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The Seventh Gate is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. In this tale of treachery, power, and heroism, Alfred, Haplo, and Marit embark on a journey of death and discovery as they seek to enter the dreaded Seventh Gate. Encountering enemies both old and new, they unleash a magic no power can controlThe Seventh Gate is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. In this tale of treachery, power, and heroism, Alfred, Haplo, and Marit embark on a journey of death and discovery as they seek to enter the dreaded Seventh Gate. Encountering enemies both old and new, they unleash a magic no power can control, damning themselves to an apocalypse of unimagined proportion in a final struggle between good and evil....

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The Seventh Gate Reviews

  • Emiley
    2018-10-08 05:16

    I suddenly realized that all the books I had reviewed were ones that I had enjoyed. So, for a change of pace, I decided to include some that I thought were in need of serious editing. Seventh Gate immediately popped into my mind because I can still feel the crushing disappointment--and it's been ten years. I had faithfully read all the other books in the Death Gate Cycle, and tolerated the fluctuations in quality--ranging from the mesmerizingly melancholic meditation that was Fire Sea to the cheesy romantic fluff that was Elven Star. (After all, this was a series, not a stand-alone novel.) What I found within Seventh Gate, however, was more of an outline than a satisfying conclusion. The formerly complex and engaging characters had been reduced to cardboard cutouts--and the dialogue...I cringe even to recall the dialogue. To add insult to injury, the ending was extremely rushed and I think that the entire conflict was resolved with some kind of deus ex machina. For a moment, I even wondered if the authors had been abducted by aliens and the publishers forced to employ a junior ghostwriter. The bottom line: I would still recommend this series for the interesting premise and for the volumes such as Fire Sea which were of higher quality (but which you can't really understand without reading the other books); just be forewarned that the ending will not be satisfying.

  • Matthew
    2018-10-07 03:26

    You know, whenever I'm lucky enough to find a reasonably literate person who has read some fantasy novels, I'm always surprised by the fact that - as far as I can recall - none of them have read The Death Gate Cycle. Granted, I had some holdover nostalgia from the Dragonlance Chronicles for Weis and Hickman, and so I probably had more cause to read them than most, but, even solely on their own merits, these are really excellent books. They're filled with interesting and nuanced characters - Hugh the Hand is still one of my favorite characters ever - and the plotlines are expertly interwoven. The real mastery, though, is in the novels' 5 distinct - geographically, sociologically, politically, ethnically - worlds. People who enjoyed Harry Potter or Tolkein should give these books a shot.

  • [Name Redacted]
    2018-10-13 05:24

    This is a sci-fi series masquerading as a fantasy series, a post-post-post-apocalyptic masquerading as an epic. This is a series which introduced my brother and me, as boys, to the core concepts of quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. This is a series which meditates on the power hate can grant us, on the power fear holds over us, and on the terrible sacrifices things like love and faith and hope and trust demand. This is also a series about the value of a friendly dog.This is the final volume, but it is not the end; the Wave is unending and the Wave acts to corrects itself.(If only the Wave had bothered to correct the bright, colourful, and entirely uncharacteristic covers of this and the preceding volume!)

  • Anna
    2018-09-20 04:32

    This epic tale shows you the strengths and weakness of men and women alike, whose lives are interwoven so beautifully and inescapably, that it should bring us to deeper thought. We might not live on four separate worlds, that need each other to survive; we only have one, which we all need to survive. There is much to learn. The loyalty and will to fight (back) of the Patryns. The survivability and inability to lie of the Sartans. The way in which all lifeforms are linked together through the Death Gate (the Force is strong in this one!).Book 7 brings it all together, perhaps not in the most original way, but definitely in a way that is true to the genre and incidentally, is written for the big screens. The action scenes and overall descriptions worked marvellously in my mind, and I’m sure they’d work just as well in cinemas. Imagine the runic magic special effects, just for a second… the tattoos, the dragons, the shapeshifting, the endless strong male and female characters, the physics of these worlds!I read this as a teenager, I've enjoyed re-reading them tremendously. They still speak to me, I can still visualize them and their world, and there is beauty in this. In the end, it is a happy ending, with quite a few bittersweet notes, farewells and the knowledge that evil can't truly be extinguished from the world.It is with a slight sense of sadness that I say my own farewell for a while, but I know I can return any time!

