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Sacred Fire (Dragonlance: Kingpriest Trilogy, Book 3) (utgåvan 2003)

av Chris Pierson (Författare)

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This final title in the historical Kingpriest trilogy completes the exploration of a key part of Dragonlance history, finely detailed for the first time. In addition, this title features popular characters that appear throughout the Dragonlance Legends trilogy. Original.
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Titel:Sacred Fire (Dragonlance: Kingpriest Trilogy, Book 3)
Författare:Chris Pierson (Författare)
Info:Wizards of the Coast (2003), 320 pages
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Sacred Fire (Dragonlance: Kingpriest Trilogy, Book 3) av Chris Pierson

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Prachtig geschreven, alsook dat je je kunt inleven in de personages, je je bepaalde gebeurtenissen goed kunt voorstellen. Van deze serie kan zeker een film gemaakt worden. Geen twijfel mogelijk.

Istar komt, voor zover ik mij herinner, ook voor in 'Chronicles' (met Tas en Flint?), en dan is de streek al verwoest. En in Kingpriest Trilogy krijg je meer info daaromtrent (Cataclysm? ).

Wel jammer dat lady Ilista al in het eerste boek uit het verhaal 'verdwijnt' (lees: gedood wordt). Ik dacht echt dat ze nog een belangrijke rol ging spelen in het verdere verloop. Maar ze (haar geest) komt even kort terug in Sacred Fire.

Wat ik niet snap, is waarom Cathan niet geloofde dat hij de 'Chosen Of The Gods' was, toen hij de miceram vond en daar ook de geest van een ex- of wannabe kingpriest ontmoette. Maar doorheen het verhaal heb ik wel altijd aangenomen dat Cathan de rechtmatige 'ruler' was.

Toen Beldyn/Beldinas wat te fanatiek bezig was met het uitroeien van evil, was ik wel wat bezorgd. Veel wizards verdienden het ook niet, daar heb ik mij toch even kwaad gemaakt op Beldinas. Fistandantilus bezorgde mij meestal koude rillingen, hoewel ik in Sacred Fire enige sympathie voor hem voelde, ook omdat hij Cathan hielp te ontsnappen.

Ik had nooit gedacht dat Cathan daadwerkelijk die bloodblossom olie in Beldinas zou 'spuiten', gezien ze toch een goeie vriendschap hadden. Nuja, op het laatst toen Bron bijna vermoord werd door lokale inwoners, toen hij even tot Paladine bad, had ik zo'n gevoel van "tiens, toch wel een redelijk grote gelijkenis met de huidige wereld"



The Kingpriest Trilogy is niet zomaar een derderangsserietje, maar belangrijk om bepaalde dingen/gebeurtenissen te kennen als de streek ter sprake komt in latere boeken (Legends, Tales, ...). ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
After reading the rest of the series, my opinion of this book has gone up quite a bit. It really sets the stage for the story of Cathan and Beldyn. If you've ever read any of the Dragonlance series, you've most likely heard about the Kingpriest and the fiery mountain that was dropped onto Istar as punishment for his demands upon the gods. Well, this is the series that fleshes that out and its probably one of the best crafted of the Dragonlance series. Chris Pierson incorporates elements of gaming into his stories while also reconciling those elements with the DL folklore (which sometimes varies a great deal from traditional D&D). He also breathes life into characters that have become almost goofy caricatures... Fistandantilus and Beldinas, the Kingpriest. Here we see why Beldinas was so awe-inspiring - and you wonder how it all goes so wrong. We also see that Fistandantilus was cruel, powerful, and calculating wizard... Pierson doesn't shy away from gore that you normally don't find in DL books. But the best character, by far, is Cathan, a young man who throws away his faith when his family is almost completely wiped out by disease and he must resort to life as a bandit. Cathan's role in the story of Istar is much larger than you would ever suspect.I really enjoyed this series and was actually a little surprised at it. The opening is definitely dry... maybe a little too much description of the opulence of Istar and the fabulous feasts for me. But as things get moving and we see how Beldyn came into power, the story will start to grab you. This was, for me, the weakest of the trilogy, but it was still a good book. ( )
  tiamatq | Aug 9, 2010 |
It took me awhile to finish this Dragonlance series since two of the three books are not available here in the Philippines. The final book (Sacred Fire) is still available at National Bookstore and Powerbooks, but it would be useless to buy the last book unless you are familiar with the story of Istar and the Kngpriest. I had to borrow the ebook versions of the first and second book, so as to complete the set.

This is the first time I read Chris Pierson's work and I am impressed by his skills as a writer. It is no easy task to build up an entire kingdom (from an exisiting and popular fantasy series), along with its people and characters. It is also a major challenge for Pierson to write about a story with an ending that readers already know.

This trilogy is set back during the height of Istar's glory, years before the dreaded Cataclysm. Here good reigns supreme and the priests of Paladine (and other good gods) govern the Empire of Istar. Pierson's Istar reminded me much of Rome - from the clergy of Paladine, the buildings, the gladitorial arena, and the warriors of the that era. And the Kingpriest (a,k.a. the Lightbringer) reminds me so much of the Pope.

Despite the overwhelming presence of good and order, there is still corruption in the hearts of men. And it is this corruption that drives the Kingpriest to wage his crusade against the dark gods. What makes the story so compelling is that the Kingpriest's eventual madness created a form of dictatorship, driven by a perverted sense of goodness. Here is a man blessed by the gods, capable of healing the sick and ressurecting the dead. But even a person so pure and holy can have succumb to the sin of pride.

The only person who is able to stop the Kingpriest is his good friend and sworn guardian, Lord Cathan. Here is a man torn by his loyalties to the Lightbringer and to the greater good. The series focuses on Cathan, from his beginnings as a bandit, to his religious conversion, and his rise/fall as a knight of Istar.

What made the series so compelling for me is the ongoing mystery of who was really the chosen of the gods. Was it the Kngpriest or Cathan? What would have happened if Cathan accepted the Crown of Power and became the next leader of Istar? Would Cathan have change history and stop the Cataclysm from ever happening?

Pierson succeeded in portraying Cathan's flaws and strengths, that despite his apparent weakness, I wanted him to succeed and save Istar from doom. Unfortunately Istar's fate is already sealed and there is nothing Cathan could do but to follow the will of the gods. ( )
  aschua88 | Aug 6, 2007 |
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This final title in the historical Kingpriest trilogy completes the exploration of a key part of Dragonlance history, finely detailed for the first time. In addition, this title features popular characters that appear throughout the Dragonlance Legends trilogy. Original.

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