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Are you willing to read a new series but you don’t know how to start? maybe you need some kind of introduction so you can start discovering a new saga? Book series is what you are looking for.

This category is about introducing new book sagas, I will provide all the useful information you need. Starting with an introduction so you know the basics about the saga and every useful information.

A brief plot summary, so you can know what the story is about and see if it fits your interests.

Books in the series (and a reading order if needed) providing you the length of the series so you can know how many books you will have to read.

About the author feedback, which will introduce you other works written by the same author.

And also a “you might like this book if you liked” section which will give you other book titles which are similar to the series introduced. This way if you loved a certain saga you will know easily if this new series fits what you are looking for.

With all this information you will be able to dive into a new saga knowing everything you need.  You will know you will like a new saga before turning the first page and without spoiling anything.

For the longest sagas, there will be a related post with the proper reading order, so you can know exactly which is the proper way to start reading each of this recommended sagas.

 

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Introducing Dragonlance Chronicles

It is time you know about Dragonlance, if you don’t already of course. Dragonlance is a popular series it is related to the famous board game Dungeons and Dragons. Such is that connection that these series are based on Dungeons & Dragons universe and modules. This all began playing a board game,

This is an enjoyable series of fantasy books best suitable for younger readers. Dragonlance Chronicles is an Epic Fantasy in style and penned from the third-person perspective. The characters are somewhat one-dimensional but well written with simplistic and easy to read form. The great success of Dragonlance is the secret behind all the greatest fantasy series: there is a different recurrent saga, there is magic, someone, and action for everyone to note. If you ask a reader of Dragonlance who their favorite character is, they won’t be able to pick out one.

Today, teenagers may say adults who haven’t read Harry Potter do not understand magic. They fail to realize that every generation has walked on the sands of magic. Subsequently, all those who love Harry Potter books will surely love Dragonlance. Or also, you can check these other “Books like Harry Potter suggestions” post.

What is Dragonlance about?

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These novels set in the world of Krynn, a place where humans coexist with magic and monsters.  In this story, Krynn no longer has the favour of the ancient gods centuries ago, a period known as the Cataclysm. The world has become a dangerous place, full of enemies and dangers.  It tells the story of a band of adventurers who reunite after five years separated, having a new journey together after discovering a powerful staff with healing powers, an ability long time no seen since the Cataclysm.

The cadre of companions is surrounded by obscure, fully fleshed characters. While King Lorac is likened to Shakespeare’s King Lear in madness. Lord Soth’s story of requited love and madness is found in Ann Radcliffe’s gothic tales. Beren, the immortal man, is seen searching for his sister who keeps the green emerald. Also seen is Fistandantilus, Par-Salian, Elistan, Bupu, Crysania, Ariakis, Gilthanas,  and many more. There is someone for every reader to latch on to, sympathize with, love or hate. The action is progressive, raging across the mountains, lands to the seas, and the skies. There are castles and towns in trees, taverns and libraries, great cities and tiny villages. There is also a Shrove where the dead reaches out, the magical tests; the Abyss, and there are dragons. No matter what, every great fantasy needs a dragon (saving David Eddings).

The authors tried their best to be creatively elaborate in these books, that you identify right the good, bad and the ugly without difficulty. There is adequate light-heartedness that abounds in this story, and the fantasy genre is evident in these series.

What will you like about Dragonlance?

The authors of Dragonlance Chronicles did an exceptional job, creating an entertaining, and reader-friendly series that enthralls and keeps readers engrossed.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman were able to take cognizance of the fact that all good fantasy entails that each character has a particular quest which they are known to pursue. Hence, you may;

  • love the troubled Tanis Half-Elven
  • year for either the pure Lauralanthalsa or the edgy, chaotic Kitiara
  • become fond of the dour old dwarf, Flint, or
  • find solace in the overly chivalrous Sturm.

There is the mysticism in Riverwind and Goldmoon, the bitter, powerful mage Raistlin Majere or his athletic, gladiatorial twin, Cameron. You will also love the prankish Kender, Tasslehoff, the Fellowship racing from Draconians crashing up Tika’s Inn in Solace and discovering themselves clashing with Queen Takhisis’ blue, red, green, black dragons.

Again, like in Star Wars, here we have a family doing all they can to combat evil and restore the good. According to Raistlin, “Hope is the denial of reality,” but in the end, it is the hope that is made evident.

The trilogy

The Dragonlance Chronicles is a compilation of all first three volumes of the popular Dragonlance series. Written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the Chronicles consist of the following:

In this case, the proper reading order is the published order. This is at the same time the chronological order.

  • The Dragons of Autumn Twilight
  • Dragons of Winter Night
  • Dragons of Spring Dawning

Equivalent to Star Wars, the saga of the first trilogy takes us through the initial triumph seen in the Dragons of Autumn Twilight, down to gloom that loom when evil rules in Dragons of Winter Night, to final conquest in Dragons of Spring Dawning.

The extended Dragonlance universe

As the years go by, over 200 novels (such a number uh?) are already published with the Dragonlance universe as a setting. Such as the Legends, the Chronicles, The Dark Disciple, the War of Souls and a lot more.

The Dragonlance series was more than six (6) books; the second trilogy, ‘Time of the Twins’, ‘War of the Twins’, and ‘Test of the Twins’ are cleverly merged time journey into an ancient fantasy. Two futures appear; one where Raistlin becomes a God and another where he recognizes that his successes are futile, and his inner struggles ultimately let ‘good’ win. If you are willing to read Dragonlance series as a whole and you are wondering which is the reading order for this series, don’t worry, my How to Read Dragonlance series post will come soon.

