I came home from class one day in college to find Tracy Hickman in my apartment. My roommates were Mormons who aspired to be fantasy writers so Tracy, a Mormon fantasy writer, was there to mentor them. He was not surprised that I didn't know who he was and was very nice.
Flash forward 16 years to reading Volume 1 in the DragonLance Chronicles. The back cover says, "Knight and barbarian, warrior and half-elf, dwarf and kender and dark-souled mage; they begin a perilous quest for --
the legendary Dragonlance."
The story begins with an unlikely band of beings united by their common desire to defeat evil via possession of the DragonLance. Evil is a bad guy trying to rule the world with an army of terrible lizard creatures that turn to stone when they die, and who is also rumored to have a dragon on his side even though dragons were thought to be a thing of legend.
If you've read Lord of the Rings you kind of have the framework for the story. The differences lie in the mystery of whether or not the mage (magician) is secretly working against the group, the humor provided by the kender (smaller than a dwarf), and of course, the dragons!
Really it was not the most awesome book ever (sorry Corey...and Tracy) but it was an easy read and I liked it enough to continue the series later this year.