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The Eve of the Maelstrom

Dragons of a New Age, Book 3
By: Jean Rabe
Narrated by: Josh Clark
Series: Dragons of a New Age, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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In an age of tyranny, one evil rises above all others.The Summer of Chaos swept its devastation across the world of Krynn. In its wake, foul dragon overlords of immeasurable power conquered Ansalon and remade the lands in their own image. But Malystryx, the greatest and most evil of all the dragons, is no longer content with ruling her domain. She wants to ascend to godhood, and only one band of stalwart heroes stands in her way.

©1998 TSR, Inc. c. 2002 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Strong close

As with the previous two, I have mixed feelings about the narrator. Some of his voices are fantastic while others annoy me to no end.

Also like the previous two, it's a strong story with only a few inaccurate facts.

My biggest complaint is that I feel there is just too much going on in these books for how short they are. I really think they should have been between 1.5 and twice the length they were to give appropriate time and attention to everything going on.

Even with that in consideration though, I still highly recommend the series. Really sets the stage for later events.

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Complete nose dive!

What an incomplete/rushed effort to finish this series. :( The first two books had amazing promise of an epic storyline... This book started off well where the 2nd ended... and that's all I can say that was positive. It seemed as though the author just ran out of time or creativity...and mailed it in. Sad, because I felt this had potential to rival Chronicles and Legends. Why bother to develop characters just to give them an unknown/anonymous fate, regardless of what series follows. This is not how you close out a trilogy.

The reader/narrator...I tolerated through the first two books because of great story...I couldn't any longer. Absolutely horrible voices for dragons and kender. Never thought I would envision mighty dragons as geriatric douche bags...the moaning and groaning voices were better suited for Gargamel. The hillbilly kender...wow, I firmly expected the reader to throw in a "Roll Tide!" each time he spoke for Blister. Somehow I think he screwed around intentionally...changing the most known words and pronunciations in the DL saga to something just terrible. Magius sounded like Muh-gina. Huma sounded like Hooma, and Ariakan....yeah, you get the idea. Do the producers of these audiobooks not do any type of screening? While authors and stories be hit and miss...no excuse for the the readers. That being said...I live the Dragonlance universe! This would be a better read than listen.

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nothing accomplished

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The first two books were okay - thinking well the didn't really get much done in the first two books other than grab a bunch of magical items and lose them. No enemies were really defeated. But I thought at least the last book will tie everything up. But no - at the end nothing changed - the Heros had no chance at actually doing anything and basically just made the dragons angry - then the heros walk away at the end giving themselves a pat on the back like they won - I don't know which books will actually solve things one way or the other but you can skip these 3 and go to those books instead.

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  • Zalman Livshiz
  • 06-20-17

pretty good series

this was a pretty decent conclusion to good trilogy set between dragons of summer flame and the war of souls trilogy. It doesn't lead up to the beginning of the war of souls so i only wish there was another trilogy after this one that did. But with dragonlance dead and buried i was happy to find a good trilogy i hadn't read yet.