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Elven Star (The Death Gate Cycle #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  11,322 ratings  ·  165 reviews
On steamy Pryan, never-ending sunlight and plentiful rain have created a jungle so vast that humans and elves dwell high in the trees and only dwarves live anywhere near the ground. From the treetops the aristocratic elves sell weapons to the other races, whose incessant warfare sends a steady steam of profits and essential resources skyward. Now, generations of dissent an ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Spectra (first published 1990)
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I loved the first book. I gave it five stars. The characters, story and the world were all interesting and compelling. So, how did this series went from 5 stars to 1? That's a good question. It's like somebody else wrote this, and not the original authors.
The book was so bad, that I didn't even finish it. There were several reasons why:
1) Zifnab character. I hated him. He was supposed to be a funny, comedy relief character, but to me he was just annoying and unnecessary. I cringed every time he
Elijah Spector
One upside to having your fantasy series feature many worlds is that, if you like, you can have an all-out apocalypse on one of them and still have plenty of larger story left. I won't say whether or not the apocalypse here is successful, but the point is that the series is structured in such a way that I was genuinely curious whether or not every inhabitant of this planet would be killed. It's also a particularly interesting, maddening, implacable, and frightening wave of death that washes over ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
In the first few pages of reading this, at least one thing became apparent: I probably didn’t pay enough attention when reading Dragon Wing, because much of what I understood, or thought I understood about the worlds of the Death Gate Cycle was incorrect. On the other hand, perhaps it was the intention of the authors to reveal the worlds in this fashion, altering reader perceptions with each novel.

There are a number of things that bothered me about Elven Star. The forced humour was something I j
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 ...more
fastread it in 5 short hours. Zifnab is the best of all crazy mages the Weis-Hickman duo ever came up with. better than fizban, and definitely far funnier than gandalf the grey. the duet between zifnab and his dragon provides the much too needed comic relief in this extra long story of seven books.
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In book 2 of The Death Gate Cycle, Haplo travels to the second world created after the sundering of the natural world into four components: air, fire, earth, water. Pryan is the world of fire. The world is so lush with vegetation that most people have never seen the ground; they live in cities built on top of moss beds in the treetops. The humans, dwarves, and elves have minor skirmishes with each other but basically keep to their own races. However, an ancient enemy is threatening the lives of ...more
Phew, that was intense. I’ll start by saying that Pryan is another fascinating, otherworldly planet, unique in scope like Arianus in Dragon Wing and Aberrach in Fire Sea. It’s turned inside out, meaning the surface is on the inside, subjected to constant daylight by four “stars” centered at its core. Naturally this creates a planetary greenhouse effect, which causes the jungle-laden surface to sprout mega trees the size of continents (It’s science, ok? Nevermind gravity, read up on the carbon di ...more
While I like the basis of the story so far in the series the biggest problem I have with this book is the same I had with the first. It's having two authors. One author will describe for example the dragon early in the story and it was describe "He was enormous. His head towered above the trees. His body's full length was lost in the shadowy depths of the jungle. He was wingless, for he lived all of his life in the dark depths of the jungle floor, slithering around the boles of Pryan's gigantic ...more
This book was much better than the first one. Story is still hard to follow and then some jokes just do not fit to normal fantasy novel. It tries to have Terry Pratchett like humor, but it just seems so out of context.
I enjoyed this one just about as much as Dragon Wing.
Another very interesting world, and mysteries to be revealed towards the end.

I'm enjoying the concept of this 7 volume series very much. I know the next two are stories of the other two worlds, and I'm sure they'll be as fun and interesting as the past two have been, from the reviews I've seen so far.
Like other reviewers, I, too, was annoyed with Zifnab's real-world remarks. It took away from the authentication of the fantasy world for me.
This was interesting and I enjoyed the characters and the storyline I guess. However, I hate that I get immersed in the characters and their lives, and then that's the end of it. The only consistent character, Haplo, is a jerk and I don't like him or care for him. I dont know if we will revisit these characters later in the series, but it does not seem likely due to the large number of "worlds" in relation to the number of books. Also, I know it was just small jokes, but the references to real-w ...more
Nimrod Daniel
It's a great book, and better than book 1. The worldbuilding is superbly crafted, the plot is great, and Fiznab (Fizban) is a very funny character.

