Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world. No one expects them to be heroes. The title that started the entire Dragonlance phenomenon is now being released in a trade hardcover edition for the first time in its publishing history. Featuring the stunning art and design that graced the cover of the paperback edition, this title is the first in a series of hardcover releases of all of the core Dragonlance titles by Weis & Hickman. Fans and collectors alike now have the chance to obtain the entire set of core titles in hardcover.