The flames of war devour Ansalon. The army of dead souls marches toward conquest, led by the mystical warrior Mina, who serves the powerful One God.
A small band of heroes, driven to desperate measures, leads the fight against overwhelming odds.
Two unlikely protagonists emerge. One is a dragon overlord who will not easily relinquish her rule. The other is an irrepressible kender who has been on a strange and remarkable journey that will end in startling and unforeseen fashion.
Fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, was one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world. I've written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn, as well as series in other, original worlds. These include: Darksword, Rose of the Prophet, Star of the Guardians, DeathGate, Dragonvarld, Sovereign Stone, Dragonships, and the Dragon Brigade. I also wrote two paranormal romance novels, Fallen Angel and Warrior Angel, with my daughter, Elizabeth Baldwin. I graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia and now live in Wisconsin with dogs, Max, Dixie, Joey the Thug and Clancy the Hooligan.
I am currently working on the third book in the Dragon Brigade series, the Seventh Sigil. The first book is Shadow Raiders. The second book is Storm Riders, coming out from Tor in July 2013.
My hobby is flyball racing with my dogs, Dixie, a border collie, and two crackhead Shelties, Joey the Thug and Clancy the Hooligan.
I am the owner of the company, Margaret Weis Productions, publisher of RPGs. Our newest project is creating the RPG for the wonderful TV series, Firefly. Shiny!
This is the final book of a trilogy and it must be read in order. In this one, Takhisis is trying to gain physical form and rule the world. Meanwhile, Gilthas and his elves have been forced out of their homes and have nowhere to live. They look upon their fellow elves for help and support.
I liked this book but it wasn't my favorite. I really enjoyed the first book of this trilogy but my enjoyment declined with each book afterwards. There were things that I did like in this book and things I did not care fore. That is why I went with the three star rating. The scope of the book is epic. The looming threat from Tahkisis is tangible and the reader can understand the call to arms. I love the minor plot about the elves. I find this fascinating and I wished that we spent more time with that particular plot. That leads into things I did not care for in this book. With little time spent on the elves we spent a lot of time on a plot that I thought was over done. To me, this read as a soft reboot to the realm of Krynn. It seemed like the original authors were trying to correct what other authors did to this world. It was needed but I don't think it belonged in this book. Throughout this book I thought it was too long in some parts and too short in others as some plots seemed to wrap up rather quickly.
This isn't my favorite trilogy in this realm as I thought the same when I read it years ago. It is likeable. Maybe I am comparing it to other trilogies in this realm and that is just not fair. The characters in this trilogy just don't hold a candle to other characters in this book. It does set up for interesting stories to come especially with the Elves. I have read those books and they are really good. Even beloved characters from previous books did not evoke the same feelings I have had for them. It is worth a read but nowhere close to my favorite in this realm.
This was a very strong finish to the entire series for me. At first, I was upset with how Weis and Hickman explained Jean Rabe's plot. But, I got over it and actually grew to appreciate it because it made sense, and they redeemed some of the finer points for me, like the heart magic really not being from Takhisis, after all. I enjoyed the progression of this book specifically, and I really like the endings for each of the characters. I feel like they're all appropriate and fair, unlike Tanis' ending, which I'm still mad about, but whatever. Overall, this book has some great scenes, some great battles, and touching moments. I highly recommend it to DL fans. You can't really NOT read this and be a DL fan!
**I'm so tempted to read Weis' series on Mina to continue the story because Mina gets a backdoor spinoff ending, to use a TV phrase, and I do want to know where that leads. But I really don't like Mina, and I found almost every scene with her in it painful to read. It was all overly sentimental and far fetched and just annoying. So, I'm not sure I want to torture myself. But I didn't care for Dhamon Grimwulf at first either, yet now I'm REALLY looking forward to reading Lake of Death (Dhamon's conclusion), so maybe I'll end up reading Dark Disciple one of these days...
At a certain age, it's easy to look for allegory where none might exist. Are the Dragonlance elves surrogates for the Jewish people? Is the celestial clockwork of Krynn's metaphysics a lesson in Tracy Hickman's Mormon faith?
