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Was thinking my 10-year-old is ready to read Dragonlance Chronicles (she's a pretty advanced reader, making her way through the Belgariad right now). I see that there is a new version of these books (the 3 books split into six books) aimed at younger readers (8-13). Now I don't remember the original books particularly well, were there things in there not suitable for younger readers?


DMFTodd wrote:
Was thinking my 10-year-old is ready to read Dragonlance Chronicles (she's a pretty advanced reader, making her way through the Belgariad right now). I see that there is a new version of these books (the 3 books split into six books) aimed at younger readers (8-13). Now I don't remember the original books particularly well, were there things in there not suitable for younger readers?

Read Chronicles at 10 myself, and nothing really shocked me. I re-read later and I do not think anything's to risquee for children that age. Relationships are pretty much romance-oriented, and if there's any allusion to sex it's in the background (nothing more than a pre-teen tv show, really).

Some scenes of violence are a bit spooky, if your kid is impressed by such things, like the description of Qe-Shu's massacre in Autumn, or Riverwind's injuries by the acid breath weapon in the same book. But I was a pretty easy-to freak kid and those did not bother me at the time.

I have no idea what they may have done with the 8-13 version besides larger font...


I'd think introducing your daughter to Dragonlance would be a good idea. It's an excellent read (as I assume is your opinion as well), and there's quite a few light-hearted parts.
If some of it seems too adult, I'd suggest the Dragonlance; New Adventures books. They aren't as good, but they're a lighter read, and even my valleygirl 11-year-old sister likes them. I don't think the new versions of the Chronicles have much different text (though I haven't read them).

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I first read them when I was around 14 or 15 (when they first came out) and loved them

My son read them when he was around 12 or so and also loved them. They are really great stories, especially for pre teen and younger teen readers. I am not at all familiar with the newer versions you refer to but, if it were me, I would just get the original 3 volumes and let her dive in!


Aside from the violence, there was, as I recall, a sexually charged scene in 'Dragons of Spring Dawning.' Tika and Caramon are in a glade or something and she says something like the others will think they know what her torn clothes mean. It probably would have just gone over my head at that age. I loved them at 13, tried them again as an adult and found them unreadable. I think they are very poorly written.


jocundthejolly wrote:
I loved them at 13, tried them (EDIT: The Dragonlance Chronicles) again as an adult and found them unreadable. I think they are very poorly written.

Well, I first read the Dragonlance Chronicles at the age of 25, and liked those books so much that I went on to read them three times, the last time in my mid-thirties.

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