Read-along announcement, yay! So, wanted to share this here in case some of you missed it and were interested in joining in. Jason from Off The TBR (a fantastic blog, you should check it out if you’re not already following) will be hosting a read-along of Dragons of Autumn Twilight this November! Thanks much to Jason for hosting this event, I’m super stoked for it.
Dragons of Autum Twilight is the first book in the original Dragonlance trilogy written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Originally published in 1984 this is a classic of the fantasy genre based on Dungeons and Dragons. There is hacking and slashing and magic and questing and a group of motley characters coming together to go on a journey together.
Life-long friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales with strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chanced encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman who bears a magical crystal staff draws the companions deeper into the shadow forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.
No one expected them to be heroes.
Least of all themselves.
Now, I haven’t read this book for….wow, twenty-five or twenty-six years. I first encountered this book when I was in high school. There was a bookseller at our local flea market that my friend and I used to go to all the time. His stall was small, full of used books, most of them already old in those days, but the books were cheap and I loved checking them out. He had a ton of science fiction and fantasy novels and I found myself drawn to them over and over again checking them out. I picked up The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny there and many other fantasy gems. And then I found the omnibus of The Dragonlance Chronicles containing the original trilogy. I couldn’t resist such a fun looking cover! This was a book that promised adventure and I was all about it.
I remember reading the trilogy over a single weekend, staying up way past my bedtime on Sunday night and basically being a zombie in school the next day. Fun times! Now I have always read fantasy, back in middle school I had raided the library for The Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, among others. But these were some of the first ‘adult’ fantasy books I read that really sparked my love for the genre and for that I’ll always be grateful. We’ll see if they hold up on a re-read!
If you want to join in on the read-along for Dragons of Autumn Twilight you can check out Jason’s original post here on his blog for details. Be sure to let him know you’re interested in joining because I think the plan is to make a goodreads group for easy discussion.
Have you read this book before? Are you planning on joining the read-along? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!