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This one has officially revitalized my hope in this series and I stare down the final book with needed anticipation. The way that story flowed, kept me entirely on my toes the whole time and addressed some much needed appearances of old characters that felt left in the dirt. We journeyed briefly to all the worlds in I love this series. We journeyed briefly to all the worlds in differing chapters of this book, and they were all impacted because of it. The way Haplo himself has transitioned also keeps me enthralled, I feel as though he's gone from a child, to finally adopting his responsibility and blooming into an adult.

Dec 11, Heidi rated it really liked it. Book 6 picks up just after book 5 left off: the people of Arianus are working through centuries-old prejudices to bring their world together, Xar is looking for The Chamber of the Damned in order to gain power to fulfill his dream of world domination, and Haplo and Alfred have realized that they can't trust their respective leaders and must work together to defeat the evil threatening their worlds.

A new main character is introduced rather late in the series, I thought : Marit, Haplo's former l Book 6 picks up just after book 5 left off: the people of Arianus are working through centuries-old prejudices to bring their world together, Xar is looking for The Chamber of the Damned in order to gain power to fulfill his dream of world domination, and Haplo and Alfred have realized that they can't trust their respective leaders and must work together to defeat the evil threatening their worlds.

A new main character is introduced rather late in the series, I thought : Marit, Haplo's former lover and now his would-be assassin. I'm glad Bane is gone; I never liked that kid. This series is much more character-driven than action-driven, and in this book we see the main characters, Haplo and Alfred, come to terms with who they are. The time for questioning and choosing loyalties is basically over, and now they have to learn to live with their choices. I loved seeing Haplo finally let his guard down and embrace Alfred as a friend, and I also loved seeing Alfred quit being so afraid of his own power.

Marit is an interesting character--it's too bad she's coming into the story so late. She's rather superfluous to the plot, just another example of a Patryn making decisions that go against Xar's will. She could have been a strong character throughout the story. May 25, Adrie Schutte rated it really liked it.

Finally the cycle is getting somewhere! Really enjoying it!


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Jul 25, Maurinejt rated it liked it. Into the Labyrinth is a bit uneven. It introduces Marit, Haplo's long lost love, and I both didn't like her and didn't think she was necessary. It just seemed a little too pat that of all the thousands of Patryns in the world, she would have ended up in the Nexus, highly esteemed by Xar, and Haplo didn't know. She is fanatically devoted as Haplo was at the beginning, and that heart-wrenching realization of hard truths in place of easy belief is a journey that we just took with Haplo during the s Into the Labyrinth is a bit uneven.

She is fanatically devoted as Haplo was at the beginning, and that heart-wrenching realization of hard truths in place of easy belief is a journey that we just took with Haplo during the span of five books. I didn't feel any need to start over with this interloper. We got Alfred back, but the woman who left her husband to share Alfred's incarceration in the labyrinth committed suicide in the interim without us ever seeing her again? It didn't make any sense from where we left her in Serpent Mage, and only a slight stab at a lame explanation was given. Her name also changed from Orla to Orlah, which bothered me immensely.

I mentioned in the review of Elven Star that Pryan had a lot more loose ends and unanswered questions then most worlds and this was highlighted here. We return to the band of unlikable protagonists from Elven Star though it is nice to see familiar faces and find that the extras that went with them have been conveniently disposed of. The original members are penned up in a city by a band of killer, giant robots--called Tytens-- whom they fled from originally.

They are the last people on their world, yet the romantic pairings are all weirdly between elves and humans which works from a dramatic story sense but has no practical value as--the reader is told emphatically--these liaisons cannot result in children but Sartan and Patryn can? This becomes an issue later and is never addressed. Then, they discover a way to communicate with another city which is merrily thriving and they are told to let the Tytens in. Where did this other city come from? And how long have they had their robots working correctly, because a big deal in the series is made when the machine on Arianus turns on, and after that Pryan's suns start to transmit light to other worlds.

If it's already happening, why is it important that this group of people we're following do it? Anyway, what prompted the Tytens show up at all? The Sartan turned them out centuries ago. Where were they in the meantime? Why did they suddenly decide to go on a rampage and start murdering civilizations? None of this is ever answered. And the existence of the other city with all the answers seems waaaay too much of a stretch given what we already have been told.

Xar is trapped there with them for awhile and has to deal with the other races--and they with him--which is kind of fun to watch, but doesn't really stretch either party the way it should. And ultimately fizzles into a deux ex machina The book shines when we finally get to go into the Labyrinth. Which is cool and we've never been. Surprises crop up along the way. There are some moving Haplo and Alfred moments, though they are a little muted now that Haplo is no longer fighting their bond. A very interesting weapon with a neat back story is introduced.

