I am deep in the nostalgia having finished this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read this trilogy in such quick succession. Which has given me a good perspective on them as a whole. Now it’s on to Dragonlance Legends.
Title: Dragons of Spring Dawning
Series: Dragonlance Chronicles; Vol. 3
Author: Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
ROTS Setting: UU, Medieval, Higher Magic, Dragons
Synopsis: The conclusion of the first Dragonlance trilogy. The companions are still separated but fate would see them together at the end, just as they had been in the beginning. Will the plans of the Dark Queen come to fruition or will the balance be maintained?
Recommendation: Adult, maybe late teens. Any admirer of high fantasy should be familiar with this series.
Holy exposition Batman!
The first half of this book was almost pure exposition and those few places that weren’t felt false and forced. Definitely the worst part of all three books, combined. And it took forever to get through!
But the ending was good. I won’t say great or really good because after slogging through the first half I couldn’t wait for it to be done. This leaves me mildly unsatisfied.
As for the trilogy as a whole the biggest issue is the exposition and the time jumps. There are some big things that happened that were just glossed over. These are mostly taken care of in the Lost Chronicles but it’s still something that affected my read through.
The love triangle was also very poorly handled but that just means it’s like most love triangles. It also is why Tanis is my least liked character. If he’s not self flagellating then he’s thinking about the woman he’s not with. Laurana takes a bit of dive in this last book too, but is still the character with the most growth and that puts her high on my list. The Brothers Majere are fan favorites for a reason, especially with what they go through in this book. Tika is ok……ya, that’s about it for her. Nothing good or bad. Tas is amazing as always and he’s just crazy enough to be fun and just clever enough to be compelling. Sturm filled his purpose. Flint felt generally unneeded but his experience and maturity often allowed the voice of reason to be at least spoken if not heeded. Kitiara was…..perfect. A solid antagonist with complexity and depth beyond most of the companions.
The over all plot was really, really good. Other than the jumps and exposition, I feel it had a lot to say and conveyed many ideas and concepts on multiple levels. Yes, it’s mostly a story about Good vs Evil but also more.
Lastly, the world of Kyrnn is one that I can never truly get away from. This is my Middle-Earth, my Hogwarts, my galaxy far-far away, and my Alpha Quadrant. For all it’s faults and cliches…..it has shaped who I am and my views on life.
And I love it.
Coming Soon Dragonlance Legends >>