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Having finished the Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders and the Tawny Man series, I am looking to start the Dragon lance series of books.

Where on earth do I start?? Theres just too many. I asked the chap in waterstones and unfortunately he did not know.

Can anyone advise please :)
 
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# Dragons of Autumn Twilight (April 1984), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-88038-173-6)

# Dragons of Winter Night (April 1985), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-394-73975-2)

# Dragons of Spring Dawning (September 1985), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-88038-175-2)
 
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# Dragons of Autumn Twilight (April 1984), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-88038-173-6)

# Dragons of Winter Night (April 1985), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-394-73975-2)

# Dragons of Spring Dawning (September 1985), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-88038-175-2)
Spot on. Those will interest you in the various other tales that are available, both before and after. But that is the starting point, to be sure.

Those are "Chronicles I", volumes 1 2 and 3 iirc. It's been awhile.
 
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# Dragons of Autumn Twilight (April 1984), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-88038-173-6)

# Dragons of Winter Night (April 1985), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-394-73975-2)

# Dragons of Spring Dawning (September 1985), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, (ISBN 0-88038-175-2)


Very very good introduction to Dragonlance and really get you into the many characters
 
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seek said:

You just gave away the secret of our power! :(

I keep meaning to re-read all my Dragonlance books, it's been years since I touched them but my pile of 'to read' books keeps getting bigger and I don't have as much time as I used to.

Edit: And actually I used Wiki :p
 
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After those 3, you want to read the Dragonlance Legends.

Time of the Twins
War of the Twins
Test of the Twins

Basically a straight continuation of the first 3 books. The six books of the Chronicles and Legends basically make up one long story.

You could then read Dragons of Summer Flame to finish the main story off (although you could read a lot of the side tales before this as its set many years after the original 6 books).

They are supposidly making an animated movie of Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

*edit* Details on the movie, and it appears to be some not bad voice talent including Kiefer Sutherland.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825245/
 
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Ok so we've got the six that I need to start off with. In what order should I read the side stories, or does it not matter?
 
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Ok so we've got the six that I need to start off with. In what order should I read the side stories, or does it not matter?
i'd concentrate on getting through "autumn" before you worry about that... you might hate it :p

1 chronicles

2 legends

worry about the rest when you're done with those.
 
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I'd read Dragonlance Tales next. They are basically a series of short stories that fill out gaps and events that happen or are hinted at in the main 6 books. Some of the short stories are better than others.

1 : Magic of Krynn, the (1987) by Margaret Weis
2 : Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes (1987) by Margaret Weis
3 : Love and War (1987) by Margaret Weis
 
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The dragons of ... series are excellent
unfortunately in the legends series they focus too much on two of the characters (the twins, which I found to be very dull and annoying) and completely ruined the series based around the group from dragons of summer, winter & autumn
 
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If you are new to the Dragonlance series, the sheer number of novels that have been published is overwhelming.

For those that don't want to wait for the explanation, here's my short list (these should be read in the order they appear in the comprehensive list):

1. Classic core novels
2. Fifth Age core novels
3. Age of Mortals core novels
4. Historical core novels

List Setup

The comprehensive list is divided two ways. The first is by time period, the second is by 'core' and 'supplemental' material. I'll discuss time period first. The Dragonlance saga spans over 9,000 years of Krynn's recorded history, and therefore it was most helpful to split the list by time period. Once that was accomplished, I went through and looked at the various books in each of the time periods and determined which were the most important to the setting.

Second, the list is organized based on the relative importance of a series. While importance is a judgment call, I looked at which novels had the most impact on a particular time period, or covered important events that shaped world history—rather than events that were specific to a particular region of the world or some of the smaller stories. So, if you are interested in a particular time period, my recommendation is to read all of the core novels first, then begin reading the supplemental novels depending on your particular areas of interest (if you are interested in elves, read Elven Nations, for example).

The Time Periods

Now that I've clarified the list's organization, I will talk a little bit more about the various time periods. When Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman began writing Dragonlance novels in 1984, they wrote their first series, Chronicles, during the time of the War of the Lance. Despite the fact that the setting has evolved significantly since the first novels were published, the War of the Lance time period is where the setting has its roots, and this is known on the list as the 'Classic' time period.