Apr 27, Ethan rated it liked it. The first four books of this series each introduced a new world for the main characters to explore. The last three books are a trilogy tying in everything that came before while moving to a climactic finish. This one is the middle of that final trilogy, and it took me a while to get into it.

There's a common literary setup where the author takes the lion person out of the jungle, and in the back of the reader's mind is a strong desire to see that person put back in their habitat. Like Tarzan, The first four books of this series each introduced a new world for the main characters to explore.

Like Tarzan, Rambo, Jumangi, Crocodile Dundee, or even The Rock, there are characters hardened by their environment that seem out of place in the civilized world that we know. But then the plot turns and that character returns to their harsh environment home, and the reader sees just how tough that character is. Haplo was shaped by the Labyrinth, never really left it mentally, and finally returns to it in this story.

But, despite the setup at the end of the last book and the book's title, it took about half of the book before the story picked up in the Labyrinth. That was a little irritating. The reader knows where the story has to go, we know which characters have to meet up to team up, but the story doesn't skip over the little details to get us there. Even though the main plot twists have been revealed to the reader, all of the individual characters still have to discover them too. And so we have to plod through a dozen or so chapters with our eyes set way down the road with the main guy, Haplo, waiting for us in the Labyrinth.

However, by this time in the series, everything matters, so even the little chapters are important too. All that said, once we get to the Labyrinth, the book is hard to put down. Maybe I'm just complaining that the cake gets in the way of the frosting, missing the point that you need both.

But by the end of this book, everything and every one is caught up, no one is missing any information or is hiding any secrets anymore, the battle lines are drawn, the teams are formed, and the last book ought to be just an ultimate throw down. Xar, Lord of the Nexus, has traveled to the fiery world of Abarrach to learn the secret art of necromancy, hoping to raise an army of the dead to conquer th In the Death Gate series, Weis and Hickman have created their most exciting and original epic to date.

Jun 10, Anna rated it it was amazing. Zifnab is a recurring, enigmatic character, whose fate is partly bared in this book. Woven into all the seriousness of racism, power-struggles, revenge, lost children, evil serpents, walking dead, unrequited love, believe it or not, is a lovely sense of humor and a flair for both tragedy and drama. Plenty of death, as many good laughs — if you see them. The tragedy of Zifnab is immense, and those few moments when the reader gets a glimpse at his true self ar Zifnab. The tragedy of Zifnab is immense, and those few moments when the reader gets a glimpse at his true self are we ever really sure though?

Interestingly, Marit has already joined the story. She was Haplo's mate in the Labyrinth, the prison designed to keep Patryns in check, to break and re-educate them into something the Sartans could control. Usually, Patryns spend their life, escaping from this prison and dying in the process. Xar was the first to escape, and the only one to return out of his own free will, to help his people.

One redeeming quality at least. Anyone else dared not return. And then there's this book titled "Into the Labyrinth". Imagine a war victim, having to return to the war he fought so hard to escape from. That's what Haplo has to do, along with Marit, though at this stage they're far from friends. We finally learn more about the Patryns still stuck in this horrible, magical prison, and we follow these unfortunate souls, who know they have to return to the worst possible place, because, well, of course, because the fate of the world s is at stake.

Aug 21, Milo rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy-fun. Yeah, I think my preference for the series went down a star. It got better for a second there, but this one was like the first few. Once again, the abundant detail was maddening. Or a need to change the title. All kidding aside, by the time they got into the labyrinth, I pretty much stopped caring.

I even found myself skimming to u Yeah, I think my preference for the series went down a star. I even found myself skimming to use the term lightly the last several chapters, not really interested in this apparently be-all and end-all of mythical, magical, beast wars.

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Does it matter who dies and who doesn't? I've figured out the pattern by this point. If they die, they were an unimportant character; total filler. And if they happened to be important, they find a way to come back to life. Apr 20, H. Each of the four worlds have been explored one each over the first 4 books , and set-up is complete for resolution over the final 2 books. Into the Labyrinth has the most world-hopping thus far in the series, but unsurprisingly given the title it is our first major exposure to the nightmarish Labyrinth the earlier books hinted at.

Into the Labyrinth is probably the most action-heavy book in the series. There are some great sequences. But unfortunately Weis and Hickman throw much of what we have already learned about to the wind in bringing things to a head. There are just way too many contradictions of what we learned earlier in the series. Sep 11, Kaotic rated it it was amazing Shelves: borrowed. What a cliffhanger!!! There is just so much that happens in each volume that by the end of the book you are amazed by how far you've come and these are so wonderfully written.

It's amazing seeing how the characters change and evolve through he series, and seeing how my feelings for them have changed as well. A character thought at the beginning to be a hero has turned into a maniacal villain, and yet I understand how he came to this place. But I just gotta say, I love Zifnab. May 31, Arminion rated it it was amazing. There is nothing much I can say that I haven't said already about this series: it's awesome and it just keeps getting better!