Dragons of a Vanished Moon brings Weis & Hickman's last Dragonlance trilogy, the "War of Souls", to an end. I'm almost sad to again leave the world these two have created, knowing that this time, it's really over. Margaret Weis wrote an additional trilogy of Dragonlance books that follow on from these without Tracy Hickman, and there exists a back catalog universe of 170+ shovelware paperbacks with the Dragonlance logo, but this ending is truly the ending of the characters conceived and made Heroes of the Lance some 30-plus years ago.
I have no idea what the distribution of duties is when Weis & Hickman co-author a book. Is one of them in charge of plot and the other writes the prose? Does one write dialogue and the other exposition? Do they trade off chapter-by-chapter? I have read at least two dozen novels by these collaborators between Dragonlance and their other fantasy series, and to me they may as well be a single creative force.
The writing is fast, since the story has all the hallmarks of having been tightly plotted and intricately outlined. They have a tendency to repeat character descriptions and bits of exposition frequently, which comes off not as redundant but as reinforcement. They frequently inject humor (sometimes outright comedy) into their work through one ridiculous character or another, but that is paused to a large extent here and everyone plays it straight.
That the "War of Souls" brings a fantasy world of magic, elves, and noble knights to the brink of apocalypse is almost beside the point. Dragons of a Vanished Moon is fantasy adventure written by masters of that craft, and it is a hell of a fun thing to read.
Compared to other current fantasy, it lacks "grim and gritty" and stays solidly PG (maybe PG-13 for violence); the narrative is tight (the authors don't need to engage in extensive world building though a short appendix describes some fantasy metaphysics) and is epic within its footprint; it happily plays on the tropes with which it was built (elves and gnomes and ogres; dragons, of course, and Gods that Walk Among Man). It is not edgy, or deconstructive, it is what it says on the cover.
For fans of the authors and the Dragonlance world, it's as good as it could be, and I'm glad I read it.
Derde deel in de serie van De oorlog der zielen, onderdeel van Dragonlance. Veel personages, veel volken, zoals minotaurussen, elfen, kabouters en reuzen en natuurlijk de Kender, met Tasslehoff Burrfoot als uitzonderlijk exemplaar. Hoewel het af en toe moeilijk te volgen was heb ik er wel erg van genoten. Veel intriges en veldslagen. Mijn favoriete personen waren Gerard (mens), Galdar (minotaurus) en Gilthas (elf).
I loved this story - it wrapped up the trilogy perfectly. Additionally, it wrapped long open story lines from some of The Companions. I did actually get goosebumps and stifled a few tears as the story lines of some of my favorite characters from my childhood ended in the most satisfying way I could imagine.
The story followed the end of Mina's story and gave Galdar new purpose as well as giving an end to Tas' story - which could not have been more fitting. It was also nice seeing Palin find his purpose as the story draws to a close.
I reallt enjoyed this trilogy and loved visiting old friends.
This was the 11th Dragonlance series book that I read. The first three where my favourite by far and while some of the others were ok because Tasselhoff and Fizban made everything so much better, I was really disappointed by how this book ended. Still, I would love to check out the authors latest works some time.
This was amazing. Even though everything we started with in Chronicles has changed and even though everyone we knew in Chronicles has moved on, it still manages to end in such a way that makes us remember the beginning. I found it simply breath-taking. It's interesting because most of the reviews I've read on this book said that its a huge letdown, that it's not worth reading and that the new character suck. I strongly disagree with them. I found that the book exceed my expectations and straight after finishing it I felt like I could read it again. We actually can see some of the original characters in this book. Glithas actually becomes very much like his father Tanis, Gerard reminds me a lot of Sturm, Palin turns into what Raistlin should have been and Dalamar turns into what Raistlin was before he redeemed himself.
I came to care for this brave new world and care for the brave new characters as well, and I actually felt tears welling up in my eyes as I reached the conclusion. Don't listen to the people who tell you not to read this, just do it. You won't be disappointed.
read most of this book during travels to finland and back. this was yet another great novel in the dragonlance world and i loved it. of course some of our beloved characters are not alive anymore, some strangely enough still, or again alive.. but i must say this is a much better solution than what salvatore did to revive some heroes. Weis introduced new heroes and they play a huge role and are surely here to stay for a while. once again great action, the awesome kender that always entertain me greatly, as well as a fierce and gripping end. we are left with a solution for the moment, but of course it's clear enough that the next books will continue where this left off. all these series of books have the risk of getting redundant or repeating itself. Weis does a good job though and the 600 pages flew by. i still have some more of her books and i'm excited to see where this is going and if she can keep it up.
