Series: Dragonlance: The Chronicles
Author Info: http://www.margaretweis.com | http://www.trhickman.com
Celebrating the 30th year of Dragonlance on Twitter, I have realized that many people haven’t read classics of the fantasy genre in the book blogger/indie author scene so I feel the obligation to review some of the great classics of the genre.
Dragons of Autumn Twilight was first published in 1984, 30 years ago. The mysterious and charismatic supporting character Raistlin Majere, whom we see the first time in this book, became a milestone and a cult character in the fantasy genre. The Dragonlance series sold millions, translated to many foreign languages and introduced many youngsters to the world of fantasy literature and role playing games. A whole generation of fantasy and role playing geeks grew up with Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms series.
This book is the first book of this classic series and it introduces us to the world (Krynn) and the main characters. The story is well paced and doesn’t let up even for a moment, it’s full of wonder and surprises. The quests and adventures the main characters go through are pretty well done. The authors used elves and dwarves, and most of the characters are typecast, hence the 4 solidus. I really have a pet peeve about Tolkien cloning. But there is an interesting original race called the Kender (not sure if this was from the D&D literature or the original creation of the authors) and one of the landmark characters of the whole fantasy genre (Raistlin.)
I am pretty sure I’d give it 5 gold solidus if I read this as a teenager 20 years ago, but unfortunately I’ve read it a bit too late in life. It is still a great read even after all the other awesome fantasy series I’ve read.
Long story short: If you are a fantasy author or a fantasy book blogger, especially a lover of YA fantasy and still haven’t read it, put everything aside and start reading now! In fact I highly recommend you to read the sequels where Raistlin really shines. Then you might become a fan and add ‘Kender’ to your Twitter bio.