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Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting Weasel’s Luck


Inset of Larry Elmore’s authentic cowl for Weasel’s Luck.
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For the primary e book within the Dragonlance Heroes collection, The Legend of Huma, the story of the best knight in Krynn was instructed, and the way he banished the Dragon-goddess Takhisis and saved the world. Now, within the third installment of the collection, Michael Williams’ Weasel’s Luck, we have now the story of… some child who’s primarily involved with not being murdered.

Weasel, actual title Galen Pathwarden, shouldn’t be a hero, regardless of the title of the collection. Additionally, there aren’t any Dragonlances within the e book. Hell, there aren’t even any dragons. (There are just a few lances.) As an alternative, Galen is conscripted by an evil wizard known as the Scorpion to mess with a Solamnic knight named Bayard Brightblade, who additionally conscripts Galen to be his squire. The e book is principally about Galen being very unhealthy at each jobs and complaining loads.

Weasel’s Luck is a really unusual e book. It’s not a foul e book… I don’t suppose. It’s steadily humorous, with droll one-liners that wouldn’t really feel misplaced in a Terry Pratchitt novel. However there’s no urgency to any a part of the e book, though the overarching plot for many of it’s that Bayard must get to Fort di Caela to struggle in a event, win the hand of Enid di Caela in marriage, and finish the curse of the di Caelas based on a prophecy that Bayard discovered scrawled within the margins of some random tome.

Cover of 2012 reprint.

Cowl of 2012 reprint.
Picture: Wizards of the Coast

You’d suppose the ticking clock of the event would give the plot some momentum, however Weasel’s Luck cares far lower than Bayard does. My favourite instance is a chapter the place Bayard and Galen run into an ogre guarding a slender move who refuses to allow them to by way of. Bayard makes an attempt to struggle the ogre solely to get smashed with a single blow. When Bayard tries once more, he’s knocked unconscious for days. The ogre leaves for some time, however Bayard’s too wounded to be moved. When Bayard awakens, he decides that the ogre most likely solely seems at night time because it’s weakened by daylight. So Bayard has a 10-hour struggle with this ogre, ready for the solar to rise, which finally ends up doing completely nothing. It will definitely seems the ogre was managed by the Scorpion, who’s been making an attempt to stop Bayard from arriving on the tourney on time. The villain is wildly profitable on this.

What does Galen do throughout this epic, dumb battle? Nothing. A lot of the e book consists of Galen hiding when Bayard is in bother, or cowering when the Scorpion tries to get him to waylay the knight briefly. It’s baffling that both Bayard or the Scorpion needs him round. Galen is a horrible squire (I feel he helps Bayard placed on his armor as soon as in all the e book and is unhealthy at it) and I additionally don’t know why the Scorpion has enlisted his assist, as a result of the Scorpion is an immensely highly effective sorcerer who can possess ogres, flip goats into satyrs, and rework into completely different individuals and animals. Galen is nothing however an enormous legal responsibility, however finally, the wizard doesn’t even ask something of him—he simply pops by to threaten the boy and reveal his evil plan.

Talking of threatening the boy, the e book has a operating subplot—effectively, it’s not a plot, if it have been a plot, it could advance someplace—about Galen’s older, dumber brother Alfric, who legitimately needs to homicide Galen and will get very, very shut at some factors. Alfric retains displaying up out of nowhere for no narrative objective, simply to have one more one who dislikes the primary character and bodily abuses him. It’s random and pointless, however at a sure level, there’s a darkish humor within the repetition and relentlessness. I don’t know that that is meant, nonetheless.

By the tip, nonetheless, Galen does handle to accumulate a tiny little bit of chivalric scruples and bravado—it helps that the Scorpion kidnaps Enid, so a damsel turns into distressed—for a remaining struggle that feels simple, just like the e book has been softly straining in opposition to the rails of a typical zero-to-hero YA journey, solely to confess it’s locked into the experience for the ultimate few chapters and provides up. However, inexplicably, Alfric is taken to the ultimate struggle, for no different cause than there’s nonetheless a minimum of one unbelievably craven, cowardly character round so as to add… levity? I assume? It, like a lot of this novel, is more unusual than something.

The extra I write this, the extra causes I discover to dislike Weasel’s Luck, and but, one way or the other it saved me extra than a number of the different Dungeons & Dragons novels I’ve reread. That stated, I’m not significantly enthused to take a look at the sequel, titled Galen Beknighted. I consider I’ve gotten my fill of Weasel, who rolls a ten. It’s not a very fortunate quantity, however guess what? Together with no Heroes or Dragonlances, Weasel doesn’t actually have any luck, both.

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Assorted Musings:

  • As you’d anticipate of a wizard named the Scorpion, he most steadily takes the type of… a raven.
  • There’s a joke(?) early within the e book that Galen and Alfric do share one factor in frequent, and that’s that they each like to set their doddering tutor on hearth. I do not know what’s happening there.
  • Galen’s dad additionally needs to homicide Galen and Alfric on a number of events. So unusual.
  • Subsequent up: After I learn Dragonlance Heroes: The Legend of Huma lo these many moons in the past, I adopted it up with the enjoyably goofy sequel to Azure Bonds, The Wyvern’s Spur. So it appears proper that I swap Weasels for Dragonbaits by concluding the trilogy with Tune of the Saurials.

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