Dragonlance news has been a bit of a roller coaster for fans over the last couple of months, but not as much as it has been for authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I originally heard the news about a new Dragonlance series when it was announced that Wizards of the Coast had pulled the plug on the deal, blaming controversies over creators, and accusations of all sorts on social media. In that announcement we found that Weis and Hickman had completed the first book by that time as the deal was two years old by that point. Naturally, the authors sued the publisher, but the suit was dropped just a few weeks after the news hit.
Now, the authors have just released news that the deal is back on and a new trilogy of books set in the world of Krynn is coming soon. The announcement states that Weis and Hickman have entered a licensing deal with WotC for a multi-year agreement to write three new Dragonlance classic novels. The books will revisit characters we are familiar with, as well as introduce new ones. They will be published by Del Rey, and while there is no set date, they expect the first novel to release later this year.
“We couldn’t be happier to be returning to the world we love,” Weis said. “Dragonlance is what brought Tracy and I together so many years ago. We’re thrilled to be able to do this for existing lovers of Krynn while bringing our beloved characters to a new generation of readers.”
Our first look at the world of Krynn came in the form of Dragons of Autumn Twilight, released in 1984. Since then, the Dragonlance Saga has seen 190 novels, with Weis and Hickman collaborating on many of the projects over 30 years. Two other notable collaborations between the two authors; The Deathgate Cycle and The Darksword Series were published by Penguin Random House.
“We credit the fans of Dragonlance for making this journey possible,” Hickmain says. “We wrote this series out of our thanks to them for this amazing live-long journey…and from our wish that they join us once more on the road to Solace.”
Weis and Hickman secured the license in 2018, and the recent dispute with WotC was resolved at the end of last year. Both parties state they are pleased with the outcome, and are focused on producing the best series possible. Neither party will offer further comment on the past dispute except to say that it is resolved.