Dragon Wing: The Death Gate Cycle, Volume 1 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.See all Product Description
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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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If you continue reading the series you'll will find each subsequent world as unique as the first (particularly the third, in 'Fire Sea'), but I found the closing trilogy disappointing. I had hoped for a melding of characters from each world and how they would react to one another, but they mostly remain seperate tales, the storyline continuing to jump between them.
Weiss and Hickman seem tired of the series by the fifth and especially sixth book when the characters of the second lower themselves to 'Three Stooges' humour and the lead villain loses his shine. The seventh is noticeably short but ties up loose ends sufficiently, except for the annoyingly inexplicable presence of a character from another series the team has written.
'Dragon Wing' itself lives up to the duo's previous work. The series as a whole does not, but Weiss & Hickman fans won't mind. If you are unfamiliar with the authors, I recommend starting where they did: 'Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight'.
Millenia ago, on earth, during an age of dust, long after the human race as we know it had dwindled and died out, human sorcerers with the powers of gods battled for control of the earth and the weaker Mensch races - elves, humans and dwarves. The Sartan, wizards of light, fought to keep the world from falling into the hands of their opponents, the ruthless and cruel Patryns. When all seemed lost, in a desperate attempt to create a new order, the Sartan sundered the old planet earth into four elemental worlds: Air, Fire, Stone and Water. Into these realms they have removed those Mensch people who have survived the cataclysmic sundering, in order to start a new life for everyone there forever. The Sartan have used their powers to imprison the Patryns in a deadly, ever-changing prison world: the Labyrinth. Then, they themselves have retired to live in the new worlds and watch over the Mensch races.
Now, millenia afterwards, the Patryns have begun to break free of the Labyrinth. Xar, the mighty Patryn lord, was the first one to cross the Labyrinth's final gate into the twilight realm of the Nexus, a beautiful haven planned by the Sartan for the use of those Patryns "rehabilitated" by the Labyrinth. Xar promptly takes up the legacy of the Patryn race: the goal of world domination.
The young Patryn Haplo is sent by his lord to tour each realm and report the situation of the worlds, while trying to further warring among the Mensch races.Read more ›
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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.
This is probably the best series of books I have ever read (I haven't read Tolkien yet. I KNOW, I'm sorry!). I just cannot say enough good things about this book series. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Creation27
This book is absolutely amazing! I have been an avid fantasy and fiction reader since I was a child, and there are very few books that can compare to this novel. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Christopher
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