Darkness and Light

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Darkness and Light [Reading] ➮ Darkness and Light ➶ Paul B. Thompson – Polishdarling.co.uk Before the War of the LanceThe Companions have gone their separate ways, each vowing to return with news of the growing darkness in Ansalon Sturm Brightblade, a warrior whose honor is his life, and Ki Before the War of the LanceThe Companions have gone their separate ways, each vowing to return with Darkness and Kindle - news of the growing darkness in Ansalon Sturm Brightblade, a warrior whose honor is his life, and Kitiara, a passionate woman of uncertain loyalties, travel north in search of Sturm s long lost fatherBefore they reach their destination, a band of gnomes begs for their help But nothing with gnomes ever goes as planned The two adventurers are soon thrown into a perilous adventure that will take them beyond the realms of Ansalon, through love and hate, to Darkness and Light.


10 thoughts on “Darkness and Light

  1. Scott Asher Scott Asher says:

    This was the first book I ever read I don t care if, by comparison, it is derivative or obvious It will always remain special to me I wasn t a reader My father took me to the bookstore one summer day and said that I could pick out any book to read so I picked up this one but the old cover with the pink borders I wasn t sure I would even read it But once I started I couldn t stop That summer I must have readthan 20 Dragonlance books thank God for used book stores And since then This was the first book I ever read I don t care if, by comparison, it is derivative or obvious It will always remain special to me I wasn t a reader My father took me to the bookstore one summer day and said that I could pick out any book to read so I picked up this one but the old cover with the pink borders I wasn t sure I would even read it But once I started I couldn t stop That summer I must have readthan 20 Dragonlance books thank God for used book stores And since then my book obsession hasn t ceased


  2. Graham Graham says:

    A disappointing read, but then I wasn t expecting much even the Weis Hickman original Chronicles trilogy disappointed me when I read it again a few years ago, for the first time as an adult.DARKNESS AND LIGHT, the first in the Preludes sub series which tells of the early life of Sturm and Kitiara is firmly pitched as a children s adventure story Characterisation is nil seriously, there s no character arc or development in the entire story Sturm and Kitiara start out as exactly the same c A disappointing read, but then I wasn t expecting much even the Weis Hickman original Chronicles trilogy disappointed me when I read it again a few years ago, for the first time as an adult.DARKNESS AND LIGHT, the first in the Preludes sub series which tells of the early life of Sturm and Kitiara is firmly pitched as a children s adventure story Characterisation is nil seriously, there s no character arc or development in the entire story Sturm and Kitiara start out as exactly the same characters they end as, and they don t even seem to learn any lessons during their lengthy adventures.The blurb indicates that the story will follow their journey to Sturm s ancestral birthplace, but along the way there s a MASSIVE detour that takes up no less than two thirds of the novel It involves a trip to Lunitari, one of Krynn s moons No real attempt is made to explain how the characters are able to travel through space and survive other than a lame it s magic cop out Surely if it was this easy, any flying characters in the book series would just spend their time roaming the reaches of the universe rather than staying cooped up on one planet.Gnomes also play a major part in the story Having detested the presence of the gnomes not to mention gully dwarves in the original Chronicles, I was dreading meeting them, but I m surprised to report that they weren t quite so irritating here They actually grew on me as the story progressed, even if they re mostly around for the purpose of lame humour At least that s something, rather than the non events that are Sturm and Kitiara.Certain events in the book are mildly interesting, especially the stuff involving the inhabitant of the obelisk on Lunitari The authors keep you guessing as to intentions throughout, which is about the only mystery ambiguity non obviousness in the entire thing However, the ancestral birthplace type stuff turns out to be a red herring come the climax it s extremely rushed, and disappointing, by the way and the many action sequences depend far too much on coincidence and plot contrivance to be genuinely thrilling.My own journey continues to find a decent Dragonlance novel that I can enjoy as an adult reader


  3. Jasher Drake Jasher Drake says:

    This book was great If you want to see SturmHerd cattle, fly to the moon, become king, fight tree men, ride giant ants, adopt a young girl, buy raisins, see ghosts, have visions, use magic, cut off someones arm, change clothes, make a girl get angry at him, reject a helpless dragon, eat plants, lead a gnome mining expedition, unbutton a knight s tunic, get tricked by a wizard, get stuck in a storm, obtain super fast healing powers and go sailing, this is the book for you


