Not being familiar with other installments of the Dragonlance Chronicles, I took this on and am evaluating on a standalone book. I thought the storyline was straight forward. A group of refugees from a draconian prison have escaped and have to flee their caves to the dwarven stronghold in the mountains. Their draconian pursuers chase them to the mountains. When they reach it, there is treachery afoot with some of the dwarves. The main plotline that breaks out of this is the dwarf Flint must find the fabled Hammer of Kharas. The plot was, although simple, well-thought out. There was sufficient action and intrigue, but I wasn’t wowed by the characters. Sturm the knight was a caricature. Raistlin the mage was one of the weakest wizards I’ve come across. His brother had about as much personality as a sack of potatoes, and Tasslehoff was the worst character I’ve seen since Jar Jar Binks. I can’t compare this to other books in the series and how it falls into all of it, but it was reasonably entertaining, just not exceptional in any way.
Carl Alves – author of Blood Street