Dragonlance - Dragons of Winter Night (Chronicles #2)

Dragonlance - Dragons of Winter Night (Chronicles #2)

by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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Overview

Now the people know that the dragon minions of Takhisis, Queen of Dragons, have returned. The people of all nations prepare to fight to save their homes, their lives, and their freedom. But the races have long been divided by hatred and prejudice. Elven warriors and human knights fight among themselves. It seems the battle has been lost before it begins.

The companions are separated, torn apart by war. A full season will pass before they meet again—if they meet again. As the darkness deepens, a disgraced knight, a pampered elfmaiden, and a rattle-brained kender stand alone in the pale winter sunlight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786916092
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Series: Dragonlance Chronicles Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 59,107
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.04(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)

About the Author

Margaret Weis is the author of numerous Dragonlance novels, many of them co-written with Tracy Hickman, including the New York Times bestselling War of Souls trilogy. She is also the author of the Star of the Guardian novels and the designer of many Dragonlance roleplaying products.

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Dragonlance: Dragons of Winter Night (Chronicles #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 186 reviews.
DolphinFan316 More than 1 year ago
The story continues where the last book left off. It gets darker and more desperate leading up to the next book. The story is told in a way that makes you want to keep reading. Highly recommended if you read the Dragons of Autumn Twilight.
Bret_James_Stewart More than 1 year ago
Dragons of Winter Night continues the saga begun in Dragons of Autumn Twilight. The forces of good continue to make inroads against the forces of evil, though the evil dragonarmies are clearly winning. Over the course of the novel, the good guys find and learn to use the Dragon Orbs, which can control dragons, and the Dragonlances, which can kill them. The dragonlances, of course, are the reason for the title of the series, so they are pretty important to the plot and setting. As I did with the first review, I am going to focus on characterization rather than plot. The plot is interesting and well-done, with the protagonists separated during a dragonraid and with an awesome dream sequence involving the elven King Lorac's tragic use of a Dragon Orb. The separate groups each accomplish important objectives, leaving the plot hanging with a significant glimpse of hope in the aforementioned items. The forces of good have the materiel to combat evil. The more important issue, however, is can they rally to the task? The political, social, and racial tensions make this seem impossible. The gods themselves have entered the fray: Paladine on the side of good in the guise of Fizban the Mage (thought slain in the first book) and Takhisis, a chromatic dragon based upon the D&D version of Tiamat (who differs significantly from the folkloric/mythological entity)on the side of evil, and the healing-goddess Mishakal on the side of healing (good, really). Astinus, the god of Neutrality, is also active in the world, but does not appear until the next novel. Although the plot is great, it is the characters we love: Tanis Half-elven--the leader of the protagonists; he is haunted by his past; his half-elven status resulting in prejudice from both humans and elves so that he feels he belongs nowhere. Deeply introspective, Tanis is torn between his love for Laurana (they were previously betrothed) and his love-lust for Kitiara. Kitiara Uth-Matar--human love interest of Tanis and half-sister to Caramon and Raistlin. She has joined with the Dragonarmies, which causes tension. She is sex-and-power crazed. Although it does not appear in this series, it later comes to light that she had an affair with Sturm, which resulted in a bastard son. Kitiara is a pivotal character, in many ways. You don't really like her, but you can understand why people are drawn to her. Flint Fireforge--Flint is your typical cranky dwarf. He operates as a sort of grandfatherly figure (if your grandfater were really crotchety) both in comparison to the shorter-lived races and in general as he is old even for a dwarf. A bachelor, he "adopted" most of the others as youngsters, and they grew up with him during important phases of their lives. Tanis is his special friend. He serves as a foil for Tas. Tasslehoff Burrfoot--Tas, as he is known, irritates me. This is okay because the fearless and voraciously curious kender are the nuisance race of Krynn. This annoyance is balanced out by his kind spirit. Part comic relief and part innocence embodied, Tas serves to keep a childlike sense of wonder and kindness in the story. In game terms, he is a thief, so he is able to sneak around, open locks, and do a lot of things the protagonists would not be able to do otherwise. Caramon Majere--an exceptionally strong warrior. He is in love with Tika Waylan. Caramon is devoted to his twin brother Raistlin. This relationship is ambiguous so that it sometimes seems altruistic and noble and sometimes acidicly co-dependent. Raistlin Majere--the mage of the party. He,of course, has magical skills the others do not. He is also the most knowledgeable of the group, in a the general sense. He is an interesting amalgam of good and evil, and the reader is unsure how his morality will progress, though it increasingly leans toward evil. His power is growing exponentially as well, hinting at greater things to come. He is hateful most of the time to pretty much everyone. His humanity shines through like a beam of sunlight through a cloudy