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I gave the original series all 4s as I devoured them as a long-ago youth and Raistlin is one of my all-time memorable characters. This annotated collection is the best way to keep these books on my shelf.
At close to 1300 pages this should count as 3 books as it originally was but this is a nitpick for my reading challenge. As for the book itself this is the best of the 3 trilogies in Dragonlance but I give it 4 stars because this annotated edition had too much of only one authors world view. Very little was said by anyone but Hickman. This made it a little less interesting. The story itself is up there with the best of the genre, but you need to read the first trilogy to get the full effect.Well...
Very enjoyable book! I thought I had read this before, but if so, I'd forgotten every last bit. Finished this one much faster than Chronicles, which lends credibility to my greater enjoyment.
I read the Chronicles and Legends when I was a kid. Immediately hooked. Of all the characters, Raistlin was probably the most intriguing, for obvious reasons--much like Darth Vader in Star Wars was whom I wanted to hear more about, Raistlin, though playing a pivotal role in Chronicles, was still not in the spotlight nearly enough for me. So when Legends came out, my parents and neighbors furnished me with copies to devour over the summer. It took me a while to get around to rereading them as an
The trilogy of anointed legends.Takes us to the fantasy realm of merkel.There the twins one a wizard one a warrior.Theres a cast of side characters. A cleric.Then part one the twins were born.They were mystical.There life threatens by time travelers.An evil mogul wizard. Sorceres. Magic.Then the twins on a mission To save the realm. Despite time travlers.They have to time travel like chrono trigger.Then theres a large tower and an orb.They battle the evil wizard.Then there masters of there power...
Full review here:https://jamesgenrebooks.blogspot.com/...But yes, the focus on everyone's hubris and personality flaws is painful all the way around, even with a "happy ending". In terms of the Annotations, Ms. Weis doesn't say as much in the book as she did in the Chronicles, while Mr. Hickman expands quite a bit on Campbell and his view of the characters, and how all of this sets up the further revealed cosmology in the next trilogy after the horrible book. Still worth reading.
The first time I read these books was when they were first published back in the 80's. I remember waiting for weeks for them to arrive at my local bookstore. (Life before Amazon) I love the characters and the setting. For me, the first two series in Dragonlance, Chronicles and Legends, are more compelling than The Lord of the Rings. That's saying a lot!
Although at times this trilogy comes off to me as very good fan fiction, endlessly extolling the grandeur of the beloved Raistlin Majere (yet somehow avoiding turning him into a Gary Stu) nostalgia won't let me give this fewer than four stars. But goggles or no, if you love epic fantasy this should at least be worth your time, if not become one of your more cherished fictions.
I love the annotations that show where they got ideas, and links to other books, reoccurring themes as well. I very much enjoyed reading this edition that has so many wonderful insights into the behind the scenes of writing and inspiration.
This is good, but dark at times. I love the character of Raistlin. He's a good character, but he's also evil. It is a good story. I've always loved the characters in Dragonlance, so when bad things happen to them (duh, it's going to happen), I get sad. I know this is a lame review, but I'm tired.
Probably my favorite trilogy. At the very least, top 3.
20 years later, this is still really good. Surprising in such a good way. Maybe it's just the twins are good characters, but the writing is story is just way better than it needs to be.
One of the best fantasy books I read growing up. Spent an entire hour finding this so that I remember the title and may reread it.
The Legends Trilogy definitely deserves a 5-star rating. I rate this edition as 3-star strictly because of the annotations.Legends follows up the great Chronicles trilogy, with Raistlin, Caramon, and Tas embarking on a time-traveling adventure with enormous consequences for the entire world of Krynn. The story takes on a much more personal feeling in Legends, with the focus being narrowed to a few key characters and the plot seemingly less epic than the previous trilogy (even though the events h...
With one very obvious exception, I haven't read a Dragonlance novel since 2 weeks in 7th grade when I devoured them in quick succession. My favorite character, however, admittedly was Raistlin - a fact which has had somewhat troublesome consequences for almost any character I myself attempt to make up. They all come up somewhat slimy and double-crossing: but I can't help it, I don't find a righteous anger as interesting as someone with a nasty dark secret and something to atone for.That said, wh...
