Dragons of the Hourglass Mage (Dragonlance: The Lost Chronicles, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2010
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From the Hardcover edition.
- Publisher : Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 402 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0786954833
- ISBN-13 : 978-0786954834
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1.1 x 6.85 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #901,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But worse than that was mage (magic-user in the Dungeons and Dragons sense) needing gods to cast spells. No that is a cleric. Mage’s do not need the gods. This whole story line make it seem like at any time the gods of magic could have stopped Raistlin’s quest for godhood by just not grating spells. When the three gods disappear suddenly magic is gone...No No No. These people worked for TSR, they know what a magic-user is vs a cleric. There is no reason for this nonsense.
These two inconsistencies take away from what could have been a good story to make it into something ridiculous.
Par-Salian is faced with multiple tough decisions: does he renounce the black robes? Does he trust Raistlin? an he actually put his faith [again] in the gods?
Raistlin appears in the dark temple in Neraka and ends up under the eyes of Iolanthe. She knows Kitiara. The three of them (Raist, Iolanthe & Kit) work for themselves and are just a bunch of manipulating wizards. When Raist gets in the temple though, he's taken back by the Nightlord's behaviour. On one hand, it's humorous to see Raist taken down a notch. On the other, I just really don't like the Nightlord. And then the Emeror, Ariakas, is even worse.
Raistlin learns of a resistance movement called the Hidden Light. Through Mari the kender (who doesn't fully act like a kender, but she explains that the war has hardened some because they're being killed), Raist kind of infiltrates the Hidden Light while staying true (or not?) to the dark goddess Takhisis ,even though he doesn't want to be her slave should she come back to the world.
All in all, Raistlin only does what he can to help Raistlin. No one else - not even with his guilt over Caramon's death.
It takes place during the original trilogy and like all of Weis & Hickman novels, it carries a strong story, great dialogue, and charming humor. Be prepared though; what you see is what you get. This is a Raistlin story. It's about Raistlin. It is all about Raistlin. That isn't bad of course, as Raistlin is hands-down one of the best D&D characters ever written, but this is a very focused and tight story, so while the other characters are in it, it's more along the line of cameos. In addition, this story is very focused and is about a very well established character, so there really isn't any new waters to tread with him. It's good--it's really good, but it's a very small, narrow story.
Major Dragonlance fans or Raistlin fans in general will love this, or even casual fans looking for a new book to fill that gaping hole that the Fourth Age left in their heart, but know that what you see is what you get.
This is not the Raistlin Majere we grew up with. Pure and simple. The character as presented in this book is somewhat similar to the character we know and love from the Dragonlance Chronicles, but his motivations and thought processes are very different. I don't want to spoil the book too much with this post but the main thing that stands out throughout the novel is that Raistlin has absolutely no plan throughout most of the story.
There are also major character inconsistencies, such as Raistlin being secretly in love with another character in the series when nothing of the sort has even been even vaguely hinted at in any other work. Because he lacks any solid plan, his character motivations are almost incomprehensible by the end of the novel.
Again, not wishing to spoil things but the ending makes no sense with the established canon.
It reads very much like half a Dragonlance story... perhaps because it was written by Margret Weis and Trace Hickman was apparently not involved. I also get the sense that Weis has forgotten a great deal about the world she is returning to...if you are a hardcore fan the small but annoying inconsistencies will really start to pile up as you go along.
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What made the Dragonlance novels, especially the chronicles, was the great characterization - Tanis, Caramon, Flint, Sturm, Tika, Goldmoon, Riverwind, Tasselhoff, and of course Raistlin - the ambitious mage with dark ambitions, but a keen sense of right and wrong, a champion of the underdog.
They say you should never let nostalgia influence your buying decisions, and alas, they were proven right.
This is a debacle of a book, with all the air of having been phoned in by a disinterested author, who has demonstrated in the past the talent to write better.
I'm angry at myself for buying this, angry at the author for writing this, and angry that a great opportunity has been missed to flesh out the character of one of the best Dragonlance characters of the entire canon.
raistlin Majere. Really enjoyed this book.The last chapter seemed a bit rushed eventhough most of you who've read the dragonlance chronicles know the ending it could have elaborated more. Overall a good read.
I wasn't disappointed, the back story of what happended to Rasitlin following his escape from the ship in the maelstrom and subsequent journey to Neraka and accepting the black robes is just brilliant. I particularly enjoyed the personal battle of wills that takes place between Raistlin and Fistandantilus after controlling the Dragon Orb. For me it highlights what a multi-faceted Character Raistlin is and is a superb jumping off point to go back to re-read the Dragonlance Legends trilogy.
Well worth waiting for and I really love the foreward and postscript by Weis & Hickman.