War of the twins brings the Legends series proves once again that the quality is so even among the books it deserves mention for that alone.Raistlin and Caramon each come into power and their long troubled relationship as brothers diverts to a bitter rivalry, toward redemption through wisdom and mutual understanding Paladine plays a subtly supervisory role in things as always, and Tasselhoff is as singular in manifestation as ever. I was a big Dragonlance fan in my teens and decided to re read Legends recently mainly out of nostalgia While the books still have a certain entertainment value it s hard not to notice their many flaws not least the underdeveloped characters Crysania and the serious plot holes.SPOILERS The main problem I had re reading the book is that s its difficult to reconcile Raistlin s supposed cunning intelligence with the major mistakes he makes in executing his plan The problem is a character can only ever be as smart as his creator s Weis and Hickman spend a lot of time telling us he s an evil genius but show us little evidence of this.Why does it never occur to him to investigate the circumstances of Fistandantilus s death before he goes back in time Why doesn t he check Astinus s Chronicles How does he not become aware of Fistandantilus s own plot to usurp Tahkisis when he drains his life with the bloodstone We are led to believe Raistlin gains his memories If Fistandantilus used the dragon orb to contact his apprentice in the future presumably Raistlin s present why didn t he kill Gnmish succeed in accessing the portal Why does Raistlin give the magical device back to Caramon He mistakenly believes the Dark Queen has fixed it, rather than Gnimsh But it he believes it has been fixed why risk it being activated just has he s attempting to gain access to the portal, knowing this was how Fistandantilus died Again, it just makes Raistlin look clumsy and foolish rather than the arch schemer he s supposed to be Why not have Raistlin be unaware that the device has been fixed or that his brother has survived until Caramon Tas activate the device At least then he doesn t look like an idiot.Other problems It s also not clear how Raistlin doesn t destroy himself in killing Fistandantilus I always understood that Fistandantilus helped him pass the Test in the future Raistlin s past after his body was destroyed in Zahman Yet Fistandantilus recognizes Raistlin How How does Fistandantilus know who Par Salian is If, as is implied, he has knowledge of the future and may have visited it then why doesn t he go forward in time and drain Raistlin during Chronicles or before when he was too weak to beat him What was the original course of events before Tas was accidentally sent back in time, allowing the future to change Given we are told in Astinus s Chronicles that Fistandantilus contacted his apprentice in the future, could Raistlin s have gone back to the past in the original timeline only to be drained by Fistandantilus rather than give versa However, it seems that their battle took place before Tas Cameron arrived is Istar, as by this time Raistlin s has been living as Fistandantilus in the Kingpriest s Temple for at least several months.The Dark Queen s threat that the knowledge she gains from Tas will help her thwart the Heroes of the Lance in Chronicles leads to nothing Why The writers seemed totally confused with the concept of time travel and appear to be making up the rules as they go along Weis has said on a fansite that Hickman once explained the time travel paradoxes in a big diagram, but she could not explain them herself A good editor would have told them to resolve this before publication It s just vague, confusing bad writing and plotting I didn t pick up on it as a teenager but it irritated me as an adult reader. One Hundred Years Have Passed Since The Fiery Cataclysm That Changed The Face Of Krynn Forever For One Hundred Years, The People Of Krynn Have Struggled To SurviveBut For Some, Those One Hundred Years Have Passed In The Blink Of An EyeCatapulted Forward In Time By Raistlin S Powerful Magic, Caramon And Crysania Find Themselves Aiding The Mage S Unholy Quest To Master The Queen Of Darkness To His Dismay, Raistlin Discovers Along The Way That The Annals Of Time Are Not So Easily Bent To His WillNeither Are The Longings Of His Heart OK, I know I had read this book and the entire Legends trilogy back when they first came out 30 years ago view spoiler I am old hide spoiler Sequels are rarely as goos as the original The Legends trilogy is actually better than the original Raistlin is one of my all time favourite characters and I know I m not alone here The relationship between the brothers is heart wretching If you love fantasy and have not read this book yet do it now Classic. This book came to me as a birthday present, from two very good friends who had never read any of the series They just knew that a I m a twin and b I love dragons What they DIDN T realize was that this was the second in this particular storyline, and since I d never read any of the other Dragonlance books I ended up jumping in with no prior knowledge of the characters, or the world, or the story And you know what It worked perfectly The characters were so wonderfully written that I ended up falling in love with them anyway, even without really knowing at first who exactly they were, why they were in the past, or what Raistlin and Cameron were trying to accomplish I did end up reading all of Chronicles, Tales, and Legends, and throughout the whole series THESE were the characters I loved best.It s also probably one of the reasons why I like Tasselhoff, when he annoys the tar out of everybody else Tas grows up a lot in the Legends storyline, so there s not quite as much of the Your wallet must have fallen in my pocket and HEY LOOK A SQUIRREL that appears in the other series. ai vraiment ador ce tome, bien plus que le pr c dent La confrontation des deux fr res bat son plein et r sultat ce tome tait vraiment charg motionnellement Nos h ros si on veut ont r chapp tant bien que mal aux v nements de la fin du tome pr c dent Les voici la prochaine tape du combat de Raistlin contre la Reine des t n bres 100 ann es se sont coul e depuis la d vastation, le monde est en proie au chaos, chacun cherchant survivre dans son coin.Leur but est de trouver le portail pour entrer dans la dimension de la Reine, mais nos amis vont vite se rendre compte qu on ne peux pas si facilement changer le pass , et qu