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Is Raistlin truly dead? The answer lies in the new Dragonlance novella by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, which gazes into the future of Caramon and his mage-son, and into the dark nether-past of Raistlin. Untold tales of Krynn. Tales of sea monsters, dark elves, ice bears, hideous hydra-headed serpents, and loathsome draconian troops. Further adventures of the kender Tas; th Is Raistlin truly dead? The answer lies in the new Dragonlance novella by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, which gazes into the future of Caramon and his mage-son, and into the dark nether-past of Raistlin. Untold tales of Krynn. Tales of sea monsters, dark elves, ice bears, hideous hydra-headed serpents, and loathsome draconian troops. Further adventures of the kender Tas; the innkeeper Otik and young Tika; the dwarf Flint and Tanis, leader of the companions; Caramon and Raistlin, twon brothers, one, a genial warrior, the other, a sickly magician and scholar. Nine short stories by superlative writers, plus an exciting new novella by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. The Dragonlance Saga goes on!


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Is Raistlin truly dead? The answer lies in the new Dragonlance novella by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, which gazes into the future of Caramon and his mage-son, and into the dark nether-past of Raistlin. Untold tales of Krynn. Tales of sea monsters, dark elves, ice bears, hideous hydra-headed serpents, and loathsome draconian troops. Further adventures of the kender Tas; th Is Raistlin truly dead? The answer lies in the new Dragonlance novella by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, which gazes into the future of Caramon and his mage-son, and into the dark nether-past of Raistlin. Untold tales of Krynn. Tales of sea monsters, dark elves, ice bears, hideous hydra-headed serpents, and loathsome draconian troops. Further adventures of the kender Tas; the innkeeper Otik and young Tika; the dwarf Flint and Tanis, leader of the companions; Caramon and Raistlin, twon brothers, one, a genial warrior, the other, a sickly magician and scholar. Nine short stories by superlative writers, plus an exciting new novella by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. The Dragonlance Saga goes on!

30 review for The Magic of Krynn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This book is entertaining. The stories are okay, but they move quickly, and they fit well into the Dragonlance world. I reread "The Legacy" to refresh my memory in preparation for Dragons of Summer Flame, and I really enjoyed it. I'm glad TSR republished it in The Second Generation because it's a better story than this collection accounts for. I'm surprised it was published in this book first, but it's definitely the best and certainly the best representation of Krynnian Magic (if I may invent t This book is entertaining. The stories are okay, but they move quickly, and they fit well into the Dragonlance world. I reread "The Legacy" to refresh my memory in preparation for Dragons of Summer Flame, and I really enjoyed it. I'm glad TSR republished it in The Second Generation because it's a better story than this collection accounts for. I'm surprised it was published in this book first, but it's definitely the best and certainly the best representation of Krynnian Magic (if I may invent the phrase?). It's further proof, by direct comparison, that nobody writes DL like Weis and Hickman! I recommend this only if you're a DL fan. You have to be really invested to read this. Still, I did enjoy the stories, especially those with Tas, Tanis, Flint, Caramon, and good ol' Raist.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Winston Crutchfield