There are new and old characters, new and old locations, everything is coming together, the pieces of the puzzle are slowly unraveling and the plot is thickening. This has been one of the most satisfying fantasy novels I have ever read. If you still haven't started reading this, you should. I can't wait for the last one! I feel that the later books in this series suffer a little bit. I really enjoyed the hand of chaos but going forward with Into the Labyrinth I feel that the authors could have better outlined, paced, and planned so that the story felt more cohesive.

Again this wasn't a bad read and the plot largely moved pretty fast but it wasn't very compelling either. Oct 13, Rebecca rated it liked it. This series still relies far too heavily on all the characters miscommunicating, not communicating, and being too self-involved to draw obvious conclusions. But things are looking up for our intrepid heroes, and I think there's only one more novel anyway. I'll see you all at the end of this underwhelming road. May 05, Ross Alon rated it really liked it Shelves: owned.

The first half is a little boring, a lot of pices omving from one spot to another, and you get the annoying characters from the second book, and they still argue. The second half is action pact with moving moments, and Zifnab, which is always good. The biggest majority of the book I didn't like a lot. But then the last few chapters were totally amazing. And after the last couple of pages I thought about the book I realised that everything fits togehter and that it was a perfect climax. Jan 28, Solim rated it really liked it. Another solid book. One more to go!

Jun 23, Jerfus rated it liked it. I was expecting much, much more labyrinth and less of the insufferable Pryan. View all 4 comments. Jun 06, M Nyberg rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. I think my favorite of the series so far. New characters mixed in with the core ones. Cliff hanger at the end to set up the final installment in the series. Feb 22, Diane Tolley rated it it was amazing. Everything is moving toward a climax. Devouring these books now. Jul 13, Geoff Battle rated it it was ok. Although the pace picks up in the latter half of Labyrinth, there is no disguising the languishing pace of the first half and the absence of any noteworthy scenes.

Labyrinth is setting the stage for the final conflict, drawing together a fellowship, with the usual traitor within, and actually creates some worthy tension as a result. Distracting from that is Fizban, a plot mechanic so absurd that it immediately dissolves any engagement with the story. Why the James Bond gags? It's high fantasy, n Although the pace picks up in the latter half of Labyrinth, there is no disguising the languishing pace of the first half and the absence of any noteworthy scenes. It's high fantasy, not comedy and it's strikingly out of place.

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The final stage is worth fighting to though and at that point the lengthy build-up does pay dividends and ensures that readers will be yearning for resolution in the final chapter to follow. May 07, Nicole Mosley rated it it was amazing. This more than made up for the dragging awkwardness of the last book. This is packed with battles, intrigue, betrayal, attempts to inform a man lost in a desire for power of his imminent destruction.

The serpents begin to show thei This more than made up for the dragging awkwardness of the last book. The serpents begin to show their true colors as Haplo and Alfred finally venture into the Labyrinth and find things they least expect! In all probability, people who read the first of the Death Gate Cycle books and like it, are going to want to read all of the books in the series regardless of any flucutation in the individual books' ratings.

Ditto for the reverse: if people don't like the first book, then they're probably not going to want to read any of the other books in the series. Thus, instead of individual book ratings, I've rated the whole series and given a short blurb on any specifics for each book. Overall, this is In all probability, people who read the first of the Death Gate Cycle books and like it, are going to want to read all of the books in the series regardless of any flucutation in the individual books' ratings.

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 individual books follow: Vol.

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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 representation 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. 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.

Once again, both Haplo and Alfred are present. The characters and areas presented in this book are key elements for the entire series. An interesting book, but not a very happy one at all. Both Alfred and Haplo are on this world. But, for the most part, they follow separate plot lines. They also bring in an ancient evil to balance the ancient good introduced in the previous book. The most irritating thing about this book is that it ends in a cliff-hanger. The previous books tied up their worlds' activities fairly nicely. Not so in this book. It ends at a very inconvenient spot.

Whereas the first four books of the series cover the exploration of the four realms, this book starts the synthesis of the various threads from those books into a movement towards closure. It's a good book, but, unfortunately, it doesn't do anything with Alfred. The previous book left Alfred heading towards a bad end. This book doesn't do anything with that. So, while reading the book, you constantly have this little voice in the back of your mind going "what's happening with Alfred? It brings all of the various threads from the other books to a head. Most importantly, it finally does something with Alfred.

The unfortunate thing about this book is that it contains a lot of technical errors or, more specifically, contradictions. For instance, in Dragon Wing, we're told that a person needs to be familiar with an area to use a transportation spell to get to that area. Yet, very close to the beginning of the book, one of the characters uses such a spell without ever having been to her target location. He deserved a happy ending the most out of all of them. No one else in the Labyrinth could have known about the Cursed Knife.

