Preludes Era

Stories set before or during the War of the Lance, which aim to flesh out the characters’ backstories and to explore events of the War not covered in Chronicles.

Prerequisite: Before exploring the stories of this era, the reader should definitely first read the Classic Core.

Core books of this era: Since this era is basically all backstory, none of its stories can really be considered Core, and they may be read in any order. However, this has long been one of the more popular eras for the publishers and authors to set stories. Most readers who first got into Dragonlance in the 80s and 90s read the first three Tales collections and Stormblade. Readers who got into Dragonlance in the 2000s are likely to have read The Soulforge and The Lost Chronicles.

Tasslehoff’s Map Pouch: The War of the Lance

Tasslehoff’s Map Pouch: The War of the Lance

This collection of Dragonlance maps covers the Fourth Age of Krynn and the War of the Lance. Wander the winding streets and chaotic confusion of Kendermore. Walk inside the vallenwood branches of the Inn of the Last Home. Follow the footsteps of the archmage Raistlin in the…

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Classics, Volume 1 TPB

Classics, Volume 1 TPB

Open the door to the magical world of Krynn, where the evil Dragonlords rule… but not without opposition from the mighty champions. Among their number is Sturm, steadfast Knight of Solamnia, veteran of the War of the Lance, and sworn enemy of the tyrants of Krynn. Collects issues #1–8 of…

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Dark Heart

Dark Heart

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Series: Meetings Sextet, Book 3
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

When Caramon and Raistlin were born, Kitiara was a girl of about 8. Her fight to save Raistlin has often been referred to as her 'first battle.' Hear the tale of the young Kitiara, setting off from Solace to begin adventuring on her own. She becomes intertwined in an adventure which threatens to rush like summer waves over head and drown her in a web of intrigue and war.

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The Oath and the Measure

The Oath and the Measure

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Series: Preludes, Book 4
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

Though counseled by Caramon and Raistlin not to make the journey, Sturm Brightblade attends an annual Solamnic ceremony which is interrupted by a mysterious being. After accepting a challenge, Sturm sets out on a quest to learn what happened to his father, and more importantly - what the true meaning of honor is.

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Steel and Stone

Steel and Stone

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Series: Meetings Sextet, Book 5
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

The affair of Kitiara Uth Matar and Tanis Half-Elven began when Tanis 'rescued' Kitiara from a group of goblins, only to have her attack him for spoiling her fun! The two become traveling companions (and much more) as they face numerous dangers along the way: a two-headed troll, a deposed ruler out to get Kit, her former lover and even a magic user or two.

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The Gates of Thorbardin

The Gates of Thorbardin

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Series: Heroes, Book 5
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

From Wizards.com: Deep beneath the mountain fortress of Skullcap, legend has it, are the remains of the dark wizard Fistandantilus and the path to the gates of the dwarven kingdom of Thorbardin. Buried somewhere along that perilous path is the magical helm of Grallen, son of King Duncan, tragic hero of the Dwarfgate War. The finder of Grallen's helm, it is prophesized, will be rewarded and honored by a united Thorbardin -- but he will also open the gates of the realm to fresh horror and chaos.

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Maquesta Kar-thon

Maquesta Kar-thon

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Series: Warriors, Book 2
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

Leave it to a minotaur lord to kill someone slowly. Maquesta must captain the Perechon at age 18 in order to save her father from the poison given him by the minotaur lord. Accompanied by Bas Ohn-Koraf, the renegade minotaur, and a shadow-person, Maq must conquer many challenges - including pirates, kuo-toa and the mysterious monster Morkoth.

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Theros Ironfeld

Theros Ironfeld

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Series: Warriors, Book 4
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

In the days before he was known as 'Theros of the Silver Arm,' he was a slave on a minotaur ship traveling throughout Krynn. In addition, a stint as a mercenary soldier also stains Theros's past — up until his conscience tells him to follow the ways of Paladine.

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Renegade Wizards

Renegade Wizards

Before the War of the Lance, magic faced and fought its own demise.

The Journeyman is charged to use the ancient Anvil of Time to travel back along the river of time and find the lost stories that fell between the pages of the history books.

He finds Tythonnia, a young red robe learning magic in company with Ladonna of the black robes and Par-Salian of the white. The three are sent on an easy quest to find the leader of the renegade wizards, a man named Berthal, but if it was that simple, they wouldn't need mages. Instead, what started out easy turns into betrayal - magic against sorcery, the wizards against each other, and Tythonnia against herself. When Berthal finally unleashes his final attack, everyone knows that it won't end that simply.

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Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

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Series: Preludes, Book 1
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

The time is five years before the War of the Lance. Sturm and Kitiara travel north together: Sturm to find his father, and Kitiara selling her sword. On the way, they are waylaid by a bunch of crazy gnomes who pilot a gnome invention (it works!) from the face of Krynn to the surface of the red moon, Lunitari. In order to overcome the ordeals in front of them, the Knight and mercenary must overcome magic, power, and each other.

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Kendermore

Kendermore

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Series: Preludes, Book 2
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

Tasselhoff Burrfoot has been captured. A bounty hunter, whose assignment is to drag Tas to the altar in Kendermore, accomplishes her mission beautifully - only the bride has mysteriously disappeared! While dodging a strange mage, Tas must succeed in cheering up a wooly mammoth, foil an assassin and save Kendermore itself.

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Riverwind the Plainsman

Riverwind the Plainsman

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Series: Preludes, Book 4
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

From Wizards.com: First launched over a decade ago, the Preludes series has continued to prove popular with Dragonlance fans. This rerelease of Riverwind the Plainsman showcases a new look that is also reflected in the other recovers of this series. The title features cover art from lead Dragonlance saga artist Matt Stawicki and is authored by popular writing team Thompson & Cook.

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Flint the King

Flint the King

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Series: Preludes
Genre: Novels
Tag: Preludes Era

From Wizards.com: The peaceful life of Flint Fireforge is disturbed when he is forced to leave Solace and return to his dwarven homeland to investigate his brother's murder. As he delves into the mystery, unexpected allies and unseen enemies join the fight of truth against treachery.

Flint soon discovers that to bring his brother's killer to justice, he must either die or become king. He's not sure which choice might be worse.

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