    The stories range from common adventures to really excellent storytelling. It's always a treat to go back to Krynn. The stories range from common adventures to really excellent storytelling. It's always a treat to go back to Krynn.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    It’s hard to know if the Dragonlance Tales books are the beginning of the end, or the beginning of .. the beginning. Fandom certainly clings to the Chronicles and Legends trilogy alone as marks of fantasy greatness and only the Dragonlance diehards have time for anything else published under the banner, and yet the legacy is over 100 books that continued to sell for 20 years until the line was finally folded by Wizards of the Coast who have abandoned the once popular property, presumably after t It’s hard to know if the Dragonlance Tales books are the beginning of the end, or the beginning of .. the beginning. Fandom certainly clings to the Chronicles and Legends trilogy alone as marks of fantasy greatness and only the Dragonlance diehards have time for anything else published under the banner, and yet the legacy is over 100 books that continued to sell for 20 years until the line was finally folded by Wizards of the Coast who have abandoned the once popular property, presumably after the animated movie failed to spark an interest in anyone. I certainly don’t have time to read them all (but plan to get through some) but the Tales volumes certainly suggest that there’s something more to Dragonlance as a popular playground for cheap, easily consumable fantasy than it gets credit for and it’s equally fair to say that the Weis & Hickman novels are bigged up through nostalgic imagination - though it’s also fair to say that I think Weis & Hickman are extraordinarily adept at writing a certain brand of popular fantasy and the clever placing of some novellas by that duo alongside a bunch of weaker, but generally entertaining short stories only does a lot for their eventual reputation as *the* go-to Dragonlance authors.(Sadly they had greater ambition following the massive success of DL but their writing career never flourished in the public imagination outside of the DL brand. A shame, since I really liked the Death Gate cycle). The Magic of Krynn is the first of three sets of short stories set on Krynn, not wedded to the original saga but more-often than not using it as a jumping off point, and more than occasionally featuring the original characters from the series. The assumption at the time was that people would want to read more about them and fill in the narrative gaps the Chronicles left wide-open, and they were not wrong. As you’d expect the stories have varying degrees of success and looking over the list of titles I’ve already forgotten some of them; mostly easy to pick up they are also easily put down and I consider that both a plus and a minus. Don’t come to any of these volumes expecting to make a friend for life, but do dip into them for a little light entertainment and you probably won’t be disappointed. The standout in this collection is probably “A Stone’s Throw Away”, which is an amusing tale featuring our favourite Kender Tasslehof who ends up in thrall to a necromancer via his magic ring. It’s suitably light in tone, quite funny but also a little surprising in its conclusion and the concept is original; sadly these stories are mostly lacking that as much as they try to convince you otherwise. Weis and Hickman’s longish centrepiece “The Legacy” is also well worth a read. The estranged Father/Son conceit feels dull to read these days but the uncle-nephew relationship – yes, the possible return of Raistlin – is quite captivating and reading about Caramon’s sons is therefore not a chore. Likewise, more information surrounding the magic-users tests and why it’s such a strange and all-encompassing thing, is very welcome and I’m more and more finding it an entertaining conceit. Of course, ultimately it’s about Palin making a choice between light and dark – very classic Dragonlance. Finding the Faith is a wonderful little gap-filler, telling of the companions adventures in Icefall finding one of the dragon orbs. Not life-changing but I really enjoyed it both in its own right and as a nod back to the chronicles and the telling of a tale I wanted to read. Elsewhere “Love and Ale” is a nice lighthearted tale of uncontrolled passions but it doesn’t really go anywhere. “Harvests” is Tanis related adventure that offers a suitable amount of bang for your buck, Wayward Children is one of the better conceits surrounding a Draconian Army and their enslavement of a village full of passive natives (I won’t spoil the excellent twist) and The Blood Sea Monster was a sadly wasted opportunity that started tense and interesting but was over a little too quickly. For some reason Weis and Hickman also provided a brief account of Raistlin’s own magic Test which I found peculiarly unsatisfying. Finally “Riverwind and the Crystal Staff” a narrative poem is an odd inclusion that’s badly written and not engaging.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt Littrell

    Like all anthologies, I liked some and disliked others. I really liked Finding the Faith and Harvests, as well as A Stones Throw Away. If you love Dragonlance, you'll probably like them overall. Like all anthologies, I liked some and disliked others. I really liked Finding the Faith and Harvests, as well as A Stones Throw Away. If you love Dragonlance, you'll probably like them overall.

