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A talent for magic runs like fire through the blood of Dalamar Argent. Yet he is only a servant in the house of an elvish lord, not worthy of the High Art of Sorcery and denied all but the most grudging teaching. As war simmers on the borders of Silvanesti, Dalamar will find a way to learn his art. His quest will take him along dark paths toward an awesome destiny.


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A talent for magic runs like fire through the blood of Dalamar Argent. Yet he is only a servant in the house of an elvish lord, not worthy of the High Art of Sorcery and denied all but the most grudging teaching. As war simmers on the borders of Silvanesti, Dalamar will find a way to learn his art. His quest will take him along dark paths toward an awesome destiny.

30 review for Dalamar the Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    I visited the world of Dragonlance last in December 2016 with The Siege of Mt. Nevermind, which I didn't finish for various reasons, explained in my review. I then decided to visit Krynn in small doses. 'Dalamar the Dark' is a stand-alone novel about a Silvanesti-elf who has found a purpose in life: to become a dark mage, devoted to Nuitari. His people, however, are followers of the Light, aka the god Paladine. Dalamar Argent, later Nightson, earns his living at first as a servant, before properl I visited the world of Dragonlance last in December 2016 with The Siege of Mt. Nevermind, which I didn't finish for various reasons, explained in my review. I then decided to visit Krynn in small doses. 'Dalamar the Dark' is a stand-alone novel about a Silvanesti-elf who has found a purpose in life: to become a dark mage, devoted to Nuitari. His people, however, are followers of the Light, aka the god Paladine. Dalamar Argent, later Nightson, earns his living at first as a servant, before properly going for his quest. He soon is found worthy enough, despite still not being Tested (which occurs later, though he seems to get out unharmed - or is he?), to help defend the land against the attacks of the armies of the Queen of Darkness, the goddess Takhisis. Dragonlord Phair Caron is a serious threat. As you can imagine, Dalamar's plan of illusion succeeds. But as is found out that he follows the path of darkness, he's cast out of Silvanos, erased from all records, except the archives, of course. And so, he must leave the country and find a new home. Ladonna, of the Black robes, has a plan to use him to get rid of a dangerous dwarf, despite that dwarf also working for Takhisis. Well, more for his personal gain. And so, one more important task must be fulfilled by Dalamar. All this takes place before the Chronicles and Legends and before Dalamar meets Raistlin Majere (one of the Heroes of the Lance, later having exchanged his red robes for black ones and becoming the most powerful mage of all) to become his student. Dalamar is a dark elf, but comes across as a friendly, normal guy. Contradiction? What also bothered me in the last part of the story: practically out of magical power, he can still conjure certain spells to eliminate an opponent or even travel back whence he came or elsewhere. But it's fantasy and Dragonlance, right? The writing wasn't that great, although it was entertaining to some extent; Mrs. Berberick has written better DL-stories. All in all, I did find it pleasant to revisit the world of Dragonlance and will continue to do so. The TBR-pile with DL-novels is still large enough for that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is part of the world of Dragonlance. This is the story about Dalamar before he becomes Raistlin's apprentice which was the first time we met him. Dalamar is essentially this world's antihero. He wears the black robes of magic but he isn't evil. He isn't wholeheartedly for the side of good either. Dalamar does what is good for him whether it serves good or bad and he is one of the more interesting characters in this world. I am always apprehensive when a book tackles a character that we have This is part of the world of Dragonlance. This is the story about Dalamar before he becomes Raistlin's apprentice which was the first time we met him. Dalamar is essentially this world's antihero. He wears the black robes of magic but he isn't evil. He isn't wholeheartedly for the side of good either. Dalamar does what is good for him whether it serves good or bad and he is one of the more interesting characters in this world. I am always apprehensive when a book tackles a character that we have already met and know. Will the author do the character justice? For this novel the answer is yes. The author does a commendable job with the character as she details his history of him being a member of the elves, his banishment, and his taking of the test. One cannot help but like her characterization of Dalamar and by the end I liked Dalamar even more. She details Dalamar's involvement with major events and it is believable the path she chooses for this character. This book fits perfectly within this world. There are a few minor inconsistencies but they do not detract the enjoyment of this novel. If you are looking for supplemental Dragonlance novels from the "holy six" books you should consider this one. The author does justice to a fan favorite and I enjoyed every second of it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Okay, I'll just say it: dark elves are sexy, particularly when they fall into a beautifully conflicted role between good and evil. Dalamar was introduced in Legends as Raistlin's apprentice--already a strong mark in his favor--and as a dark elf from the Silvanesti lineage, the haughtiest of elven nations. This book tells the story of his life before that time, as part of the servant caste doomed to learn only scraps of magic begrudgingly shared. Like all the Dragonlance mages, Dalamar's true lov Okay, I'll just say it: dark elves are sexy, particularly when they fall into a beautifully conflicted role between good and evil. Dalamar was introduced in Legends as Raistlin's apprentice--already a strong mark in his favor--and as a dark elf from the Silvanesti lineage, the haughtiest of elven nations. This book tells the story of his life before that time, as part of the servant caste doomed to learn only scraps of magic begrudgingly shared. Like all the Dragonlance mages, Dalamar's true love affair is with magic, and it's not surprising that his dabbling takes him to darker roads. It's a diverting pleasure to travel those paths with him and see the road that will one day take him towards his own mastery of the Tower of High Sorcery.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Dalamar brings the pain. A hero of the ages that is actually fighting for the darkside. Everybody loves a good hero and every body wants to watch a villain take that hero and make them weep. These books are great that have happy endings and good feelings, but I'm sorry this is a dark elf who's fighting for a dark cause. Dalamar has always been my favorite character in a book ever since Dragons of a Fallen Sun and now he gets a book devoted to just him and his awesome self. Jump on in the waters Dalamar brings the pain. A hero of the ages that is actually fighting for the darkside. Everybody loves a good hero and every body wants to watch a villain take that hero and make them weep. These books are great that have happy endings and good feelings, but I'm sorry this is a dark elf who's fighting for a dark cause. Dalamar has always been my favorite character in a book ever since Dragons of a Fallen Sun and now he gets a book devoted to just him and his awesome self. Jump on in the waters great. We watch horrors movies because the terror gives us thrills, well Dalamar will terrorize the reader and you will not look up at the television, hear the leaf blower,or pay attention to when the doorbell rings-pizza guys gonna have to wait- you got some good times ahead.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ☆Ruth☆

