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Elven Nations Trilogy, Paul P. Thompson, Tonya C. Cook, Douglas Niles, 1991

20 May

This is a Dragonlance series.  I hate to say anything bad about a Dragonlance book, but these just weren’t great.

Now, I recognize that none of the Dragonlance books are high literature, but I like the characters, fantasy races,  and the pace.  They are not serious reading and good for vacation.  This particular series is nowhere as good as the Chronicles series by Weis and Hickman. 

elven nations

I won’t even try to summarize the enormous Dragonlance world.   Here is a link to the Dragonlance wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonlance

According to this webpage, there are 190 or so Dragonlance novels with many authors contributing. I had no idea there were so many.  I think I have read 9.

The focus in the Elven Nations books is, logically enough, on the Elves, and the founding and early days of the Elven nations.  There is a much lesser focus on Dwarves.  The series covers a long territory war between the Elves and Humans, and a widening rift between two groups of Elves.  Unfortunately, the first Kender does not appear until book 3. 

I think the biggest problem came from the multiple authors, and very poor editing – maybe to get all 3 books out in the same year?  I found it difficult to get past the many typos.  Plus there were major timeline problems. For example, book 2 referred to events in book 1 as variously 1 year ago and many years ago.   One Dwarven character’s name was obviously changed during editing – but several pages focusing on him were missed and he had the old name for those pages. It is very hard to write with the style of another person, and to co-author, but good editing can help. Sloppy.

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One response to “Elven Nations Trilogy, Paul P. Thompson, Tonya C. Cook, Douglas Niles, 1991

  1. C.N. Faust

    May 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I seriously laughed out loud when you said, “I won’t even try to summarize the enormous Dragonlance world. Here is a link to the Dragonlance wikipeida page:”. Isn’t that the truth!

    I usually love Dragonlance books (especially Dragons of a Fallen Sun, Lost Star – etc) but I have a hard time sloughing through anything that features their elves. “The Puppet King” was a huge disappointment, and even when their elves cropped up in the old-as-mess Ravenloft series (such as in “Dance of the Dead”) I wanted to throw the book aside in disgust. But it’s a shame that these books are so badly edited – maybe their editors have gotten sloppy because they count too much on the franchise to sell it for them?

     

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