He wished someone would pat him on the head, tell him the same thing. I feel the same way sometimes! And suddenly she was in his arms, and he was in her arms, neither with any clear idea of how it happened. The dog, not to be left out, crowded between them. Yet another thing that dogs actually do! My dog Chester loves turning a hug into a group hug that includes him!

Whoever you are, be the hero of your own life! Alfred extended his hand — white, shriveled, with knobby wrists and thin bones, its flesh cold and clammy with fear. The two hands met, clasped, gripped each other firmly. I was so wrapped up in the battle that I forgot all about him! I know the dog will have something to do with saving him, because the writers mention over and over that Xar and Haplo had it with them. The flaring rune struck Marit, slashed across her forehead.

Welp, so much for that godawful marriage! Only one book left to go! Time for chapters of Into the Labyrinth. Especially considering how shallow these elves are in general, and Aleatha in particular. Confirmed a few pages later. Who is this guy? Will we ever find out? Lord Xar. My lord sent Haplo. Haplo did not send my lord. Or do I just have a dirty mind? Awww again! Tail wagging, tongue lolling, it started toward her, as if it had found a friend.

Marit threw her dagger at it. This part of the Labyrinth must feel very creepy. Lost in time, almost. He grew irritated every time he tried to read one. It dropped like a final curtain, dousing the memories, putting out the fires, clouding over the red-hot skies, blotting out the horror. What if Sang-Drax was a traitor? WTF dude? Out of every character, you make me headdesk the most, Xar. Pfffft lol. He seemed to be getting a little tougher when he was with the other Sartan on Chelestra, but being cast into the Labyrinth and losing Orla seems to have undone that growth.

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Have I mentioned that I love Dog? You would think that this part of the Labyrinth would be deserted, since presumably everyone would have moved on long ago as more gates were cleared. I hope we get to learn more about these guys and their signal fire. And they said someone sent them…who?

The past is my guess at the moment. Time to crack open book 6 of the Death Gate Cycle! Here we go with chapters of Into the Labyrinth. I think this is my favorite of the four worlds. His whole opinion of himself revolves around how powerful he is.


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I would let you hold the dying children as I have held them. He received the odd impression that it was sulking. He probably personally borrowed it from Godric Gryffindor. XD Come to think of it, if this book had been published a year later, Zifnab probably would have made Harry Potter references in the text!

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I thought he would be a major player from now till the end. Hooray for the ravages of time and lack of Viagra! Dude, you already made this decision last book. Or are you having second thoughts about having your almost-son walk around as a smelly corpse? He possibly could have avoided Haplo turning against him if they had been in constant contact through the events of the past five books. It feels obvious to me that he joined with Marit specifically to avoid having her go rogue like Haplo did. I wonder if he regrets not doing it the first time.

It meant you found a quiet place and lay down and died. Reach out to the future with both hands. It will be a good one for you and your people. Great line. Poor guy. I want to hug him. This art is completely gorgeous. Also by Belegilgalad, some sketches of Alfred. I love the animated movie style of these! Hooooly crap…this is one fantastic piece of photo-realistic artwork. Another incredible piece by Melusaaste, featuring Hugh and Bane.

Hooray for minor characters! Words cannot express how much I adore this Haplo. The last few chapters of Hand of Chaos! The finale awaits…. So, the dog first appeared when Haplo was about to give up and die at the last gate in the Labyrinth. Somehow his soul manifested into the dog, which encouraged him to live and keep fighting. And when Haplo was tortured by Xar, the dog was banished away until Haplo was able to rediscover the goodness in himself again.

The non-reaction everyone seemed to have to the slavery going on was kind of disturbing. Poor pup! I have vivid memories of two or three kennel attendants piled on top of a dog, trying to hold it still for a simple nail trim. Will you remember that name? Xar is the one who says Haplo must die.

Tell Haplo that Xar is the one who wants him dead. Poor Haplo. Why does everyone want you to suffer? Time for reactions to chapters of Hand of Chaos. In this episode, I pine for non-existent Haplo and head-desk over Iridal! A world where water is scarce would naturally require finding alternative ways to keep clean.

Random fun fact: in ancient Greece and Rome, before soap was discovered, people would clean themselves with olive oil. They would rub it on their skin to loosen dirt and sweat, then scrape it off with a tool called a strigil. My question: if resurrecting Bane caused Hugh to die, who died because of resurrecting Hugh? Poor Iridal, she has no idea about her monster of a child. A whole goat? A side of beef? A person?

The serpent Illuminati are everywhere! I mean, a blade cutting deep enough to hit bone would likely cause serious damage to the hand; there are tons of important tendons, ligaments, and nerves in there. At the very least they could use the non-dominant hand in case something was irreparably damaged.

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