    The author captures Dalamar's personality to a degree, but there is no real depth to his character. In fact I felt that the book was lacking in character development overall, which gave it a rather passive, indifferent feel. So, despite the pretty descriptive passages and the fact that the book is competently written, it fell a bit flat in comparison with other novels in the DL series, particularly those penned by Weis and Hickman.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Something about the writing style that kept me from really getting into this one. I was quite bummed since Dalamar is one of my favorite characters. I will try again at some point.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I enjoyed this book and Dalamar is another of my favorite characters from this series. It was interesting to learn about this life before being an apprentice to Rastlin.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anya

    The writing lacked heart. The story was basically a retelling of the start of the war of the lance. Which is fine except that the character for which the book is named has little to do with the war. The first 2/3rds is a weak origin story at best and at worst it is poorly written fan fiction. Which ever it is, it is near impossible to get into. The last 1/3rd is somewhat exciting and would almost provoke me to praise it except I was so off put by the first 2/3rds.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fco. Salvador

    Tenía pocas esperanzas puestas en esta novela, porque justo antes había leído otro libro ambientado en el mundo de Dragonlance y escrito por la misma autora, Espada De Reyes, que me resultó un tostón con ínfulas. Debo reconocer que me vi sorprendido. La historia no es para tirar tracas, pero está bien escrita y es entretenida. Se escapa, creo, de esa montaña de mediocridad que forman las novelas franquiciadas. En primer lugar, en "Espada de reyes" la prosa de Berberick me pareció farragosa y afect Tenía pocas esperanzas puestas en esta novela, porque justo antes había leído otro libro ambientado en el mundo de Dragonlance y escrito por la misma autora, Espada De Reyes, que me resultó un tostón con ínfulas. Debo reconocer que me vi sorprendido. La historia no es para tirar tracas, pero está bien escrita y es entretenida. Se escapa, creo, de esa montaña de mediocridad que forman las novelas franquiciadas. En primer lugar, en "Espada de reyes" la prosa de Berberick me pareció farragosa y afectada, y los largos períodos de las oraciones eran como un terreno lleno de baches. Eso no sucede en esta novela, donde el texto fluye con facilidad. Lo que no sé es cuánto de ese cambio se debe a la propia autora (doce años separan Dalamar el Oscuro de su primera novela) y cuánto se debe a la mano de las diferentes traductoras de ambas obras. Por lo que respecta al contenido, el fallo principal es que la novela sólo retrata la historia del personaje antes de pasar al servicio del mago Raistlin (cuando éste ya se ha convertido en Amo del Pasado y del Presente y es dueño de la Torre de Palanthas) por lo que el relato parece quedar un poco cojo. En cierto modo, es como un primer tomo de una trilogía inacabada. Sin embargo, el personaje queda bien descrito, a pesar de que, paradójicamente y a diferencia de otras novelas, no se le describe directamente, sino a través de sus acciones. Los motivos que le llevan a tomar la túnica negra y al mismo tiempo intentar mantener los lazos con su pueblo se explican de forma coherente, dando un resultado un personaje pleno y redondo. Otra cosa son los secundarios, que quedan bastante huecos. Pero eso se debe en general a su breve aparición, y sobre todo al hecho de que se contemplan siempre desde el punto de vista de Dalamar, que es casi siempre frío en el trato e introvertido. Además, a pesar de no contar con una gran trama, ni épica ni amorosa, la obra resulta entretenida, y sus poco más de trescientas páginas son lo bastante absorbentes como para leerse con velocidad. No es una obra perfecta, ni mucho menos, pero la cuento entre las mejores de esta ambientación.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily White

