Dragon Song Chronicles

“Moffat would have looked around, taken the measure of the place–noticed the shadowy reaches of the Waybacklist, certainly–and then he might have said: Well, what would a wizard read?” –Clay Jannon, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

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While the Dragon Song Chronicles by Clark Moffat don’t exist, they were inspired by fantasy novels that can be found in any bookstore or library.

 The ChronChronicles of Prydainicles of Prydain

by Lloyd Alexander

The Chronicles of Prydain, based on Welsh mythology, have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli—all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.

The Black Cauldron was a Newbery Honor Book, and The High King won the Newbery Medal for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”–from the Macmillan publisher’s website

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Dragonlance Chronicles

by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

The Chronicles trilogy is the perfect place for readers to start their Dragonlance journey—the story of the Companions and their battle to save Krynn from Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness. The Heroes of the Lance battle dragons, ruthless invaders, and the minions of dark gods to keep their beloved homeland from falling under the pall of evil. But within each of them an even greater struggle is waged for their minds, hearts, and souls.–from Wizards of the Coast website

Dragonlance is a shared universe that was originally created by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. There are over 190 novels set in the Dragonlance universe, and the universe was also used to creat the popular Dungeons and Dragons games.

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lord-of-the-ringsThe Lord of the Rings

By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord Of The Rings tells of the great and dangerous quest undertaken by Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the dwarf; Legolas the elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider. J.R.R. Tolkien’s three volume masterpiece is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale – a story of high and heroic adventure set in the unforgettable landscape of Middle-Earth.

Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built. Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring — created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier — is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron’s lair. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well.–from Goodreads.com

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