Highly recommended to fantasy lovers!
just as good as the first
One hundred years have passed since the fiery Cataclysm that changed the face of Krynn forever. For one hundred years, the people of Krynn have struggled to survive. But for some, those one hundred years have passed in the blink of an eye.
Catapulted forward in time by Raistlins powerful magic, Caramon and Crysania find themselves aiding the mages unholy quest to master the Queen of Darkness. To his dismay, Raistlin discovers along the way that the annals of Time are not so easily bent to his will. Neither are the longings of his heart.
I am a Raistlin fan, so I have yet to meet a book about Raistlin I did not like. A dark, sadistic mage seeking to be come the greatest wizard the world has ever known. Charming caring reluctant warrior along for the ride. One needing the other more then he will admit.
Once again Weis and Hickman have made a Dragonlance junky very happy. I have yet to find any of the Dragonlance books that I haven't enjoyed.
The Turning Point, December 18, 2002
Reviewer: Kellyannl (Bronx, NY USA)
Continuing where "Time of the Twins" left off, this entry in the Dragonlance Legends trilogy furthers Raistlin's plot to overthrow the Queen of Darkness.
As it begins, after quickly dispensing with the formality of lying through his teeth about what really happened to Tas in Istar and completely winning over Caramon and Crysania, Raistlin coldly proceeds with his manipulative scheming even as he starts to show traces of the man he once was. Events finally force him to take what seems to be the road of no return as Caramon finally comes to terms with what his twin really is.
This entry includes some of the most touching dialogue in the series between the twins and explains more deeply why Raistlin is what he is. Caramon, facing an almost surgical separation from his twin as more things come to light, finally comes into his own.
Due to plot reasons, we don't see much of Tas for awhile outside of an interlude revealing what has happened to him after "Time"'s cliffhanger. One of the series' major forces of kindness and compassion, his own nature hasn't allowed him to associate Raistlin with the face of evil. Combined with his unintentionally dangerous trump card ability to alter time, this makes him frighteningly vulnerable - and when he rejoins the correct time frame, unfortunately running into Raistlin first, the meeting between the two results in what might be the most psychologically disturbing and horrific two chapters in the whole Dragonlance saga. When faced with the depths to which Raistlin is willing to go, even his most admiring fans will be forced to wonder if he is indeed worth saving at all - a question that will dominate "Test of the Twins".
From the back: the fiery mountain strick Krynn. The gods shattered the Temple of Istar. One hundred years later, the continent of Ansalon is a desolate land, its people struggling for survival in a world ravaged by plague, starvation, and war.
Another triumph for Weis and Hickman. This is probably my favorite of the trilogy.
In case you haven't read the first one let me say again: These books are beautifully written, impossible to put down, and all together captivating. Years after reading about them I can still picture the characters in my mind as I type this review.