  4. Alan Alan says:

    MINOR SPOILERS BELOW I TELL ABOUT A FEW OF THE ENCOUNTERS IN THE BOOK, BUT NOT HOW THEY PLAY OUT OR WHAT THEIR OUTCOME IS I ll generous and round my rating up to a three Unlike many of the Dragonlance novels, this one was almost entirely light hearted an comical throughout the story After a quick gathering by the heroes of the original Dragonlance, Sturm decides to trek back to Solamnia, Kitiara deciding to accompany him Along the way, their adventure truly begins when they encounter a gr MINOR SPOILERS BELOW I TELL ABOUT A FEW OF THE ENCOUNTERS IN THE BOOK, BUT NOT HOW THEY PLAY OUT OR WHAT THEIR OUTCOME IS I ll generous and round my rating up to a three Unlike many of the Dragonlance novels, this one was almost entirely light hearted an comical throughout the story After a quick gathering by the heroes of the original Dragonlance, Sturm decides to trek back to Solamnia, Kitiara deciding to accompany him Along the way, their adventure truly begins when they encounter a group of gnomes who have invented an incredible flying boat The heroes join the gnomes, who are good at creating things, but not things that necessarily work as they re intended With the craft rising through the air, they find themselves rising higher and higher unable to stop Just how high will they get That s right Ralph, to the moon.On the moon they encounter a mad king, walking tree creatures, strange magical properties and an enigmatic brass dragon, all of which lead them on further min adventures Throughout this, the gnomes are constantly chattering, arguing and disassembling things to make other thingsthat often continue not to work a planned.Overall, the story dragged in parts, especially in the later parts of the book, and the gnomes, while sometimes amusing, are frequently annoying But the light nature of the tale remains through most of the telling, and leave it an entertaining, if not spectacular book


  5. Chris Chris says:

    During my freshman year of high school one of my first assignments was that I had to pick a book to write a book review on, and I chose this book My English teacher gave me a little push back before allowing it He hadimportant things on his mind at the time, such as sharing all his racist views about the OJ trial with his students You should have seen him when the verdict was announced He was absolutely livid, so we didn t do anything in class for the rest of the week.As I recall, the During my freshman year of high school one of my first assignments was that I had to pick a book to write a book review on, and I chose this book My English teacher gave me a little push back before allowing it He hadimportant things on his mind at the time, such as sharing all his racist views about the OJ trial with his students You should have seen him when the verdict was announced He was absolutely livid, so we didn t do anything in class for the rest of the week.As I recall, the book was fine


  6. Marianne Marianne says:

    This is a terribly silly book, that really doesn t do justice to the two main characters Also, it doesn t fit with the continuity of the Chronicles series that takes place after in some rather crucial ways Dragons existing, draconians existing, etc.That said, it s an amusing enough gnomish romp, and I bet my very young child will enjoy it when he s old enough.


  7. NightAuditMan NightAuditMan says:

    Gnomish misadventure reigns supreme.


  8. Kyla Kyla says:

    I have to say, I m disappointed I ve rather enjoyed the other Thompson and Cook Dragonlance stories that I ve read The Elven Nations and the Ergoth Trilogy were great, and the Barbarians trilogy is one of my favourite non Weis and Hickman Dragonlance series But this book wasn t great The intro chapter with the companions was fine it was simply written but the banter was fun But then we get to the Tirolaiat part of the story, which sets up some mysteries about him and his crew and then is c I have to say, I m disappointed I ve rather enjoyed the other Thompson and Cook Dragonlance stories that I ve read The Elven Nations and the Ergoth Trilogy were great, and the Barbarians trilogy is one of my favourite non Weis and Hickman Dragonlance series But this book wasn t great The intro chapter with the companions was fine it was simply written but the banter was fun But then we get to the Tirolaiat part of the story, which sets up some mysteries about him and his crew and then is completely ignored in favour of a flying gnome ship that has too many crew members to remember They wind up on one of the moons, which is silly but not unexpected for some Dragonlance novels The main villain isn t introduced until the last 3rd of the book, and doesn t really show up until the last 20 or 30 pages of the novel Stuff set up in his introduction are never explored who was the wizard who will die by fire What the hell was the point of that Kit and Sturm s relationship was a bit of a disappointment too They re two sides to the same coin both with knightish fathers that they re searching for, though they, like their father s, are complete opposites, and this was barely explored at all I ll admit that I was expecting the conception of Steel here, but I guess that he hadn t been conceived of as a character when this book was written so that s forgiven Most egregiously is that the book seems to forget the lore of its own universe Why are there so many clerics running around when the gods are still supposed to be gone, and why does no one bat an eye about the fact that they re everywhere Why is there healing magic Magic can t heal I ve read worse Deagonlance books before and probably will again, but overall, this was a huge disappointment


