The War of the Lance

“The War of the Lance” is the third anthology in the Chronicles Trilogy of the Dragonlance universe. Edited by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, this collection was published in 1992 and contains short stories set during the War of the Lance, a pivotal conflict in the Dragonlance saga that takes place during the Age of Despair. The War of the Lance is the backdrop for the original Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy, and it involves the struggle between the forces of good, led by the Heroes of the Lance, against the evil Dragon Highlords and their dragon armies.

The anthology consists of the following short stories:

  1. “The Kagonesti” by Douglas Niles – A tale about Kagonesti elves and their struggle against the oppressive rule of the Dragon Highlord Kitaiara during the War of the Lance.
  2. “The Story That Tasslehoff Promised He Would Never, Ever, Ever Tell” by Margaret Weis – A light-hearted story featuring the beloved kender, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, as he embarks on a whimsical adventure during the war.
  3. “Night of Falling Stars” by Nancy Varian Berberick – The story of a group of brave Solamnic Knights who undertake a daring mission to rescue innocents from the clutches of the evil Dragon Highlords.
  4. “The Queen’s Gift” by Roger E. Moore – A tale about the mysterious and powerful Dragon Orb, an artifact capable of controlling dragons, and the lengths to which Queen Takhisis will go to ensure its possession.
  5. “Raistlin’s Daughter” by Margaret Weis and Dezra Despain – A story that delves into the personal life of the enigmatic mage Raistlin Majere, exploring the possibility of a hidden daughter and the impact it could have on his life and the world of Krynn.
  6. “Wayward Children” by Richard A. Knaak – A tale of love and loss, as a family is torn apart by the ravages of war and forced to confront the consequences of their actions.

These stories, along with others in the anthology, offer new perspectives and insights into the War of the Lance, focusing on the personal struggles and triumphs of various characters, both well-known and lesser-known, as they navigate the chaos and turmoil of the war. Each tale highlights the courage, sacrifice, and resilience of the people of Krynn in the face of great adversity, showcasing the broader themes of hope, redemption, and the enduring battle between good and evil.

Detailed Information:

  • Publisher: TSR/Wizards of the Coast
  • Catalog #: 950207400
  • ISBN: 0786937777
  • Type: Novel
  • Print Edition: 2nd
  • Status: Available
  • Pub. Date: Dec 2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Timeline: 363 AC