D&D General New Summary and Release Date for 'Dragons of Deceit'

There's a new Amazon Kindle page for Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's new Dragonlance novel, Dragons of Deceit with a release date of August 9, 2022.

There has been an older Amazon page for the book for a while, with a now-expired release date of July 2021. The existence of the new trilogy from the Dragonlance Chronicles authors was revealed in 2020 when they initiated a lawsuit against WotC for breach of contract.

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The book description reads as follows (typos are on the actual Kindle page):


The first new Dragonlance novel from Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman in over a decade, and featuring fan-favorite characters from the iconic first two trilogies, Dragonlance Chronicles and Dragonlance Legends--books that brought a generation of readers into the fantasy fold.

Destina Rosethorn--as her name implies--believes herself to be very much a favored child of destiny. But when her father dis in the War of the Lance, her carefully-constructed world comes crashing down. Not only does she lost her beloved father, but the legacy he has left her: a wealthy fiance, and rule over the family lands and castle. With nothing left in the world to support her but wits and determination, she hatches a bold plan: to secure the Device of Time Journeying she read about in one of her father's books and prevent her father's death.

The last known holder of the Device was one of the Heroes of the Lance: the free-spirited kender, Tasselhoff Burrfoot. BUt when Destina arrives in Solace--home not only to Tas, but to fellow heroes Caramon and Tika Majere--she sets into motion a chain of events more deadly than she had ever anticipated: one that could change not only her personal history, but the fate of the entire world, allowing a previously-defeated evil to once again gain ascendancy.

 
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It would be so easy to do literally anything else.

Just...move on. Tell a new story in the same world that comes full circle. Maybe Takhisis has been revived and her armies move again, and enough time has passed that the old heroes are all long dead, and the world needs new heroes. Just treat the old books as history just like the Cataclysm was the first time around.

And then, ya know, don't treat whole races of sapient people as jokes, and hire a sensitivity consultant.
I agree. Leave history as history, and then move forward. If true, this is the worst narrative choice they could have made.
 

Now I guess the end will be the main character accepting the pain from the past, the heroes save the day, the troubles are fixed, but here maybe WotC wants something like a loophole or opened door to allow alternate timelines/parallel words/uchronies and not only in Krynn but in all D&D multiverse. In lot of movies the last scenes show teasers about potential sequels.
 





Ugh Time Travel again. And to maybe reboot it to be more "modern WotC D&D friendly". If you strip away all the tropes and alignment faction stuff, is it even DL anymore?

Atleast its more Dragonlance.
 
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Scribe

Hero
I'm assuming that, like all timeline-heavy chronologies (see also X-Men), it's going to get very confusing and messy. I'm fine with stripping away the post-Legends stuff, as I don't really have the same nostalgic attachment to those tales.
Yeah I have to assume they have seen the 'my canon is Chronicles and Legends' type commentary before.

This could just be a mechanism to retcon the post Legends world out of the timeline.
 



Dausuul

Legend
Not interested in blowing up the old to make way for new, already seen that end poorly in other franchises too many times.
Too late. Dragonlance already did that--twice. "Dragons of Summer Flame" blew up the setting quite thoroughly, and built a whole new setting on top of the wreckage. And then "War of Souls" blew up that setting, and built a third setting that looked more like the original, except the two most prominent and well-known deities were gone because reasons, and most of the Heroes of the Lance were dead.

If I read this correctly, they are going to sweep away all of that and take Dragonlance back to the Chronicles/Legends era. Which is fine by me, although I don't really care all that much any more.
 

To be fair, I also like the Tales trilogy. The various prequel books are hit or miss - your as likely to get an enjoyable story that explores the history of the world as you are to get one that just contradicts lore (like having clerical magic post-cataclysm and pre-War of the Lance) and/or creates plot holes later on.

Yeah I have to assume they have seen the 'my canon is Chronicles and Legends' type commentary before.

This could just be a mechanism to retcon the post Legends world out of the timeline.
 


Too late. Dragonlance already did that--twice. "Dragons of Summer Flame" blew up the setting quite thoroughly, and built a whole new setting on top of the wreckage. And then "War of Souls" blew up that setting, and built a third setting that looked more like the original, except the two most prominent and well-known deities were gone because reasons, and most of the Heroes of the Lance were dead.

If I read this correctly, they are going to sweep away all of that and take Dragonlance back to the Chronicles/Legends era. Which is fine by me, although I don't really care all that much any more.
Neither event you mentioned rewrote the past. Whatever happened, happened.
 

orial

Explorer
Device of Time Journeying? This sounds like the name of a homebrewed magic item by a 12-year old. I enjoyed the first two trilogies when I was a kid. I'm excited by the possibility of a campaign sourcebook (will it come in 2022?). But this description (and its various typos) does not get me excited.
The time device was allready in the old DL books by Weis and Hickman. Tasslehof had the device before. So it’s ‘official’ canon.
 

orial

Explorer
Device of Time Journeying? This sounds like the name of a homebrewed magic item by a 12-year old. I enjoyed the first two trilogies when I was a kid. I'm excited by the possibility of a campaign sourcebook (will it come in 2022?). But this description (and its various typos) does not get me excited.
The time travel device originated in the old DL books by Weis and Hickman. So it’s lore allready. Tasslehof had some adventures with it before.
 


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