  9. Austin E Austin E says:

    The main characters are Sturm, Kitaria, Birdcall, Wingover, Sighter, Roperig, Fitter, Flash, Bellcrank, Cutwood, and Rainspot Sturm and Kitaria are going to go to Solamnia, where Sturm is from Later they run into the gnomes Birdcall, Wingover, Sighter, Roperig, Fitter, Flash, Bellcrank, Cutwood, and Rainspot The gnomes offer Sturm and Kitaria transportaiton to wherever they want in a flying ship, if they help them set the ship free So Sturm and Kitaria are trying to get to Solamnia in a fly The main characters are Sturm, Kitaria, Birdcall, Wingover, Sighter, Roperig, Fitter, Flash, Bellcrank, Cutwood, and Rainspot Sturm and Kitaria are going to go to Solamnia, where Sturm is from Later they run into the gnomes Birdcall, Wingover, Sighter, Roperig, Fitter, Flash, Bellcrank, Cutwood, and Rainspot The gnomes offer Sturm and Kitaria transportaiton to wherever they want in a flying ship, if they help them set the ship free So Sturm and Kitaria are trying to get to Solamnia in a flying ship The theme is, people never change even if they move somewhere else One example of this theme is, Kitaria is always power hungry, She leaves with Sturm and is always power hungry the entire book Another example is, Sturm is always talking about honor and even while he is traveling with Kitaria is still about honor The last example is the gnomes, they are always inventing things or testing things throughout the book That is why I think the theme is, people never change even if they move somewhere else I enjoyed this book It has some unexpected parts in it There is one thing I don t like, that the characters never change Other than that it is a pretty fun book The charachters are well explained but don t change The book also has a lot of exciting parts where you don t know if they are going to make it or not But over all I really enjoyed this book


  10. Jdetrick Jdetrick says:

    There are parts of this book I quite like The personalities of the gnomes are fascinating, and there are good character scenes between our main two protagonists Unfortunately, there s a lot here that needs work The book meanders and seems to have no real focus There are way too many unnecessary little adventures before the trip to the moon and after the trip that make the book seemlike a collection of vignettes than anything else, which would be fine if the trip to the moon was of the There are parts of this book I quite like The personalities of the gnomes are fascinating, and there are good character scenes between our main two protagonists Unfortunately, there s a lot here that needs work The book meanders and seems to have no real focus There are way too many unnecessary little adventures before the trip to the moon and after the trip that make the book seemlike a collection of vignettes than anything else, which would be fine if the trip to the moon was of the same length, and not so much longer than any other vignette There are also times when the characters seem to act out of character simply to move the plot along Its not a bad book, but it feels like an early draft that neededpolishing


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10 thoughts on “Darkness and Light

  1. Scott Asher Scott Asher says:

    This was the first book I ever read I don t care if, by comparison, it is derivative or obvious It will always remain special to me I wasn t a reader My father took me to the bookstore one summer day and said that I could pick out any book to read so I picked up this one but the old cover with the pink borders I wasn t sure I would even read it But once I started I couldn t stop That summer I must have readthan 20 Dragonlance books thank God for used book stores And since then This was the first book I ever read I don t care if, by comparison, it is derivative or obvious It will always remain special to me I wasn t a reader My father took me to the bookstore one summer day and said that I could pick out any book to read so I picked up this one but the old cover with the pink borders I wasn t sure I would even read it But once I started I couldn t stop That summer I must have readthan 20 Dragonlance books thank God for used book stores And since then my book obsession hasn t ceased


