Dragon Wing: The Death Gate Cycle, Volume 1 Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1990
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An assassin and the royal child he has been hired to kill form an unlikely and unstable alliance as the plots of human sorcerers, elven pirates, and dwarf revolutionaries threaten to overwhelm the airborne kingdoms of Arianus. Long-time collaborators Weis and Hickman ("The Darksword" trilogy; "The Rose of the Prophet" trilogy) have embarked on their most ambitious project to date in this first of a projected seven-volume cycle. The authors' combined talents for innovative world-building and sympathetic characterizations find ample outlet in this epic fantasy. Recommended for most libraries.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Preeminent storytellers Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have redefined epic fantasy. Since the publication of their Dragonlance series, millions of readers have enjoyed their imaginative world-building, rich characterization, and intricate storylines. Now these bestsellingauthors bring their talents to one of the most innovative fantasy creations ever in Dragon Wing, the first volume in The Death Gate Cycle.
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Overall, this is a very good series. The authors were amazingly creative in coming up with this concept and the books are well-written, extremely interesting, and internally consistent (mostly -- see below for some exceptions). I highly recommend this series of books for everyone. My comments for the indidual books follow:
Vol. 1 -- Dragon Wing: This book covers the exploration of Arianus: the realm of Air. It introduces us to the two main characters (Haplo and Alfred) and many of the recurring characters throughout the series. It's a well-paced, well-written book that's an excellent reresentation of what to expect in most of the rest of the series. Essentially, if you like this book, you'll like the other six books. If you don't like this book, then there's no sense in reading any of the others.
Vol. 2 -- Elven Star: This book covers the exploration of Pryan: the realm of Fire. Alfred is entirely missing from this book, and Haplo isn't really the centerpiece. Instead, the book is mostly written from the perspective of the mensch and of the newly introduced (and recurring) Zifnab. The one possible weakness in the book is that Weis/Hickman wrote it such that the structure of Pryan itself is more of a mystery than Arianus was in the first book.
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The way that Tracy and Margaret bring the characters to life significantly contributes to the reason this series of books is so great. By the end of the 1st book, Hugh the Hand (Best Assassin in the world), Alfred(Sartan Mage), Haplo(Patryn Mage), Bane(son of most powerful human mage alive), and the rest of the characters have almost come to life in your mind.
If you're going to read Fantasy(Or SciFi) start with this! The sense of depth these books have to them makes you wonder if it's actually historical fiction that Margaret and Tracy are writing about and the index each book has is absolutely amazing. Whenever you're confused about something the characters are making reference to (or if you 'missed' [skipped, lol] the part when the character's were discussing it) you can simply look it up in the back index and you'll understand it better than you would have just reading straight through. (THEY EVEN HAVE DIAGRAMS OF EVERYTHING!)
Margaret and Tracy together are unparalleled writers equal to only a few such as Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Knaak, Louis Lamour(SP?) and the like.
I won't be suprised when this series becomes the next movie series. Except for the fact that since the book's environs are so diverse (they 'literally' create whole worlds with flora and fauna and a whole system of language [actually I think it might be latin]) the movie industry right now might not be up to it.
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Most recent customer reviews
I read this book about fifteen years ago, I think I enjoyed it more now. Onward to " the realm of fire.
Loved this book - had trouble finding another epic series to read and was very pleased with this. Interesting plot and characters.Published on Nov. 2 2013 by JF
Yes, I know, I started reading this series only in 2012, even though I am a huge fan of the first 2 trilogies of Dragonlace by the same authors, so I should be flogged :) This... Read morePublished on April 22 2013 by Sylvain Martel
I read quite a bit of fantasy, but never felt a strong desire to read this one; I mistakenly thought it to be more Sci-fi than Fantasy. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Tracy S.
Well all I have to say is that,"what the heck were they thinking when they wrote this book." The characters were very bland, Stupid,annoying,and couldnt even stand up to... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Mark Hayward
I am a huge fan of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and have read their other books. DragonLance (AWESOME), DarkSword (NO) and DeathGate (NO). Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Craig Colburn
This series (starting with Dragon Wing, of course) was the first fantasy novel I'd ever read. My husband was "into" fantasy and recommended it to me. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by L. Mesinger
Even though this is a paragon of contemporary fantasy, there are a couple good reasons not to read this book. Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by Mr D.