Also in the last week, I finished War of the Twins (fantasy 411 pages) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I was once again struck by the thought that reading this series without having all three books present from the beginning would have been rather annoying for me, as this second book in the series also didn’t end in a very good place. It’s also a very emotionally charged book, which I continue to enjoy.
At this point in the story, the worthless overweight drunk has become the general and leader of the army, the heartless holy cleric has finally learned about love, the adventurous and fun-loving kender has learned about the cost of saving the world, and the evil dark mage has shown a bigger heart for caring than he lets on. Everyone has changed after everything they’ve been through. I think how close to real life and the changes people go through is one of the huge draws of this particular book for me.
I felt Raistlin’s disappointment when he uncovered the fate of the gully dwarves. Small actions like that where the reader is never told that Raistlin is angry because the gully dwarves mattered so little that no one bothered to include them in the histories are what provided the emotional fuel for this book. In my opinion, this is a prime example of showing versus telling because the reader doesn’t have to be told what or why Raistlin is thinking what he does because you, as the reader, feel it too. And then the camping trip with Caramon shows even more of the story.
In some ways, I was highly amused by my reaction to the story. I’ve read it before, as I mentioned in the previous review, but it’s been so long that some of the details had faded. I kept thinking that I would beat Crysania with a really big stick for being completely blind to Raistlin and the fact that he was just using her, but it showed how single-minded a person who believes in their love can be. I was still so engrossed in the story and the characters that the story felt real enough for me to have an emotional investment even though I’d read the story before.
Overall, this was just as good of a story as I remember from my childhood and I will keep it on the shelves and continue to reread it periodically.