  2. Graham Graham says:

    A disappointing read, but then I wasn t expecting much even the Weis Hickman original Chronicles trilogy disappointed me when I read it again a few years ago, for the first time as an adult.DARKNESS AND LIGHT, the first in the Preludes sub series which tells of the early life of Sturm and Kitiara is firmly pitched as a children s adventure story Characterisation is nil seriously, there s no character arc or development in the entire story Sturm and Kitiara start out as exactly the same c A disappointing read, but then I wasn t expecting much even the Weis Hickman original Chronicles trilogy disappointed me when I read it again a few years ago, for the first time as an adult.DARKNESS AND LIGHT, the first in the Preludes sub series which tells of the early life of Sturm and Kitiara is firmly pitched as a children s adventure story Characterisation is nil seriously, there s no character arc or development in the entire story Sturm and Kitiara start out as exactly the same characters they end as, and they don t even seem to learn any lessons during their lengthy adventures.The blurb indicates that the story will follow their journey to Sturm s ancestral birthplace, but along the way there s a MASSIVE detour that takes up no less than two thirds of the novel It involves a trip to Lunitari, one of Krynn s moons No real attempt is made to explain how the characters are able to travel through space and survive other than a lame it s magic cop out Surely if it was this easy, any flying characters in the book series would just spend their time roaming the reaches of the universe rather than staying cooped up on one planet.Gnomes also play a major part in the story Having detested the presence of the gnomes not to mention gully dwarves in the original Chronicles, I was dreading meeting them, but I m surprised to report that they weren t quite so irritating here They actually grew on me as the story progressed, even if they re mostly around for the purpose of lame humour At least that s something, rather than the non events that are Sturm and Kitiara.Certain events in the book are mildly interesting, especially the stuff involving the inhabitant of the obelisk on Lunitari The authors keep you guessing as to intentions throughout, which is about the only mystery ambiguity non obviousness in the entire thing However, the ancestral birthplace type stuff turns out to be a red herring come the climax it s extremely rushed, and disappointing, by the way and the many action sequences depend far too much on coincidence and plot contrivance to be genuinely thrilling.My own journey continues to find a decent Dragonlance novel that I can enjoy as an adult reader


  3. Jasher Drake Jasher Drake says:

    This book was great If you want to see SturmHerd cattle, fly to the moon, become king, fight tree men, ride giant ants, adopt a young girl, buy raisins, see ghosts, have visions, use magic, cut off someones arm, change clothes, make a girl get angry at him, reject a helpless dragon, eat plants, lead a gnome mining expedition, unbutton a knight s tunic, get tricked by a wizard, get stuck in a storm, obtain super fast healing powers and go sailing, this is the book for you


  4. Alan Alan says:

    MINOR SPOILERS BELOW I TELL ABOUT A FEW OF THE ENCOUNTERS IN THE BOOK, BUT NOT HOW THEY PLAY OUT OR WHAT THEIR OUTCOME IS I ll generous and round my rating up to a three Unlike many of the Dragonlance novels, this one was almost entirely light hearted an comical throughout the story After a quick gathering by the heroes of the original Dragonlance, Sturm decides to trek back to Solamnia, Kitiara deciding to accompany him Along the way, their adventure truly begins when they encounter a gr MINOR SPOILERS BELOW I TELL ABOUT A FEW OF THE ENCOUNTERS IN THE BOOK, BUT NOT HOW THEY PLAY OUT OR WHAT THEIR OUTCOME IS I ll generous and round my rating up to a three Unlike many of the Dragonlance novels, this one was almost entirely light hearted an comical throughout the story After a quick gathering by the heroes of the original Dragonlance, Sturm decides to trek back to Solamnia, Kitiara deciding to accompany him Along the way, their adventure truly begins when they encounter a group of gnomes who have invented an incredible flying boat The heroes join the gnomes, who are good at creating things, but not things that necessarily work as they re intended With the craft rising through the air, they find themselves rising higher and higher unable to stop Just how high will they get That s right Ralph, to the moon.On the moon they encounter a mad king, walking tree creatures, strange magical properties and an enigmatic brass dragon, all of which lead them on further min adventures Throughout this, the gnomes are constantly chattering, arguing and disassembling things to make other thingsthat often continue not to work a planned.Overall, the story dragged in parts, especially in the later parts of the book, and the gnomes, while sometimes amusing, are frequently annoying But the light nature of the tale remains through most of the telling, and leave it an entertaining, if not spectacular book


  5. Chris Chris says:

    During my freshman year of high school one of my first assignments was that I had to pick a book to write a book review on, and I chose this book My English teacher gave me a little push back before allowing it He hadimportant things on his mind at the time, such as sharing all his racist views about the OJ trial with his students You should have seen him when the verdict was announced He was absolutely livid, so we didn t do anything in class for the rest of the week.As I recall, the During my freshman year of high school one of my first assignments was that I had to pick a book to write a book review on, and I chose this book My English teacher gave me a little push back before allowing it He hadimportant things on his mind at the time, such as sharing all his racist views about the OJ trial with his students You should have seen him when the verdict was announced He was absolutely livid, so we didn t do anything in class for the rest of the week.As I recall, the book was fine


  6. Marianne Marianne says:

    This is a terribly silly book, that really doesn t do justice to the two main characters Also, it doesn t fit with the continuity of the Chronicles series that takes place after in some rather crucial ways Dragons existing, draconians existing, etc.That said, it s an amusing enough gnomish romp, and I bet my very young child will enjoy it when he s old enough.


  7. NightAuditMan NightAuditMan says:

    Gnomish misadventure reigns supreme.


