I’ve discussed my love for the Dragonlance books on this site before. To me, the Dragonlance Chronicles are MY Lord of the Rings trilogy. These are the books that introduced me to the Sword and Sorcery genre of fiction. To date, I’ve discussed the first two books in the series. So today, I’m going to share my thoughts on the third and final book in the Dragonlance Chronicles series, Dragons of Spring Dawning.
As you might expect, this book is where everything from the first two novels to comes a head. With the War of the Lance now in full swing, this novel sees our scattered heroes reunited and all is laid bare in this final act of the story. Of course, there’s a bit of a journey leading up this very final crescendo. When the book begins, many of the heroes are still separated after the events of the last novel. Through their travels to reunite, we are introduced to a sunken city beneath the waves that’s populated by sea elves, we finally learn the truth about the Green Gemstone Man, and the mystery surrounding the character of Fizban is finally brought to light. There’s so much about the plot that I want to elaborate on but I’m hesitant to do so. I know this book is almost forty years old so there’s really no such thing as “spoilers” when it comes to the story. But, I’d truly hate to spoil the contents of this book for anyone who may not have read it yet.
One of the things I mentioned in my post about the previous novel in the trilogy was the sharp change in tone between that book and the first novel. This third entry seems to smooth over this difference by treading the middle of the road. Parts of this novel feel very much like they could have been pulled from the second book. Meanwhile, other sections feel very cozy and familiar much like what was found in the first novel. In a way, this helps pull the trilogy together and really makes the overall story feel like one cohesive tale. This is a good thing.
Another big call out in this book is character development. By now, the reader is intimately familiar with all of the characters in this saga. The amount of growth and evolution for a handful of our favorite characters in this book is amazing. The authors do a fantastic job of dialing in the emotion and making these characters even more relatable than they were before. Again – I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll stop short of elaborating further. But trust me. There is some really stellar stuff here.
When it comes to classic TSR fantasy, it doesn’t get any better than the Dragonlance Chronicles. This books serves its purpose of bringing the story to a proper close while also setting up a world of possibilities for the future of the franchise. This is another classic from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
Story: Well paced and full of surprises. This is one that when you read it for the first time, you never quite know what’s going to happen next. It’s filled with action, magic, mystery, and bravery. Everything that makes a fantasy novel excellent. These ingredients are prepared masterfully and the final dish is worth the wait.
Recommended: For fans of Dragonlance or anyone with an interest in sword and sorcery tales.