Summer has come to Krynn, a summer unlike any before. The sun bears down on land and sea, searing the world with relentless light and heat. Clouds and rain are nowhere to be found, and even the darkness of night brings little relief from the strange and oppressive day.
Meanwhile, those who commune regularly with their gods are uneasy. Every day, their deities become more distant, more difficult to reach. Clerics' prayers go unanswered, and magic goes awry. As the tension on Ansalon builds, estranged cousins Palin Majere and Steel Brightblade search for an explanation. It soon becomes evident that more than just magic is at stake.The fate of all Krynn hangs in the balance.
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Not for a while. It's a bit of a long sit.
This isn't Weis and Hickman's best. The story is more streamlined in the Chronicles trilogy, and the character work is better in Legends, but this does a decent enough job of ending an age, introducing a new one, while also devling deeper into Krynn's mythology and paying homage to the characters from both generations. It's an impossible book to do perfectly, but by focusing primarily on the characters Weis and Hickman are able to achieve some emotional impact by the book's end.
First of all, I'm so glad that we've got Paul Boehmer reading these characters and this world again. He gets it in a way that Ax Norman simply didn't (seriously, Audible, what a travesty of a performance!). Boehmer's grown on me progressively since the first book of Chronicles, and what I love is his ability to read everything as though it is the most important, drama-filled scene he has ever encountered. You get a sense that he's crazy about this world and the people in it. And in keeping with that spirit, Boehmer's best character was undoubtedly Tasslehoff Burrfoot, everyone's favorite kender. Tas is one of those characters who so nearly annoyed me all the time in the first book, but by now I just love the guy. It's a testament to Weis and Hickman's writing as well as Boehmer's performance that Tas becomes so endearing over time. He's a tough character to pull of well.
Not really, since it would take more than a day. That said, I did burn through this one pretty quickly.
Just so everyone's aware, this book is listed as the fourth installment in the Chronicles series, but that's misleading. Luckily I found this out before it was too late and read the books in the right order. If you're curious, here's the correct order:
1. Chronicles (starting with Dragons of Autumn Twilight
2. Legends (starting with Time of the Twins)
3. The Second Generation (collection of novellas that introduces you to some of the new players and concepts in this book)
4. Dragons of Summer Flame
As an avid fan of the Dragonlance series, I have been wanting to read this book for a long time. However due to the size and thickness of the physical copy, I've always put it off. So this was a good way to get it read. As I write this review, I'm only a few chapters into book 3.
Any fan of the Dragonlance series who know the Kender characteristics will find themselves rolling with laughter at Tass' antics. I certainly did.
As for Paul's narrating style, it reminds me of the narrating style of Orson Welles. So that's a great plus in my book. :D
First, let me say that the story is a little disjointed, so read/listen to the Second Generation before this, if you are not familiar with the stories already.
Second, I know many people dislike Paul Boehmer's performance but I enjoy it. His voice is melodious, and he is one of the few male narrators who can perform female roles without falling into a Monty Python-esque falsetto. Also, he does a wonderful Tasselhoff Burrfoot. His voices for Tanis, Tas, Raistlin and Fizzban/Paladine sound like what I've heard in my head ever since reading the books when they originally came out.
My biggest complaint about his narration is how he pronounces Takhisis, but I can deal with it. At least he pronounces Majere correctly.
All in all, this is a fair rendition of one of my favourite fantasy series.
Dragonlance has always been one of my favorite novel series however being an adult now I have very little time to sit and read. having Dragonlance all of my favorite ones even the ones I've read available to me in audio format being read as masterfully as they are is a real treat and I can't Express how happy I am that audible now carries Dragonlance. an amazing performance by the narrator, No monotone and you can tell who's talking. If you purchase this audio book I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have
I liked the light hearted feel of the entire book. It is a book that is for all ages.
I really enjoyed how they showed that not all draconians were monsters and they were people like everyone else with needs, wants, honor, dishonor, etc.
I absolutely love Paul as a narrator! He brings so much character to a story with his radical voice changes and he keeps a great tempo for the story! I love all of his work!
Sometimes you have to club a seal with a kitten
Yes. Boehmer is a great narrator and got me to purchase the whole series.
Yes, the story writing is good. I wish they hadn't brought the most annoying character, Tas the assling, into this book. There was to much focus on Tas and really took a lot away from the story.
Not really a character per se but the narration of the story, outside the dialog, was wonderful.
Yes, Boehmer makes you think your listening to many different people.
Yes- wonderful story - some of my favorite characters were in it as well as new ones I loved (some of their sons!)
The stories Weis and Hickman write together are always amazing and Boehmer did a wonderful job reading it. What I liked best . . . That is too hard to say.
His voice! Its perfect for the story and when he changes it for the characters it seems natural and adds to the story rather than distracts from it. Not to mention he has a really nice voice to listen to.
It had parts that were sad and because I know these characters from other books I did laugh at things they did (especially Tas).
I have an issue with the idea that this is called Chronicles Book 4. It does not have all the same main characters, it is 20+ years later, and a different war!
But it is still a great story.
"Worth spending the time on."
if you want to get the most out the this great well told story make sure you listen to the prequels first. autumn, winter , spring and second generation at least.
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