  • Cris
    2018-09-27 06:35

    Ha sido todo un acierto recuperar esta serie que leí por primera vez durante mi adolescencia. Como era de esperar, esta relectura la ha privado del barniz de obra maestra que le apliqué entonces, pero aún así ha pasado la prueba con creces. Se trata de una colección de libros en la que tiene cabida la reflexión sobre grandes temas pero que se sustenta, sobre todo, en unos personajes carismáticos, un universo rico y complejo y un ritmo narrativo adictivo que deja espacio suficiente a los detalles.En mi opinión, esta serie llega al listón de joya del género fantástico (con permiso de Sapkowski) ya que, a pesar de apoyarse en muchos de los estereotipos tradicionales, crea un nuevo espacio totalmente genuino. Se aleja en gran medida del hilo narrativo habitual: si bien también contamos con la figura del héroe (varios, de hecho), en vez de seres humildes que descubren poco a poco su poder, los protagonistas surgen de entre los que hasta ahora se creían dioses. Su hazaña final no será luchar activamente por la salvación del universo, sino que dicha salvación depende en gran parte de su capacidad para aceptar lo limitado de su poder, saber retirarse a tiempo y aceptar que no tienen derecho a gobernar en la vida de nadie. Recorremos, por tanto, el camino contrario al que siguen muchas historias del género.Reseña completa y mi versión de la portada en https://sidumbledorefueralibrero.com/...

  • Elihú
    2018-09-25 06:30

    Una conclusión demasiado apresurada de la saga. No logro entender las prisas por acabarla, considerando que el resto de los tomos tenían entre 400 y 500 páginas. Sin embargo, Weis y Hickman cierran este ciclo, marcándose una las sagas de fantasía épica más imaginativas que he leído. No es una dragonada al uso, pues aunque los hay, así como elfos y enanos, logra construir mundos -y un universo- intrínseco y armado con lógica.Es además una historia que toca el tema de creerse a sí mismo superior sobre otros, acerca de la peligrosidad que acarrea acercarse demasiado a lo tecnológico -entendido aquí en un mundo fantástico- y perder tus capacidades más humanas en el proceso, todo por querer ser dios -o dioses-.La resolución tanto de la historia de Haplo, Alfred y el perro son más que satisfactorias, pero si en algunas sagas ruegas porque terminen pronto y no se vayan tanto por las ramas, aquí definitivamente hicieron falta páginas, aunque realmente todos los cabos sueltos quedan atados -eso sí, no escapa de ciertos recursos deus ex machina que afectan el producto final, el cual, no obstante, sigue siendo muy entretenido.

  • Traek
    2018-09-21 06:25

    Amazed at the lessons to be learned from this book. It started out as an interesting Fantasy title that quickly turned "Science Fantasy" and evolved into a look into the human condition that was so well-planned and carefully executed to help you learn something while being entertained!

  • Heidi
    2018-09-27 06:14

    The last and shortest of the Death Gate books wraps everything up nicely--or as nicely as can be expected. Haplo and Alfred, now working as a team, have some big decisions to make about what will happen to their people. Poor Marit is relegated to the typical woman role, spending most of her time having internal debates about how to balance vulnerability and capability. (She even bursts into tears at one point. Sigh.) Zifnab makes a few appearances, to my great delight.I loved this series...again! Now I'll just have to wait about five years (enough time to forget everything) before reading it again.

  • A. Dawes
    2018-10-10 08:28

    How do you sew up an epic series of largely individual novels set on a variety of fantastic worlds? Well Weis and Hickman's solution is with a slap-dash effort tying up the few sporadic threads. This final novel is an immense failure, and if you view the series as a hole, really discredits the previous works. I really enjoyed the previous six. The first few I thought were especially strong. The world building was great, as was the characterisation and they really had me gripped. This final novel was meant to fizz and sparkle, but Weis and Hickman only delivered flat lemonade...

  • David
    2018-09-21 02:36

    A wonderful end to a wonderful series of 7 books that is the Death Gate cycle. A portrayal of how destructive racism and prejudice can be and how tragic the consequences can become. This saga should not be missed by anyone who is an avid reader of fantasy.

