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The Dawning of a New Age This book is the reason why I don t read any Dragonlance books not witten by Weis and or Hickman. Good story about smart dragons and silly adventurers The heroes spent half their time trying to replace clothes that had been torn up in fights It never seemed to occur to them that armor might have been useful when fighting things with claws and swords Magic seems to be a bit broken at this point in the timeline It s very difficult for magic users to use without being completely exhausted after one spell It did have some interesting characters though. The war is over, the world of Ansalon is trying to rebuild and pull itself back together Magic has disappeared, as well as the Gods, making this the New Age of Mortals A select few of the strongest most terrifying dragons swoop in while the world is still so fragile, they proclaim their dominance and control over the land Death and destruction follow A new unexpected group of heroes band together to fight this seemingly new war against evil and the dragons Will they be able to work together The war is over, the world of Ansalon is trying to rebuild and pull itself back together Magic has disappeared, as well as the Gods, making this the New Age of Mortals A select few of the strongest most terrifying dragons swoop in while the world is still so fragile, they proclaim their dominance and control over the land Death and destruction follow A new unexpected group of heroes band together to fight this seemingly new war against evil and the dragons Will they be able to work together and defeat the dragons before its too late to restore order A great addition to the dragonlance series I love how favorite old characters make appearances in this book as they pass the torch down to the next generation of heroes The characters are deep and relatable Can t wait to read This book s biggest problem is that it tries to entirely bridge the gap following the Summer of Chaos Thus we got confusing interrelations with the previous novel, following by a long span when there s no clear protagonist, as 90 pages go by The story only really starts after that.Beyond that, the writing feels unpolished, and the romantic dialogue is particularly bad I m also not convinced by the super villain evilness of the dragon overlords However, the book also reads quickly and has som This book s biggest problem is that it tries to entirely bridge the gap following the Summer of Chaos Thus we got confusing interrelations with the previous novel, following by a long span when there s no clear protagonist, as 90 pages go by The story only really starts after that.Beyond that, the writing feels unpolished, and the romantic dialogue is particularly bad I m also not convinced by the super villain evilness of the dragon overlords However, the book also reads quickly and has some quite good action sequences I think it would have earned 3 stars if not for the problems with the overall structure Comet un grave error teniendo expectativas por este libro La idea de volver a Krynn el lugar d nde pas mi ni ez tard a me atra a, y la idea de verla dominada por dragones megalomaniacos se me antojaba tan parecida a Sol Oscuro Dark Sun que no podia evitar hacer cabriolas en mi mente pensando en todas las cosas que pod an ocurrir Imaginando todas las cosas guays que se pod an sacar de la idea de un mundo de fantas a cuasi postapocal ptico dominado por dragones.Evidentemente, me hab a Comet un grave error teniendo expectativas por este libro La idea de volver a Krynn el lugar d nde pas mi ni ez tard a me atra a, y la idea de verla dominada por dragones megalomaniacos se me antojaba tan parecida a Sol Oscuro Dark Sun que no podia evitar hacer cabriolas en mi mente pensando en todas las cosas que pod an ocurrir Imaginando todas las cosas guays que se pod an sacar de la idea de un mundo de fantas a cuasi postapocal ptico dominado por dragones.Evidentemente, me hab a hecho demasiadas ilusiones, por eso la ca da doli m s cuando lleg.Leer libros de la Quinta Era es autoconvecerte poco a poco de que los autores de las novelas originales s lo quer an darle m s bombo al mundo que crearon en aquellas novelas que tantos hemos le do de ni os y no tan ni os Es como esos libros de criaturas m gicas y de casas extranjeras que J.K Rowling se afana en intentar meter en la boca de los fans de Harry Potter, o esos interminables libros enciclopedia de las casas de Juego de Tronos hechos por fans, para fans Merchandising, puro, simple y fr o