#FridayBookShare 2

It’s Friday again! Which means it’s time for #FridayBookShare, a wonderful tag created by Shelley Wilson. This tag lets us tell people about wonderful books we love, and is there anything better than talking about our favourite books?

So why don’t you recommend a book too? What you need to do, if you want to share it, is complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Today, I will introduce you to one of the trilogies that captivated and influenced me the most during my teenage years: The Chronicles of the Dragonlance!


First line of the book

Tika Waylan straightened her back with a sigh, flexing her shoulders to ease her crampled muscles.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

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.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Tanis — A troubled half-elf.

Delightful design


Audience appeal

Fantasy fans—it doesn’t really get any more fantastic than this. Mighty dragons? Check. Motley band of heroes? Check. Magical swords and powerful spells? Check. Any fan of the sword and sorcery genre will appreciate the appeal of the Dragonlance.

Your favourite line/scene

“Turn my back on the world…” the historian repeated softly and slowly, his head moving to face the mage. “Turn my back on the world!” Emotion rarely marred the surface of Astinus’s cold voice, but now anger struck the placid calm of his soul like a rock hurled into still water.
“I? Turn my back on the world?” Astinus’s voice rolled around the library as the thunder had rolled previously. “I am the world, as you well know, old friend! Countless times I have been born! Countless deaths I have died! Every tear shed – mine have flowed! Every drop of blood spilled – mine has drained! Every agony, every joy ever felt has been mine to share!
“I sit with my hand on the Sphere of Time, the sphere you made for me, old friend, and I travel the length and breadth of this world chronicling its history. I have committed the blackest deeds! I have made the noblest sacrifices. I am human, elf, and ogre. I am male and female. I have borne children. I have murdered children. I saw you as you were. I see you as you are. If I seem cold and unfeeling, it is because that is how I survive without losing my sanity! My passion goes into my words.”

This saga, and the rest on the Dragonlance, has shaped me both as a reader and as an author. If I inspired even one person to read it, I would be very happy indeed!



Disclaimer: All images are the property of Penguin Random House and Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

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