Dragon Wing
Margaret Weis
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Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  15,037 ratings  ·  351 reviews
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 best-selling authors bring their talents to one of the most innovative fantasy creations ever in Dragon Wing, the...more
430 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Bantam Books (first published 1990)
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Jennifer Troike
Sep 21, 2007 Jennifer Troike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Book one in a 7 book series. I LOVE the series. Let me say this, if you think 'oh no it's just another fantasy series', think again. Yeah it sure seems that way, till you get further in... and you start realizing some of the plot, and the timeline... just WHEN it happens will interest you! Some books drag, some are better, but the last 2 books are my favorite.

Book 1 however is action packed and hooks you in quickly.
Aaron Miller
The Death Gate Cycle is probably my favorite fantasy series. The settings are unique and engrossing. The characters are deep and complex. Haplo is the most interesting fantasy character I've come across.
Elijah Kinch Spector
I did not expect to like this one as much as I did. Sure, I'd heard good things about the series, and had always kinda meant to read it, but just about everyone who raved about it (or about any of Weis and Hickman's combined work) would talk about how amazing said books were when read at a relatively young age. So when I found this one used and cheap I was in a mood for epic fantasy, but wasn't considering much more than fun.

Now don't get me wrong, "fun" is probably the best word to describe Dra...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
This is certainly an example of 'thinking out of the box' as far as world building is concerned. I'm not too sure how to approach a review of this book. I've never read the Death Gate Cycle before, and I must say that this book left me intrigued. I did, initially, have a struggle wrapping my mind around the world of Arianus and the different realms. The maps and diagrams in the front of the book certainly helped. One or two of the characters left me cold, but that didn't really alter my reading...more
I decided to re-read my favorite fantasy series of all time, The Death Gate Cycle. I was recently telling a friend and her husband (and you know who you are, Emily) how wonderful these books were, and as I was talking to them, I managed to talk myself into re-reading the books.

Hundreds of years ago, the Sartans (a magical race) Sundered the world, dividing it into four components (air, stone, fire, and water) in order to prevent their enemies, the Patryns, from gaining control of the earth. The...more
I'm re-reading the Death Gate Cycle because it's been a long time and it seemed like a good summer series. The first book is amazingly spry in that they don't bog it down with endless details and make it carry the entire world-building burden. Plus they are pretty sneaky by starting the reader off with a main character (Hugh the Hand) who isn't really the main character at all, yet he makes a good entry point for the reader. You think you are getting some pretty standard fantasy/medieval realm s...more
This is the first Weis/Hickman novel I've read. I'll certainly keep
going with this seven-volume series because this one was a lot of fun.
Any time I pick out a Fantasy or Sci-Fi novel to read, it is imperative
that it has this one quality: Give me an interesting (the more
mind-blowing, the better) world or concept.
These authors obviously put a lot of thought into this world they've created, and described it in a manner that was not dull or over-wordy, but fun and adventurous.
Top marks here, and he...more
Brandon Pratt
hands down, my all-time favorite series. it's starts a little slow... you have to make it to the point where haplo is introduced, the main character in the series. from that point on, the series is amazing. this isn't just some wierd fantasy series for dorks, like trekkies or something. there are a lot of philosophies and ideologies presented throughout the course of this series, plus the story is wildly creative and interesting. there's nothing like it.
Alejandra Sc
This was the first epic fantasy book I ever read. This saga is the reason why I never enjoyed Harry Potter at a young age. I found it rather lame compared to this.

If you are into exploring new worlds, this is definitely my way to go. Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman are an amazing writing duo.

Dragon Wing is a pretty typical fantasy book (in that there are seven billion sequels, and also footnotes – I can’t tell you how much I hate footnotes in fiction!! Just stop being clever and tell the bloody story!!!!1). I have to get the negatives out of the way first. The writing was pretty rough at times - the book is littered with typos and lots of words that mean the same thing - “he fought and battled”, “solitary and alone”, he lay there “stiff and rigid” - I feel like each of the authors m...more
This is my first read of anything by Weis/Hickman since Middle/High-school when I read the Dragonlance books. It really does feel like I'm reading a D&D campaign in its infancy, which can be a good thing.