This is a good book and a great climax to one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. The entire series which is about 16 books I believe isn't one of those regular fantasy good vs evil thing. The series is always more complex then that showing how the evil side of good and the good side of evil. Most of all it shows that if good would win the day then world will be destroyed because it always has to be kept in balance to make the world a good place to live. You truly have to read the series to actually understand what I'm talking about unfortunately I'm not the best explainer in the world. Anyways it is WAY better then the Harry Potter Books thats for sure.
This book is an amazing end to a series that started a lot of books (and years) before, if you have read some of the other books you will enjoy this one. You will revive old times and histories that you wouldn't want to forget never.
If you haven't read the other books, don't expect to understand this one, the history is full of references to the previous books. Don't doubt it, go fast and read the first trilogy you won't be disappointed.
Finally, I feel sad to have reached the end of the series. hopefully I will find another world full of magic where I can waste my free time traveling with mystical creatures and honorable heroes....
I finally made it through the trilogy. Whew. The second 2 books were better than the first, but this series needed an editor in a bad way. It should have been 1 book, not 3. I stuck it out, but I'll be giving Dragonlance a pass in the future. The writing is not the worst, but it wasn't great either and the characters were one dimensional. There were some interesting tidbits, but overall nothing special. There are much better fantasy authors out there.
It deserves a lot of credit! It wins on many accounts. I also have to give credit for the epilogue on the spiritual history of Krynn. A good book is adept at tying loose ends while leaving some questions to be answered in later books. It took me 12 years to complete the series set up by the original authors and while I probably will shy away from the other novelists, I would be willing to explore other novels by Wies and Hickman.
the third book of this trilogy made up for the other two, it was a very strong book but I lover the way the dragons came back into the fight also the way the blue dragon supported the silver blind one and how he paired with his great rider odila!! still hate mina, maybe even more so now, she is becoming so dark and wicked!! love also the comic bits from tasselhoff, always my favourite character and the ending of the book by fizban/paladine.
El último volumen de la Guerra de los Espíritus representa el cierre por liquidación de todos los conflictos, tramas, personajes y demás parafernalia de la etapa clásica de la Dragonlance. El nombre del Único es el punto y aparte dentro de la saga que no lograron ser, por distintos motivos, ni El ocaso de los dragones ni la trilogía de la Quinta Era.
Con la conclusión de este tercer y último tomo no solo se abre una nueva etapa dentro de la cronología de la Dragonlance, sino que se da carpetazo a prácticamente todo lo que conocemos de este mundo de fantasía. Ya se había intentado antes, pero se hizo precipitadamente o a medias, sin dar a ese cambio el empaque que necesitaba.
A lo largo de esta trilogía, Weis y Hickman consiguen transmitir más que nunca la sensación de fatalidad, de que el mundo se va al carajo y no puede hacerse nada para evitarlo. Contemplamos a héroes con dudas, desesperados, furiosos, hundidos, a un telediario de que les receten Lexatin® en el desayuno, que incluso llegan a pensar que la lucha no merece la pena y que la mejor alternativa es doblar la rodilla y dejarse llevar. Y en el otro lado tenemos a los antagonistas, convencidos de su causa, pero víctimas a su vez de un gran engaño que podría dejarles sin futuro.
El pasado es una base sobre la que Weis y Hickman construyen la historia, pero no se andan con chiquitas a la hora de remover los cimientos del universo que ellos mismos crearon. La Guerra de la Lanza parece un picnic en el campo en comparación con lo que sucede en esta trilogía.