The Historical designation is for novels that flesh out the backstory of Dragonlance. The Classic time period takes place 9,300 years after the beginning of recorded history, and the Historical period includes any novels that take place prior to 350 AC (roughly the start of the War of the Lance).

In the 1990s, the Dragonlance saga moved from the Fourth Age of the world into the Fifth Age of the world, due to some major events that occurred in the storyline, specifically in a novel titled Dragons of Summer Flame, which is set in 383 AC. This novel is the final entry in the Classic era. Novels that occur after 383 AC are part of the Fifth Age period, beginning with the first series in the new period, titled the Dragons of a New Age trilogy.

The Fifth Age continued until 421 AC, when the events recounted in the War of Souls trilogy drastically changed the course of history once again. At the conclusion of the War of Souls trilogy, the world entered a new age, the Age of Mortals. The Age of Mortals period represents the 'current' time period in Dragonlance writing, and the vast majority of novels going forward will be set in this time period and will move the setting forward from here.

The gaming designation applies to products that are not novels at all, but are gaming books designed to allow players and a Dungeon Master to run a D&D game in the Dragonlance setting. The same organizational principles apply; however, it should be noted that in this case 'core' books represent the current D&D 3.5 edition rules and supplements and the 'supplemental' materials are older, unused rule sets.

Reading Order

With the discussion of the list organization and time periods out of the way, here are my recommendations on reading order. The short version is to read the core novels from each time period and then branch out into the various supplemental novels. I would read the Classic core novels first, followed by the Fifth Age core novels, and then the Age of Mortals core novels, and finally the Historical core books.

For the record, I don't recommend that you read the novels in chronological order—or, at the very least, that you do not try to read the novels in chronological order until you have completed the Chronicles, and possibly the Legends series as well. In addition to making the assumption that you know about some of the concepts introduced in Chronicles, some of the novels that are "first" in the chronological order will inevitably spoil the events that happen in Chronicles and in other novels that occur further into the future of the timeline. While the same is true about Chronicles (it hints at events in history that are explained in other books), these "previous" books are written with that in mind, so it would be my strong recommendation you read Chronicles first.

The best way to get started is to begin with the Chronicles series, comprised of three books: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning. This is the first set of books written about the Dragonlance world, and will give you the foundation for everything else. Chronicles introduces you to the major gods, important characters, and important events and organizations that other books assume you already know about. You may want to read Dragons of the Dwarven Depths between Dragons of Autumn Twilight and Dragons of Winter Night, as the newer novel fills in the gaps between these two classic books.

Once you've finished the first three books, read the Legends trilogy. In addition to being the second series published, this series explores the relationship between Raistlin and Caramon, and also introduces the reader to more detail about the Cataclysm and the events immediately before and after it. Like the Chronicles, other books assume that you know what happened in the Legends series, so I would recommend that you read Time of the Twins, War of the Twins, and Test of the Twins next.

With what long time fans consider to be the 'holy six' out of the way, you can begin reading other novels.

As noted at the beginning of this article, I recommend you read the Classic core novels first, so I would finish that group by reading The Second Generation and Dragons of Summer Flame, and then reading the core Fifth Age books: the Dragons of a New Age trilogy and The Dhamon Saga trilogy.

Next, I would recommend the Age of Mortals core books: the seminal War of Souls trilogy and the Dark Disciple trilogy, which is still being written. Once you've gotten this far, I would recommend one of two things. The first would be to read the Age of Mortals supplemental novels to get completely current with the setting, or to go back and read the Historical core novels: the Heroes series and the Kingpriest Trilogy.

Once you've read all of these core series, there really isn't a reading order—it is whatever you find yourself most interested in. My personal favorites include the following trilogies (in addition to all the core books, which I would highly recommend), in no particular order: the Raistlin Chronicles, Tales, Elven Nations, Dwarven Nations, Kang's Regiment, and the Defenders of Magic.

I hope that helps with any questions about what order someone new to the series should read the novels. If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact me and let me know.
 
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