  • Mabomanji
    2018-10-12 04:27

    Enfin la conclusion de ce cycle et malgré un début assez tranquille dès le milieu du livre la tension, l'importance de tous les enjeux prend le dessus et happe le lecteur. J'ai beaucoup aimé la réflexion sur les effets de chacune des possibilités, à quel point on pouvait laisser les mondes tels quels ou prendre la décision de tout chambouler encore une fois. J'ai beaucoup aimé l'évolution d'Haplo qui a vraiment approfondit sa réflexion tout du long des livres et est arrivé à ne plus douter. Pareil pour Alfred son évolution de vieux dégarni perdu et malhabile à quelqu'un qui prend des décisions et refuse de se soustraire aux difficiles décisions qu'il a à prendre. Leur rencontre a vraiment changé leur vie et a permis d'apporter les graines du changement. On sent bien que le but du livre est bien de faire passer un message sur les humains et la manière dont ils doivent coexister sans se prendre pour des dieux. Le message est assez clair. La manière dont il est amené est assez fantastique et fascinante pour qu'il ne paraisse pas trop lourd. Voilà un cycle très sympathique qui aura su montrer des personnages intéressants aux caractères bien différents mais qui arrivent à travailler ensemble. Et le fil rouge reliant Haplo et Alfred a permis de faire le lien entre toutes les histoires, nous tenant en haleine sur leur sort tout du long.Merci à Zaz de ne pas avoir lâché le morceau et m'avoir mis les livres dans les mains, ce fut un voyage vraiment extraordinaire.(et Zifnab est le meilleur perso de tous les temps :p)

  • Kaotic
    2018-09-24 03:16

    It took me a while to read all of the books in this series, but it will always remain one of my favorites. It's such a powerful series in so many ways. <3

  • Jackie
    2018-09-28 05:38

    From the series review here.A terribly disappointing end to what started out as an awesome series. Almost no story arcs had a true resolution, random stuff that doesn’t make sense showing up from left field, and an epilogue that’s some dumbed down version of the story’s original premise. Hint: If, when you’re done writing a saga, you need to simplify what you were trying to say the whole time in the epilogue of a seven book series – you fail. Your readers are not idiots. If you wanted to preach to us, do it outright and don’t waste our time.Here’s what should’ve happened…(view spoiler)[Haplo should’ve died for real.They were building up to it for the entire story. The Seventh Gate could have brought him back anyway, but to have his dog/soul hanging around and still giving advice to Alfred was just cheap. Xar should’ve been told he needed to wait three days before trying to raise a body, Alfred should have had to look at Haplo, consider bringing him back to life, but change his mind because of what he learned from Hugh, and then the Great and Powerful Oz Higher Power in the Seventh Gate should have brought Haplo back while commending Alfred on learning that he was not a deity. We needed to experience what happened to Hugh.Instead of a “Where’s Hugh?” “Oh, I don’t know, dead or something.” “Yep, definitely dead.” we needed to see him finally get accepted into the world that Alfred tore him from, watch him ascend to the heavens (or whatever the heck it is they do), and experience his relief from his point of view. Not come back and see him randomly dead on the ground next to a spirit that shouldn’t have been in the Labyrinth to begin with. Leave Marit out of it.Yes, she was Haplo’s woman. But the last thing you need in the final book of a seven-book saga is to introduce some random character, try to make your audience feel for her, and give her point of view more precedence than the other characters who we were already close to. Nobody really cared about Haplo’s baby momma. The only relevance she had to the story was the way Haplo grew from his relationship with her. It would’ve been just as effective to have him want to search for her when he ended up in the Labyrinth again at the end. Ditch Zifnab. Really.The guy had no point. The only reason to use him in the story was a throw-back to Fizban and to help explain things that the author was too lazy to bother with. He ruined the idea of the greater powers of Good vs. Evil (beyond the Sartan vs. Patryn) since the “good guys” were some wingless snakes that don’t really do anything. Leave out the crazy guy who ruins the immersion of your story. Bring on the intelligent good dragons to fight the dragon snakes. Otherwise why bother with the “This is our fight!” pronouncement by the Pryan dragon to the Sang-drax at the citadel?  Deal with Xar before getting inside the Seventh Gate.It would have been much more meaningful if Haplo and Alfred had a moment of peace to decide what to do with the Seventh Gate on their own, instead of trying to fight some guy who shouldn’t have been there to begin with. Xar forced their hand, which means that neither of the two main characters (Haplo/Alfred) got a chance to learn anything. Have Alfred go to the Seventh gate alone, have the Greater Power raise Haplo to help him, Haplo has to shut Xar out of the Seventh Gate without knowing what his Lord was planning while he was dead, and then we see true character development. The way it was done instead was a cheap and shoddy end. Ramu just gives up from a dog bite? Really??The Patryn vs. Sartan conclusion could have been SO much better. Instead, the leader of the Sartans gets bitten by Haplo’s dog (presumably) and then all the Sartans and Patryns forget years of bred hatred to end the series with a cheesy laugh. COME ON. I did not waste that much of my time reading all these books for an ending like that.(hide spoiler)]

