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The Chronicles retold--from evil's point of view. The story starts in Neraka, where Kitiara uth Matar and Emperor Ariakas hatch a plan to retrieve a dragon orb and thereby destroy Solamnia and the Companions in one fell swoop.
But the guardian of the dragon orb, Highlord Feal-Thas, disagrees with this plan. Kitiara must go to Ice Wall to force him to accept Ariakas' will, b The Chronicles retold--from evil's point of view. Kitiara must go to Ice Wall to force him to accept Ariakas' will, but her journey does not end there. Thrown out of favor, she conceives a daring plan to enlist the aid of the most feared beings on Krynn--Lord Soth and the Dark Queen. Meanwhile, Laurana and the Companions retrieve the dragon orb and take it back to Solamnia--not knowing that they bring their allies' doom with them.
The second volume of a new trilogy from celebrated authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, The Lost Chronicles details the famed War of the Lance from the perspective of the evil that menaces Krynn.
The books are written in such a way that they will be marvelous complements to the original Chronicles, while at the same time accessible and exciting to new readers Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
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Another decent supplementary novel in the Dragonlance universe. This one deals with the tension between the various highlords as well as the Knights of Solamnia, with Kitiara Uth Matar as the main protagonist. Strangely, Weis and Hickman's writing is better in these lost chronicles than the original ones. Unfortunately, the story is not as epic and thus it's more difficult to forget the series' flaws.
Nevertheless, I am glad I chose to come back to this setting once more. It will probably happen Another decent supplementary novel in the Dragonlance universe. It will probably happen again in the future. View 2 comments. These new ish books fill in the blanks on some very important moments This one was mostly about Kitiara.
View all 7 comments. This review aims to be spoiler free, but there are some minor plot points discussed.
All of which are described on the back of the book, but if you wish to know zero details, consider yourself warned. I genuinely enjoy the Dragonlance series, particularly the books by Weis and Hickman. I accept that for the most part they are not great books though I would make an argument for The Soulforge but they are consistently entertaining.
I suspect that this may be strongly influenced by nostalgia. It is with great reluctance that I state that I simply do not like this book. Stories that characters mentioned but the reader never got the chance to experience. Going back and filling those gaps several years later seemed an interesting idea. I read the previous book Dragons of the Dwarven Depths when it first came out, and was rather unimpressed. The characters also seemed somewhat off, which made sense given the gap in years since they had written the original Chronicles series.
With all that said, I enjoyed it well enough and gave it 3 stars. The same flaws from the previous book remained, but again, this one filled me with some nostalgia. Once more, I felt like I was visiting old friends… at least in the moments they were actually in the book. That is very accurate here, where she plays a less interesting character simply driven by jealousy, who seems to give up all her schemes just to try to get revenge on Laurana.
While Kit always seemed the jealous type slight understatement this gets to the ridiculous point where she gets called out on it by other characters at how she seems to be throwing away all her well laid schemes. After a while it just got frustrating.
As for Derek Crownguard… I think I am not alone when I say that he is one of the most irritating characters in the original series.
To have the book focus around him so largely is enough to make one lose their patience with the book quite quickly. He is still an annoying character who thinks he knows better than everyone and unlike Raistlin who suffers from a bit of that as well clearly demonstrates time and again that he knows nothing. It makes an already annoying character worse as they try to defend some of his actions despite saying that he is obliviously in the wrong.
Also, some of his actions make no sense from a plot standpoint. For example, early on he seeks out Tasslehoff so he can gain information on the Dragon Orbs. After Tas gives him the information, Derek is adamant that Tas needs to stay with him, going to great lengths to keep him with his group and becoming threatening any time he tries to leave.
Tas gave him the information. So what was the point of that? Short answer: because they needed some of the old companions to be in the novel. They had to find a reason for Tas, Sturm and the others to travel with the knights. The Tas situation is introduced simply to get the two parties together.
Enough complaining. Are there good things in the novel? Yeah, the scenes where Kit goes to meet Lord Soth are interesting and the highlight of the book. Sadly they last about 30 pages and the book is pages long. Secondly, the above-mentioned Lord Soth section would have made an excellent short story if expanded upon. Finally, nostalgia. As I stated at the start, I loved this series as a kid, and though I did not care for this volume, I still love the series as a whole now.
There is a third book in the Lost Chronicles series. I will read it despite being only okay with the first book and disliking this one…. Because unlike these two, it answers one of the missing chapters I always wondered about as a kid. Whatever did Raistlin do during his missing time in the third novel? Hopefully that one will be not only a nostalgia kick, but also a fitting return to the world of Krynn.
I'm pleasantly surprised by this book because it mostly concerns Kitiara uth Matar, a character I never like in the Dragonlance Chronicles. However, Weiss and Hickman do a good job here of making Kit into a solid protagonist. Giving their readers insight to Kit's decisions and struggles is smart, considering that her actions are generally despicable.
Being inside her world, though, the reader is able to understand her better and to appreciate the battles faced by "the other side. She does things that no other character can or even will do. She's pretty cool, actually. Feal-Thas, the dark elf mage, is another character I wouldn't expect to like. Seeing why he is so angry and sarcastic, so utterly selfish, allows the reader moments of, if not sympathy, understanding. I found him more interesting than other characters in the DL world.
Dragons of the Highlord Skies
Cancel anytime. Raistlin Majere has become a Black Robe wizard and travels to Neraka, the lord city of the Dark Queen, ostensibly to work for her, though in reality he means to further his own quest for power. But Takhisis finds out that the dragon orb has entered her city and sends her draconians to find and destroy the wizard who has it in his possession. Before her agents can strike, though, Raistlin finds out that Takhisis means to take control of all wizardly magic. The companions believe they have slain the evil Dragon Highlord Verminaard. They have rescued the refugees from Pax Tharkas and taken them to a valley in the Kharolis mountains. Years have passed since the end of the War of the Lance.
Re-reading Dragonlance: Dragons of the Highlord Skies
As Kitiara , the feared Blue Lady, sets in motion a plot that will take three Solamnic knights to Icereach in search of a dragon orb , her rival, Laurana , begins a journey toward destiny when she and her friends Sturm , Flint , and Tasslehoff , join the knights in their perilous quest. But it is Kitiara who faces the crucial test. No one who has ever ventured into that dread place has returned alive to tell about it. But Kit must either face Soth or face her own execution at the hands of her Queen. The Companions Are Back -- but so are their enemies! This book follows the travels of two warriors from both sides of the War of the Lance during the winter lull in battle of AC. Both are on quests to advance their positions in their respective armies and each ends up in the frozen land of Icereach searching for a legendary artifact called the Dragon Orb.