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Subject: Dragonlance Question
Date Posted: 9/3/2008 12:00 PM ET
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Hope one of you dracophiles can help me. I just recently started the Dragonlance Series. I've read Legend of Huma, Soulforge Series, Chronicles and the Legends - War of the Twins series. When I read the Dragons of the Summer Flame, I was amazed to see that apparently Kitiara and Sturm Brightblade had a son. What book am I missing that sheds some light on when Kitiara got pregnant?  From what I've read so far, they were involved but unfortunately she killed him.  I want to make sure that I get them in the right order (more or less).  Thanks in advance!

Greg K. - ,
Date Posted: 9/4/2008 10:21 AM ET
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Well Dragons of the Summer Flame was actually a sequel to the original dragonlance chronicles trilogy.

Dragons of the Autumn Twilight

Dragons of the Winter Night

Dragons of the Spring Dawning.

Those are basically what spawned the dragonlance universe as we know it today. Weis and Hickman are pretty much the godparents of it all. I highly recommend reading those 3 first and then the rest books (the war of the twins, legend of human, etc.) are background fillers that stemmed from the chronicles trilogy.

Here is the link to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonlance - If you look at the Books List section. It'll summarizes each of the dragonlance series and the chronological era it represents. Hopefully that'll get you centered in where you are in book-wise.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Thanks. I've read the trilogy you mentioned and found no answers, but I appreciate the link. Maybe it will get me sorted out.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 3:48 PM ET
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You aren't really missing any book.  I'm guessing they went with the children of the first set of books in order to have it feel like it belonged a bit more...rather than just another tale from Krynn.  The book wasn't planned when the first ones were created, so they weren't set up properly.  In this case, you'll just have to think "oh, it was a secret baby that no one knew about".  Kinda sucky, but that's all you get from the story.  (It made me angry too.) 

Greg K. - ,
Date Posted: 9/5/2008 10:58 AM ET
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Yes, What arlith said is basically correct. TSR (the company) did not predict such a explosion that the dragonlance chronicles created. As a result, as there were quite a few authors trying to jump on the bandwagons and churn out alot of story based on the chronicles. (legend of human, war of the twin, etc.)

Chronlogically, It was pretty thought out but I thought that the build on kitiara/sturm was rather poorly thought out. Especially considering that Kitiara was the love of Tanis at the time. They tried to turn it around and made Kitiara like a well...seductress and failed rather badly. I liked her better when she was a confused warrior lady who was basically tempted to the dark side of the force, to borrow the phrase from the star wars universe.

 



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Date Posted: 9/5/2008 1:59 PM ET
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Darkness and Light (Preludes: Vol. 1) attempts to give some background on the relationship, but the child is never really explained well from what I was able to understand. There's a lot of inconsistancies in the various series because of the many author's and the fact that the setting's popularity was unexpected.

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 9/6/2008 3:51 PM ET
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It's been a long time since I read the series, so my memory's a bit hazy (I'll have to add this to my list of books to re-read... someday!)  Anyway, Weis and Hickman's The Second Generation might help.  It was mainly a reprint of the 3 short stories they originally contibuted for the Tales trilogy anthology.  But they also wrote two new stories for the collection, the first being "Kitiara's Son".  Like I said, it's been a long time since I read it and don't really remember how much it explained.  Maybe someone else out there does?

I also as yet have not read the newest Weis & Hickman trilogy...  The Lost Chronicles I believe it's titled?  From what I've read they take place during the original Chronicles trilogy filling in some of the gaps in the story.  There might be some answers there, too.



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Date Posted: 9/7/2008 1:08 PM ET
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Y'all have been really helpful. Now if the folks I've ordered the Second Generation and other suggested titles from would respond, I'd be all set.  Kitiara's Son sounds like it should have all the answers. I didn't think I'd get so hooked on this series, but each book I read turns up two more to hunt for. Thanks for all the help.

Greg K. - ,
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:54 PM ET
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That's how it went for everyone else too. I got hooked hard after reading those and scrounged for as many fantasy books as I could get my hands on lol.