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 elf maiden, and a rattle-brained kender stand alone in the pale winter sunlight.
Not much in the way of heroes.
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"It's time to toss the Dice"
A story I read when I was a teenager just as good as I remember. An okay performance and a good Series of books.Worth a listen when all the Great stories run out or if your just stuck as to what you'll read next.
First of all I absolutely love this series. The Chronicles Series from the Dragonlance world contains so many fun charecter. This book definately takes you from the first book running through the progression of the War.
I started listening to this series with Ax Norman, and then audible switched to the reading by Paul Boehmer. Mr. Boehmer reads alot like a text to speech program meets William Shatner. He puts voices to some charecters but only a few and not consistently.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out. These books are really fun to listen to. This is the second book in the series I have listened to and I feel as though I've known these characters forever. They are well written and I feel a personal attachment to them . The narrator performed very well. His character voices fit well with the images of the characters in my head. I was fully immersed in the world when listening. If you are into fantasy at all I would definitely recommend picking up this series.
I have read and heard this story at least a dozen times over the 20 years since I found th
e dragon lance saga. still brings joyious smiles and bitter tears even after so many years. will be buying more of the companions books on audio.
I'd put Dragons of Winter Night in my top 10 of Dungeon and Dragons style books. It was hand and fist above the first book and naturally so, now that you're vested with the characters.
The story did slow in parts. Like many high fantasy books, it seems to take the scenic route. No one really cares about the different elf factions and their wars but Weis and Hickman really push this agenda on the reader for a little too long. It does have some meaning later in the book but not enough to suffer countless chapters on this topic. Otherwise, the overarching story was very good... Draconians and the dragons threaten everyone and they need to die!
A large chunk of this book (really 3 novel in one) has the main party broken up and going separate ways. Mostly, this works and allows the authors to tell two stories at once. The scene which makes the party split is pretty good and has some actual meaning. The downside is the book does get one-sided toward the end and you don't hear much from the one camp.
It's a very nice novel. If you were on the fence after the first one, definitely pick this up and you'll enjoy it. I want to now read the third in the trilogy and start to learn more about the gods, legends and other characters. It's turning out to be an excellent world to explore.
Average for a recreational read.
Misplaced dramatics and emphasis. Mispronunciations. Pauses where they didn't belong and not where they did belong. Character voices mixed up.
It was a good story or I wouldn't have put up with the annoying narrator.
The book was great. The BOOK. It was great when I first read it back in the 80s. This audio performance, not so much.
The book, itself, is fantastic. You get a variety of characters and personalities and the scope is epic.
The narrator's attempt to add more drama is a failure. The pauses and stops make the story choppy. If it were a boat ride, I'd be sea-sick. He mispronounces half the names in the books.
The BOOK is fantastic. The audio performance, not so much
1. Too much happens off-page. Major plot-related events are talked about but go unseen. I understand the authors have since written more about these unseen events more recently, but it's still distracting.
2. The prose is, well, stilted, and it's hard to get past sometimes.
3. Sometimes, the characters make decisions that are not only dumb, but that are dumber than the characters making them.
The "dream sequence", while not entirely crucial at times, was entertaining. Having half the characters waste time by making themselves traveling performers... not so much. The book's highlight is the climax, where there are real repercussions to characters' actions, and the consequences are dire.
Boehmer has a tendency to add drama where subtlety would work better. He throws in long pauses, and it probably added a couple of hours to the audiobook.
I mean, it's Book II of a trilogy, and Book III is already out, so yes. The story isn't done, and I'll stick to the end of it. I've put too much time in now, and there are still some fun moments.
Dragons of Winter Night is the Empire Strikes Back of the Dragonlance Chronicles. It's a smidgen better than its predecessor, but it doesn't even try to stand alone. Even though there are plenty of issues with the prose, and there are some aspects of the writing that feel dated, it's got a sense of adventure that still manages to be contagious.
"Great story, poor narration"
The story is excellent. I read the book many years ago when I was still playing the Dungeons and Dragons FRP game. You can see how the game influenced the book and you get a D&D feel from the story.
His pacing and intonation is all wrong. He pauses in the wrong places and emphasizes the wrong words. His pronunciation is very good and clear but he seems to concentrate purely on this and not on flow and the conveyance of meaning using pace and intonation. It is very distracting and spoils the enjoyment of this book a lot and makes it hard work to listen to. This is a great shame as the story is good.
"Still a fantastic story, narrator is a bit off"
Yes I would, repeatedly. I LOVE the Dragonlance Chronicles, it was my first proper reading experience with a true d&d book, and it will remain with me forever as the best books I have read in this genre.
The entry into the nightmare forest of Lorac... wow that was powerful writing throughout that entire episode of the book. Unforgettable atmosphere and character interraction, I felt I was actually "in there" with them.
Ah... yes he did, attempting a fair change of accent for each of the major characters, and even "warming" to a few of them. Paul is Shakespearean trained and it shows, but I find the diction and pace a little too "perfect" outside of the individual character portrayals. As the narrator he could have been a little warmer with a less formal approach to the reading.
I was thoroughly gripped by the Lorac episode, feeling the pains and elations of each character as the story progressed. The style of writing had the desired effect at each stage of the episode, both crying with despair at the tragedy of the characters, and laughing with relief when the nightmare ended. This, to me, was the most emotional and most powerfully written part of the book.
I can't express how much I really like these Chronicles, they hold a special place in my heart and I will always go back to them when I need to lose myself in a world of both endless despair and eternal hope. The depth of this book is vast and I would place it on a par with Middle Earth in it's complexity and history.
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