  5. 4 out of 5

    East Bay J

    "Is Rasitlin truly dead?" If you have to ask, probably not... I gotta' say, it has been a looooooooong time since I read me some Dragonlance. I loved the original trilogy as a kid because I was a full on, geeked out, D&D playin' lunatic! Then I discovered girls. And rock 'n' roll. Actually, there were several years of overlap. Thus my love for heavy metal. And swords. So it goes. It was fun going back to Krynn and riding along with the characters from the Dragonlance books on other stories taking p "Is Rasitlin truly dead?" If you have to ask, probably not... I gotta' say, it has been a looooooooong time since I read me some Dragonlance. I loved the original trilogy as a kid because I was a full on, geeked out, D&D playin' lunatic! Then I discovered girls. And rock 'n' roll. Actually, there were several years of overlap. Thus my love for heavy metal. And swords. So it goes. It was fun going back to Krynn and riding along with the characters from the Dragonlance books on other stories taking place both before and after the original series. All of the stories are well written and entertaining but the real stand out, for me, was Nancy Berberick's story, "Harvests." That was some serious story telling, folks. She's got the intensity and economy to drive a short story right into your face and MAKE you pay attention! Good stuff. I just might have to read some of her Dragonalance novels. Not sure if this series would appeal to those who are not familiar with those first three Dragonalance books, considering the plentiful references in these stories to events that took place in those books but the writing's solid and enjoyable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☆Ruth☆

    I'm not a great fan of short stories, although I did enjoy one or two of these DragonLance-based tales. Surprisingly, in a couple of the offerings by other authors in this book, I found some contradiction of detail, in comparison with the original Chronicles. Personally, I would expect a writer to be completely familiar with the fundamental elements of another author's work before attempting a contribution. I'm not a great fan of short stories, although I did enjoy one or two of these DragonLance-based tales. Surprisingly, in a couple of the offerings by other authors in this book, I found some contradiction of detail, in comparison with the original Chronicles. Personally, I would expect a writer to be completely familiar with the fundamental elements of another author's work before attempting a contribution.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    This is a good follow-up to the Twins Trilogy. It was well written and consisted of a series of short stories including answering the question about Raistlin. We find out if he was still alive or if he was indeed dead. This is a must read for those of us who don't want to let Krynn go quite yet. This is a good follow-up to the Twins Trilogy. It was well written and consisted of a series of short stories including answering the question about Raistlin. We find out if he was still alive or if he was indeed dead. This is a must read for those of us who don't want to let Krynn go quite yet.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jason M Waltz

    I gave the original series all 4s as I devoured them as a long-ago youth and Raistlin is one of my all-time memorable characters. These TALES are not as good (and I only kept #1 and #3 as pertinent to the Raistlin storyline.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Edward

    Mixed bag, but worth it for The Legacy if nothing else (definitely read the Chronicles and the Twins trilogies first).

  10. 4 out of 5

    BLynne

    Some of the short stories were great but others were not that great.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daydreamer

    Not sure how to rate this, since it’s a collection of short stories (which I didn’t know when picking up this book). Some stories were very enjoyable, plot-/style-wise, others not so much. What was consistent throughout the German edition I own were the spelling and grammar mistakes-even names at times! That was pretty annoying... Some stories had some rather weird elements in them, like one about that guy with a tavern in Solace (don’t know his English name though), where he kept saying his daug Not sure how to rate this, since it’s a collection of short stories (which I didn’t know when picking up this book). Some stories were very enjoyable, plot-/style-wise, others not so much. What was consistent throughout the German edition I own were the spelling and grammar mistakes-even names at times! That was pretty annoying... Some stories had some rather weird elements in them, like one about that guy with a tavern in Solace (don’t know his English name though), where he kept saying his daughter is ready to get her own home or stuff like that and she’s a teenager still? Also, some descriptions in the last story, about Palin, Caramons Son, and Raistlin, we’re freaking weird. I don’t know, they made me feel a bit squeamish?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    It was nice to be able to return to a collection of stories I loved as a child. I was disappointed to find that I had outgrown the appeal of some of them, but it's still a pretty good collection. Also disappointing that this book is not currently available in Kindle format, so I had to settle for Audible audiobook, which is MUCH less satisfying to me than reading a physical or Kindle book. The narration is extremely well done, though, which is nice. My favorite story from the collection, "The L It was nice to be able to return to a collection of stories I loved as a child. I was disappointed to find that I had outgrown the appeal of some of them, but it's still a pretty good collection. Also disappointing that this book is not currently available in Kindle format, so I had to settle for Audible audiobook, which is MUCH less satisfying to me than reading a physical or Kindle book. The narration is extremely well done, though, which is nice. My favorite story from the collection, "The Legacy," definitely does not have the impact and meaning that it once did for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Floyd Liff