  • Katinki
    2018-09-26 07:17

    Copied from Dragon Wing. Review is for entire series.Re-readThe Deathgate Cycle is one of my favorite series ever. Everything about it - all 7 books - are just... high fantasy perfection.- The world (or rather universe) is amazingly unique, stunning in set up and description, and terrifically told.- The magic and its use is top notch. It's one of few series that really go into HOW the magic of the world works.- The characters are all highly memorable, including "Dog", the secondaries, the villains, the monsters, etc. And the primary protagonist, Haplo, is one of my favorites ever. Maybe my very favorite. He's everything I'd ever want in a protag - strong yet kind, "good", complex, and so easy to get behind and pull for. He's a bad ass, too.- And the plot is perfect and perfectly executed. Everything about this series is just... yeah. I can honestly think of no negatives. Unless to say that I'd like another 7 books. I'll just settle for re-reading, which it handles just fine. This book was just as good today as the first time I read way back in like... idk... 1991 [ETA: probably like 1993 for T7thG] or so. You won't get a much higher recommendation out of me than this.

  • Sheva Torres
    2018-10-11 04:36

    Es inevitable pensar que en su final se van a precipitar las cosas cuando ves la cantidad de páginas que tiene este volumen si lo comparas con el resto de la saga. Como de hecho pasa. Aun así no me he sentido decepcionada con su desenlace. En La Séptima Puerta veremos casi la misma cantidad de elementos narrativos que en los anteriores: giros, revelaciones, nuevas aportaciones…Esto lo debemos sumar a que se debe culminar una saga que cuenta con un extenso mundo fantástico. Así que no entiendo el porqué de las prisas por contárnoslo. Con todo, darle menos de cuatro estrellas no sería justo: es el final perfecto para un mundo tan bien construido y desarrollado. Un mundo del que destaco a cada uno de sus personajes, especialmente la evolución de Alfred y Haplo, por supuesto. Además del mensaje que subyace en el trasfondo de esta historia fantástica sobre la amistad, la tolerancia, los efectos del poder, y las consecuencias del miedo.

  • Milena
    2018-10-02 05:10

    Jakoś tak wyszło, że ostatnią część tego cyklu w pewnym momencie przestałam czytać i wróciłam do niej dopiero po 1,5 roku :P. To nie znaczy, że mi się nie podobała, wręcz przeciwnie. Po prostu tak to już bywa, jak czytam zakończenie wcześniej - istnieje ryzyko odpadnięcia na kilka chwil przed metą (jak już wiem, jak meta wygląda, już tyle widziałam po drodze, to nagle traci się zainteresowanie, co się spotka na ostatnim odcinku). Cała seria naprawdę dobrze pomyślana: główni męscy bohaterowie do polubienia i nawet interesujący (kobiety - moim zdaniem - niestety wypadły w tym cyklu nieciekawie lub sztampowo) a świat niesamowicie wykreowany (no i te appendiksy! Lubię jak autor stara się wprowadzić czytelnika w to, co stworzył a nie traktuje stworzone uniwersum jako jedynie ciekawe tło wydarzeń. Tutaj autorom naprawdę zależało, żeby ten świat czytelnikom opisać i wytłumaczyć).

  • Lana
    2018-09-22 01:24

    wow what a great series this death gate series turned out to be!! love the way the seventh gate was excessed, hate and fear and insecurity never did work in the end not even in our own day to day lives!! but working together works wonders!! do not want to put spoilers in but the fact that in the end zifnab describes how all of us have the potential to be gods is for me the cherry on the cake!! zifnab and his dragon and Alfred and himself as the golden dragon and haplo, and hugh the hand all turned out to be such great characters deserving of respect!! would recommend this series to all who love fantasy!!

