[Pdf] Time of the TwinsAuthor Margaret Weis – Kairafanan.co

The First Title In The Second Dragonlance Novel Trilogy Is Now Being Released For The First Time Ever In A Trade Hardcover Edition Featuring The Stunning Art And Design That Graced The Cover Of The Paperback Edition, This New Version Is A Follow Up To The Release Of The Dragonlance Novels Chronicles Trilogy In Hardcover In It Also Continues The Planned Release Of All Of The Core Weis Hickman Titles In Trade Hardcover, Allowing Fans And Collectors Alike The Chance To Obtain The Entire Set In Hardcover

10 thoughts on “Time of the Twins

  1. says:

    It is such a quiet thing, to fall But far terrible is to admit it That line is unfortunately not from this book, nor even from this universe However, in addition to being a favourite of mine, it describes this book perfectly.The War of the Lance is over The Queen of Darkness and her Dragon Highlords have been defeated against all odds But Krynn is devastated by the conflict, and new dangers lurk in the shadows In solitude in the Tower of High Sorcery, a familiar wizard is setting his master plan into motion With the beginning of the second trilogy of DragonLance novels, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman take the leap from classical, clich ridden, DD fantasy, to something much interesting Time of the Twins is the first real step on the path to this universe getting an identity of its own.In some ways, this is of the same In others, it s a vast improvement Characterisation has changed a lot For the better But the setting and storylines are similar to what we see in the first trilogy.Overall however, this is definitely my favourite DragonLance book so far And look, it even has good writing It is easy to have hope in the spring, warrior, when the weather is warm and the vallenwoods are green It is easy to have hope in the summer, when the vallenwoods glitter with gold It is easy to have hope in the fall when the vallenwoods are as red as living blood But in the winter, when the air is sharp and bitter and the skies are gray, does the vallenwood die, warrior Who spoke Caramon cried, staring around wildly, clutching his sword in his trembling hand What does the vallenwood do in the winter, warrior, when all is dark and even the ground is frozen It digs deep, warrior It sends its roots down, down, into the soil, down to the warm heart of the world There, deep within, the vallenwood finds nourishment to help it survive the darkness and the cold, so that it may bloom again in the spring So Caramon asked suspiciously, backing up a step and looking around So you stand in the darkest winter of your life, warrior And so you must dig deep to find the warmth and the strength that will help you survive the bitter cold and the terrible darkness No longer do you have the bloom of spring or the vigor of summer You must find the strength you need in your heart, in your soul Then, like the vallenwoods, you will grow once

  2. says:

    I feel kinda bad that it has taken me thirty years to finally get around to reading this second main Dragonlance trilogy I mean, sure, it took me fifteen years to read the first Dragonlance trilogy and that was AFTER I had been playing DD for years Oops Ah, but never mind that.I discovered something awesome This reads BETTER than the first trilogy A lot fun, interesting, better characters and not just Tolkien ripoffs , and a much twisted story.No, this isn t a classic fantasy in most cases but then maybe it IS Raistlin has that VIBE Originally a dark hero master magician, like Elric from Moorcock s series, Raistlin is, in some ways, a lot interesting, evil, and sympathetic than Elric Awesomely powerful by the end of the original Trilogy, he s insufferably cocky and sure he could take over the world in a single day in this one So he gets ambitious As in taking out the Dark Goddess to become a God, himself.In the meantime, his twin brother, a brawny, broken oaf of a warrior and pretty much Raistlin s opposite, has his own redemption arc going on because he let himself go to seed Big time And then we get a full corruption of a good cleric, time travel, Kinder mischief, and a big return to the awesomely big cataclysm from the Dragonlance s ancient past And we get to see it from the ringside seats.Awesome I think so.Let me be clear, however I have only a little patience for money grubbing franchises and the DD series as a whole definitely qualifies I had some issues with the original trilogy, but somehow this book kinda pushes all my reservations aside I had FUN A lot of fun And the writing is not bad at all I can t wait to see the big, big events I ve already been spoiled on by old friends back years ago.

  3. says:

    I love this book despite the fact that about half of it is steeped in serious suckiness The fact is, at least for me, that the excellent bits in Time of the Twins are far excellent than the excellent bits in the three Dragonlance books that preceded this one and those books had some excellent bits , making Time of the Twins a favourite of mine.Sucky Bits Sucky This story hinges on the corruption of the Kingpriest of Istar The Kingpriest arrogantly and weakly calls on the gods to come down as peers and help him wipe evil from Krynn the World of Dragonlance for the uninitiated This is a solid idea for fantasy fiction, and it allows Margaret Weis Tracy Hickman to express their idea about the need for equilibrium between good and evil The problem is that we never see enough of the Kingpriest, his court, his good bad works or anything else related to him to fully accept the Cataclysm he brings to Krynn The authors rely on our Dragonlance fed understanding of Krynn s history to fill in the Kingpriest gaps rather than giving us the time we need in Istar to damn the Kingpriest ourselves We know he s arrogant and foolish because we re told he is, not because they make us believe it And that is sucky.Suckier Something similar happens with the other important characters in Time of the Twins The gladiators, Kiiri and Pheragas, the priests, Quarath and Denubis, and the slavers, Raag and Arack, aren t given anywhere near the time they need to fulfill their potential as characters not even as supporting characters Kiiri and Pheragas are supposed to be important to Caramon, but we re left to assume and accept their importance based on some barely developed camaraderie Quarath, Arack and Raag are supposed to be the story s supporting villains, but they never movie beyond the Sneak, the pseudo Mobster and the Muscle Denubis who returns later in the series is the one true cleric left for Crysania to meet, and just as we are beginning to like him he disappears with an old, father time style, Elven cleric And all this is suckier Suckiest Tasslehoff Burrfoot Tas is a favourite from the Dragonlance Chronicles He is the lovable kender from who befriended a god and imbued the original stories with a sense of wonder The authors lost their way with his character, though He was designed to be a full grown adult from a race cursed with insatiable curiousity and no fear He is touched by the War of the Lance, and he learns how to fear for the lives of those he loves, which should make for a mature character, a wiser sober character But Weis Hickman blow it They turn Tas into a little boy He feels like an insufferable, annoying, spoiled four year old And that is the suckiest of all.Excellent Bits Excellent All those sucky problems are offset by some cool stuff, though One excellent element of Time of the Twins is Lady Crysania She s second in commmand of the newly revived Order of Paladine cold, haughty, and utterly convinced of her natural superiority But all that changes when she meets and is challenged by Raistlin, the dark wizard who has become the Master of Past and Present Her intellectual awakening at the hands of Raistlin is excellent.Excellenter Caramon Majere, twin brother of Raislin, has his own struggle, but his is a recovery than an awakening He s a broken man when the story begins broken by war, broken by being unnecessary when there s none left to kill, broken by his love for his brother His story is the simplest, but also one of the most emotionally satisfying Not a false note is struck in Caramon s rebirth, and there is even a promise of something to come This is even excellenter.Excellentest Nothing compares to the opening chapter in Raistlin s journey to become a god, however Time of the Twins is Raistlin s tale, and when he s onstage the story is better than any other thing Weis Hickman have collaborated on Raistlin does terrible things, it s true he wears black robes the mark of an evil wizard on Krynn , he murders people, he hungers for power, he manipulates and controls, he lies, and the god he wants to replace is Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness He is a bad ass extraordinaire But he also cares He cares about dignity, he cares about the poor, he cares about the meek, he cares about his friends, he cares about his brother He shows mercy, compassion and wisdom that no other character in all six of the core Dragonlance books possesses He may be a badass, but he s also a hero, making him one of my all time favourite Fantasy characters Raistlin s story is the excellentest part of Time of the Twins.The biggest problem with Dragonlance Legends, then, and the main reason for the suckiness in Time of the Twins, is that each installment of the three part series needed three parts to be fully realized This series should have stretched over nine volumes, only then could it have achieved its full potential But that s okay I love it anyway Even with all its flaws yeahI knowit s probably a nostalgia thing.

  4. says:

    This was the first book I read when I started my new bus train commute But, this was not the first Dragonlance book I ve ever read It was the tenth Dragonlance is a gigantic moneymaking franchise that runs off the insatiable appetites of geeks, among which I count myself It s almost besides the point for me to review the book at all, because it s so niche Either you get it or you don t But, shoot, I ll give it a try.The original Dragonlance trilogy which I read in high school was about a group of friends living in a fantasy world in which a medievalesque society exists alongside magic, gods, monsters, etc The friends become unlikely heroes who play a central part in saving the world Time of the Twins is the first book of a follow on trilogy that focuses on the further adventures of two and a half of the original adventurers twin brothers Caramon and Raistlin These two characters will always have a soft spot in my heart Big hearted, simple minded, strong and tough Caramon frail, sickly, brilliant, manipulative Raistlin Caramon is one of the world s greatest fighters, and Raistlin one of it s most potent wizards They love each other and they hate each other In every pair of brothers, or even friends, one is usually the Raistlin and one is the Caramon I ve been both.The and a half is the pint sized thief Tasslehoff He s a recurring character who is supposed to be comic relief, and he s hit or miss Sometimes he s annoyng as crap, and sometimes he makes me laugh.But mostly the story is about Caramon and Raistlin, as they begin a new adventure They end up going back in time, where Raistlin learns the secrets of a legendary wizard and Caramon becomes an infamous gladiator and Tasslehoff causes general mischief , just before a Cataclysm is sent by the gods to punish a prideful humanity And set the scene for book 2 Like I said, if you re a geek, this stuff is GREAT all action and imagination If that s not your cup of tea, it probably all seems silly and or needlessly complicated I eat this stuff up.There really is some good character development between the brothers, you just have to wade through a lot of genre tropes to get to it But that characterization elevates the twins story above your usual sword n sorcery hackwork There s a general consensus among Dragonlance fans that Legends as this trilogy about Caramon Raistlin is known is the best among the literally hundreds of other Dragonlance volumes, and that s probably true.