Aquella ciudad destruida, aquella otra ocupada, pueblos dominados de un extremo a otro de Ansalon… Ya no estamos hablando de señores dragones supremos, gordos y perezosos, que se autoproclaman gobernantes de Krynn y dejan que otros cobren tributos en su nombre, sino de un poder divino que destruye a todo aquel que se opone a su voluntad, arrastrando el mundo hacia una oscuridad eterna, que no puede alumbrarse. Las opciones son comunismo o libertad servidumbre o muerte, no hay otras; y algunos desafortunados ni siquiera pueden elegir, porque, sin saberlo, tienen reserva para ambas.
El sacrificio se convierte, en ese contexto, en el tema central de la la historia. Uno de los dilemas que más resonancia tiene es hasta dónde puede el bien contaminarse antes de convertirse en el mismo mal que está combatiendo. La novela no se aleja de los temas recurrentes de la saga, pero los toca desde una perspectiva menos ingenua, acaso más cínica. Sin embargo, nunca pierde de vista la esperanza, porque, incluso cuando hay un kender cerca (o, sobre todo, si lo hay), la esperanza es lo último que se pierde.
El eslabón más débil de esta trilogía es el clímax, que está a un tecnicismo de ser un deus ex machina literal y por muy poco no lo es en sentido figurado. No llega a serlo, porque se trata de una conclusión coherente con la historia y que viene trazada de lejos, pero, aun así, no resulta del todo satisfactoria. En particular, es una pena que, durante la resolución del conflicto, algunos de los protagonistas saquen las palomitas y los refrescos y se conviertan en meros espectadores de lo que ocurre. El desenlace habría salido beneficiado si su papel hubiera sido más relevante y activo hasta el último momento. Además, esa inacción perjudica a estos personajes, cuya progresión a lo largo de la trilogía desemboca en un punto tibio, casi descuidado.
No obstante, ese traspiés queda compensado por cómo se pone fin a la historia de los Héroes de la Lanza que todavía seguían dando coletazos por ahí, ya sea porque aún no habían muerto o porque, como diría el milagroso Max, estaban muertos en su mayoría, pero no totalmente muertos. En esta trilogía, y a salvo de cierto héroe incombustible, esos viejos amigos tienen un papel secundario, pero, cuando les llega la hora de marcharse, el foco se pone sobre ellos, y su despedida es consecuente con quiénes son y con su trayectoria en la saga. Hay personajes cuyo desenlace ni siquiera podría contaros sin antes asegurarme de tener un pañuelo a mano.
En conclusión, si la relectura de las Crónicas y las Leyendas me reconcilió con la Dragonlance y la Quinta Era me dejó el cerebelo como una croqueta, la Guerra de los Espíritus ha conseguido que me alegre de haber retomado esta saga tantos años después de haberla aparcado. Para un aficionado la Dragonlance que no hubiera recorrido antes este camino, el destino merece la pena.
Dragons of a Vanished Moon is a fitting and breathless finale to the War of the Souls trilogy but also a very satisfying end to the story that began in Chronicles as Weis and Hickman finally say goodbye to that iconic cast. Strangely, after started Fallen Sun and realising, to my surprise, that I'd already read it once upon a time, I started Vanished Moon and realised I'd never read the final part of the trilogy. It was a pleasant surprise because it left the conclusion very unknown. I was suddenly very excited to find out if Mina eventually turns on the One God, if Malys is defeated or if Dalamar and Palin get out of their latest fix. After the magnificent ending of Lost Star, so much is primed for a dramatic finale. It begins grimly, with Dalamar and Palin sharing a grisly fate. I was disappointed in that as I'd enjoyed the tension between the two in the second book. It's a mark of Weis and Hickman's skill as creators of characters that I felt such a emotional response to their renewed antagonism and, especially, a true disappointment in Dalamar's dark choices. A lot of the book is much darker and bloodier before. The elven story is a moving tragedy of exile and Mina's relentless march and increasingly desperate violence leaves you hoping for one of those heroic moments that crown the other books.
