D&D General Dragons of Deceit: Check Out the Dragonlance Novel Cover

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While we've known about the upcoming Dragonlance novel trilogy since October 2020, Margaret Weis has shared the wraparound cover of the first book in the new Dragonlance novel trilogy, Dragons of Deceit and confirmed the release date August 9th 2022.

As we've noted before, Weis & Hickman are using the brand "Classic Dragonlance" which features the older-style title banner.


Previous information indicated that the second book in the trilogy would be called Dragons of Fate.

Tracy Hickman shared some more information, including the book description which was revealed back in November.


It’s official! Dragons of Deceit by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, published by Del Rey, will be released August 9, 2022. We’re returning to old friends while introducing a new heroine to the classic world of Dragonlance. Our gift to you this holiday season is to share a first look at the cover!

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman return to the unforgettable world of the New York Times bestselling Dragonlance series as a new heroine—desperate to restore her beloved father to life—sets off on a quest to change time.

Destina Rosethorn—as her name implies—believes herself to be a favored child of destiny. But when her father dies in the War of the Lance, she watches her carefully constructed world come crashing down. Not only does she lose her beloved father but the legacy he has left her: the family lands and castle. To save her father, she hatches a bold plan—to go back in time and prevent his death.

First, she has to secure the Device of Time Journeying, last known to be in the possession of the spirited kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot. But to change time, she needs another magical artifact—the most powerful and dangerous artifact ever created. Destina’s quest takes her from the dwarven kingdom of Thorbardin to the town of Solace and beyond, setting in motion a chain of disastrous events that threaten to divert the course of the River of Time, alter the past, and forever change the future.


Margaret Weis commented on the logo usage -- "We are so pleased that Wizards of the Coast permitted us to use the classic Dragonlance logo from 1984. The logo was designed by the TSR art director at the time, the late James Roslof, and was hand-painted by Larry Elmore."

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Quick analysis-

1. The main character, who believes she has a destiny, is called Destina. Because of course she is.

2. The first MacGuffin, which is a Device for Time Travelling, is called ... um ... wait, the Device of Time Journeying? Oh boy.

3. And to secure the aptly-named Device of Time Journeying, she gets to encounter "spirited kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot." Please, no.


Look, I'm happy for Dragonlance fans. But this looks to be at the level of writing of the past books- terrible. Except worse, maybe? So, terrible-er. I'm out. Hope it's what the DL fans were waiting for, though!
 



Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Eh, I'm fine with it. That's what it was called in the Legends trilogy, and it's basic D&D nomenclature. wand of magic missiles. staff of striking. ring of invisibility. bag of holding. device of time journeying.

Personal preference and all, but-
(1) I prefer books to use a little bit of literary license; and
(2) I think really powerful items should have distinctive names - it's fine to have a wand of magic missiles, but it's not like you'd call the Invulnerable Coat of Arnd the Chainmail of Real Good Protection.
(3) The term device, as in a mechanical contrivance, feels weird when talking about magic.

Anyway, that's just one thing. I hope fans like the new trilogy! Sometimes, you have to be careful what you wish for. I remember that after Gygax left, he wrote some more Gord books ... which were somehow worse than the ones he wrote at TSR. And TSR had Rose Estes write some books ... and ouch.

Sometime you get what you deserve, and sometimes you get it good and hard while reading about the energetic Tasslehoff Burrfoot.
 

Quick analysis-

1. The main character, who believes she has a destiny, is called Destina. Because of course she is.

2. The first MacGuffin, which is a Device for Time Travelling, is called ... um ... wait, the Device of Time Journeying? Oh boy.

3. And to secure the aptly-named Device of Time Journeying, she gets to encounter "spirited kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot." Please, no.


Look, I'm happy for Dragonlance fans. But this looks to be at the level of writing of the past books- terrible. Except worse, maybe? So, terrible-er. I'm out. Hope it's what the DL fans were waiting for, though!
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jerryrice4949

Adventurer
Quick analysis-

1. The main character, who believes she has a destiny, is called Destina. Because of course she is.

2. The first MacGuffin, which is a Device for Time Travelling, is called ... um ... wait, the Device of Time Journeying? Oh boy.

3. And to secure the aptly-named Device of Time Journeying, she gets to encounter "spirited kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot." Please, no.


Look, I'm happy for Dragonlance fans. But this looks to be at the level of writing of the past books- terrible. Except worse, maybe? So, terrible-er. I'm out. Hope it's what the DL fans were waiting for, though!
Yeah it sounds a little cheesy but the actual plot line does not sound that bad. I will reserve judgement until more information is available. I consider Joe Abercrombie one of the best current fantasy writers and his books have a little cheese factor as well.
 



If you really could judge a book by it's cover, it looks promising. That depiction of Solace is absolutely gorgeous.

I'm perfectly happy to see Tasslehoff's return. As I've said before, I've often felt like Tasslehoff and Flint were the characters that felt the most human and relatable in how they reacted to the epic events they were a part of.
 

Lieslo

Explorer
Personal preference and all, but-
(1) I prefer books to use a little bit of literary license; and
(2) I think really powerful items should have distinctive names - it's fine to have a wand of magic missiles, but it's not like you'd call the Invulnerable Coat of Arnd the Chainmail of Real Good Protection.
(3) The term device, as in a mechanical contrivance, feels weird when talking about magic.

Anyway, that's just one thing. I hope fans like the new trilogy! Sometimes, you have to be careful what you wish for. I remember that after Gygax left, he wrote some more Gord books ... which were somehow worse than the ones he wrote at TSR. And TSR had Rose Estes write some books ... and ouch.

Sometime you get what you deserve, and sometimes you get it good and hard while reading about the energetic Tasslehoff Burrfoot.
Almost sounds like they wrote Device of Time Travelling, thought it sounded too cliche so clicked on the thesaurus and chose Journeying to fix it. Almost
 


grimslade

Krampus ate my d20s
I understand Snarf's concern that those items are all just from the synopsis, it is a lot in a little paragraph, but I am not overly concerned. Dragonlance fans are going to feel that warm blanket of nostalgia returning to Krynn and new readers are going to experience Dragonlance warts and all. It's not like the original trilogy was not full of D&D items and almost punny names. I am also glad that they are using the original logo. After the contract nastiness, it seems WotC is giving themselves an out if they want to produce a Ravenlofted Dragonlance with a new logo to differentiate. Good for both parties I think, New Coke and Coca-Cola Classic coexisting.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I understand Snarf's concern that those items are all just from the synopsis, it is a lot in a little paragraph, but I am not overly concerned. Dragonlance fans are going to feel that warm blanket of nostalgia returning to Krynn and new readers are going to experience Dragonlance warts and all. It's not like the original trilogy was not full of D&D items and almost punny names. I am also glad that they are using the original logo. After the contract nastiness, it seems WotC is giving themselves an out if they want to produce a Ravenlofted Dragonlance with a new logo to differentiate. Good for both parties I think, New Coke and Coca-Cola Classic coexisting.

On the one hand, I'm pretty sure you mean an updated Dragonlance.

On the other hand ... GOTHIC HORROR DRAGONLANCE! I mean, they're halfway to the horror part just by including kender!
 







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