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Dragons of Winter Night: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 2 | [Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman]

Dragons of Winter Night: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 2

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.
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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.

©1985 TSR, Inc., Cover Copyright 2000 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Joshua Australia 02-11-14
    Joshua Australia 02-11-14 Member Since 2012

    "It's time to toss the Dice"

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    "An old story well told"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mrbill333 ohio 06-20-13
    mrbill333 ohio 06-20-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Not Pleased with new reader."

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Trey Weller 05-10-15
    Trey Weller 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun, But the Flaws Still Show"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Numerous things:

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What aspect of Paul Boehmer’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    Do you think Dragons of Winter Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Brandon Click 04-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My honor is my life."

    How do you review you're favorite books? I've loved Weis and Hickman for almost thirty years, and I still never tire of the story!

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    Katie Culhane 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    Loved it. I could not wait to start the last book in this series. They are amazing books!

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    Sean 01-25-15
    Sean 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Holds up over time!"

    This was the first book series I ever bought on my own as a child again at age 35 and still love it!

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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 11-22-13
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than i remembered."

    I thought that there was something wrong with my downloaded copy,i finished it in under a week,it seemed too short. It wasnt too short,it was just that good. I continue to love this series and its characters.

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    "Great story, poor narration"
    What did you like most about Dragons of Winter Night?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    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.


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  • Stephen
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    "Still a fantastic story, narrator is a bit off"
    Would you listen to Dragons of Winter Night again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragons of Winter Night?

    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.


    Did Paul Boehmer do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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