    My first trip into the dragonlance books. I am not disappointed and will read more books in this world. All together a bunch of great short stories that make you want to get the other books to read to see what else happened with these characters. Only one of the stories in this book I didn't care for but the rest were great. Characters are well written and you feel like you know them and want to know everything there is about them. Raistlin (if I spelled it right) might be one of my favorite cha My first trip into the dragonlance books. I am not disappointed and will read more books in this world. All together a bunch of great short stories that make you want to get the other books to read to see what else happened with these characters. Only one of the stories in this book I didn't care for but the rest were great. Characters are well written and you feel like you know them and want to know everything there is about them. Raistlin (if I spelled it right) might be one of my favorite characters behing tanis and flint.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Martina Sanjaya

    3.5 stars. Meant for filling the gaps, complementing the big story with necessary side stories. But some tales need not to be explained, IMO. Some was good, but some was written in different style, and felt forced. The old characters were sometimes came out different than the original.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tind

    For the first stories (including the poem) disappointed me having going directly from the excellent wrap-up of Legends. However, the later stories slowly raised the bar again ending with the satisfying Legacy-story. My journey to revist Krynn steadfastly continue.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    I enjoyed the little stories that filled the inbetween. Some were written well and in theme with the previous books. I enjoyed the story of Caramon's sons. I enjoyed the little stories that filled the inbetween. Some were written well and in theme with the previous books. I enjoyed the story of Caramon's sons.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alexandre

    fun short stories

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jasmyn

    The Magic of Krynn is the first in a series of books with short stories about the lives of the characters in the previous two trilogies of DragonLance. Some of the stories are about the main characters (the Majere twins) and some give background to some of the more popular side characters that we grew to love as we read the earlier books. This is a set of short stories that can be read as a stand alone, but having read the previous books does enhance all the tales. The short novella at the end w The Magic of Krynn is the first in a series of books with short stories about the lives of the characters in the previous two trilogies of DragonLance. Some of the stories are about the main characters (the Majere twins) and some give background to some of the more popular side characters that we grew to love as we read the earlier books. This is a set of short stories that can be read as a stand alone, but having read the previous books does enhance all the tales. The short novella at the end written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a great story. We visit Caramon and his family, his wife and 5 kids. We get a small glimpse into how his life is effecting the relationship with his three sons as they become adults and go to have their own adventures. My favorite story is probably the one about Tasslehoff Burrfoot, the curious kender who is incapable of fear. Hearing about one of his crazy little adventures is always a treat. 3.5/5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    The poetic story at the beginning was very smooth, but I could not rellunderstand it. The second tale, "Th Blood Sea Monster", was rather enjoyable, and you may or may notlike the ending. The other stories, including the novella at the end, were okay, but the book was not that memorable, except for the description of a character who "looked to juggle cows for a living." Speaking of which, I am an amateur juggler, not only of objects such as juggling balls, rings and clubs, but I mentally juggle The poetic story at the beginning was very smooth, but I could not rellunderstand it. The second tale, "Th Blood Sea Monster", was rather enjoyable, and you may or may notlike the ending. The other stories, including the novella at the end, were okay, but the book was not that memorable, except for the description of a character who "looked to juggle cows for a living." Speaking of which, I am an amateur juggler, not only of objects such as juggling balls, rings and clubs, but I mentally juggle books(I sometimes read three or more novels at the "same time.") And it works well for me, because when I get bored or wanting a break from one book, I can read another for a while. It helps me move along. Anyway, "The Magic of Krynn" was not bad, it was all right. Perhaps it would be worth borrowing from a library, but not necessarily worth buying.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book was my first exposure to the Dragonlance series. (Two of my best friends thought they were getting me the first two books in the series, but they missed the fact that they were getting me book 1 of Tales and book 2 of Legends). since just about every main character in "Chronicles" has a story here, I think it's the best introduction I could have gotten. I've read the stories so many times I think I could recite them from memory, so it's hard to choose the "best" story. For my favorite This book was my first exposure to the Dragonlance series. (Two of my best friends thought they were getting me the first two books in the series, but they missed the fact that they were getting me book 1 of Tales and book 2 of Legends). since just about every main character in "Chronicles" has a story here, I think it's the best introduction I could have gotten. I've read the stories so many times I think I could recite them from memory, so it's hard to choose the "best" story. For my favorite I think it's a tie between "A Stone's Throw Away" and "Love and Ale", although "Wayward Children" is beautifully tragic and unexpected.