  • Ross Alon
    2018-09-30 06:34

    This is a climax and a conclusion. The book gather points from all previous books and combine them into one glorious climax.This is not a perfect book or series, it's not complex and quite straight forward , unlike modern fantasy books. It's far better then modern YA series, and with all it's simplicity it's complex enough to stand it's own against modern fantasy books and it has more heart than some of them combined.

  • Memmis
    2018-09-18 06:27

    (A GAZILLION STARS FOR THE SERIES AS A WHOLE.)

  • Natalia
    2018-09-23 02:36

    Prestado por: Sergio

  • Ais
    2018-09-29 07:09

    This is a review for the entire series and CONTAINS SPOILERS!! I didn't bother with full context of plot in my review because, with 7 books and 5 worlds, I wouldn't have had room. I've been trying to figure out what to rate the series or how to review it. I read this when I was a teenager and remembered really loving it-- although mostly I could only remember Haplo, and had vague remembrances of different realms, and of blue and red rune magic. Recently, I bought the series and was super excited to read it again, to reacquaint myself with a series that managed to stick in my mind for 15 years. I write this long ass review mostly for myself, because I know someday in the future I'll think back on this series once again and try to remember what exactly it was I thought about it.I'm torn. I can see why I remembered it, and yet I was also disappointed. For me, this series is a classic example of a case where I really like the idea of the story, but am not always a fan of the way it was told. I felt that the series itself was quite confused; jumping povs, tenses, trying to be both satirical and serious at the same time, was very repetitive and heavy-handed in the way information was given and overviewing again and again things we knew had happened; it spent endless chapters talking in detail about nothing in particular, following characters when they were essentially sitting around doing nothing, so that it could build the context of whatever future event would occur, but it was too much time spent there when those scenes could often have been shortened down to 1/3 the size, and then inexplicably other scenes that were momentous or very important were completely skipped and glossed over. The book was mostly written the normal way of a third person pov, talking about how this or that person felt, but it would jump into direct thoughts in the middle of a paragraph that started out she/he form, and then on top of that it would randomly speak directly to the reader in explanations of the currency or politics or cultural past. There were also footnotes dotted throughout that seemed to be the sort of thing you'd expect in journals, and in fact it kept being self-referential, as if to suggest the entire series we read was in fact written and chronicled by Haplo and Alfred. It also had letters or journal entries from various characters.I think having it a self-referential series could have been really cool but the manner with which that was done didn't feel like it was actually self-referential to me. It was like reading a normal fantasy series but with some scenes having already been written in 1st person pov, so rather than rewrite and integrate them into the narrative they were just thrown in there haphazardly, disrupting the flow.There are a number of things that don't track across the series, either. Just editing mistakes but it's weird because it's entire names that are different. Like, Orla is Orla for all of two books and then in the last she's Orlah. One character is Baltazar throughout the book focused on him and then later he's Balthazar which was confusing to me because I'm pretty sure they referenced a Balthazar on Arianus or Pryan in a flashback. Also, it says one place that the Sartan on Chelestra intended to sleep for a decade, and another place it says a century. I also could have sworn that it says the elves were dark-skinned in Pryan in that book (because I remember continually getting thrown off trying to imagine them since elves are so often fair-skinned and fair-haired in fantasy series and were described that way on other world) but then later when we return to that world they were fair-skinned and haired. (I could be wrong about and perhaps I was remembering a different world.) Or the book tells us what happens in the future on some of the mensch worlds but then later it's clear that none of the Patryns or Sartans have any way of knowing what would happen, so if the series is in fact supposed to be those writings, how would the book know to tell us this? Things like that.I suppose you may wonder why I gave it 3 stars still, then.It's because the ideas behind the series are really cool, it has some really good characters in it, and the parts that are done well are interesting.Of the 7 books, the 4th is my favorite. I liked the characters on Chelestra, especially Grundle. She's definitely my favorite dwarf across all the worlds. I felt that the 4th book flowed really well, without the pacing that threw me off in other books (where I would get really excited about something and then it would jump scenes and spend 5 chapters leading up to the point of it at which point I had grown bored and frustrated again). (My least favorite book is the first one, which felt very haphazard to me.) I think I also really liked seeing the mensch working together on Chelestra. It was a nice change from the other worlds, and I really liked how we saw Haplo change in that book as