Once upon a time, when the world was young, we traveled
with two people into the depths of history, and the tidal
waves of amusement and love for Krynn are still with us
today. With the completion of
Dragons of a Vanished
Moon by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the bond
between fan and author has been completed once again. Not
since the end of Test of The Twins have I felt
such sorrow to see the end of a wondrous story with such
memorable characters that I have learned to love and
In the end, Dragons of a Vanished Moon has given
the fans hope for the gaming of Dragonlance, as we have
not seen prior to this point, except when the setting was
first released 15 years ago. Weis and Hickman have set up
Sovereign Press into a position to do an awful lot for
the Dragonlance setting, and I predict that these changes
will be seen for many years to come. A time where gaming
and novels can co-exist once again and be prosperous,
something new to most gamers, myself included.
Unlike Dragons of Summer Flame, this utterly
earth shattering series is split up between novels,
giving the authors much more breathing room to get their
work done. Over the three years that the books have been
released, the suspense to see the end has risen to such
high levels, that most fans would do almost anything to
see how the world of Krynn ends up. The outcome of the
novel is worth the investment you might give your local
bookshop. This novel is like no other Weis and Hickman
In book three, we see our same old friends, miserable and
depressed because of Mina's great onslaught through Krynn
- all in the name of the One God. Mina's role and
influences in the world are increasing and with it, comes
more land to conquer in the name of the One God. Mina's
story in A Vanished Moon has more to do with this One
God, whose true identity was revealed in the second book
of the trilogy, and the story that Weis and Hickman
created is not only different and original but dramatic
and totally shocking. In this novel we discover the true
nature of Krynn's Joan of Arc, and watching it happen
answer all your questions-all. One character that I
noticed developed drastically from A Lost Star
to A Vanished Moon is Galdar.
Now, Galdar, who is becoming more and more suspicious,
discovers the truth about what is going on, and starts to
get disgusted? Disgusted isn't really the right word.
Worried perhaps, with the love that he has for this red-haired
human girl, but it is definitely a form of worry.
Without giving too much away, I can say that the climax
of Galdar's life leads to an ultimatum and a complete
shock on his part as to who he meets and the
commendations he receives for a job very well done.
With the magic being stolen and the wizards of Krynn
totally losing all their power, people have begun to turn
to the mages who are being affected, such as Palin
Majere, and Dalamar the Dark. Why does this long dead
Kender reappear and what is to become of him? Not many
know, but a few surprising characters can tell you the
tale-unfortunately that is not for me to do here, only
the masters of authoring, Weis and Hickman can tell this
tale! But how often can you go back and change your past
and get offered something that you turned down? Not very
often. This is given to a few characters and their
decisions are not only shocking but amazing. No one is
left hanging at the end of this story, you are answered
EVERYTHING that may be on your mind.
They got so far, but in the end, well, that you can find
out on your own. The story is so well written, that it
flows from the book into your mind in an endless flow of
elven winea wine so smooth that you beg for more,
and never place the book down, whenever you can help it.
Dragonlance is back, fellas, and here to stay! In the
light of the way the fifth age has come out, if you have
been turned off to the way Dragonlance has become, or is
turning out you are totally wrong. Everything could be
worse, and with our friends Weis and Hickman at the helm,
what could go wrong except the redemption of the world we
have grown up with, taken with us on vacations and
dreamed about in our dreams. Dreams that will always be
filled with the might of dragons at war, at play and in
flight with the knights they so dearly serve in the skies
above the world of Krynn.
I rate Dragons of a Vanished Moon * * * * *
Copyright Josh Fink 2002 - 2003
is an avid "simmer" and is also the webmaster
of the USS Amazon - a unique online fantasy role-players
* * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* = Slow, difficult to read, could have been
* = Imminently