It doesn't quite happen that way, although Tasslehof does get his moment. His storyline turns rather odd, flitting about through time, plotting with Raistlin to show the old gods where this One God has whisked the world off to, and eventually taking Gerard, Odila and Mirror on a dragon rescue mission that mirrors the journey of Silvara and Gilthanas in the first trilogy. Throughout this trilogy I was unconvinced by the use of Tasslehof and time-travelling. It's not perfect, and it leads to plenty of contrived reunions of characters and the feeling that "destiny" of a kind is ruling the story, not individual choices. However, I loved his heroic moment. It was described with such joy. Other characters really surprised me too. The minotaur, Galdar, and his doubts about the One God echo what the reader has been feeling the whole way through. He is a great, patient character and I was glad he was given plenty of screen time. Odila and Gerard's friendship, as well as Odila's relationship with religion, is also well done. Whereas in book one I was a bit uniterested when a Gerard chapter appear, in Vanished Moon I looked forward to them. Mirror and Razor, two opposing dragons whose friendship plays a big role in preventing the Old God from enterin the world, are another two sidelined characters who come into their own here.
I was disappointed that Gilthas wasn't given more to do, although I enjoyed his character and his conflicts. The elven exodus and meeting with the Plainsmen is an interesting, calming interlude in what is otherwise an action packed down. Initially, I was annoyed at the identity of the One God, but the end of Vanished Moon vindicated the decision. The final scene, however, was a little anticlimatic after Mina's confrontation with Malys. Weis and Hickman capture the grandeur of Malystrx much better than Jean Rabe managed when introducing the character and the aerial battle between them is another highlight in the Dragonlance series. In some ways I could have finished the series then. The battle of Sanction is a strange and desperate affair and the book has lost a little steam by this point. Mina, however, has also lost a little steam, so perhaps the last mad attempt to serve her God is a fitting ending. Of all the characters to play an important role, I didn't really want it to be Silvanoshei, one of the least interesting characters of the series, but again there is a fitting symmetry to the fact that his love which ruined so much actually ends up bringing some good. Mina's final revenge is brutal and reminds that, for all it's seemingly PG-fantasy rated, Weis and Hickman aren't afraid to throw in a moment of shocking violence.
Overall, I loved the War of the Souls trilogy and read the whole thing in little more than a week. It's overlong in parts but I can't imagine fans of her earlier work complaining. Finally, the pieces of the puzzle come together. Most of their characters, characters they obviously love immensely, find a level of peace or redemption for past deeds. I'm very glad that, nearly 30 years after picking up Chronicles, I read this very satisfying ending. And 40 years after writing the first Dragonlance books, Weis and Hickman remain masters of the game.
Review pending, though I doubt it'll come because I can't get my thoughts clear on this one, largely due to the terrible atrocity that was the audiobook version I listened to, which leads me to want to restart the trilogy on paperkindle.
Short thoughts though. Definitely didn't love this trilogy on the same level as pre 5th age Weis/Hickman books despite the fact that it's inarguably better written. These authors are now far more accomplished at drawing one into a consistent world and zeroing in the focus in order to tell a compelling story through, what is still a fairly broad bunch of characters. This approach would have worked much better for this trilogy if a) it wasn't a trilogy - 1800 pages-ish is just too long for the story it tells ultimately. I haven't checked the word count but it's probably on a par with War and Peace and, personally, a flagged reading this a few times because I couldn't always see where it was going, and often it didn't. Mina, in particular, suffered in terms of character development, but all of the characters could have used bigger arcs over this page count rather than many scenes of wheel spinning. The one=and-done appearances of Laurana and Goldmoon were probably more successful as they were contained and helped divide up the trilogy.
b) this wasn't a trilogy designed to have world-shattering consequences, to move forward the (unloved) status quo and usher Krynn into a new age ... and sadly a new age that never got a lot of backup and support in the gaming or the novel world. There's only a couple of other trilogies to read from this era which is a shame because there's real potential to flesh things out, but Dragonlance fans are nothing of not nostalgic and never were too accepting that they couldn't have the Chronicles and Raistlin overandoverandover. Nevertheless, the character based approach doesn't work so well with the wacky ideas Weis & Hickman still try to throw at us and ultimately I felt I could have used more of the army of the dead, space dragons and Takhisis hiding Krynn from the other Gods narrative and less of Mina's evangelism (you follow the one.true.God. We get it.)