well.One of the things that I thought was super cool about this series is the way culture was dealt with. If you compare the races against each other across the worlds, there were some interesting pieces. Elves, dwarves, and humans all had similar characteristics across the worlds, but the way elves adapted on, say, Chelestra was totally different than Arianus and Pryan, and the same with the other races. I thought that was a cool touch, because it gave me a feeling both of unity for the races across all the worlds, and cultural shifts the same as how humans living on Earth may be culturally very diverse despite being the same species.I do have to say that I was kind of disappointed by the relationships in the series. Although I could see why some of the characters would get together, the transitions weren't always logical for me, personally. The first book in particular does this, especially with Hugh. Hugh was awesome in the book until he met Iridal, and then all of a sudden he did a complete 180 for no reason at all, with little explanation, and after like 10 minutes of being in her presence. He knew next to nothing about her. It's not to say it's unbelievable that a man such as Hugh might have fallen for a woman such as Iridal-- I could see it happening, perhaps, but I just wish more time had been given. It was such an abrupt and strange switch for Hugh, not only in his thoughts but most especially in his actions-- going from tight and grim and controlled to suddenly wild and reckless and loud-- that I seriously thought he must have been put under some sort of spell by Sinistrad because random magical malady was the only thing that made any sense to me. But we were given to believe throughout the series that instead it was love. I guess that just always seemed odd to me, especially since that change in Hugh had SO many consequences for the rest of the series. I felt like Hugh and Iridal were dealt with better in the later books, because Hugh felt more like himself there so it made more sense, but since it relied so heavily on this idea of love between them it was a shame that the first book didn't deal with that better, because then I never really felt like their love necessarily existed the way I was probably supposed to feel it did. Other characters-- I actually really liked Paithan and Rega's build up but once they were a couple, all of a sudden Rega wasn't herself anymore. She went from being strong and independent to crying and whining and vying between throwing herself at her man's chest and snapping at the strangest things. Which was a bit weird to me because between the two of them, I would have thought that Rega would have been stronger during all the weird upheaval happening. She had a past more accustomed to darkness and change and doing anything necessary to meet one's goals, whereas Paithan had been relatively sheltered. Yet Paithan never really wavered and Rega changed. In part, this is possibly because Paithan is an elf and Rega is human, so maybe it was meant to be commentary on that, but I was surprised by how Rega changed so much, so suddenly, for the worse and forever, once they acknowledged their feelings.I think, and perhaps this is not the series' fault and is more indicative simply of the time when it was written, that this was shown way more with the female characters. They were strong on their own but the second a big, strong man came along they crumbled and cried and lost their way. Not all of them. Orla was pretty good. Grundle was awesome. Aleatha was cool because she pretty much always remained unruffled. So I don't necessarily want to suggest that it was them being women, perhaps it was simply some of those personalities that didn't fare well, but if you look at the women vs the men there are more instances of the men remaining similar in or out of a relationship (or growing stronger in one), and the women changing drastically (or growing weaker). That is probably what throws me off with Hugh because he was exhibiting the signs I saw in some of the women and, given his past, that made it particularly odd for him.Haplo and Marit... To be honest, and this is probably my m/m background talking, I felt like Haplo and Hugh, or Haplo and Alfred, or even Haplo and Xar, all had more chemistry/explanation than Marit and Haplo. It isn't to say I couldn't see it, but it never really clicked for me. I could see how Haplo had latched onto the memory of Marit because he remembered her at a time when he was lost, and she became a good memory for him, so on Haplo's side his fondness for her made sense. She had become a bit of humanity in his mind because that one comment she had made burrowed deep into his conscience and came out when he needed it to reevaluate his thought process. Marit-- I'm not sure. Haplo's memory of her both made me expect her to be different and didn't. Honestly, I liked her the most when we first meet her, where she doesn't have any feelings for Haplo and can see him objectively. Because we're never really given a reason for WHY she decides she loves Haplo, why she ever remembered him in particular. She herself says there had been other men. I'm assuming she didn't have any other man's child, and I don't know why that was because it never says. They say she loved him but it never says why. It was interesting how she was the one who had more humanity than Haplo when they were young but then she had grown harder than him when we meet her. I liked that dichotomy and I guess I would have liked that to stay the way she was, instead of her having to revert to love