merchandising.Y como todo merchandising est bien, pero no puedes pretender que sea una cosa a la que darle culto.Lo reconozco, como todo merchandising, cumple en sus aspectos comerciales quieres ver m s Krynn Tranquilo, vas a ver mucho Krynn Quieres ver m s de tus personajes favoritos de las trilog as originales Tranquilo, vas a verles Quieres ver dragones haciendo dragonadas Tranquilo, vas a hartarte Pero no esperes un worldbuilding consistente, unos personajes queribles o unos dragones que hagan algo m s que ser malos de series animadas de los 80 o llorar s , lloran, y bastante.Lo digo en serio los personajes de esta novela son vac os como una maldita ficha de DD hecha en una tarde, y aunque les cojas cari o, no sientes tampoco especial dolor porque desaparezcan de la narraci n temporalmente No los echas de menos Y los dragones son m s simples que una tabla de planchar, adem s de rematadamente idiotas Maldita sea, s que ped a demasiado esperando que Khellendros, Malys, Sable o Escarcha tuvieran la malicia bien construida de los Reyes Hechicero de Athas pero, por las tres lunas que estos dragones te dejan fr o Tal vez salvar a a Khellendros os acord is de Skie Ese , porque sus interacciones cuando sal a eran dignas del Doctor Mad del Inspector Gadget Y claro, no puedo competir contra algo tan divertido como el Inspector Gadget.Pero ninguna decepci n en cuanto a personajes se compara a la decepci n tan ENORME que es la narraci n No s si en ingl s es mejor, pero en espa ol es un soberano insulto Las muertes, cuando las hay, son tan pat ticas en su narraci n, y tan repentinas, que te dan ganas de que el personaje reviva s lo para que le puedan dar una muerte m s digna Y las interacciones de los dragones con su entorno est n narradas sin gracia y sin saber cuando dar pocos detalles y cuando se dan demasiados Puedo decir con sinceridad, y me duele, que he le do fanfiction dragonkin en tumblr mejor escrita que esto.Por cierto que Jean Rabe tiene una obsesi n malsana con la ropa En serio Creo que si quitas los p rrafos en los que se dedican a describirte las ropas de los personajes el libro se queda en la mitad de p ginas Eso sin contar la ENORME CANTIDAD de veces en las que pierden ropa, se les rompe, se les moja o se les mancha y, claro, tienen que cambiarla Bonus points sin encima se la cambian en plan Dragon Ball, rompi ndola directamente con los m sculos Aw yeah.Dos estrellas porque en realidad, sal contento de poder haberlo le do Y de haber vuelto a Kryn Pero s lo dos estrellas porque no puede ser que me sepa perfectamente el color de las polainas de Ampolla en cada escena ay, si es que tengo que querer a esa kender y no sepa que tiene canas hasta la p gina 176 P D Palin Majere es un pel n idiota y si Usha corta con l se lo merece Pero eso s , Rabe, no necesito que me recuerdes que Usha tiene los ojos de un sensual color miel en cada maldita escena que sale All in all, I enjoyed this book a lotthe second time around.Yes, there are about four incorrect facts in the book, but I see this as an editing failure rather than a writing one Yes, some of the dialogue is a bit on the ridiculous side But it s still a wonderful story with great characters The new ones are well developed and the existing ones are true to their sources.Highly recommend to any Dragonlance fan, especially those who have thus far dodged the Fifth Age. The Summer of Chaos has ended Ansalon s nightmare has only just begun The gods have departed the world, heralding a new Age of Mortals But before the dust of war can settle, vast shadows cover the land Dragons have come to Ansalon, larger and powerful than any ever seen, and they will wreak havoc on nations still trembling from war As the lands themselves begin to change under the dire magic of the new dragon overlords, new heroes arise to lead the fight for freedom The first book in a rerelease of a key trilogy in the Dragonlance saga, this trilogy covers key events that take place between Dragons of Summer Flame and the bestselling War of Souls trilogy Will all new artwork and cover designs, these books tie in with The Dhamon Saga A clear 1 2Jean Rabe seems to have taken a lot of flak for these books over the years I guess that Weis and Hickman had already upset their fanbase by writing another Dragonlance novel that wasn t as good as the ones that would always be considered the best of the bunch, as if not repeatedly topping yourself was a massive crime although hello Death Gate Cycle, people , and now they were out for blood Jean Rabe What have you done You wrote a Dragonlance