Adaptations

Dragonlance had an animated movie adaptation released in 2008 by the name Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight. This movie bases on the first novel of the Dragonlance series and was directed by Will Meugnio. Critics were predominantly negative though, which was the reason why the following books in the original trilogy didn’t have a movie adaptation. Animation didn’t meet the expectations, this was so that the coauthor, Tracy Hickman, stated the following:

“The animation itself is less than I would have hoped it to be”

Even so, if you want to watch the movie you can find it on DVD for less than 5$.

About the authors

Margaret Edith Weis is a terrific fantasy and science-fiction writer of dozens of novels and short stories. Fondly called Margaret Weis, called is one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world, alongside Tracy Hickman and others.

Tracy Raye Hickman is also an American fantasy author who has written or co-authored dozens of novels with Dragonlance being one of his widely accepted work.

You should read Dragonlance if you liked

The Companions written by Tina Daniell and Douglas Niles’ Crown and the Sword are among the books there have striking similarities with the Dragonlance saga series.

 

Hope you enjoyed this article and will be willing to start reading The Dragonlance Chronicles. Keep reading!

 

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Introducing Mistborn series

Have you heard about Mistborn? this series is a trilogy written by the American author Brandon Sanderson. Introducing Mistborn series will tell you everything you need to know before start reading this amazing saga. Mistborn will have its movie adaptation, so you still have time to read this series before the first movie, Mistborn: The Final Empire gets released (there is still no release date for this upcoming movie).

The trilogy, Mistborn, is part of a larger series of books. It is considered a separate trilogy since these are the only three books which function perfectly as a trilogy all on their own. When you read the Mistborn series, you will fondly become addicted to it, because it sparks off curiosity to find out what the end holds. For this purpose, we will be looking at the full trilogy; Final Empire, Well of Ascension and Hero of Ages.

What is Mistborn about?

 

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Mistborn book covers

The series is set in a world where ash falls from the sky, and mists envelop the streets by night. Sitting on the throne is the Lord Ruler; a god served by sinister and powerful men whose eyes are made of metal spikes. The Skaa people are however oppressed, poor, starving, and live in perpetual dread of the Lord Ruler. The nobles, on the other hand, take pleasure in balls and court intrigue. There are also the allomancers (magicians) who dwell among the commoners, and they are often seen burrowing in the Skaa community, protecting their houses and skewing politics. They are those blessed with the gift of drawing powers from metals. These groups are said to possess possible powers that might bring down the dreaded Lord Ruler and lift the oppression from the Skaa community.

The Final Empire, which is the first book in the series records the account of one man with such powers who assembles a team of criminals to spur the Lord Ruler to great annoyance.

Mistborn is set in the Cosmere Universe, that is, most of Brandon Sanderson’s books have the same fundamentals of magic and cosmology even though if the stories are separate. So, Mistborn is set in the same universe as Elantris and The Stormlight Archive despite having a different story. If you want to know more about the Cosmere Universe, you can check Brandon Sanderson’s website, where he explains it better than any other could.

How to read Mistborn

Mistborn original series is a trilogy, the proper reading order is the published order. This is at the same time the chronological order.

In which order should I read Mistborn?

  • The Final Empire. 541 pages.
  • The Well of Ascension. 590 pages.
  • The Hero of Ages. 572 pages.

After this come Wax and Wayne series on which the last book, The Lost Metal, is still not published. Also, you can read this book considering the Cosmere universe as a whole, I will eventually post a How to read article so stay tuned.

What makes Mistborn trilogy different?

One most impressive things about this series was the unique power system of using metals to gain (sometimes physics-based) superhuman abilities. The magic here is depicted in three disciplines: Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy. What will keep you enthralled are the series of rapidly-changing scenarios that the protagonists found themselves in; the effects of their actions ripple and escalate as the story progressed.

Brandon Sanderson made the writing of this series more straight-forward than a lot of fantasy books. This made it refreshingly easy to read. The only sad part is the occasional over-explanation of somethings (this happen to be the opposite problem to that of a lot of fantasy books), but this happens less as the saga goes on.

The trilogy is laden with loads of mystery, but also plenty of solutions, which makes for a very satisfying ending, as there’s a real pay-off from plans which are laid very early on in the series. The books, however, made improvements as the series goes on, with the final installment, The Hero of Ages is one of the most exciting series conclusions ever.

These series have a good balance of action, character-development, politics, mystery, and even some romance. It is an excellent book for anyone who likes fantasy and would urge any readers to stick with it until the end because the pay-off makes even the more awkward sections of the first book worthwhile. Since Mistborn has an entirely different feel to books by authors like George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb, this series felt like a really unique read.

About the author: Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is a prolific American fantasy and science fiction writer. One of his works, Cosmere Universe, brought him to fame. Cosmere Universe is a word which most of his fantasy novels are set.  Also, Brandon gained some extra notoriety for finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. His latest book is Skyward, which is not set in the Cosmere Universe, is a YA novel about which you can learn more about just clicking here.

Also, Patrick Rothfuss, writer of  The Kingkiller Chronicle, praised Mistborn and Brandon Sanderson’s work and particularly the Mistborn series:

The Mistborn books are set in a fascinating world different from any fantasy I’ve run into before. He’s got a good grip on character and story, and his magic system is unlike anything I’ve ever run into before either. He makes it very solid and logical, while still leaving room for cleverness and mystery.

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You should read Mistborn if you liked

“Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.”

– Mistborn Book 3; The Hero of Ages

If you like other sagas such as Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World and the Lies of Locke Lamora written by Scott Lynch you will definitely love Mistborn. Also, if you like Harry Potter (and you are willing to discover a new world full of magic this series will prove to be a good candidate for your needs (or you can check these other Harry Potter suggestions).

Here you have your introduction to Mistborn, hope it’s helpful for you. Keep reading.

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