major issue, a map of the city and then lands would have been helpful as the geography of the lands and the physical streets are very much at the centre of City of the Lost. If people are interested in seeing a small map of the Missing City, there is one on p. 238 in the Odyssey of Gilthanas.

Conclusion

City of the Lost, which is the first book in The Linsha Trilogy, is, arguably, one of the strongest fifth age stories created. With a strong plotline, intriguing politics, powerful dragons, and inclusion of the Brutes, this book has everything. Fans who have stayed away from fifth age storylines would be well encouraged to read this novel. City of the Lost is what the fifth age is all about.


Reviewer: Zafrir Grosman

Rating: Stars

Linsha Majere is in a world full of troubles! First of all, she almost lost her place in the knighthood after her adventure in Sanction, and now she is stuck between two major forces in the Missing City. The Missing City is ruled by the benevolent brass dragon overlord Iyesta, but the evil blue dragon Thunder always want some of it for itself, so when the Night of the Storm hits Krynn, the city suffers a grievious blow. But did the culprit was Thunder, or someone even more sinister?

First in the Linsha Trilogy, it's a good book, full of fights and action, and also a mystery and shows us a place that was seldom viewed, like the kingdoms of Iyesta and Thunder and we get to meet the famous Legion of Steel. But the book is not without flaws, the major is spelling and grammer errors that mar the frequent reading and the sometimes illogical plot. But nevertheless, the book is good and I'd enjoyed it. It was a nice spin-off to the War of Souls Trilogy.


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