  21. 5 out of 5

    J.C. Cauthon

    Anthologies have never really been my cup of tea, but I do read them on occasion simply because I can fit a full story in within the few minutes that I can get to read. This was one of the first short story anthologies that I ever read, and I remember, even back then, not being very impressed with it. Yes, many of my favorite characters returned to star in these short stories, but because the stories were not written by the authors who originally created the characters, the characters themselves Anthologies have never really been my cup of tea, but I do read them on occasion simply because I can fit a full story in within the few minutes that I can get to read. This was one of the first short story anthologies that I ever read, and I remember, even back then, not being very impressed with it. Yes, many of my favorite characters returned to star in these short stories, but because the stories were not written by the authors who originally created the characters, the characters themselves felt off. All-in-all, the stories were not that bad, but they were not outstanding, either. They were a decent read over several afternoons, but they do not measure up to the original books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I read this book when it first came out. I was in junior high and had a friend who was reading the Dragonlance books. It was my introduction to the series and it really got me into fantasy. I was disappointed to learn that I picked up short stories at first, but after the first story I was hooked. The Dragonlance books and Gary Gygax's Gord the Rogue books were my favorite books for the next couple of years. I read this book when it first came out. I was in junior high and had a friend who was reading the Dragonlance books. It was my introduction to the series and it really got me into fantasy. I was disappointed to learn that I picked up short stories at first, but after the first story I was hooked. The Dragonlance books and Gary Gygax's Gord the Rogue books were my favorite books for the next couple of years.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Some excellent short stories in this book. Love and Ale especially I enjoyed. It was nice to read some stories that were related to the epic saga, but didn't need to devote as much time. All in all it was fun and I really liked it. Highly recommend if you've read the first six dragonlance books. Just be sure to read it BEFORE any of the later ones like Dragons of Summer Flame. Good story about Palin Majere was the last story in the book. Some excellent short stories in this book. Love and Ale especially I enjoyed. It was nice to read some stories that were related to the epic saga, but didn't need to devote as much time. All in all it was fun and I really liked it. Highly recommend if you've read the first six dragonlance books. Just be sure to read it BEFORE any of the later ones like Dragons of Summer Flame. Good story about Palin Majere was the last story in the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    **Duplicate comment for Dragonlance Series 1-9** Ah Raistlin Majere, how could you not like a guy with his own private library of leather-bound books?. . .oh yeah, there was that ruthless pursuit of power thing. Loved this series when I was a kid! My presiding memory of these was one of being encapsulated completely by them and the blanket I wrapped myself in, while on the couch, feigning fever, so I could skip school and read on bitter winter days.

  25. 4 out of 5

    David

    This is a really good collection of short stories set in the Dragonlance setting. Most of the short stories provide additional background or stories to the main characters of the Chronicles. They range from being ok to being pretty good short reads. The last multi-chapter story from Weis and Hickman was nothing short of a wonderful aftermath story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I was not impressed by this series of short stories from the world of Dragonlance, although their might be one redeeming tale the rest make it not worth the value to buy. If you want to read them try your local library.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    All in all reasonable. Nothing outstanding, but the better tales are in the second half. Still, nothing super, suits as a book to be read in-between. Mainly the tales with Tas, Tanis, Caramon, ... were the more interesting ones.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    Legacy was the best story with Caramon and his son who has inherited magical abilities that may or may not be used for good. Over all the selections were interesting to say the least. This is my first sojourn in the Dragonlance world.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ada

    This was a loan from a friend and my first foray into the Dragonlance works, about which I knew absolutely nothing. I found many of the stories quite well-written, with the exemption of The Blood Sea Monster. Does that tie into the main series or is itjust arandom and rather

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    was surprised on starting the Tales trilogy to see that these are in the form of short stories and a bit disappointed but on the whole some of the stories where fun to read but others I felt I had read before in some of the other trilogies!!

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