for Haplo when it made way more sense for her to love Xar now instead.I suppose this gets back to what I said before... I felt like Marit grew weaker as a character in relation to Haplo (not because she cried, which was actually awesome because it made her human, or even the way she kept clinging to Xar, which was also awesome because it showed Patryn devotion, but just because it seemed like she lost sight of who she was as a person for no given reason other than because the series needed her to fall in love with Haplo now to disrupt Xar's plans and/or to give Haplo a happy ending because he had decided he was still in love with her). Haplo didn't change or grow stronger in relation to Marit, and it wasn't Marit who actually MADE him strong. It was Alfred, and Xar, even Hugh, and the other worlds. I guess it seemed like it could have been cool if they hadn't fallen in love again since we're never really very clear why they were in love in the first place-- and if, instead, they had worked as allies now, a united force against evil, without having to rely on fantasy trappings of man + woman always having to fall in love. Or, if they had to get together, if there had been a bit more transition on Marit's part. (Although to be fair to this series, this mild disconnect I feel with Marit and Haplo's relationship might be more indicative of my own bias, because the whole "man + woman = love ALWAYS" thing has always really bothered me in a lot of series, especially when you can see other characters way more on the same wavelength)All this being said, I can see why I remembered the series because, again, the parts I liked I thought were intriguing. I also really like Haplo so I can see why I remembered him all those years. He's a great character. I liked Hugh too, and several other characters. The dog was friggin awesome-- the mannerisms so perfectly described a real dog that I never had trouble imagining him or what he was thinking/wanting.Something else I really liked was that the more powerful characters were all quite fallible. I really liked how the Sartan were believed to be this perfectly good race but then time after time, accidental evil was shown, and how the Patryns were supposed to be evil but Haplo did the most good in the entire series. I liked how Xar, even when he was doing things that were terrible, always had this piece of him that was truly benevolent toward his people, even if at times he lost sight of that. (That scene where he punishes Haplo is so awesome because Xar so often remains loving/gentle/benign even when he's doing great harm) And how Samah was arrogant and short-sighted but that you could see how his harsh responses were a cover for fear of himself and what they had done. I really liked how Abarrach showed what comes from cheating death, how Chelestra showed how the mensch could unite when left alone, how Arianus showed how small voices could become deafening when joined, and how the tytans of Pryan were one more example of the darkness the Sartan had unleashed and then left. I liked how in Samah we saw a glimpse of how life had probably been on the original world, with the Sartan so certain of their superiority, and how all the references to how Patryns used to act around mensch didn't stand up anymore when put against how Haplo acted. Because of that, it showed how the Labyrinth truly had, in some small way, managed to rehabilitate the way the Sartans had hoped. Not on the same scale, and in a lot of ways it did way more damage than good, but Haplo's kindness showed how he eventually really did see the mensch as equals, and not lesser beings as the Patryns of old might have done. Even within Haplo himself, it's an interesting journey. We kept being told how ruthless Patryns were but he had been nice to mensch repeatedly, until he was more callous on Pryan which was really cool because it showed him loyal to Xar's plans. And then you compare that to how he was with Alake, Grundle and Devon on Chelestra and it's hugely different.I also liked that, while we really only saw bits of the Labyrinth, you could see how tiring it would be on so many levels. And how that would have worn a person down until they were either honed or hardened.I know this is pretty much the longest review ever, but I just spent the last week reading through the entire series and only just finished it today. I had so many thoughts going through my mind-- how I remembered the series vs how I read it now, things that I found of interest, wondering which bits I might have noticed when I was a teenager vs now. Clearly, this left me with a lot to say.Overall, I think my nostalgia for the series did have me remembering it with more fondness than I might have had for it if I had picked it up for the first time ever this week-- but I do like the idea behind the series, and I still really love Haplo, so I'm happy that I found this series, bought it, and read it again. I may have misgivings about some pretty huge parts of the way the series was done, but I also try to temper that with knowing this was written in the early 90's and just because my tastes don't run fully aligned with the way the story was explained doesn't mean other people might not really enjoy it. And I still think it's pretty damn cool that the series stuck with me all those years. Also, I forgot to say that there were some really cool lines in the series, and some places that made me laugh out loud. Also, I had listened to the audiobook for pieces of the first two books and I have to say, Zifnab is WAY more entertaining in that guy's voice lol