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    It s actually kind of surprising that these books exist, at least in their current form.The original Dragonlance Chronicles was the trilogy that launched a thousand other DD tie in novels a wildly successful story in which the Forces of Evil were pitted against a half elf, a dwarf, a Hobbitkender, a knight, a plainsman and a cleric Oh, yes, and a fighter and his sickly twin brother mage And there were epic journeys and dangers and setbacks, and a few tragic deaths, but in the end the aforementioned Forces of Evil were, in fact, defeated.And the follow up trilogy took just about all of those elements and threw them right out the window, opting for a much personal, much darker story.The time A few years after the end of the War of the Lance Although we begin with a reunion by all of the surviving heroes from the first trilogy, the focus shifts to a much smaller subset the sickly mage Raistlin Majere, who, by the end of the first trilogy, had cast his lot with the powers of darkness even as he helped the others defeat the powers of evil his twin brother Caramon the cleric Crysiana, a new character who thinks she can redeem Raistlin and also he makes her feel all fluttery, although she s not necessarily ready to admit that even to herself and, of course, the irrepressible irritating kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot, who continues in his role of kleptomaniac comic relief and occasional conscience.The years have not been kind to Caramon yes, he s now married to Tika, his sweetheart from the first trilogy, but he s also not to put too fine a point on it a fat drunkard driven to despair at the thought of his brother s fall from grace But through circumstances he finds himself, together with Tasslehoff and Crysiana, traveling back through time to the city of Istar a thousand years past, in order to foil his brother s schemes.Remember Istar The city that, in the original trilogy, is best known for getting smacked by the gods with a meteor or something because its Priestking got entirely too full of himself Yes, that Istar And time is growing short This is a difficult one to rate considered purely from a story perspective, it s much better interesting than the original trilogy which, to be sure, I enjoyed But as with the original trilogy the actual prose is, um not great To the point where there were times when if I d had a red editor s pen, I would ve been scribbling all over my Kindle So it s just as well that I didn t have such a pen.And in the end I m going with four stars because however painful I might find some of the sentences, I read the book in basically two or three sittings and will be moving immediately to the next in the trilogy.

  6. says:

    I gave this book a 4, but I m actually calling it a 4.5 because I absolutely devoured it Fantasy books like this are my guilty pleasure, mainly because I feel like I should be spending my time reading classics and whatnot, but I had a blast diving back into the Dragonlance universe I read some of the books when I was younger, and I m ready to read some I started with the Legends trilogy because, well angsty brothers are my weakness I remember loving Caramon and Raistlin and their complex relationship in the first Dragonlance books I read, and I still love them now.The subtraction of a half star in my rating was because of Tasslehoff The kender is, basically, everything I hate in a character, with his constant meddling and thievery and naivete I just wanted him to sit still and stay out of the way, but alas.So Yes, I loved this book, and I m off to read the next

  7. says:

    Dragonlance was one of the very first fantasy series I ve read a long time ago I remembered that I loved it then And yep, I was one of those fangirls who liked Raistlin over Caramon.

  8. says:

    M zrak Destan serisinde karakterlerin yolculuklar n , yolculuk s ras ndaki arkada l klar n ve muhabbetlerini olduk a seviyordum Bu kitapta ne yaz k ki bu yok, ama hik ye a s ndan kritik bir olay anlat yor Ayr ca hik ye daha ok kapal ve ayn mekanlarda ge sede s r kleyicili inden bir ey kaybetmiyor.

  9. says:

    I enjoyed the Dragonlance Chronicles in a Tolkien lite type of way Time of the Twins, however, really stands apart from the series that preceded it This book mainly concerns the relationship between Caramon and Raistlin and the unpredictable force of Tasslehoff These three were easily my favorite characters from Chronicles, so it s a thrill to see them get so much focus New character Crysania has a well developed struggle between her clerical faith and the callings of her heart, making this a highly compelling read on a plot and character level.I enjoyed this book even , though, for the philosophical questions it poses The symbiotic relationship between the good, evil, and neutral forces of Krynn is explored in great depth, and the narration is fittingly ambiguous By the end of the story, I was less sure than ever which characters were heroes or villains And Caramon s love and loyalty for his apparently evil brother must be one of the most fascinating character traits in fantasy fiction.After reading Time of the Twins, I understand why Dragonlance gained the fanbase it did This is THE central theme of Legends that we have no right to FORCE change on anyone Change true change comes only from within It is motivated, inspired, or invoked in others but never enforced Faith is not dictated it must come from within Goodness and righteousness are not mandated they must come from within Every soul must choose for itself This is the greatest gift of God This simple lesson, if we could all learn it, would eliminate terrorism and warfare It would revolutionize the world we know today It can revolutionize our own personal worlds as well the world of our acquaintances, friends, and supposed enemies It can change the world one soul at a time Tracy Raye Hickman

  10. says:

    Book itself is worth 4 stars, but i really do not like the way author thinks that it is logical and normal to do heavy time travelling in this DD series For fantasy there should not be limits, but it just seems desperate, also execution in that kind of meld must be extra fine and here it is not.