Nevertheless, now that it's over I already feel sad it's gone and I'm constantly thinking about what did/didn't occur, and that's ultimately the mark of a good trilogy, when one feels one has been on a real journey with a bunch of characters in a world that you're still trying to figure out. I've a lingering regret that not everything was bigger, bolder and brasher in true Dragonlance fashion but then there's only so many times the same authors can pull this kind of thing off and, y'know, we've already had The Death Gate Cycle (damn I wish they'd return to that universe). I loved the way this thing ended, though and it's a shame that Jean Rabe's slightly wonky envisioning of the Fifth Age messed with the mojo and had to be rejigged/ignored in order to make it happen, or for it to need to happen; yet the rest buttons don't feel overly gratuitous and that's partly because the old Dragonlance standin of "Takhisis is coming to enter and take over the world" literally always works.
So bravo. I thought I was getting tired of my readthrough again, but now I'm keen to plough onwards to the next and last "core" trilogy in the series, which will be the point I can say that i've "done" Dragonlance if I wanted to. That is, the main saga.
My excitement in reading this series began to wane a little bit as I progressed through the books. The ending is not that powerful (though it does provide some nice closure for the original Dragonlance companions). Also, the large number of typos/errors, which were, at first, easy for me to ignore, became a little grating by the end. But still a strong trilogy and a must-read for Dragonlance fans.
Here is my recommended Dragonlance reading list to be read in the order listed. The books in parentheses being good, but not essential to understand the later books. There are at least a couple hundred Dragonlance books by various authors. They are not all good. The best are probably written by Weis and/or Hickman, the original authors.
1. Dragons of Autumn Twilight 2. Dragons of Winter Night 3. Dragons of Spring Dawning 4. Time of the Twins 5. War of the Twins 6. Test of the Twins 7. (The Soulforge) 8. (The Magic of Krynn) 9. (Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes) 10. (Love and War) 11. The Second Generation 12. Dragons of Summer Flame 13. The Dawning of a New Age 14. The Day of the Tempest 15. The Eve of the Maelstrom 16. Dragons of a Fallen Sun 17. Dragons of a Lost Star 18. Dragons of a Vanished Moon 19. (Dragons of the Dwarven Depths) 20. (Dragons of the Highlord Skies) 21. (Dragons of the Hourglass Mage)
Not only does this book wrap up the War of Souls trilogy for Dragonlance, it essentially closes the door for Weis's and Hickman's saga that started back in 1984. There was a lot of course correction in this series following the ill-received Dragons of Summer Flame (as noted in the History of Krynn afterword that explains in detail the creation and ages of Krynn).
This was a great trilogy, on par with the Legends trilogy with everyone's favorite twin duo, the Majere bros. I enjoyed the journey the main characters embarked upon. Gerard and Gilthas both were worthy of hero status and there was a lot of really emotional moments in the book that I felt were the best these two authors have written for Dragonlance. The world of Krynn has moved on into a new, more somber phase and this book captures that sadness perfectly. Not everything is wrapped up nicely and there's a lot of unknown going forward for characters, which is fitting. It's epic and sad and a great adventure. I will say this is a fitting conclusion to the Takhisis saga with the 10 main books in the world of Dragonlance.
Note: There were several (a lot, really) of spelling and grammar mistakes (I did read a first edition book), but for a NY Times bestseller, this could have been edited waaaaay better.
The final book in this trilogy was a bit of a mess and probably a good place to end my Dragonlance adventures. It kept me reading to find out how things would actually end, but with the shift of Mina's character and the One God reveal it started on terrible ground. On the plus side, it was easy to read and kept me wondering where it would finish...and that's about it. The characters actually got worse...totally unlikable. Mina was much better as a mysterious (yet shallow) character rather than a whiny one-dimensional religious zealot who spends some time as a fawning out of control puppy for her mother-figure, Goldmoon. Silvan was another puppy dog and a total selfish twat, which was apparently inherited from his mother. Gerard was a complete ass especially with Tas (but he did his about face at the end to "honor" Tas...yay). Even some of the big battles just seemed forced and lazy with totally predictable saves. The ending tried to wrap up loose ends (other than Mina) but just felt empty to me.
A passage I liked: Page: 173 The adage goes that while elves strive to be worthy of their gods, humans require that their gods be worthy of them.