sky, at times, which makes him more realistic and likeable. As with Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, you yearn for him to be redeemed, spiritually, but you don't think he will be. Sturm Brightblade--a wannabe (and actual, toward the end) Knight of Solamnia. He and Raistlin do not get along. Sturm embodies the virtues of chivalry, though not in a completely rigid way. He is the most heroic of the protagonists, in the classic sense of the term. His death atop the High Clerist's Tower makes me weep every time I read it. This brings Kitiara and Laurana in contact as Sturm is killed by Kitiara, which is ironic in several ways. Sturm is the love interest of the elven princess, Alhana Starbreeze (daughter to King Lorac), though he, achingly for the reader, does not know it. Her heartbreak over his death leaves the reader as frutstrated and sorrow-filled as she is. Laurana--an elf-maid in love with Tanis. She starts out rather naive, but quickly matures. She rapidly becomes the second most powerful (after Raistlin) character in the group. She leads the portion of the party she is with after the entire group is separated. She even kills a Dragon Highlord. You want to keep reading to see what she is going to do next. Tika Waylan--a barmaid turned shield-bashing warrioress. She is the love interest of Caramon and, therefore, vies with Raistlin for Caramon's attention. She is also somewhat naive like Laurana, though she also quickly outgrows it. Anxious over being less-attractive than the other females of the group (though she is no dog, by any means) and less skilled as a warrior, Tika comes across as imminently human. She does not become as strong a character as Laurana, but she is more approachable. Goldmoon--the first true cleric (priestess) of the post-Cataclysmic world, Goldmoon is a barbarian (very Amerindian-based) princess. She is the priestess of Mishakal, the goddess of healing. She is the impetus for the plot. She is the love interest (later wife) of Riverwind. I don't know why no one else in the group is in love with her, but they should be; I've been in love with her for twenty-five years--I'm just glad I don't have to fight Riverwind over her. She is a very noble character, but is real in that she has doubts as to her faith and abilities just like a real person. Riverwind--Goldmoon's bodyguard and romantic interest (later husband). He, too, is a warrior and tribal hero. It is he who quested for and obtained the Blue Crystal Staff wielded by Goldmoon that is the symbol of the goddess Mishakal. He is a tribal outcast, so he can relate to Tanis and the other semi-misfits of the group except that he is prejudiced against non-humans, especially elves. This is the group that has been assembled to bring balance back to the world of Krynn. Can they do it? You'll just have to read and see. This trilogy should be read, if only for the character interaction, which is superbly done by Weis and Hickman. Dragons of Spring Dawning is the next book in the trilogy.
AgentAC More than 1 year ago
Part 2 of the companions story.  If you loved Dragons of Autumn Twilight, you have to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr i did not think i would like it first but my dad said it was good so i gave it a chance and it was freking awsome and im young so give it a chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tod Morey More than 1 year ago
Chronicles Part 2 picks up from the previous novel, grabs hold of you and never lets go. Even with kids this was my fastest read through it yet. Yes I have read the Dragonlance Chronicles around 4-5 times and hope still that someone will do justice to a series of films ala Lord of the Rings. Truly epic and a wonderful experience every single time.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Wonderful+read
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best D&D novels ever written. Good, but not fast and furious action combined with strong characters and some interesting scenarios.
andrewjoslyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book back in 6th grade and I kinda fell in love with the series at that point. I gobbled up the first trilogy and then continued on for several years reading almost nothing but Dragonlance books. I haven't re-read this series in a long time, but what I remember about it was the epic-scale, and the in-depth development of the characters that made you feel like you had known them forever. At the same time, there were lots and lots of questions that it raised and this made me hungry to learn more about their universe. A very good read (the whole first trilogy) for anyone into fantasy novels.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My feelings about the second book in this, the original Dragonlance trilogy, mirror my reactions when reading the first. The story is fun, plot-driven with a myriad of characters; the fantasy is filled with tropes and cliches, but the irritation of predictability is alleviated because the cliches are done so well; the writing is adequate, at times clunky, but the focus is on action, not literary quality, so it worked. Books evoke different ideas and interpretations, usually even two books in the same series, but sometimes a series feels like one big story sliced in pieces and my response to each novel can be surprisingly similar. Sometimes that can be a great thing - the story is so epic, you don't want to take a breath between reading each novel. Sometimes that can be a bad thing - the stories start to feel repetitive and I tire of them. This series falls somewhere in between, I feel. I wasn't consumed with a desire to move from one novel to the next; actually, many years passed between readings, and I had to skim the first one to remember what came before. On the other hand, I found both reads to be highly enjoyable, and acknowledged why so many fantasy fans consider this a staple of fantasy literature. How can I explain