A year has passed since the Chaos War threatened Krynn. In the east, on the Dairly Plains, the hard-won peace is shattered by a new threat: the red dragon Malystryx.
The kender Kronn-alin Thistleknot travels to Abasasinia with his older sister, Catt. Together they seek heroes to stop the dragon from destroying Kendermore.
Riverwind, aging chieftain of the Que-Shu, answers the call. Accompanied by his beloved daughter Brightdawn, Riverwind sets out in his final quest to save the kender from Malys's wrath...and to find sense in a world abandoned by the gods.
Chris Pierson's novel tells the stirring tale of the final quest of Riverwind, one of the original companions of the best-selling Dragonlance series.
- M. McDonald
Fun Story and Exciting Listen!
What did you love best about Spirit of the Wind?
Chris Pierson did a great job giving his characters histories and personalities that were exciting, unique, and honest. The story moved briskly and was well peppered with dialogue, action, stories, history, and song. The world was well imagined and thorough and I could picture and imagine the environments as they went by.
Tristan Morris' reading of 'Spirit of the Wind' really brought the characters to life. It was through his use of voice and atmosphere that I got a clear sense of the characters very unique personalities and characteristics. Tristan's Kron was honest, mischievous, and loyal. His Riverwind was grounded and powerful yet gentle. His ogres were not mindless, but were eager to follow and quick to act, without much though to consequence. Malice was cold, heartless, and relished in evil, a perfect capture for her. The narration was perfect for the epic tale, serious not severe, creating an atmosphere of suspense and determination, exactly like the adventure the characters set out on.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I think Riverwind was my favorite because I felt the deepest connection with him. His sense of loss for all the friends that died before him, his sense of sadness at having to leave his family behind when he died, his pain at losing his daughter before her time, and his stoic heroism and bravery.
Which character – as performed by Tristan Morris – was your favorite?
Kron was definitely my favorite of Tristan Morris'. The childlike, impish quality of his voice was the PERFECT depiction of the Kinder that Pierson illustrated in his book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did almost cry when Riverwind lost BrightDawn. I really got lost in the story and caught up with the characters emotional life, and Tristan did a very honest and poignant job bringing that scene to life.
- Kevin Potter
Okay, honestly the narrator didn't impress me (like so many Dragonlance titles), but he did all alright.
The story, though.
This was my first time reading this book and I have to say it was honestly one of the best non-Weis&Hickman Dragonlance titles I've read (up there with Richard Knaak, Jean Rabe, and Dan Parkinson).
The story was solid and suspenseful, the new characters were well developed and the existing ones stayed true to who they were.
I definitely recommend this to dragonlance fans new and old.
Put down your broken laser sword and pick up your hoopack
This is how you send a major character off. There is laughter, action, and a few genuinely emotional moments. A franchise I used to know could learn a thing or 500 from this novel. I could not be more satisfied with Riverwind’s swan song. I’m not ashamed to say I shed a few tears. I am truly grateful Riverwind remained true to himself and his beliefs in spite of seemly insurmountable adversity.
I love all the Companions but Riverwind always resonated with me deeply. Probably because I was raised Cherokee. So having such a satisfying tale feels like a blessing.
PS. Come back to Krynn. I’m taking to you, child of the 80s and 90s.
PSS. Plenty of very well written Kender. Lots of Kender.