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Dragonlance: Dragons of Deceit: (Dungeons & Dragons) (Dragonlance Destinies, 1)

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Much of the book's humor derives from the fact that Destina's plan is utterly insane and incredibly ill-considered from beginning to end. It is also hypocritical as she spends a lot of the book talking about her disdain for magic and wizards while depending on a device that is unquestionably magic. The fact she chooses to involve the Graygem in this, which many book fans will know from Dragons of Summer Flame, is another layer of stupidity on a stupid sandwich. To her astonishment, Atieno gave a cry of horror and flung the chalice away from her. The silver cup hit the stone floor with a resounding clang and rolled beneath a chest.

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The Chronicles, at least, were all about the collision of war and reexamination of messianic cultural memory with group dynamics and interpersonal relationships. The authors emphasized the latter throughout the trilogy, more than even the LOTR first book's "fellowship." In all fairness, at the end of the dramatis personae prefacing the inaugural volume---which inexplicably excludes the key character of Laurana, introduced halfway through this first installment and illustrated on the second book's Elmore cover--- two brief sentences prepared the unsuspecting mass market consumer: "The eight are given the power to save the world. But first they must learn to understand themselves---and each other." This brief statement now seems trite for the young adult fantasy genre, but in the late 1980s/early 1990s, it was most assuredly novel. I first read the Dragonlance novels (those that were out at the time - the first 2 trilogies) in the summer of '86. Years later, I did a full reread including the third & fourth trilogies. Destina hurried to the solar to fetch the chalice. She had to get down on her hands and knees to retrieve it from beneath a chest. She returned to her mother and held it out to her.We must find a way to get it to Himself,” said Wolfstone. “Reorx created the damn thing. He can deal with it. What are your plans for the tall, sire? Why did you bring her to the Life Tree?” I have received troubling information that I need you to investigate. You saw the human woman in company with the chief cleric?” While I especially enjoyed the second two War of Souls Books and parts of Summer Flame, I can see why they feel the need to retcon the post-Legends Dragonlance timeline. And doing it using the Device of Time-Journeying is probably the wisest move.

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Hornfel sighed and scowled. “According to the woman, the wizard told her that the Graygem was embedded in a wall in a ruined temple. The Graygem radiates a faint gray light that shines down on the altar.” Hornfel eyed his friend. “You and I saw that light when we were hiding in that ruined temple, my friend!”

Si può considerare un personaggio quasi grigio perché ad un certo punto inizia a mettere a repentaglio tutti i rapporti che ha creato con chi le sta vicino. I wanted to like this novel for what it was. Instead, I'm more convinced than ever that the only chance for Dragonlance to have a future is to find a way to tell stories that don't revisit the same 10 characters--or their creators.

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