Brothers in Arms: The Raistlin Chronicles Paperback – January 1, 1999
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Raistlin is the main character with his twin brother Caramon (who really could have been better development here) and sister Kitiara (who is fleshed out quite well) in supporting roles. The other "heroes of the lance" do not appear here. Weis and Perrin add to Krynn and flesh out the backstory of the Chronicles but there is little here that is crucial. There are a host of new characters but only a handful have any depth and some crucial ones have almost none. There are some strange asides when new characters and details on military training in Krynn dominate the narrative. These slow down the plot considerably. While "Soulforge" was a promising start to the "Raistlin Chronicles," one can see why Weis pulled the plug on them after "Brothers in Arms."
Despite the plot dragging in "Brothers in Arms," this is a tolerable return to Raistlin and the world of Krynn. I would not recommend this work to readers unfamiliar with the Dragonlance books-it really serves better as a coda after Chronicles and Legends than as an introduction to them. One other sour note. This book has been out for more than a decade and has been republished a few times. Somehow in that time, not all typos were caught. It's annoying to say the least. The Kindle version is frankly bad with major typos, lines missing and large first letters in every chapter that are out of place.
What this book is not: A 100% action packed war in which every scene contains another encounter to defeat (a.k.a 'Hack and Slash')
What this book is: A well written novel about a couple of young kids looking for adventure and knowledge. However the harsh reality may not be what the two brothers are looking for.
For those that have read the original DragonLance Chronicals you will begin to understand the development of Raistlin into what he later becomes. I feel bad for him, but I am angry with him at the same time! That can only come from a well written novel!
Top international reviews
For lovers of the core trilogy you must read this book.
It fills out the characters to another level that leave you reaching for the next book to see what happens next.