Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have done it again. Fifteen years after the first book in the critically acclaimed Dragonlance series and over thirty books later, the sequel to DRAGONS OF SUMMER FLAME has long been anticipated. Devastated by the loss of the gods, the magical world of Krynn has been plagued by death and uncertainty. However, a new faith may be emerging in DRAGONS OF A FALLEN SUN.
Darkness floods over Krynn when a magical storm sweeps out of the heavens. Into the valley of Neraka, the ancient location of the minions of Takhisis, Queen of Darkness, a young girl emerges unscathed from the storm. The girl is called Mina and she has much to accomplish in Krynn. Her first act is to take command of a patrol of the Knights of Takhisis. Despite the fact that she has less experience then their newest recruit, the Knights of Takhisis swear undying loyalty to her because she performs miracles that have not been seen since the end of the Fourth Age, more than 30 years before. In the Fourth Age, the gods ruled over Krynn, and healing and magic were common. Now in the Fifth Age, The Age of Mortals, Krynn is in a time of peril and death, and the magic left in the world is waning --- and no one is sure who to blame.
Meanwhile, the Silvanesti Elves gain a new Speaker of the Stars, but how long will it be before he must protect his lands from Mina and her amassing army? Will the new speaker lose the mystical lands of the elves to a teenage warrior-woman? Perhaps, perhaps not.
In other parts, the Puppet King in Qualinesti seeks refuge for the elves from Beryl, the green dragon overlord. Where will they turn to now that the evil dragon overlords rule Qualinesti? Will Mina accomplish all that she sets out to do? The past rests in the hands of childlike, fun loving Kender, or so it seems.
DRAGONS OF A FALLEN SUN takes you on a journey to heal the magical world of Krynn from a past that has returned to haunt it. A past that is nothing but a black void, where nothing is left. New readers and hard-core fans alike will not be disappointed by this latest offering by best-selling authors Weis and Hickman. Come visit with old friends, new friends, and even enemies in this War of Souls --- and see how long you can hold out for Volume II.
Reviewed by Josh A. Fink on March 1, 2000