This trilogy surprised me in many ways. First and foremost, I usually don’t care for short stories. But what TSR, and the editors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman did (Mostly the editors less so TSR) was to pull together a series of stories that fill in the lore of Krynn in ways I didn’t know I wanted until I read it. Some of these stories have been dramatic, some funny, all have been worthwhile. I am not bothered by the format and enjoyed all three books thoroughly.
If you have been following my posts and social media, I first read these books as a teenager, starting when only two books were available. I now have teenagers and am reading them with my kids.
This is how far we have gotten:
The Short stories in this book are briefly (very briefly) surmised below:
A Good Knight’s Tale by Harold Bakst
An ancient Knight of Solamnia tells a scribe a tale of love and how a protective father wanted to shield his daughter by moving her far from where young men could see her.
A Painter’s Vision by Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel
This is the story of a barmaid who wanted to get a painting just right, finally on her deathbed she achieves perfection. It is a story of grief, recovery and love.
Hunting Destiny by Nick O’Donohoe
If you read the original Chronicles books you are familiar with the story of the White Stag. This is the backstory that helps you understand what was going on there.
Hide and Go Seek by Nancy Varian Berberick
Tasslehoff Burrfoot is taken prisoner. Anyone who knows Kender knows that this is far worse for the jailer’s mental health than it is for the prisoner.
By The Measure by Richard A. Knaack
When will the Knights of Solamnia finally learn that there are grey areas. Pure right and pure wrong almost never is a thing.
The Exiles by Paul B. Thompson and Tonya R. Carter
A very young Sturm Brightblade and his mother are forced to run from danger, something that doesn’t sit well with Sturm.
Heart of Goldmoon by Laura Hickman and Dezra Despain
We learn the backstory of Goldmoon and Riverwind. A must read for fans of the original trilogy.
There is a legend that Raistlin had a daughter. Raistlin meets a strange woman he is captivated by who is raped and the twins come to her rescue. Does she give birth to Raistlin’s child, or someone else’s? Does the power live on?
Silver and Steel by Kevin Randle
Huma’s final battle with the Dark Queen that we have only ever heard about!
From the Yearning for War and the War’s Ending by Michael Williams
An accounting of the siege of Palanthas from the point of view of a young Knight of Solamnia. Another must read for fans to understand the back story.