The Art of the Dragonlance Saga (2nd Edition) Paperback – September 8, 1998
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And more dragons they got. The prolific and extraordinarily popular writing duo of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman produced a veritable treasure trove of books telling of the heroic exploits and dastardly deeds of the denizens of their fantasy world. The Art of the Dragonlance Saga, long out of print, collects all the art from the novels, calendars, and game products that the God of Marketing created. This is an extremely rich collection, with sketches, paintings, drawings, and studies of beloved characters and settings. It is also full of artist's notes, character development, and explanations of the ways in which the books and the art coevolved. A must-have for Dragonlance fans, The Art of the Dragonlance Saga is also wonderful eye candy for all swords and sorcery fans. --Therese Littleton
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The book holds up much better than the reviewer some two decades later. There are fine color reproductions by the likes of Larry Elmore, Easley, Parkinson, etc. but there are also some excellent sketches of the leading characters, supporting cast, monsters and artifacts. The art was just as charming as I had found it when I first stumbled across this book sometime in the first days of George H.W. Bush's presidency.
The true surprise was the writing by Mary Kirchoff. Kirchoff is sharp enough to let the Dragonlance designers, artists and writers speak for themselves and there are interesting quotes throughout the book. Having read both the annotated versions of the Chronices and the Legends, I was surprised to find a new wealth of background and information of how the book series could have gone with strange plot twists (Goldmoon and Riverwind were originally supposed to be the leads? One of the major shapers of the Dragonlance universe wanted Tika to marry Raistilin?). The art was as wonderful as I remembered--but the character notes and behind the scene views surprised me. Highest recommendation for fans of Dragonlance and of fantasy art.