    This Dragonlance Classics book tells the story of Dalamar's youth in Silvanesti and his eventual calling to the dark arts. He is cast out of his Elven home and left on his own to pursue his fate. He goes to the Tower to be tested, and is willingly used by the leadership of the Tower to complete a task that would allow more than one person the revenge they seek. Berberick's telling is good although her characterization of Dalamar falls slightly short of his personality from what we know of him fr This Dragonlance Classics book tells the story of Dalamar's youth in Silvanesti and his eventual calling to the dark arts. He is cast out of his Elven home and left on his own to pursue his fate. He goes to the Tower to be tested, and is willingly used by the leadership of the Tower to complete a task that would allow more than one person the revenge they seek. Berberick's telling is good although her characterization of Dalamar falls slightly short of his personality from what we know of him from other stories. Her perspective of the fall of Silvanost and Lorac's Nightmare is insightful and well written, and ties well into the Chronicles storyline. This is a good book for someone who has already read the core books of the Dragonlance series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Avaminn F'nett

    I do like Dalamar (even though he never does anything evil) and enjoyed reading his backstory. The book wasn't poorly written by any means, but there were a lot of problems conflicting with the original Dragonlance books. For example, Kitiara Uth Matar is called Kitiara Majere. Raistlin, who has gold eyes with hourglass pupils, is described as having black eyes with hourglass pupils. (How could anyone possibly get Raistlin's eyes wrong? They're his most important feature!) Worst of all, the magi I do like Dalamar (even though he never does anything evil) and enjoyed reading his backstory. The book wasn't poorly written by any means, but there were a lot of problems conflicting with the original Dragonlance books. For example, Kitiara Uth Matar is called Kitiara Majere. Raistlin, who has gold eyes with hourglass pupils, is described as having black eyes with hourglass pupils. (How could anyone possibly get Raistlin's eyes wrong? They're his most important feature!) Worst of all, the magic-using dwarves. Dwarves do NOT use magic in Dragonlance, or most other settings for that matter. These errors don't ruin the whole book but they just kind of bothered me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rajca

    I rarely feel urge to say some words of discontent about books. Once I start reading a book I tend to finish it, Dalamar the Dark was not an exception. So what was exceptional? Its poor quality. Dragonlance books, well - most of them, are cliché fantasy novels and my guilty pleasure. That said, Dalamar the Dark reached new heights of being repetitive, stereotypical and dull. Storytelling is poor, there are so many errors - it's almost like author didn't ever read anything concerning DL world. It i I rarely feel urge to say some words of discontent about books. Once I start reading a book I tend to finish it, Dalamar the Dark was not an exception. So what was exceptional? Its poor quality. Dragonlance books, well - most of them, are cliché fantasy novels and my guilty pleasure. That said, Dalamar the Dark reached new heights of being repetitive, stereotypical and dull. Storytelling is poor, there are so many errors - it's almost like author didn't ever read anything concerning DL world. It is off-putting work about one of the most important characters in the whole saga and I'm really disappointed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David

    An awfull book. The book is bad, it has a lot off missing ideas and the accion is not well define. The main character (Dalamr) if forced to exist in the book, with a lot of incoherences in his and the dragonlace history. This book could be recommended as a example of bad book around a great history

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thieluar

    Just like Laine says, this is mind candy. I really love any book that can make me feel like the character. So I can feel like a dark wizard myself ^-^

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nimrod Daniel

    I read many years ago about 50 pages, which was more than enough. ABANDONED LIST !

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helle M.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kavitha

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bilagaana

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danny

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dan Scobie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gowan Edlund

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jake

  23. 5 out of 5

    Traci Steele

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joel Sexton

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brian Callahan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Duffy Pratt

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ray

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jesper

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