Weis and Hickman really do an amazing job balancing characters who have little or no reason to ally themselves with one another and placing them in a predicament where they really have to. With so many different interests competing with one another, tensions remain high. and with characters...more
OK ok ok, any fantasy lover should truly consider reading this book series. It is the perfect example of what real fantasy is, as it should be, rather then this odd fad with writing bad fantasy. In my Mytholoy class we studied fantasy and there are six rules that Tolkein set for the genera and if those rules arent fallowed then it is not fantasy. Now what I am saying is not that there are rules on writing, which there should never be, but when LOTR what written there were six elements that made...more
David Sarkies
Another fantasy novel that was given to me by a friend who told me that it was good so I should read it, and I did, a long time ago. Back in those days I really did not have huge amounts of money, so would generally borrow books from the library or borrow them of friends. The problem with borrowing books from the library is that you generally have between two to four weeks to read them, which is not really a problem if you can devote your time to the books. If you, like me, end up borrowing mor...more
It's been a long time since I have seriously enjoyed a fantasy novel. Strange, since I still consider it my favorite genre. Somehow, this book was what I needed to get back. From start to end, I enjoyed it and wanted to read more about it.

All the characters, for one, are really well-developed. They are all so multi-faceted that its hard to figure out who you want to support (They are all kinda against each other, but team up at times). My favorite character is the assassin, Hugh the Hand and Alf...more
Michael Hall
While I have memories of enjoying the DeathGate cycle a decade ago, I've found re-reading Dragon Wing to be a tiresome experience. Maybe it's familiarity with the two authors' works which is very similar in feel and style regardless of the actual series that has left me with a less than enthusiastic feeling -- I might not re-read the entire series after all... The premise is somewhat unique but the characters and their presentation have that touch of having been run through a gamut that consists...more
(This review may contain spoilers).

I think it's really difficult to find any truly unique fantasy books, but this was at least an interesting concept, with a mix of fantasy and technology. The characters were quite well-rounded - and I particularly liked Alfred.

I have to say, I felt sorry for Bane for part of the book, but he was a complete brat for most of it. I'm not sure even Haplo could be classed as a true villain - I felt for him as much as Bane, though in a different way. I suppose he com...more
Dragon Wing is book 1 of 7 in The Death Gate Cycle. The Death Gate Cycle is set in the far future, a post-apocalyptic world that looks a lot like traditional fantasy worlds—full of humans, elves, and dwarves. The difference are two races, Patryns and Sartans (demigods in their own minds). Their war led to the Sundering of the world. The Patryns were imprisoned in the hellish Labyrinth and the world was split into four—one for each of the old elements. The Death Gate Cycle follows a Patryn escape...more
Sarah (Inklings Read)
Review originally posted over at Inklings Read

I really, really like the concept behind this book. It is a truly unique fantasy world that Weis and Hickman have created. Dragon Wing contains quite the crazy combination of genres/themes: post-apocalyptic, classic fantasy, and a fusion of technology and magic. They managed to seamlessly combine all of these genres into a unique, innovative world that readers will find addicting.

With that said… I loved the first half of this book, then somewhere alo...more
I am given this first volume a reluctant three stars, but I don't recommend the series.

In the mid 80's Weis and Hickman wrote the first Dragonlance novels which were very popular. I quite liked them as a teen (although after rereading this series, I'm afraid to revisit them). Since Dragonlance they have worked on a number of other series but never as successfully as the first. Perhaps the most ambitious is The Death Gate Cycle, seven books set across five worlds each with its unique ecology and...more
I first encountered the Weis/Hickman duo while in junior high and immediately became enchanted. Older and 'well' read, I decided to go back and read the Death Gate Cycle, which I had somehow missed. My first impression was one of disappointment. The writing style is hacky, character's perceptions of each other and of themselves don't line up, and some segments feel unfinished and due for proper editing. BUT, all that aside, the plot is compelling.

Will I continue to read through the Cycle? I hav...more
An executioner name three chop Nick waits impatiently the cleave through the blood and bone of everyones favorite character right on the first page. The writing style the makes bile rise and the heart beat at whim controls the victims of this series. Authors Margaret Weis and Tray Hickman play with Maslow's needs while the reader looks at dinner and says, "But I only have one more chapter." This is a book of utter "umph" for lack of a better word. Grunting and cheering. Slamming fists. Symptoms...more
Easily one of my very favorite series in the world, right up there with Lord of the Rings the the Belgariad. In fact, this series seems to walk a line between the two; it balances interesting characterization, personable characters and engaging conversation with an epic, complex, richly detailed plot and world.

