Dragons of Winter Night
DragonLance Chronicles, Volume 2: Dragons of Winter Night is the second book in the DragonLance series. It was written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and published in July of 1985. Unlike the first novel, is not based on previous Dungeons and Dragons modules.
I read this book to follow up the original. It didn't really excite me any more about the series.
I do not own this book, but have listened to an audio book recording.
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- The story continues to be interesting, and most of the character interaction is enjoyable.
- This book wasn't as interesting as the first, and I found most of the new characters to be rather dull.
- Riverwind is still useless.
- Fizban has a few moments where he isn't annoying, but he's really wearing out his welcome.
- I find the comparisons to Caramon's strength rather tedious. The gate would take ten men to lift, or one Caramon. Really?
- Raistlin's dominance over the dragon orb was a great scene, but it was totally ruined when the weaker Laurana was also able to do it, even without any preparation.
- The obvious D&D rules continue to ruin my suspension of disbelief. In particular, the idea of dragon fear not actually being mortals fearing a huge thundering fire-breathing behemoth, but some sort of magic with a 100' radius.