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THE REIGN OF ISTAR (Dragonlance: Tales) Mass Market Paperback – March 17, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Dragonlance: Tales (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (March 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560763264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560763260
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Weis is the co-creator of the Dragonlance world. She has authored or co-authored several New York Times best sellers set in the Dragonlance world. Weis lives in Wisconsin.
 

Tracy Hickman is the co-author of many of the Dragonlance novels, as well as other series such as Darksword and the Death Gate Cycle. Hickman lives in Utah.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "vedvedsica" on January 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As I am not a huge fan of short stories, I was surprised to find most of these excellent. 'Colors of Belief' was an further insight as to how the Games of Istar worked after Caramon's experiences in the Legends. 'Kender Stew' was very funny and a nice little story. 'The Goblin's Wish' was my favourite, a saddening tale of how different races banded together to fight Istar. 'The Three Lives of Horgan Oxthrall' was not so good. The scribe's narration is just silly, I think Douglas Niles could've just told the story and got on with it. Far and away the worst story was 'Filling the Empty Places'. I find myself being more and more disappointed by Nancy Berberick's work. Stormblade was okay, but her writing style has definitely gone downhill since. 'Off Day' was hilarious. And finally, 'The Silken Threads' again showcased Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's wonderful talent which puts them at the forefront of the DL world.
Those disappointed by the other Tales books will find this a better one, with more information into a neglected part of Krynn's history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Koby itzhak on June 29, 2006
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Well, having read The Cataclysm before this, I was prepared for more worthless depressing stories except one or two (see my review on it). However I was pleasently suprised. Nearly all the stories have the same moral, but each one shows it in a different light. "Six Songs For The Temple Of Istar" was rather good, considering I usually don't appreciate poetry. "Colors Of Belief" however, was very good, showing how even the gods of evil contribute their share to the balance. It was very inspiring to see a dark elf have compassion for other races who were (for the most part) righteous. "Kender Stew", was a gay tale, and showed some small revenge on the part of The Knights Of Solmania on Istar, despite having no true moral. "The Goblin's Wish", despite being sadly tragic showed how we should unite instead of trying to win for ourselves. The only two who came out clean were the elf who wanted to defeat the madness of Istar and the kender, who was pure of heart and got his beautiful and moral wish for peace for his friends and him. "The Three Lives Of Horgan Oxthrall", showed again the beauty of mercy and how it comes back to you as said "send your bread upon the water, for one day you will find it". "filling Out The Empty Places", was a not written as good but, again showed the beauty of mercy and its rewards."Off Day", was another gay story about the clan of Bulp, but, unlike "Kender Stew", made a profound impact upon the world and showed how one small thing, gully dwarves emptying a cask of wine, changed the world. Finally last and best, "The Silken Threads", showed us once again the power of love and started a beautiful tale which continued in "The Cataclysn" (again, see my review). Also, Raistlin appears and as always, the last story gives us (at least me) the proof that even when all seems dark, there is hope and love.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
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Let me start off by saying this is MUCH better than Kender, Gnomes and Gully Dwarves (few stories relate to the races on the title, not very funny like the title implies) I liked most of the stories (The Goblin's Wish and the Kender trying to join the Knighthood were both really nice) Read this if you like Dragonlance and short stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Felipe Camposano(mi_general@hotmail.com) on August 23, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you want to feel the strugle between the Kingpriest's followers and the knights before the cataclysm...you can not let this book pass, I recommend to read the Cronicles of the Twins, to understand the true meaning of the book... I don't like much poems...but the stories are just great...
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I read this book when it first came out, but have recently been re-reading a lot of them.

The stories are all generally well written, most showing the corruption of the KingPriest in some form or fashion. My only beef with it is that like most stories not written by Weis or Hickman, they play a little lose with the established 'facts' of the world of Krynn. Thankfully they aren't glaring enough to be problem in most cases. In the version I have, there is the first chapter The Oath and the Measure from the Meetings Sextant series. I'm glad it is in there because it reminded me of how terrible that entire series was.
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By Derek on August 30, 2014
A fun anthology. Particularly the short story written by Weis and Hickman. A particularly good book if you are in a situation where you can only occasionally sit down and read, and might not be able to keep an on-going plot in memory. Each short story takes place in a certain time-frame, but none are truly connected in terms of plot.
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