And what a world it is. The authors imaginatively and deftly renegotiate the relationships between the classic Elf, Human, Dwarf races with each new world, and incorporate the main elemen...more
Joseph Nichols
Oct 15, 2010 Joseph Nichols rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any fan of Margaret Weis.
I bought this book specifically because I enjoy the author. I am a huge fan of the Dragonlance Chronicles. I was curious of what this newer series may involve. I was pleasantly delighted to find that it was indeed different from what I am used to. While there are some complexities within the story that may leave your mind numb in the beginning, you'll find that it all begins to make sense a few chapters down the line. I will have to continue to read the series to get the full comprehension of it...more
Antonio Guardiola jiménez
My favourite saga without a doubt.

Despite not liking the Dragonlance books, from the same authors, I must admit that these books surpass conventional fantasy stories by far.

No one and nothing is ever what you believe it to be. Everything has it's own meaning and raison d'être, even though they might not know it themselves.

Various worlds, connected in a strange, deep way, each with a clear logic and development that must first be discovered. Every little drop can cause a ripple in the water. Ever...more
Joshua Bryant
If 5 stars is The Silmarillion or The Shadow Rising, Dragon Wing is a very strong 4. Creative yet coherent world-building and enthralling mysteries are its two strongest points. The characters are excellent as well—despite having several main characters, the author clearly distinguishes all of them and makes them interesting. Actually, this might be the best job of characterization that I've ever seen in a fantasy novel--The Assassin's Apprentice books are the only ones that might rival it.

The u...more
Jason (RawBlurb)
Okay. So over beers, I suggested to a good friend, Rich, that he should invest time in the Hyperion Cantos (Dan Simmons). I swear, Rich got a twinkle of evil in his eye, and he made a devilish deal. If I wanted him to read The Hyperion Cantos, I would have to agree to read The Death Gate Cycles, a series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I generally trust Rich's perspective, so the fact he was exchanging a 7 book series for my suggested 4 book series never read false to me.

Book one of seven:...more
Perhaps it was the old-style hype that made me feel let-down, perhaps not. Decent for a beginning, but you're left with a huge mystery that's more irritating than intriguing, mainly because you've just spent 400-some-odd pages only to have whom you thought was the main character be cut out of the plot. Ultimately, you're left wondering what will happen, but not necessarily caring enough to continue reading.

I continued reading, albeit grudgingly.
Questo è uno dei miei cicli fantasy preferiti. In sette libri viene creato un sistema di mondi coerente ed intrigante, in cui si muovono personaggi non sempre pienamente consapevoli delle loro azioni. Tutto è permeato da una sorta di patina fascinosa e magica, un'atmosfera avventurosa come se ne vedono poche. Dimenticatevi le piatte caratterizzazioni di DragonLance e la sua noia mortale: *questo* è vero fantasy.
Tra i primi 4 libri, che sono una sorta di prologo per la vera guerra che si combatte...more
Shea Cummings
Dragon wing was the first book I have read in years! It was a fantastic book to whet my appetite on.

The character development was fantastic, and Arianus was a beautiful world to explore. The plot was very well developed.

My one complaint for this book was at times it felt a little draggy at times, but it was made up easily by the excellent character development, and engaging plot.
Well, that was... disappointing. Back in the summer of 2012, I was looking for something to read. I was in the middle of a 3-week-long workshop, and I was looking for something to read. I had just lost my university library privileges, so I could no longer get books from any library in the state. Luckily, I was near a used-book store, and while they didn't have any of the book series I was in the middle of, I decided to use the opportunity to start a new series. So I found a website that had lis...more
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Fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, was one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world. I've written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn, as well as series in other, original worlds. These include: Darksword, Rose of the Prophet, Star of the Guardians, DeathGate, Dragonvarld, Sovereign Stone, Dragonships, and the Dragon Brigade. I also wrote two para...more
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“Truth wasn't something you went out and found. It was wide and vast and deep and unending, and all you could hope to see was a tiny part of it. And to see that part and to mistake it for the whole was to make of Truth a lie.” 23 likes
“A 'why' is a dangerous thing... It challenges old, comfortable ways, forces people to think about that they do instead of just mindlessly doing it. (Haplo)


I think the danger is not so much in asking the 'why' as in believing you have come up with the only answer. (Alfred)”
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