  • Arminion
    2018-10-04 07:08

    So… the saga is finally over and even though I enjoyed much of the previous books, this one felt a little flat for me. First of all, there is too much going on and not in a good way. It's just too convoluted. The people die then they are revived again. Some characters disappear for no good reason and then they appear again. Deus ex machina moments happen all the time. It's just... too much, as if the authors didn't know how to properly end this.Some character learned nothing in all these books, like Alfred for example. He is still that same mumbling fool from the first book even though he showed time and time again the incredible power he wields.(view spoiler)[Some answers are never answered – where is Haplo's daughter and have they found it? What does dog represent? Hugh's death happens off-screen. The serpents also got too much "screen time" and I wish the story focused more on Sartans and Patryns instead of them and their meddling. (hide spoiler)]All in all, the book is not bad, and the series as a whole is incredible. In a way it's actually a post-apocalyptic story (maybe even a SF) disguised as a fantasy which I thought was really clever. Because of this, some of the Zifnab's rambling actually makes sense, but it still doesn't make him any less tolerable. He is actually more annoying than ever, if that's even possible.So… in the end, if you are looking for some cool fantasy with dragons and magic, cool worlds, interesting characters and world building, look no further than Death Gate cycle. Just skip the second book Elvenstar and you will be fine. :)

  • Jon
    2018-09-28 02:11

    This series has brought me to the brink of many emotions. Sadness, empathy, excitement.. I've been on the edge of my toes for most of it in an attempt to figure out where and how it was going to end. This book carried no different wave of appetizing writing.Where do you end a series that has had so much involved in it? That was a question I continued to ask myself while reading through the book like an addict. Finally it happened, I can say I am happy with the way it ended to a certain extent. The ending now that I think about it, almost feels as though it was changed to fit a certain number of pages.. But the book itself was a quality read. We finally got to see Alfred, completely resilient and willing to do what he needed to do to end the madness, and Haplo too.

  • Aura
    2018-09-30 06:21

    I love this book series!!! The narrative is fresh and intense. The main characters -their motives, aims and personalities- are so well built, that you can connect with them since the first page. Their suffering and desires become yours!!The world of the death gate cycle is not only marvellous, but also pretty original. In a world where the magic is the central axis, the characters -even the most powerful- hardly use it. In other words, magic is the general framework, but the everyday is not. Intead, it is simple human not magical deals, betrayals, conspiracies and personal ambitions.In short, if you want to live a fantastic adventure, give the death gate cycle a chance

  • MMF
    2018-10-05 04:28

    The series culminates with everything that is good, as well as everything that is bad about Death's Gate. I can sum it up in the same way as the series as a whole: rough, clumsy and stupid in parts, but with a lot of creativity, some very good characters with very good arcs, and surprisingly lofty ambitions for a pulp-y fantasy series. After being really disappointed by Book 6, I was worried about rereading this one –– but now that I have, my opinion of the series as a whole stands. I have a lot of affection for it. Although it has a lot of flaws and falls short in ways, it sure tries hard.More when I have more time, maybe.

  • Clara
    2018-10-11 07:38

    I LOVED this book. It was full of suspense, drama, adventure, guilt, and so many wonderful things. This book kept twisting and turning and was almost never predictable. I often didn't know what they were going to do next. This book introduced so many new ideas and ways of thinking to me. I would give it one hundred stars if I could. I absolutely LOVED it!

  • Ellen
    2018-10-02 06:09

    I had a good time reading this book, but some things were left unclear to me. While I liked the resolution, it was missing "something". It was a fun series in general, I especially enjoyed books 2, 3 and 4, but I feel the series may have been one book too long.

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-22 02:13

    These books won me over slowly, but they still weren't fantastic. I guess it's something light to read on the subway.

  • Solim
    2018-09-24 03:26

    What can I say? I’m definitely going to miss the worlds, characters and the charm this series brought onto me. By no means is this a perfect series or even book, but it will definitely hold a special place in my heart. Zifnab is a legend.

  • M Nyberg
    2018-10-12 02:36

    A bit disappointed in the ending book. The mystery of the dog was never answered very well. Many loose ends tied together to quickly. Overall a good series though