it? If you are looking for an example of the completely typical epic fantasy, with all the trimmings that might appear in that genre, then this is a series to peruse. For my own records, I am appending a synopsis of the novel here (next time I won't need to skim, hopefully). Spoilers will certainly ensue.This series picks up with the companions from the first novel in the series witnessing a historic moment: the dwarf clans are reuniting now that they have the might Hammer of Kharas. Apparently, in the interim between books, the companions went on another epic quest to retrieve said Hammer, but this is only referenced in the current story. (I saw from looking online that a book of lost adventures details the exploit.) Despite this triumph, everyone is concerned about the advancing Draconian armies, so the companions are dispatched to Tarsis, to see if they can use the legendary white-winged ships to seek places of refuge or help.Nothing goes as planned, of course. Tarsis is hostile to foreigners, and Tanis, Flint, Sturm, and Tasslehoff are arrested. That becomes a moot point when the town is attacked, and quickly destroyed, by dragons. The companions are split in two groups: Tanis leads some to help the elven Lady Alhana, and Sturm gathers others to join with the Knights of Solamnia. Both groups succeed in acquiring dragon orb, and learn that these tools are fearsome objects of magic, potentially as destructive as they are helpful. Tanis and his group head to Flotsam, hoping to find safe passage to Southern Ergoth, but the Draconian armies are still searching for them. They pose as a group of traveling magicians and entertainers and accumulate enough money for renting a ship. Once in, however, Tanis runs into one of the Dragonlords, who happens to be his old lover, Kitiara. We leave that half of the companions in Flotsam, unsure of their eventual fate.Meanwhile, Sturm and his group are marooned on Southern Ergoth, after a white dragon attacks their ship for stealing the orb from an ice palace. Laurana thinks that they will be safe, for her people are on Ergoth, but the elves are not friendly. The three different tribes are nearly at war with one another, and completely hostile to humans, who they blame for everything. Sturm and his fellow knights are not better; the Knights of Solamnia are split by bitter factions and rivalries. Nonetheless, Sturm and Laurana manage to help everyone escape the friendly imprisonment of the elves, and flee to Northern Ergoth, where the Knights have a stronghold. En route, they learn that Silvara, a member of their party, is actually a dragon in human form. She teaches them how to make the mythic Dragonlance, which comes in handy, because soon they are entrenched in a battle t
mohi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More of the same in this sequel.
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the second book off the DragaonLance Chronicles, the companions continue on their mission to find out what has brought the evil dragons back, and try to bring the world's races togethers. This is proving harder than anticipated because of centuries old prejudices and hatreds that have festered causing rifts in any defences that may have been put together.As the evil dragon army advance across the face of Krynn, the companions are forced to split up. The author does a very good job of staying with both groups without splitting the story too much. Unusual heroes emerge making and acting on the hard decisions that many would never be able to make. The companions continue to grow and develop in unique and often fascinating ways.We are left with quite a cliff hanger that drives the reader into the next book as if this one had never ended.
Wiszard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The magic continues from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. This well written fantasy will tear at your heart as you live through the ups and downs of the characters. Weis and Hickman's writing allows you to be swept away and into the world of Krynn. Be aware readers that there are many plot lines and sometimes you can get lost in trying to keep who is together and where they are at the moment, but aside from that, it's a great book. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series.
HvyMetalMG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The continuation of part 1 is just as good.
Queensowntalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice, fun, light reading with, to my mind, interesting if stock characters. Excellent for younger readers.
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ReadingOverTheShoulder More than 1 year ago
Better than the first one! The world is brought into better focus, the characters become more detailed and the plot thickens. This book highlights the best aspects of the series. For the full review and more Dragonlance, check out ReadingOverTheShoulder.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books. I have read them several times and enjoy them each time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is one of the best I have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, very Tolkien in reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really a good book but sometimes I question their descriptions of things and places. But I read the War of Souls trilogy first because I started reading A Fallen Sun and I realized half way through there were prequel trilogies. I found War of Souls much better.
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All the stars. <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only thing known to the public species:Elf guild:assasin fact:when kills somebody there is a large red x on their bodies made of blood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugh. I made this big bio, then hit the back button. If you really need to know, you can wait until I have more time to make one.