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The final book of the Chronicles of Dragon Lance. The Final battles of Good and Evil. It will end here, for good or ill, for at least most of the companions of our D&D tale. The War of the Lance completes. Magic, sneaking, spying, War, interpersonal conflicts, conflicts of morality and of the soul all in this book. It is still a great story even after all these years.
The narration however seemed to weaken. Characters and statements that should have been said with strength almost seem whiny. The narration itself is decent, but it feels as if the narrator did not take the time to consider the situation and the emotions behind the situation and instead just read the book. The characters even didn't have as much distinction between them as they did in the first and second books.
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I have refrained from reading these books for years because I once tried the Dragon Gate Cycle, and even as a child, found them to be poorly written. My issues -
The books are derivative. I know that D&D is derivative, and takes heavily from Tolkien, but W&H go past the point of homage/pastiche. Part of this is that nearly all fantasy in the 80's was a Tolkien clone.
The books feel abridged. It seems clear that these books were much longer, and an editor hacked them up. There are large plot points that are mentioned in past tense in the first sentence of a chapter. The wizard's entire plotline disappears - he's in the tower, and then he appears next to Tiamat a book later.
One point I will concede - there are a few lovable characters. The Kender is a loveable scamp. Fizban is also pretty awesome, though it would have been better had he truly not remembered who or what he was.
I listened to these as a gamer right of passage and was let down.
The narrator made all the characters come to life. It's been 20 years since I read the books and they are still as good today as they were then
Narrator could have made it a bit easier listening throughout the books found my self less egor to finish un like the David Eddings narrating.