This series provides an immensely engaging and satisfying read. The surprise of this was pleasant to the point of being unbelievable to one carrying the low expectations brought about by other Dragonlance books. The whole wide compendium of these books contains a good deal of stinkers, but War of Souls rises above, and then some.
Not only are the plot and characters well-conceived, but also the writing itself has a transparency that yields space for the imagination to thrive. The authors write well; the reader forgets he has a book in his hands. One feels a presence among the characters, and within this world of Krynn.
Book Three is as good as the others, and I admit to a bit of sadness that the series had to end. I'd like to find another one out there to replace it. It approaches (although does not nearly reach) Tolkein, Martin, and LeGuinn, at least in the way it engages the reader's imagination.
All in all I would heartily recommend this series to any reader of fantasy.
And thus, the One God is come to Krynn, wreaking havoc all around, through the hands of Mina. Meanwhile, dragons fight one another and one Silver has to find answers... as Tasslehoff Burrfoot has to find the past! As for the elves, can Qualinesti and Silvanesti live together as one nation after facing such tragedies of the last book? But one tragedy is not enough for Dragonlance books... as we see the fate (ominous at every chapter) of Silvanost being torn to shreds by all kinds of enemies. A message from this book: Do not stare too long into the darkness.
A good amount of typos...
"Everyone I love is dead." (Tasslehoff, the kender) "Tasslehoff Burrfoot must die..." (Lunitari the Goddess)
Surprisingly enjoyable. The prior two books were interesting, with some good ideas, and a rendition of Tas I really enjoyed. Oddly he takes a slight back seat in book 3, and I found myself quite engaged in the other characters: Gerard, Gilthas, and Palin. Weis and Hickman bring it together nicely at the end with a solid finale. They left a few strands at the end, and I'm not sure what followed this. I kind of read it to see the Hickman Weis books through, partly in prep for the new release (which will probably be a time travel or set in past). It was easy reading, and played heavily on the nostalgia most readers would feel for the original characters. All that considered, and despite their sometimes clunky tell not show style, the book was a solid read and a good end to the trilogy.
Vanished Moon could almost be read standalone rather than a tumultuous end to a trilogy. New ideas blossom in to central themes with strands from the previous two entries becoming almost background story and plausibility is stretched somewhat with the time-travelling McGuffin, which removes any predictability at the cost of suspension of disbelief. Such weaknesses are absorbed by the strengths of the narrative, it's engaging characters and the epic scale of the trilogy. Entertaining from start to finish, the story of Mina and her One God is riveting stuff. It could have been great, however it is still good enough.
Quite difficult to rate; as it is good if you have read the preceding trilogies which would give you (the reader) the advantage of knowledge of character development. It is a good read because it remains consistent and in this particular novel most of the stories are completed. Apart from the slip toward Mormonism and Calvinistic theology it is well worth the effort to read the concluding novel of the war of souls trilogy, which is a good ending to the adventures of the main characters from the "Dragonlance Chronicles" through "Legends" concluding with "The War of Souls" but there is enough room left for more adventures on Krynn.
Dark, gloomy, and largely depressing, this was tough read at times, but there's hope and heroism as well. A bit too much literal deus ex machina to the climax, with certain magics suddenly operating differently to serve the story and big things happening too quickly/easily, but I thoroughly enjoyed how at all came together in the end.
We get to see one DL favorite make a return, but are denied seeing the fate of another...which maybe I'm OK with because that keeps my all time favorite fantasy character alive in my imagination.
All in all, a welcome reboot of Krynn that brings back the magic and wonder.
I rate this book four stars, if only to average out the series (I gave book two, three stars). The story, while well-written, just did not achieve the heights of Cronicles and Legends did for me. And this may be despite the fact that Weis and Hickman probably improved as writers since those earlier productions. Dragonlance will always have a warm spot in my heart, and I thank the authors for their creations.
This trilogy never felt padded or artificially prolonged as so many series do. The conclusion of The War of Souls was very well told and actually concluded with a very nice balance of some hanging threads to continue the tales of Krynn with. I am happy to highly recommend not just this trilogy but this concluding volume to Dragonlance fans as well as to Anyone who enjoys a well told tale. Enjoy!