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Amber and Blood by Margaret Weis
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Amber and Blood

by Margaret Weis

Other authors: Cam Banks (Appendix), Jamie Chambers (Appendix), Matt Stawicki (Cover artist)

Series: Dragonlance, The Dark Disciple (3)

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So after the cliff-hanger ending of the last book, I was really looking forward to learning Mina's history and what would happen with the pantheon of gods in Krynn. I've read several reviews that were disappointed with how this book was handled. We don't spend time with the Mina we've seen in the rest of the series, or even the Mina of the War of Souls. Instead, she reverts to a child. And the gods who had been so active in the other books take a step back here and pledge to leave Mina to make her own decision without influence. Of course, if you've read any of the other DL books, you know that it's pretty much impossible for them NOT to meddle. But still, the majority of this book is Mina's time with the wandering monk of Majere, Rhys, his dog Atta, and the nightstalker kender, Nightshade.

Yes, this book is a means to an end... it's the third book in a trilogy. I enjoyed reading it, but once I got to the end and thought back on what had happened, there wasn't a lot of action. The majority of it is travel from one city to the next, with Rhys and Nightshade trying to help Mina as she struggles with memories that she's blotted out. I would've liked to see more of Mina's different aspects as they tried to grapple with her past, but this book was about resolution, and that's what happens. I wasn't expecting the ending, but I found it all very fitting. Mina reminds me very much of Neil Gaiman's character Delirium... it's hard to not feel sad when you read about it, though I think that Mina exercises a greater sort of control over herself. I also liked learning more about Valthonis.

In the War of Souls trilogy, and again in this series, I liked the interaction between mortals and immortals. The gods are not as all-knowing as they'd like their followers to think. They're petty and emotional and go beyond their stereotypes. I never thought I'd like Zeboim, but if this series did anything, it made me love her... she's such a bitch! I also enjoyed seeing Gerard and Galdar (*sigh*) again, particularly with their continued disdain for all things holy. It's an interesting time on Krynn, and I'm looking forward to more.

Oh, my one gripe is the ridiculous amount of typos. It made me weep... there were spelling errors and missing words galore. To make matters worse, paragraphs were repeated, lines of action were missing (Valthonis goes from standing and staring at Mina to suddenly knocked unconcious without any mention of her hitting him?), and fights scenes with random weapon changes. I know it sounds nit-picky... but it's been a long time since I've read a book where the typos ruined the mood so much. Since this was coming from an author I enjoy and she's not new to writing/publishing, I was a bit surprised. Now here's hoping I don't have awful typos in my review. :) ( )
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Banks, CamAppendixsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chambers, JamieAppendixsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escap death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from the.

My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786950668, Mass Market Paperback)

The Dark Disciple's story, now complete!

In this paperback edition of the concluding volume of the Dark Disciple trilogy, Mina learns the truth about herself and the terrible knowledge drives her insane. Rhys, the monk of Majere, accompanied by his dog Atta and the kender Nightshade, is given the dangerous assignment of guarding the crazed god, escorting her on a long, strange journey to the mysterious place known as Godshome, where Mina hopes to find the answer to the riddle of her existence. Their path is fraught with peril, for the undead Beloved want to make Mina their leader, even as the death knight Krell wants to seize her and Galdar tries to deliver Mina to her most hated enemy.

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"The world of Krynn ever holds new surprises for the unwary, but the revelation that a mortal who dedicated her life first to the One God and then to Chemosh is a god herself goes beyond surprise. For Mina, it goes all the way to her own insanity at the revelation." "The gods are in an uproar, for Mina holds the potential to upset the balance of power in heaven. The gods of Darkness and of Light are all eager to claim her as one of their own. But Mina, enigmatic and mysterious as ever, has her own plans - regardless of what the gods might want and connive at." "The final installment in the Dark Disciple trilogy is written by author Margaret Weis, co-creator of the world of Dragonlance."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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