The Barnes & Noble Review
Dragonlance fans are going to love this: After more than two decades and dozens of bestselling novels set in the Dragonlance universe, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are returning to where it all began -- the very first adventure. Dragons of the Dwarven Depths,
the first novel in the Lost Chronicles trilogy, will fill in critical gaps in the original Chronicles saga (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night,
and Dragons of Spring Dawning
), the classic trilogy that started the Dragonlance phenomenon in the mid-1980s.
After escaping the fortress of Pax Tharkas -- and the mighty Red Dragonarmy -- with some 800 slaves, the companions don't have many options. They will either get slaughtered by the Dark Queen's minions or somehow find a way into the legendary dwarven stronghold of Thorbardin. While the ill-tempered wizard Raistlin, his twin brother and master swordsman Caramon, and the knight Sturm Brightblade search the ruined fortress of Skullcap for a key into Thorbardin, Tanis Half-Elven and hill dwarf Flint Fireforge try to find its hidden entrance. Inside the dwarven stronghold lies sanctuary -- and the legendary Hammer of Kharas, an artifact that could be used to defeat the Dark Queen once and for all.
With well over 100 novels, anthologies, reference guides, and role-playing games set in the Dragonlance realm, Krynn is arguably the most richly historied, well-traveled, and universally beloved fantasy world ever created. And like the three original Chronicles novels, Dragons of the Dwarven Depths
is classic adventure fantasy: nonstop action, masterful characterization, meticulous world building, and bombshell plot twists around every corner. This is not only a must-read for longtime Dragonlance fans but also a perfect place for Dragonlance neophytes to begin their literary adventures. Paul Goat Allen