Dragons of Summer Flame by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman


Dragons of Summer Flame by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is the second book of the Second Generation series and is part of the Dragonlance Chronicles.  It is epic fantasy.

I hereby admit I’ve read this series out of order, much to my chagrin.  That being confessed, I still loved the book even with all the gaps in my “knowledge”.  The heroes of this novel are the children of the heroes of the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy. 

Drought has come to Krynn and with it long, hot endless days of summer.  There are whispers on the wind that peace has been shattered and that the drums of war are once again beating.  No one is listening though, compliancy and drought have  made the citizens weary and tired.  As the book opens, a new race on Krynn is introduced and a simple act changes the face of Krynn and the the immortal plane forever.

A simple landing of a group of Knights of Takhisis on a supposed deserted island set in motion a series of events that were completely unforeseeable.  By the end of the novel, two heroes of the older generation are deceased, one is returned from the Abyss, and the new generation suffers loss and finds power.  The forces of light and dark band together to face a common enemy, thereby ushering in the Age of Man.

I cried more than once.  The emotional scenes tug at the heart strings and make the reader invested in the characters.  The deaths aren’t just to kill off aging characters, but actually advance the story.  I sobbed when the last death occurred.  I expected it but it didn’t make it any less emotional or painful.

Five stars out of five stars for an emotional novel that ushers in a new era which calls to mind J.R.R.R. Tolkien.


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