Dragons of Winter Night

A few months have¬†passed since I read and reviewed Dragons of Autumn Twilight. I’ve read a few other books in the meantime, including starting The Eye of the World, but now I’m ready to go back into the world of Krynn and the continued adventures of Tanis, Raistlin, and everyone else!

This book picks up right where the first one left off. While one dragon highlord was killed we already get a replacement, this one wearing blue armor. An army of blue dragons come to join in, but the dragon highlord sends them north. They encounter Tanis and the others, riding on Griffons headed towards Silvanesti (yep, another freaking elf homeland). After a very confusing recount of events and dreams that everyone in the party has due to the corrupted tower in Silvanstri, Laurana and several others head out to find another dragon orb.

Basically, they do find the other dragon orb and stuff happens as they try to get it to Sancrist. While all of this is happening, we don’t hear anything about Tanis, Raistlin, or the others who aren’t with Laurana and Sturm. And Tanis is who I really care about. I don’t care about Sturm, not really.

Later on we do come back to Raistlin, Caramon, Tika, and the others, but not much time or details are devoted to them. We also get a little insight into the Knights of Solamnia as Sturm is questioned before the Council for his actions regarding Derek and his orders. There’s some political undertones and power struggles, and all that comes with that, but in the end it all has very little affect on the story as a whole, and I was ready to move on. Shortly after this is where I stopped, when I realized that the story really wasn’t going anywhere. Maybe it does pick up before the end of the book, but I just don’t have the time to keep reading chapter after chapter trying to find out.

I never realized two things about this trilogy. First, just how little actually happens, and just as few locations those events take place in. Once I finished reading the majority of the second book, I was thinking over what all has happened and it’s just not very much. Second, there’s so much melodramatic “tension” going on between characters. I guess most of it is supposed to create drama and draw the reader in, but most of the time I just rolled my eyes and wished something would actually happen, rather than reading more and more about how a character would first feel angry, and then remorseful, but never actually doing anything about it.

After reading Dragons of Autumn Twilight, I was still looking forward to what happens to all of the characters. I wanted them to keep exploring the world, meeting new and interesting people, races, and cultures. I was quite let down trying to get through the second book, and I don’t think I’ll try to read any other Dragonlance novels.