Dragons of a Lost Star

In my quest to re-read the War of Souls trilogy I have now come to the second installment, Dragons of a Lost Star. Actually I am half way done with it but still. Anyway, as I updated the blog header it hit me that I should have started with Dragons of Summer Flame to get the whole back story again. However, Summer Flame always depresses me, which is probably the reason why I have never read it more than once.

I am really enjoying Lost Star, so perhaps my impression of the Age of Mortals clouded my judgment back in the day. It’s too bad we will never see another Dragonlance novel, but at least we have a lot old ones to read.

Revisiting the 5th Age

I’ll admit it; I really did not like the Dragonlance 5th Age. Dragons of Summer Flame left me pretty depressed and the subsequent novels did not make me feel better at all. Some of ths changed with the release of the War of Souls, however, so many things were destroyed or radically changed that I never really felt it.

Fast forward to today. I am trying to reread War of Souls with a more open mind. Right now, I am in the middle of Dragons of a fallen Sun, and Silvanesti is about to go the way of the dinosaur – one of the things I really disliked back in the day. Today though, I find the story much more compelling and much more sensible. Obviously the elven nation is corrupted by its own reflection gazing habits and refusal to join the world. One could argue that Silvanesti has to fall in order to rise again.

Without going into a bigger debate here, I want to emphasize that I am really starting to enjoy the War of Souls trilogy. There’s no doubt that it is a step away from the Chronicles and even the Legends, but despite the whole second cataclysm I think this is not a bad way of moving the world forward. Unfortunately we will never get to know what happens after the Dark Disciple trilogy, but the scene was definitely set for some interesting adventures.