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Online Full Text: Internet Archive
Series: Endless Quest — no. 15
Contained In: The Endless Quest Collectors Set #4 (Collection)
Translated Into: Las alas del dragón (Spanish)
Sob as asas do dragão (Portuguese)
Sous l'aile du dragon (French)
Author: Kendall, John
Illustrators: Elmore, Larry (cover)
Grainger, Sam (interior)
Date: February, 1984
ISBN: 0880380764 / 9780880380768
Length: 157 pages
Number of Endings: 17
User Summary: You are Treon, a young prince sent far away from your besieged kingdom for your own protection. You believe strongly, however, that the best way to save your home would be to summon a dragon....
Demian's Thoughts:

This is a pretty good book, though it's hard to figure out exactly where its story fits into the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse (in it, dragons have been gone for several centuries, but this is definitely not set in Dragonlance's world of Krynn). Probably the most notable thing about the book is that it's the first book with the appearance that would last for the rest of this series; while the cover material and layout changed frequently during the first fourteen books, it was consistent from here on (until, of course, the second Endless Quest series was released in the nineties starting with Dungeon of Fear).

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Kveto's Thoughts:

This Endless Quest book is unusual for me, as I hadn't ever read it as a kid. For whatever reason, I'd never got my hands on it, so I'm left to wonder if I would have liked it. I think so.

In this book, you play Prince Treon, an apprentice wizard of a family whose kingdom is being invaded. You are sent off to a backwater village with your elven teacher for safety. Of course, you try to help your family, and adventure ensues.

It's set in an unusual world where dragons are creatures of legend, so when they appear it's a big deal. The book has a lot of tough choices, many of which are hard to predict as the best. Most concern military matters, which gives the book an epic feel.

The interior artwork is pretty poor, and the Larry Elmore cover is lifted from the D&D Basic Set (an annoying TSR trend, recycling artwork). There are a number of scenarios, one includes you transforming yourself into a golden dragon, that may even be permanent. I liked that you have a large family that gets involved in the plot, particularly your mother and sister, who are powerful wizards.

Overall, a good addition to the series.

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