With The Drangonlance Chronicles, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have opened the doorway into a world that in recent years has become a huge, worldwide-known saga. Dragonlance books have been published in over 20 languages and have been made into audiobooks as well.
DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT, the first book in the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy, opens a window to the world of Krynn. This window gives the reader a glimpse of the world at its most vulnerable state in all its long history. The Queen of Darkness, known as Takhisis, one of the three creators of the world, has begun her plans to capture the world under her flag of black, while Paladine, the God of Light, attempts to hold her back. The Third God, Gilean, remains neutral in all conflicts, using his powers to keep the pendulum that swings between darkness and light in check.
Little does Takhisis know that an unsuspecting group of heroes has been chosen by divine intervention. After five years in search of the true gods, which had been lost years before in the Cataclysm, these companions --- a Knight, a retired Dwarven metalsmith, a half-elf, two barbarians, a gold-skinned mage along with his twin warrior, and a kender --- begin a journey into lands held by elves, evil dragons, and armies of clerics and mages with immense and supernatural powers. Their journey will take them into the midst of the conflict consuming the world --- the eternal struggle of light against darkness.
This unknown road will take the friends into the depths of the darkness of Takhisis, only to find the one true hope the world has to fight against the darkness spreading out of the abyss. Guarded by a Black Dragon are the platinum disks of Mishakal, which contain the knowledge of the ancient Gods of Light. These disks must be recovered for the races of Krynn to have a chance to survive. Only after the holy meaning of these disks is understood does this unlikely group of heroes learn of their role in the ever-changing world.
DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT is a beautifully written book that gives the reader the sense of being there --- being a part of the group, facing the danger, feeling the fears and hopes of the characters. The plot takes you to the farthest reaches of your imagination only to turn around and take you beyond what you expect. Come join the Elves of Silvanesti, Qualinesti, and Kagonesti, the mountain dwarves of Thorbardin, the hill dwarves, wizards of power, and of course, kender in this struggle for freedom from the growing evil of the world.
Reviewed by Josh A. Fink on January 21, 2011