  8. Kyla Kyla says:

    I have to say, I m disappointed I ve rather enjoyed the other Thompson and Cook Dragonlance stories that I ve read The Elven Nations and the Ergoth Trilogy were great, and the Barbarians trilogy is one of my favourite non Weis and Hickman Dragonlance series But this book wasn t great The intro chapter with the companions was fine it was simply written but the banter was fun But then we get to the Tirolaiat part of the story, which sets up some mysteries about him and his crew and then is c I have to say, I m disappointed I ve rather enjoyed the other Thompson and Cook Dragonlance stories that I ve read The Elven Nations and the Ergoth Trilogy were great, and the Barbarians trilogy is one of my favourite non Weis and Hickman Dragonlance series But this book wasn t great The intro chapter with the companions was fine it was simply written but the banter was fun But then we get to the Tirolaiat part of the story, which sets up some mysteries about him and his crew and then is completely ignored in favour of a flying gnome ship that has too many crew members to remember They wind up on one of the moons, which is silly but not unexpected for some Dragonlance novels The main villain isn t introduced until the last 3rd of the book, and doesn t really show up until the last 20 or 30 pages of the novel Stuff set up in his introduction are never explored who was the wizard who will die by fire What the hell was the point of that Kit and Sturm s relationship was a bit of a disappointment too They re two sides to the same coin both with knightish fathers that they re searching for, though they, like their father s, are complete opposites, and this was barely explored at all I ll admit that I was expecting the conception of Steel here, but I guess that he hadn t been conceived of as a character when this book was written so that s forgiven Most egregiously is that the book seems to forget the lore of its own universe Why are there so many clerics running around when the gods are still supposed to be gone, and why does no one bat an eye about the fact that they re everywhere Why is there healing magic Magic can t heal I ve read worse Deagonlance books before and probably will again, but overall, this was a huge disappointment


  9. Austin E Austin E says:

    The main characters are Sturm, Kitaria, Birdcall, Wingover, Sighter, Roperig, Fitter, Flash, Bellcrank, Cutwood, and Rainspot Sturm and Kitaria are going to go to Solamnia, where Sturm is from Later they run into the gnomes Birdcall, Wingover, Sighter, Roperig, Fitter, Flash, Bellcrank, Cutwood, and Rainspot The gnomes offer Sturm and Kitaria transportaiton to wherever they want in a flying ship, if they help them set the ship free So Sturm and Kitaria are trying to get to Solamnia in a fly The main characters are Sturm, Kitaria, Birdcall, Wingover, Sighter, Roperig, Fitter, Flash, Bellcrank, Cutwood, and Rainspot Sturm and Kitaria are going to go to Solamnia, where Sturm is from Later they run into the gnomes Birdcall, Wingover, Sighter, Roperig, Fitter, Flash, Bellcrank, Cutwood, and Rainspot The gnomes offer Sturm and Kitaria transportaiton to wherever they want in a flying ship, if they help them set the ship free So Sturm and Kitaria are trying to get to Solamnia in a flying ship The theme is, people never change even if they move somewhere else One example of this theme is, Kitaria is always power hungry, She leaves with Sturm and is always power hungry the entire book Another example is, Sturm is always talking about honor and even while he is traveling with Kitaria is still about honor The last example is the gnomes, they are always inventing things or testing things throughout the book That is why I think the theme is, people never change even if they move somewhere else I enjoyed this book It has some unexpected parts in it There is one thing I don t like, that the characters never change Other than that it is a pretty fun book The charachters are well explained but don t change The book also has a lot of exciting parts where you don t know if they are going to make it or not But over all I really enjoyed this book


  10. Jdetrick Jdetrick says:

    There are parts of this book I quite like The personalities of the gnomes are fascinating, and there are good character scenes between our main two protagonists Unfortunately, there s a lot here that needs work The book meanders and seems to have no real focus There are way too many unnecessary little adventures before the trip to the moon and after the trip that make the book seemlike a collection of vignettes than anything else, which would be fine if the trip to the moon was of the There are parts of this book I quite like The personalities of the gnomes are fascinating, and there are good character scenes between our main two protagonists Unfortunately, there s a lot here that needs work The book meanders and seems to have no real focus There are way too many unnecessary little adventures before the trip to the moon and after the trip that make the book seemlike a collection of vignettes than anything else, which would be fine if the trip to the moon was of the same length, and not so much longer than any other vignette There are also times when the characters seem to act out of character simply to move the plot along Its not a bad book, but it feels like an early draft that neededpolishing


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