by Margaret Weis

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Book 30 of 37 in the Worst Fantasy Books Ever
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Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

No one expected them to be heroes.

Least of all, them.

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Kathryn | 2012-12-22 02:35:39
Shouldn't be cruel about Dragonlance - my eight year old grand daughter loves it
Terrible Site | 2013-01-21 03:28:11
Its one thing to openly discuss bad novels (like Stanek's and Twilight) but putting Dragonlance on the list along with Dark Elf Trilogy is just someone trying to be "controversial" grow up.... After browsing your site its just anotehr hate filled site against books. Dragonlance (no i dont like it but..) really has opened up a new world to young readers and to try and make them feel ashamed for liking it points to a disturbed individual....you are an idiot.
Anonymous | 2013-10-23 08:40:36
These books were a lot of fun to read. A tad silly and perhaps shallow at times but enjoyable interesting characters.
Anonymous | 2014-03-07 11:18:14
DL has been the entry into fantasy in general and was great (as was Battletech for SF for me). I love the characters and the story, its not as sophisticated, but nontheless a good entertaining read. An thats what its all about. To entertain us. Later it became the first book I read complete in english, as english is not my native language. After that I had the confidence to read Tolkien and R.R. Martin in english too. To sum it up: The first 2 cycles are simply great classic fantasy.
Toblakai | 2014-10-01 12:41:33
I've read many dragon lance books. And I've enjoyed every trilogy except the trilogy you have posted in the picture. My only complaint is that there is no timeline so I'm always reading out of whatever order they're set in
Anonymous | 2014-12-29 07:28:08
The first 3 books weren't a blast, but the Twins were epic!
Dragonlance Fan | 2015-03-05 04:37:28
The current mandate that 'serious Fantasy' must be grim, bloody, humorless, and morally ambivalent is really horribly tedious. The original Dragonlance creation--not the awful stinking agglomeration of trip that was published subsequently, but the first six Weiss and Hickman books, are wonderful. Sometimes you want a full steak and potato dinner, sure. Sometimes you want a candy bar. Don't diss the candy bar.
Anonymous | 2015-04-04 08:07:30
Very interesting storyline. One of the few books that helped get me into reading. The main character is excellent with other very good characters built around him similar to the Lord Of The Rings in more ways than one. You have one big storyline with a few side ones that contribute to the main storyline.
Anonymous | 2015-06-01 04:27:45
I had a lot of fun with these books as a kid, both as an introduction to the fantasy genre and to the English language. So I would say its worth reading some of these books if you are young and just starting your "reading career". However, dont mess up like me and read fifty of these Dragonlance books! Move along to something else as soon as possible, it will save you some tears the day you open one of the top 25 fantasy books.
Dawn | 2015-06-22 05:06:21
"Flat" characters? Seriously? Did you forget about Raistlin Majere's existence? Just because these books are silly and fun doesn't mean they aren't good. I find them to have some of the best characters ever and great humour...and I'm also not a little kid, and have read a whole lot of the books on the "Best Fantasy" list. And I never read them as a kid, so nostalgia plays no factor on this. They aren't deep or serious, but since when was fantasy supposed to be that way?
The Craiger | 2015-09-25 07:52:01
I read Chronicles as a kid and have recently re-read them. I'm 45 yrs old and have read countless books of many different genres. Is DL a little corny? Yes. Is the writing the best around? No. Sometimes I just want an easy, fun read. These work for me.
Mitch | 2015-12-08 05:58:00
I totally disagree. But then, I rarely agree with the militant fantasy connoisseurs. Dragonlance aren't the best written books, but they have great plots for those of us that liked the simple early styles of fantasy adventure. A bunch of warriors in mixed races and classes, for some reason, all decide to band together(because their creator's played [email protected]) and went off on an epic quest against evil warlords and goblin armies. They weren't the most complex characters, but they were memorable. In fact, I would say Raistlin Majere is still one of the great fantasy characters. A book doesn't have to be a literary masterpiece or overly dark and edgy to be a great, that's just my opinion.
Anonymous | 2017-03-17 05:11:23
The Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends are the best fantasy books ever written. This entire site and its "recommendations" are ridiculous.
Alex | 2017-09-19 02:33:23
I'm all for having fun listing the worst fantasy novels, so criticise away, but the author's repeatedly put themselves on thin ice by saying things like "grow up and read Martin or Abercrombie as if these two writers were unequivocally the greatest writers ever to walk the earth. I like them, but it's debatable. One could easily say "grow up, stop reading trashy fantasy books and read some Dickens or Delillo or Proust or whatever author who is obviously way superior to George Martin you can think of. I think being so tied to the genius of modern fantasy grit makes some people miss the pure whimsical charm that books like the Dragonlance series has to offer, and the charms go beyond the first 6 - though it's probably fair to say that everything comes together in the Legends Trilogy in a unique and quite gleeful way that I don't expect to really find anywhere else. Actually, I think that Dragonlance fiction has its own take and perspective that really isn't a cardboard copy of anything else. Prior to the 80s, fantasy seems to have largely been either Sword and Sorcery or mythologically based with the odd moment of literariness here and there (Stephen Donaldson is quite provocative and literary, for instance). Things start to talk a pseudo Tolkienian, young-boy-finds-his-destiny turn post Terry Brooks, a mode that Dragonlance fiction resolutely eschews. There aren't really prophecies or bastard-heirs in Dragonlance. Which isn't to say that there aren't cliches, quests, magical items or character types aplenty but once the first series breaks free of its "let's find x item as a group" obsession. there's one of the first attempts I can think of to create a world as a proper sandbox for a bunch of characters to play around and play out personal individual stories -some political, some not - amongst the backdrop of a personal crisis. Raistlin is probably the most famous example of this, as the character develops from sidekick anti-hero, to scheming villain, to destroyer of all things in a surprisingly mad and surprising way as his brother goes from cardboard cut out hero to a tragic, sad individual who needs redemption. These things would feel more ordinary if they weren't on a backdrop of a large scale war populated with evil villains, mad Gods or comedy sidekicks. Or a crazy time travel plot hatched by a mad wizard determined to go back in time and inhabit the body and life of the wizard who tried to jump into the future and do the same to him. If there weren't on the one hand a land of elves, an army of dragons, a tainted knight civilisation etc. My point is, there's a helluva lot of character and colour to the Dragonlance world that is repeatedly overlooked because it now looks like cliche when at the time I think it felt rather fresh. No, it still feels fresh reading it today and I thinK Weis and Hickman don't get credit for writing pretty decently, to boot. Yeah, Ok, Abercrombie is probably better - well done to the guy for successfully building on 40 years of modern fantasy writing. Not everyone is that proficient though (*cough Patrick Rothfuss*)
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