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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapter 10

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Remember waaaay back when we were super-excited about following #TeamLaurana and their adventures? Those halcyon days of youth, when elf-politics seemed exciting, and the worst thing we had to complain about was Gilthanas’ dating technique? That was a long time ago. But, huzzah! We are at the end of this section! No more wandering in the wilderness, and best of all, time to learn…

[Silvara’s Secret]

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapters 8 and 9

Welcome back! Thanks for indulging us in our Dragons of Winter Break (zing!)—now we’re back and raring to go. Bring on the dragons! The lances! Any combination thereof!

As a brief recap—our party split (rookie error) and the groups are off having independent adventures. We haven’t heard from Team Tanis for a while, and Team Laurana has now split off, with Team Sturm delivering the Dragon Orb to Sancrist. The remnants of Team Laurana are scampering around Elven territory, following their mysterious guide (and Gilthanas’ girlfriend?), Silvara.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapters 6 and 7

We’re back! Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! And speaking of awkward situations involving relationships between expansionist settlers and the indigenous population, how about those Kaganesti elves? (Awkward segue!) When we last saw Laurana, she and her buddies—including her sex-starved brother—were fleeing through the wilderness, pursued by… pretty much everyone.

…and that’s pretty much still what’s happening.

[…and that’s pretty much still what’s happening.]

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapters 4 and 5

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Last week our secondary party had lost and then reclaimed their dragon orb from a group of Laurana’s elfin relatives, and were busy making a hasty exit with their new slightly shady companion, Silvara. This week, we hear the sad tale of a legendary silver dragon, and Gilthanas gets stalker-y.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapters 2 and 3

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Y’all, we’ve had dragons and… dare we say it… a hint of lance! Plus orbs are everywhere, there are Highlords in every corner of Krynn and even the walrus-men have made an appearance (well, sort of). All things considered, probably a bad time to be on a boat.

[Loose lips sink ships all the damn time]

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Prelude and Chapter 1

Welcome back to the Dragonlance reread! We’re going to leave Tanis, his companions and his feelings back in the ruined forests of Silvanesti. Because now we’re into part two of Dragons of Winter Night (woo!) where we’ll follow the rest of the party. When we last saw Laurana, Tas, Sturm and Flint… it was the morning after the dream sequence… but when we last saw them properly, it was in Tarsis, when the Highlord’s attack split the group in two.

I wonder what the kids have been up to?

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part I, Chapter 12

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! We’re halfway through the second book, and after the nightmarish, er, nightmares of the last two weeks, this week’s chapter is a bit of a rest. Everyone’s waking up to the harsh light of day and discovering that things are really okay after all.

(That’s lie. Things are not okay.)

[And tomorrow’s just a mystery, oh yeah]

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part I, Chapters 8 and 9

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Last week was very, very exciting—fire and dragons and destruction and death and mayhem and conquest and monsters. Can this week top it?

Maybe not in the present adventure, but with a judicious combination of history and nightmares, perhaps…

[Even if it’s just in your wildest dreams]

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part I, Chapters 6 and 7

Welcome back! Last week, our intrepid band of adventurers stepped into the city of Tarsis, where they failed to remain as inconspicuous as they’d hoped. Our heroes were introduced to a captive elf princess, Alhana Starbreeze, and the whole lot were sent off to jail when Sturm sprang to defend her honor.

This week, the party gets some help from an unexpected gang of hooded figures before all hell breaks loose…

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part I, Chapters 4 and 5

Welcome back! Last week we met a mysteeeeeerious new villain, hung out with some dragons and pondered the shifting geography of Krynn. (Oceans just aren’t as reliable as they used to be, are they?)

This week, our intrepid band of adventurers step into the city of Tarsis, and discover that—ocean or not—they might be a little out of their depth…

[Remembering him comes in flashbacks and echoes]

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part I, Chapters 2 and 3

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles!

When we last left our adventurers, they were forced to take shelter from a blizzard in a cave. Two short chapters this week, setting up what is clearly some mayhem to come. But what we lack in progress, we make up in atmosphere—and, best of all, a new villain!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part 1, Prelude and Chapter 1

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles!

We hope you enjoyed the brief break—and our excellent guest Highlords—but enough faffing around. There are dragons to slay, lances to find, Gemstone mysteries to solve and love triangles to flatten out as we begin the second book, Dragons of Winter Night. Plus, we missed Raistlin.

We last saw the party at Goldmoon and Riverwind’s wedding (wasn’t her dress fabulous?). Let’s see what they’ve been up to since then.

[‘Cause we were both young when I first saw you]

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The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 15 and 16

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles, as we come to the end of the first book.

We left last week in chaos—draconians, dragons, slaves and Heroes all brawling in front of the gates of Pax Tharkas. Gates that are now sealed behind tons of rubble, squishing Eben and the Green Gemstone Man in the process. We also left with two cliff-hangers, two big fights: Verminaard versus ‘four men’ (not yet revealed) and a dragon-battle in the sky between Pyros and the very unhappy Matafleur.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution! This solution, like the world of Krynn itself, seems totally True Neutral.

[BOSS FIGHT!]

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Starting with First Principles: Where to Begin with K.J. Parker

K.J. Parker is a cult author. I don’t mean that in entirely in the colloquial sense, but also in the semi-Lovecraftian waybooks talked about passionately, but in hushed tones, by a cabal of true believers huddled in forbidden libraries and dark corners of basement bookshops. There are those that have stumbled upon Parker’s texts and worship them with a feverish intensity… and those that haven’t and are therefore wrong.

Needless to say, like any other cult, we Parker readers proselytise ceaselessly. There’s a gross, cosmic unfairness to the fact that we, who have been enlightened, are surrounded by the darkness of human ignorance. But, of course, we keep trying. The stakes are too high.

[To ease your path to conversion, here are a few ways to get started with KJ Parker…]