ils sont oblig s de suivre le m me chemin que les personnes dont ils ont pris la place Et ce chemin les am ne la guerre, une guerre dont malheureusement ils connaissent tous d j la fin Ce qui est g nial et vraiment mis en avant ici c est la dualit de Raistlin, c est vraiment un personnage complexe Il ne cesse de changer de figure et nous fait passer par des ascenseurs motionnels tout du long du livre Un moment ils est le fr re, et toute la complicit avec Caramon revient, un moment il est digne et bon et fait ce qui doit tre fait et certains autres on retrouve le mage noir, celui qui fait vraiment peur et qui ne fait que calculer et sacrifie ses pions sans se soucier une seule seconde de la personne qui va en souffrir par derri re On explore vraiment le pass du personnage, l poque ou il soignait les malade au m prit de sa propre sant , celle ou il tait avec sa m re et qu il l aimait Du coup a ne fait qu un plus grand contraste avec le personnage noir qui veut devenir le dieu des t n bres maintenant.Et d un autre cot on comprends aussi un peu mieux ce qu il ressent envers Caramon et son amour aveugle qui l enferme en fait On peut vraiment dire que sa vie n a pas t facile m me si ce n tait pas non plus un parcours tr s sombre, plus un enfant solitaire que personne ne comprenait, pas m me son fr re jumeau De l autre cot on a Caramon, mais au final si ce personnage est le principal, il est surtout la pour marquer le contraste entre les deux fr res Lui aussi est aussi perdu que nous, il passe par des p riodes ou il retrouve son fr re et tout a l air d aller mieux, pour retomber dans la d pression quand il s aper oit que ce n tait qu un r ve et que quoi qu il arrive son fr re ira jusqu au bout.J ai bien aim aussi toute la r flexion sur le fait que le pass ne change pas tant que a m me si on en a modifi des choses, et qu ils sont oblig s de passer par la guerre pour arriver leur portail.Le livre fini sur un cliffhanger qui donne vraiment envie de lire la suite, bient t j esp re 17 20 War of the Twins is the second book of Dragonlance Legends series, which was written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman in 1986.It is interesting to read a book which was written nearly 30 years ago and it is still a popular book among fantasy fiction readers.After reading some Forgotten Realms novel, reading a Dragonlance novel is really interesting Dragonlance world is epic in style Ok there are few characters and we are mostly reading similar characters and seeing similar places in Dragonlance but when a book is well written they can be acceptable.I ve read my last Dragonlance novel than 10 years ago and while reading this novel I felt that I miss reading Dragonlance novels.I ve reading the first novel in Turkish in 2002 but still remember the plot and what has happened in that book Main characters are really likeable, maybe they are not great but it is always good to read about Caramon, Raistlin and Tas. You know, for a novel with an evil time traveling master magician so full of himself that he wants to kill a god to become a god, a twin brother who alternately wants to kill him and protect him, and being dumped in a strange time to just happen to lead a huge army to defeat a bunch of dwarvesThis book s best feature is its LOVE STORY Huh Look It s true I m totally on board with the whole evil machinations of Raistlin, how he manipulates everyone and takes on the title of another evil magician in the past and is forced to relive a seemingly unbreakable time loop The war stuff is certainly a lot fun than the previous book s gladiator schtick Even the brotherly love and the nasty betrayal is pretty awesome.But what really makes the book is the epic romance A magician of absolute evil and a cleric of absolute good, an undeniable romance for the ages Hell, even his most bald face lies have a germ of truth to them and while he s trying to turn her away from him, she just wants to trust him And It s a weird thing, this honesty She KNOWS what he is, and yet she still wants to help him It doesn t hurt that he wants to kill the Goddess of Darkness and that s kind of her calling But still He s DOING it to REPLACE the grand evil LoL, I m all getting into a fanboy mode here These two are a trip I totally get why these books are classics. I will concede these points 1 there is some pretty shabby writing in War of the Twins 2 the Tasslehoff Burrfoot, beloved Kender, becomes like a cliched high school girl, the insufferable he becomes 3 it s hard to swallow that Raistlin would make the mistakes he makes 4 so much evil is done by the supposedly good characters without any recognition that their acts are evil that I am fairly certain that what I love about the book is not intended by the authors 5 the authors have a silly conception of Infinite Good and Infinite Evil 6 the portrayals of Kender, Gully Dwarves, Dewar and Gnomes are examples of conventional Fantasy racism and are hard for me to overlook So, yes, I concede that this isn t the best book in the world But I love it anyway Somewhere, despite all of its many flaws, War of the Twins speaks to me There is good in Raistlin, than even the authors know, and his good is fundamental to the evil he consciously perpetrates Raistlin does some bad things because he has seen and experienced terrible things in his life, and he never wants those things to happen to him or any of the oppressed again So he will do what he believes he must for the good of the many and if that means he will have power, so be it This is contrasted and, again, I doubt the authors intended this with people who believe they are good, who are appalled by Raistlin s actions, then carry out similar or worse actions through prejudice, ignorance or mere omission Their evil is unconscious and I am not convinced it is even recognized as evil by the authors , but if it is consciously undertaken they actively think of it as good.Whether they meant to or not, Weis Hickman offer a true representation of one of the muddy aspects of good and evil We have the evil man doing what he does because he thinks it is right, and good folks doing evil without even realizing it or rationalizing their actions with ease Regardless of its flaws, War of the Twins is a personal fave for me simply because of the way it stumbles onto something meaningful in the good and evil debate, and because it offers me something that few other books can license to love the bad guy Raistlin, who may not be so bad after all.