This is a must read for fantasy lovers.
The story and plots are based of the adventures of two main characters, but the fact that there are four different worlds to travel to makes it an open page for creativity and character depth and some fun. It's always nice when authors take an idea, create a new world and make it believable. Weis and Hickman are master at it!
This is by far one of my favorite series....I'm on book four of seven...so far so good, though I will say book two was my least favorite and I almost gave up reading the series- but it gets better...and three, and now four, are page turners.
There is tons of action, mystery and plot...(also a little romance, but not till book four. ^_^)
PLEASE enjoy, but you won't be getting MY copies!! ; )
I have read a lot of stuff by Weis/Hickman through the years but this series has long stood out in my mind as a favorite. I began this one when it was newly published back in about 1991 and read all seven in the series. The action is great, the characters are likeable and progress and grow throughout. All together a great series well worth the time. P.S. I only wondered all the way through what the heck Haplo's dog was actually going to turn out to be... You'll have to find out for yourself. Enjoy
Death Gate Cycle book 1 of 7. A very well written fantasy series of a future of the Earth where magic has sundered the world into 4 new worlds, each completely different. Each book stands alone to a large extent but each also tends to build onits predecessors.
from back- 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
Edward K. reviewed Dragon Wing (Death Gate, Bk 1) on
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, known for their work in the Dragonlance saga, portray a fantasy world unlike many others. This, as well as the first four of the series, is fast past and well written. The first four books, follow the formula of Haplo and Alfred exploring a new world, and then at the last chapter, advancing the overall plot.
The worlds are very fleshed out and interesting, the characters are likable and the book is fast paced.
It's light reading material. For anyone who is into high fantasy, I highly recommend the first four of the seven book series.
This is fantasy amped up a notch and it is great. I read all seven and have just posted them all. I loved each and every one. Great, memorable characters and adventures galore. Weis and Hickman are legends for a reason.
From Library Journal
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.
An AMAZING story of struggle and adventure, this is book 1 of MANY in the series, this is one of the RAREST books you can find in the series, i have another paperback copy thats why i'm putting this one up for grabs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I read this entire series a number of years back and was enthralled by the entire series. Weis and Hickman are truly masters of their genre and also do well on solo ventures (One should read the "Star of the Guardians" series). In any case, the characters are fascinating and the plot continues apace all the way through. I only wondered throughout just what exactly was going to turn out to be the true nature of Haplo's dog... (No, he's not actually God with a tail)