The story of the Dragonlance Legends is far superior to that of the Chronicles, which are also gems in the sea of sub-par literature known as Dungeons and Dragons Genre Novels.However, the fact that this version is annotated actually takes away from an otherwise decent quick read. The annotations take you away from the text of the story to read little tidbits thrown in by the authors. These tidbits do little to enhance the story, though. Mainly they paint Tracy Hickman as an author that thinks t...
I have held off a bit on reviewing this omnibus of the Legends trilogy because I'm a little torn in how I want to describe my feelings on re-reading this series. I love Dragonlance. It is one the quintessential fantasy realms that I read early on that sit at the foundation of my love of the genre as whole in all mediums (written, art, film, gaming, etc.) I feel that the Legends trilogy is extremely well-written (maybe the best writing that Weis and Hickman have done) and as an overall arching st...
I originally read this in middle school, and while I've reread Chronicles a number of times, I hadn't reread Legends since then. So while I remembered, sort of, how the series ended, there were a lot of details that I didn't remember, so it was almost like I was reading it for the first time. Almost.Now, I admit that the DragonLance books aren't the best written and very much show their origins as a D&D campaign. However, with both Legends and Chronicles, I just don't care. I enjoy the character...
This is a review I left for the annotated Chronicles, but the same applies here:I notice a lot of these reviews aren't specifically about the annotated version of the Dragonlance Chronicles. This short review is specifically about that. If it's your first time reading Dragonlance Chronicles, don't get the annotated version. It gives away a lot of spoilers and really changes the flow of the reading as well. But if you're the target demographic for the Annotated Chronicles (someone who read the Ch...
It would be safe to say that I had entirely forgotten just how much of a masterpiece, on the personal human level, the Twins trilogy is. After all, last time I read it I was around 14. And yet, with adult eyes, I can safely say that I took away more, not less, after reading this one again.Some books *do* age well. And in terms of fantasy masterpieces, though it does have its flaws, this one should be remembered and presented to those wondering just *why* some people used to so thoroughly love Dr...
From the masters of Dragonlance fiction, the Annotated Legends is just as good as the Chronicles. Raistlin, Camaron and Tasslehoff come to life under Tracy and Margaret's pens. Much like other great fantasy writers before them, the Dragonlance all-star team create huge depth and believability of their world with the detailed history they provide, making the journey of the protagonists all the more revealing and enjoyable.
I love this book... not only is it a great story (I never know what will happen next) but I love the annotations on the side from the authors. They explain what goes into the writing of a work of literature and I find that fascinating! I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys larger than life fantasy.
After reading over the chronicles so many times, this is the only of of the follow ups that was true to the characters and interesting. If you like Raistlyn, this is a book about him and the bond between brothers. It was well done and fun and worth a gander if you want to stay in this universe for a little longer without the pain that is the tales of the children in the next series.
Hands down the best rendition of the classic Dragonlance trilogy that centers around the twins Raistlin and Caramon Majere. What makes this collected edition so great is the myriad of authors notes in the margins that add information, origin stories and even fun bits of trivia that readers wouldn't otherwise know.
Set after the Dragonlance Chronicles, the Legends Trilogy continues the epic, focusing on the dynamic between the twins Caramon and Raistlin, as Raistlin attempts to become a god.An excellent continuation to the series.
I love this book, and it is better then the individual novels because you get some author insight into the writing process and a shocking view of how much of the "mythology" of the entire Dragonlance series is based on Mormon teachings.
Time of the Twins was my very first introducion to all things Dragonlance way back when and my love for the series hasn't died out yet. Too bad Weis & Hickman don't write together anymore, they're an unbeatable team.
My old copies of this series just feel apart after so many rereads, so I bought Annotated version to replace them. The Annotated version's comments are somewhat interesting, but not worth the premium price for it.
These were the first fantasy book I ever read, and I have been hooked ever since. The annotated version is interesting too.
My favorites from the DragonLance cannon.