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The Soulforge: Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles, Book 1 | [Margaret Weis]

The Soulforge: Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles, Book 1

A mage's soul is forged in the crucible of magic. Raistlin Majere is six years old when he is introduced to the archmage who enrolls him in a school for the study of magic. There the gifted and talented but tormented boy comes to see magic as his salvation. Mages in the magical Tower of High Sorcery watch him in secret, for they see shadows darkening over Raistlin even as the same shadows lengthen over all Ansalon. Finally, Raistlin draws near his goal of becoming a wizard. But first he must take the drea Test in the Tower of High Sorcery. It will change his life forever - if he survives.
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A mage's soul is forged in the crucible of magic. Raistlin Majere is six years old when he is introduced to the archmage who enrolls him in a school for the study of magic. There the gifted and talented but tormented boy comes to see magic as his salvation. Mages in the magical Tower of High Sorcery watch him in secret, for they see shadows darkening over Raistlin even as the same shadows lengthen over all Ansalon.

Finally, Raistlin draws near his goal of becoming a wizard. But first he must take the drea Test in the Tower of High Sorcery. It will change his life forever - if he survives.

©2011 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 06-16-13
    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 06-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology

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    "Fantastic story"
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    This was a fantastic story and was the first Dragonlance novel I have ever read/listened to. I was drawn to Raistlin's character, and now I am very interested in reading further Dragonlance novels that feature Raistlin to see where his story goes from here.

    There are many fantastic characters in this book. The twins, Raistlin and Caramon, are very interesting dichotomies of each other, and I found myself liking both characters. I also loved the Kender race, and the Kender nature makes me smile; the rambling, cheery tales and behavior by a Kender in this story have made me laugh out loud,serving as comedic relief.

    The performance was excellent, and I listened with ferocity, breezing through the entire novel in just a few days.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 07-10-14
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 07-10-14
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    "My Favorite Character"

    I have loved the Dragon Lance books since I was a teenager. I have loved Raistlin since then as well. I was beyond happy when these books first came out as it was a story of him and his life in more detail then you get in the other books. That is the basic premises of these books and if you know Raistlin but do not know theses stories you will find you did not really know Raistlin.

    I am very VERY happy to say the narration did not ruin this book, as I am often afraid of when listening to old favorites. They changed the character voices such that you could distinguish them and better then that the voices fit the personalities of the characters very very well. I will actually look for more books by this narrator and hope he continues to perform as well as he did in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B S Davis 07-18-14
    B S Davis 07-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "40 years later I read the back story"
    If you could sum up The Soulforge in three words, what would they be?

    Great back story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Rastlin


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Taking down the temple





    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they were altogether at The Last Home. Took me back 40 years when first read a dragonlance novel.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was well developed and the narration was spot on. If you love resonance you will love this backstory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Flint, MI, USA 02-24-13
    Scott Flint, MI, USA 02-24-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Starts slow, but then doesn't stop until the end!!"
    If you could sum up The Soulforge in three words, what would they be?

    Great Wizard Story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enjoyed hearing how it all began with the main character!!!


    What about Chris Sorensen’s performance did you like?

    Chris does a great job of reading this book, enjoyed every minute of it!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Because it's 17+ hours listening to his in one setting isn't possible, but if it was, I would!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, purchasing book two right now!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon 06-23-14
    Brandon 06-23-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Well done prelude"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of my favorite Dragonlance books. It did a great job of covering the early life of one of the most interesting characters of the series. It also felt like a real novel whereas the original trilogies you could sometimes tell were there in part to create interest in the D&D game. Overall it was pretty well paced with all it had to cover and stayed pretty close to what was expected from all the previous novels and short stories about Raistlin. My only complaint would be that it was implied that the twins along with Sturm spent many more years traveling with Flint and Tanis. In this book they pretty much spent 1 year together and only went on 1 trip with all of them. But it was still a very enjoyable book.


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    chris 03-06-14
    chris 03-06-14
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    "Great series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This series has no weakness. Performance & story are good. 1st book has a nice bit of good humor too.


    What other book might you compare The Soulforge to and why?

    Lord Of The Rings. Botth have central magic themes & both don't over do the magic part. The story is what comes 1st.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Sorensen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    When the theif character meets lots of his own kind, is real cute.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Rawlins Ohio United States 02-21-13
    J. Rawlins Ohio United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Shaken never Stirred

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    "So begins Raistlin the 1st really cool anti-hero!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Soulforge to be better than the print version?

    Depends on your personal tastes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Raistlin


    Have you listened to any of Chris Sorensen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Better than most


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    To long for one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    A must for any fan of Dragonlance. This chronicles Raistlin's first steps into magic and his first steps to becoming the Black Wizard everyone fears.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 03-20-13
    Andrew Stone San Diego 03-20-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Boring Reader ... Puts me to sleep!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Story is ruined by the pace of the reader. Very slow... the pace put me to sleep several times... I had to increase the playback to 1.25 times the standard playback rate.

    In general, I love the epic fantasy books.

    I would suggest much better series in the "Fantasy: Epic" genre such as:
    Wheel of Time: Eye of the World
    Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind
    Stormlight: The Way of Kings
    The Demon Cycle: The Warded Man
    A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones


    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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