book that also wasn t as good as A clear 1 2Jean Rabe seems to have taken a lot of flak for these books over the years I guess that Weis and Hickman had already upset their fanbase by writing another Dragonlance novel that wasn t as good as the ones that would always be considered the best of the bunch, as if not repeatedly topping yourself was a massive crime although hello Death Gate Cycle, people , and now they were out for blood Jean Rabe What have you done You wrote a Dragonlance book that also wasn t as good as the Legends trilogy so YOU SUCK YOU RUINED DRAGONLANCE BLAARRGHGAHHRGHHH I m not saying that it wouldn t have been nice if another author could have come in and confidently written a trilogy which successful recaptured that kind of compelling craziness, but it s not obligatory and on the evidence of this first book it s not as if Ms.Rabe isn t trying really hard.So, for what it s worth, despite picking this up with a dread certainty that I would hate it but had to read it in order to make my way towards The War of Souls, I had quite a blast with this book Since Weis and Hickman left Krynn on a bit of a sour note and in a bit of a conundrum, there s a huge necessity to get from A B with both Gods and magic gone from the world what story is there to tell Whilst I m not on board with everything that Rabe does, particularly Skie s obsession with finding Kitiara C mon, it s a badass dragon Kitiara s dead, move on , I was highly appreciative of Rabe s efforts to rather than simply pluck out a bunch of new heroes, set them on a quest, rediscoverGods, replay the Chronicles, as it were set some interesting wheel s spinning in terms of changing the concept of power on Krynn and working in a new magic system It takes a good hundred pages and for some may be a little dry, but I enjoyed spending time with the Dragons, seeing them react to the new status quo and discovering that they could take advantage, with Skie creating the new spawn a decent stand in for the Draconian threat from earlier books When we finally got to our new heroes it did at least feel like they had something to fight for.Still, there are problems Krynn never quite feels as large and, well, magical, here as it has done in the past There s a good scene when Skie attacks Palanthas, but elsewhere an awful lot of Oh yeah, it s 30 years later and the dragons are controlling x territory now That s a problem because we know Krynn too well not to want experience its pain along with it The here are a bunch of smalltime heroes discovering the world along with the reader narrative can t, unfortunately, work a second time around so convincingly or in the case of Dragonlance with its many spin off novels, probably the 20th and this is made to feel even clunkier here as characters that go on to play a larger part of the narrative just seem to wander into it with little fanfare or context This new Krynn is not yet as compelling as the old Krynn because we re either not seeing it or we re seeing it through the eyes of characters who story is not yet as original or compelling Sure, that s a tall order since by necessity Rabe has to play with the old tropes or risk destroying a DD fanbase that s already quite angry.Yet, I enjoyed this first entry into the Fifth Age series of books because I felt like Jean Rabe believed in it and genuinely wanted to be writing it and delivering a story for the fans and that would keep this world alive and interesting No, she doesn t eke anycharacter out of the already fairly flat Palin Majere or make much of his romance with Usha or rise to power as head of the magicians simply skipping over time and her new hero Dhamon only becomes remotely interesting in the past chapter or two as his past is revealed and he suddenly turns into a dragon killing maniac incidentally, the climax and cliffhanger ending worked really well for me , there s yet another kender, dwarf, mute half ogre no, wait, this is new and a rebel elven babe, but Rabe clearly wants to tell her near hackneyed story in the best way possible and it s easy to get lost in the superb detail of her many and varied fight scenes or, yes, yet again the wonder of Krynn For example, the heroes capture a Spawn, shrink it and put it in a bottle, but it can still communicate with its master Skie who instructs it to spy on the heroes, but the jokes on them, Skie thinks that the spawn can escape anytime he wishes Later on he says it s Ok, you can come home now and the spawn realizes it s actually stuck in the bottle, and Skie just comments oh well, you did