Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Book review by: Parker Totty

Setting

  • Dragonlance takes place in the magical world of Kyrnn.
  • The inhabitance of Krynn include: humans (the most plentiful), elves, dwarfs, kender, gnomes, goblins, trolls, and dragons.
  • The world has multiple moons, each hold magical properties.
  • There are many waring colonies and armies in Krynn, Krynn is constantly filled with war, Its been that way ever since the "Cataclysm".
  • The Cataclysm was a horrible event that took place when the Kingpriest of Istar demanded to have godlike powers in order to free the world from all evil.
  • However, it back fired and unleashed a darkness that shook the world of Krynn to its knees, leaving it in constant war and dismay.
  • Krynn is divided into multiple regions and continents, Two of the most important regions are Ansalon and Taladas.
  • During the book a large part of the story takes place around the season of Autumn.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

"An unlikely group of heroes..."

  • Tanis Half-Elven: Brave, fearless leader of the companions who's part elf and part human. He's a talented warrior but strongly detests violence, Tanis is always in constant turmoil for his love of two women. Laurana, a beautiful elf maiden, the daughter of the "Speaker of the Sun" (who rules the elven Kingdom of Qualinesti), and Tanis' childhood friend. The other is Kitiara, a skilled human and half-sister to the twins Raistlin and Caramon, She has a cold demeanor and easily betrays those closest to her for her own selfish intentions..
  • Sturm Brightblade: Chivalrous Knight of Solamnia, brave and daring, he would risk his life to save his friends. During the events of the Cataclysm, he and the rest of the Order of the Knights fell into disgrace, and are seen as traitors. Sturm wishes to restore the Knights honor.
  • Goldmoon: A beautiful human woman, belonging to a barbarian tribe known as the Que Shu. She processes a magical blue crystal staff, which becomes a major key item through out the story. She is taunted with visions of a horrible demise, Golmoon accompanies Tanis and the other in order to learn the truth.
  • Riverwind: A tall, strong, barbarian man who belongs to the same village as Goldmoon. They're lovers. Riverwind was cast out from his village. Upon traveling through a mysterious city he came across the blue crystal staff. He and Goldmoon left their village in search of some answers about the staff and Goldmoon's visions.
  • Raistlin Majere: Raistlin Majere is a mage (which is another word for wizard) who's body is severely damaged and frail from events from his past. He's the younger twin brother to Caramon Majere. He and his twin are polar opposites. Just like his older half sister Kitiara, he too is cold and has a dark twisted personality. He dons crimson-red robes.(In the story there are three main types of magic. White, which is benevolent, Black, which is evil, and red which is in the middle.) Raistlin is slowly slipping into darkness. Because events from his past, his body is weak, his eyes golden in the shape of hourglasses, and his hair is silver. Being only 26 he appears to be look in his late 40's.
  • Caramon Majere: Caramon is a muscular, giant of a man, who isn't all that bright. He's Raistlin's twin brother, however other then blood they have nothing in common. Caramon is a fierce warrior when it comes to combat, but around his friends he's a gentle giant. The one and only thing he cares for and loves more than life itself is his twin Raistlin. Caramon was with his twin during the events that changed him. Since then Caramon has vowed to be his protector. Because of their differences Raistlin is the smart and intelligent one who orders his brother around. Caramon always helps his brother and stays by his side.
  • Flint Fireforge: Flint is a dwarf fighter who is over 100 years old. He's the oldest member of the companions and acts like their father. He has memories well before the cataclysm. He remembers how the world use to be.
  • Tasslehoff Burrfoot: Tasslehoff is a Kender. A Kender is a race on Krynn that are kinda like hobbits from "Lord of the Rings". Kenders are very small and have a fascination with shiny valuable objects. Tasslehoff and most Kenders are more of a nuisance then anything. Because Kenders have a lack of fear, he always goes on adventures (usually with Flint), and ends up getting him and his companions in trouble.

Plot

The story begins with the group of friends: Tanis, Flint, Tasslehoff, Raistlin, Caramon, and Sturm reuniting after fives years at a Inn. It's been five long years since they've shared any adventures together, and they each have been through a lot. Upon entering the village they notice that a religious cult known as the "Seekers" have overrun the entire village. The Seekers are plotting with a group of fierce commander soldiers known as the Dragon Highlords. The Highlords are plotting to take over all of Ansalon (the continent where the story takes place). While all at the Inn the groups meets Goldmoon and her body guard, Riverwind. They learned of Goldmoons mysterious blue crystal staff and consequently theres a rumor going around that the seekers are after a staff that matches the description. The Dragon Highlords learn of the staff being at the inn and prepare to attack. This forces the group to escape before any conflict happens. While they escape, they're being pursued by the Dragon Highlord's fierce armies of Draconians. Draconians are evil dragon/humaniod hybrids. The companions then learn of the "disks of Mishakal", which hold teachings of the old gods. They think maybe by retrieving them, it would restore faith in the people of Krynn and help them fight back against the Dragon Highlords. They must travel to the ruined ancient city of Xak Tsaroth. There they learn more about the blue crystal staff, and more importantly what the Dragon Highlords true purpose is. The Dragon Highlords are preparing to resurrect an evil dragon goddess known as Takhisis. After retrieving the disks they leave the dark ruined city of Xak Tsaroth. As they leave the companions are captured by the Draconian armies and are held up as slaves along with the elves of Qualinesti. The elven kingdom where Tanis was raised. They realize that Qualinesti has been at war with the Draconian armies. One of the Dragon Highlords takes the "disks of Mishakal" and heads to his fortress of Pax Tharkas. Pax Tharkas is a a fortress that are using slaves to mine for precious materials. Laurana, the elf princess rescues Tanis and the others from the Draconians. Then back at Qualnesti the companions prepare to infiltrate Pax Tharkas, to free the slaves and take back the disks. However they know by doing so will most likely incite a blood-thirsty war..

Theme

The theme of "Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight", According to the author, Tracy Hickman, is the restoration of truth and faith. Each Dragonlance book has a different theme, but the first 3 books: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winters Night and Dragon's of Spring Dawning, all revolve around restoring faith to a world that has lost all hope. I believe that the first book also has friendship and companionship as a main central theme.

Personal Reaction

My own personal reaction is that I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't set it down after reading the first 3 pages. It was entirely captivating. I grew up reading Lord of the Rings, King Arthur, Robin Hood, Narnia, Eragon, Harry Potter, and St. George and the Dragon; so I felt right at home when reading this. I absolutely love the fantasy genre. I felt like I was completely thrown into the story. I've never been so incredibly into a book where immediately after finishing I went and bought the other books in the series. I've read a whole lot of fantasy books and series's in my life, but this is by far one of the best.

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