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Dragons of Winter Night by Margaret Weis

Dragons of Winter Night (1985)

by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Tracy Hickman

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Series: Dragonlance, The Dragonlance Chronicles (2 of 3)

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The second book of the trilogy, and it's similar to the first. Lots of action, little character development. Not sure the authors really knew their characteras all that well, but for traveling long distances and fighting bad guys, it didn't seem needed. Even the major characters aren't immune from blood and the evil within. Overall, a satisfactory read and it kept me turning pages. Three and a half stars. ( )
  GunnarGrey | Jul 24, 2013 |
I'm not saying this is objectively great or anything, but it was formative to me as a teenager, and rereading it now I'm pleased by some of the complexity. ( )
  wirehead | Jul 9, 2013 |
A favorite series from my youth. ( )
  morbusiff | May 9, 2013 |
This is the second book in the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy, which I originally started because they were some of my husband's favorite books when he was in high school. I thought the first one was ok, but this one was a memorable adventure! I now see that some of simplicity in the first book was actually building a foundation for the second book.

The crew starts off on another quest for the Dragonlance in this tale. They aren't together for long before they are split into two groups after a dragon attack. One group continues the mission to find the Dragonlance while the other is left to fight the evil army trying to take over the land. I enjoyed it so much that my husband felt compelled to reread the series so we can read the last one together. ( )
  PaperbackPirate | May 7, 2013 |
My feelings about the second book in this, the original Dragonlance trilogy, mirror my reactions when reading the first. The story is fun, plot-driven with a myriad of characters; the fantasy is filled with tropes and cliches, but the irritation of predictability is alleviated because the cliches are done so well; the writing is adequate, at times clunky, but the focus is on action, not literary quality, so it worked.

Books evoke different ideas and interpretations, usually even two books in the same series, but sometimes a series feels like one big story sliced in pieces and my response to each novel can be surprisingly similar. Sometimes that can be a great thing - the story is so epic, you don't want to take a breath between reading each novel. Sometimes that can be a bad thing - the stories start to feel repetitive and I tire of them. This series falls somewhere in between, I feel. I wasn't consumed with a desire to move from one novel to the next; actually, many years passed between readings, and I had to skim the first one to remember what came before. On the other hand, I found both reads to be highly enjoyable, and acknowledged why so many fantasy fans consider this a staple of fantasy literature. How can I explain it? If you are looking for an example of the completely typical epic fantasy, with all the trimmings that might appear in that genre, then this is a series to peruse.

For my own records, I am appending a synopsis of the novel here (next time I won't need to skim, hopefully). Spoilers will certainly ensue.

This series picks up with the companions from the first novel in the series witnessing a historic moment: the dwarf clans are reuniting now that they have the might Hammer of Kharas. Apparently, in the interim between books, the companions went on another epic quest to retrieve said Hammer, but this is only referenced in the current story. (I saw from looking online that a book of lost adventures details the exploit.) Despite this triumph, everyone is concerned about the advancing Draconian armies, so the companions are dispatched to Tarsis, to see if they can use the legendary white-winged ships to seek places of refuge or help.

Nothing goes as planned, of course. Tarsis is hostile to foreigners, and Tanis, Flint, Sturm, and Tasslehoff are arrested. That becomes a moot point when the town is attacked, and quickly destroyed, by dragons. The companions are split in two groups: Tanis leads some to help the elven Lady Alhana, and Sturm gathers others to join with the Knights of Solamnia. Both groups succeed in acquiring dragon orb, and learn that these tools are fearsome objects of magic, potentially as destructive as they are helpful. Tanis and his group head to Flotsam, hoping to find safe passage to Southern Ergoth, but the Draconian armies are still searching for them. They pose as a group of traveling magicians and entertainers and accumulate enough money for renting a ship. Once in, however, Tanis runs into one of the Dragonlords, who happens to be his old lover, Kitiara. We leave that half of the companions in Flotsam, unsure of their eventual fate.

Meanwhile, Sturm and his group are marooned on Southern Ergoth, after a white dragon attacks their ship for stealing the orb from an ice palace. Laurana thinks that they will be safe, for her people are on Ergoth, but the elves are not friendly. The three different tribes are nearly at war with one another, and completely hostile to humans, who they blame for everything. Sturm and his fellow knights are not better; the Knights of Solamnia are split by bitter factions and rivalries. Nonetheless, Sturm and Laurana manage to help everyone escape the friendly imprisonment of the elves, and flee to Northern Ergoth, where the Knights have a stronghold. En route, they learn that Silvara, a member of their party, is actually a dragon in human form. She teaches them how to make the mythic Dragonlance, which comes in handy, because soon they are entrenched in a battle to save Palanthas from a huge Draconian army. It seems all is lost - over half of the Knights are slaughtered in an ill-advised attack that Sturm refuses to join - until Tasslehoff discovers another dragon orb. They use it, and are able to control the dragons and drive off the Draconians, but not before Sturm is killed in a battle with a Dragonlord. Who happens to be Kitiara. The novel concludes with a stirring account of Sturm's funeral, and Alhana's grief.

The first book ended with a wedding, the second ended with a funeral; how shall the trilogy end? ( )
  nmhale | Jan 5, 2012 |
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Margaret Weisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hickman, Tracymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hickman, Tracymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Böhm, MaritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beauvais, DenisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butler, JeffreyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Casanovas, TereTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cossatto, Gian PaoloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Critelli Júnior , Vitor RoccaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elmore, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Füssi-Nagy, GézaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mikorey, DominiqueTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my parents, Dr. and Mrs. Harold R. Hickman, who taught me what true honor is -- Tracy Raye Hickman
To my parents, Frances and George Weis, who gave me a gift more precious than life - the love of books -- Margaret Weis
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786916095, Mass Market Paperback)

Dragons of Autumn Twilight sets 'em up, and Dragons of Winter Night knocks 'em down. The second volume in Dragonlance's seminal trilogy stokes the action with a big ol' blast of dragon breath. The War of the Lance has begun in earnest, and the Companions--Tanis, Flint, the twins Raistlin and Sturm, Flint Fireforge, Goldmoon, et al.--find themselves separated across Ansalon. Everyone's figured out that Takhisis's dragon minions aren't just scary bedtime stories, and the desperate search for the Dragon Orbs and the mythical Dragonlance is on. Lots of great combat, some humor and romance sprinkled in, and more solid character development for this complex band (especially Tanis and Laurana). An excellent follow-up bookended by cliffhangers--check out Dragons of Spring Dawning to see what happens next. --Paul Hughes

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The third volume in the "Chronicles Trilogy." Dragons have returned to Krynn. A group of friends battles the evil forces--from the teeming streets of the city of Tarsis to the majestic Tower of the High Clerist--to preserve their homes, their lives, and their honor.… (more)

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