your job, never mind That s about as Dragonlance as it gets There s a new magic system coming into play too but Rabe doesn t throw it at us in one go Palin and the wizard conclave manage to work out that they can still use some magic if they draw power from magical artefacts Meanwhile, new character Feril can perform her own kind of mystical magic which allows her to commune with animals, not needing spellbooks or memorization etc a power hitherto unknown amongst wizards on Krynn At first I thought this may be an easy way out for Rabe, but honestly, it s not Dragonlance without magic and it does create a bunch of questions that need answering.I think that the problem people mostly have with this book, ironically, is that it s easy and fun Back in the 80s this was essentially the appeal of the Chronicles and Legends series they did light hearted, frothy entertainment better than everything else The mass fabtasy readership had already moved on by the mid 90s as fantasy epics first got longer and then they got darker and teens growing up were starting to be disappointed that Dragonlance was never as deep and complex as they d thought it was Yet personally I keep returning to this world for the fun it provides and it keeps surprising me in its ability to provide it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A rather odd book in the DL epic, with a large portion of the narrative devoted a few exceedingly powerful dragons, who have taken over much of Krynn Basically I wasn t too keen on reading about the dragons who are a cruel, blood thirsty and thoroughly unpleasant lot However Palin is reintroduced part way through and Goldmoon makes a token appearance, which helped to link the story back to the main saga.The writing is a bit erratic some parts flow smoothly and carry the narrative well, where A rather odd book in the DL epic, with a large portion of the narrative devoted a few exceedingly powerful dragons, who have taken over much of Krynn Basically I wasn t too keen on reading about the dragons who are a cruel, blood thirsty and thoroughly unpleasant lot However Palin is reintroduced part way through and Goldmoon makes a token appearance, which helped to link the story back to the main saga.The writing is a bit erratic some parts flow smoothly and carry the narrative well, whereas there are other places where it feels clumsy and lacks sophistication With regard to plot, well I would be hard pushed to determine what it was really there s a band of brothers , a quest of sorts although that was never very well defined a couple of fatalities and a few battles At the end of the book I felt that nothing had progressed much further than at the beginning I do truly believe that this is not the age of mortals but that of the great dragons, who have turned evil and are so much bigger and cutting up krynn into their separate territories and terrains we have the great red malystrix, the great blue formerly known as skye and partner to kitiara now know as kellandros, then there is beryl and the great white who lives in the ice terrain he created they are out to dominate krynn and they are viewing humans who have since lost nearly all their magic as I do truly believe that this is not the age of mortals but that of the great dragons, who have turned evil and are so much bigger and cutting up krynn into their separate territories and terrains we have the great red malystrix, the great blue formerly known as skye and partner to kitiara now know as kellandros, then there is beryl and the great white who lives in the ice terrain he created they are out to dominate krynn and they are viewing humans who have since lost nearly all their magic as cattle but a new set of heroes have appeared will they be able to overcome these huge dragons who still retain their own magic again a great and exciting read

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Dawning of a New Age
  • Jean Rabe
  • English
  • 24 May 2018
  • 0786928425

About the Author: Jean Rabe

When I am not writing, I toss tennis balls to my cadre of dogs My house is filled with books and dogs, you can smell both when you walk in the front door It s a good smell.I have 36 published novels and am currently writing in the mystery genre My latest mystery, The Dead of Winter, was a finalist for the Clay Award and is the first in the Piper Blackwell series.I live in a tiny town in the middle of Illinois that has a Dollar General, a pizza place with exceedingly slow service, a veterinarian good thing, eh , and train trackslots of train tracks.