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First, here is how to get the most enjoyment out of THE DEATHGATE CYCLE. Start with going to the library and borrow all of these books. Do not buy them — they are not worth it. Then read books 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 without reading the footnotes or the appendixes. You have the option of reading books 2 and 5 if you are really enjoying the series, but they are only filler and do not even need to be skimmed. Finally, accept the fact that Weis and Hickman may only be one hit wonders and move on.

Second, I
Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book - especially Zifnab's little references!
I just re-read these books, and I remember how much I love them! It's a series that will think is only good until you've finished all of them. It has my favorite magic system and is just a great all around read.
Jennifer Troike
Sep 21, 2007 Jennifer Troike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Book 2 in the series. Follows Haplo, who isn't my favorite character. I prefer Alfred. The story is interesting, and we meet elves who are snuffy and prissy, woot.
Moves a bit slower than the rest of the series, but another one that's ultimately necessary to the overall story.
Dec 21, 2007 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: fantasy
Good book! Write more later...
Jun 22, 2015 Ben rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: pulp
Probably the weakest in the series. So much about this book fails to make sense. The way in which the world is treated and its fate is irritating, as well as contradictory given the size of the world. The characters are particularly two dimensional and their motivations are especially irritating and lacking in any depth. Finally, and possibly most irritating, is the way in which the fourth wall is broken. The massive nod to Dragonlance and the references to James Bond really just made the whole ...more
Candice Kamencik
Jan 28, 2015 Candice Kamencik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any fantasy lover
This book is extremely well balanced, and considering the universe set-up being created here - that's saying a lot! This second book in the Death Gate series visits a new elemental world, and therefore has a new cast of secondary characters. All are well developed and engaging, so much so that every time the story arch changes to another group's perspective, I admit finding myself a lit annoyed! I'm so enthralled with whatever story I'm reading, that I'm loathe to give up the characters to find ...more
I was excited to return to this series after a short hiatus, as the first one turned out much better than I'd anticipated.

This book follows in the same vein, although with some differences. We're introduced to a new cast of characters, and I didn't quite feel like they were as interesting as the ones in the first volume. Because of this the first part of the book kind of dragged for me. Also the writing style seemed different at times, making me wonder if the authors were splitting up and each w
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
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Copied from Dragon Wing. Review is for entire series.


The 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
Joshua Fruth
Nov 23, 2009 Joshua Fruth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To readers of fantasy novels
Shelves: fantasy
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In Elven Star, Haplo journeys to steamy Pyran, a world where never-ending sunlight and plentiful rain gave birth to a vigorous jungle so v ast that humans and elves live in the trees and only dwarves live anywhere near the ground. From the treetops the aristocratic elves serve as weapon mearchants to the other races, whose incessant warfare sends a steady stream of profits and essential resources skyward.
Haplo's mandate was
This book/series has taken a turn for the bipolar. One description of the authors says their books range from serious to whimsical. This one is both and it's frustrating. Specifically, one character, Zifnab, is a carryover from the DragonLance series who constantly breaks the fourth wall by making comments that only modern readers will understand, comments about Star Wars, the space program, the bible, Gandalf, George Lucas, the dragons of Pern, etc. It's at best quirky and comical, but mostly i ...more
Kayla Beck
I love this book almost as much as I do Dragon Wing, the first book in the series. Where Dragon Wing had conspiring, betrayal, and adventures, Elven Star focuses on relationships and how the characters all interact with one other.

Two and a half families are focused upon in this book. There is the Quindiniar family of elves, the Redleaf humans, and Drugar the dwarf. The elven family is very wealthy (more so than even their queen) and deals in weapons. The Redleafs are smugglers who are buying Qui
Jan 04, 2013 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: e-books, fantasy, reviewed

This series is one of the best of modern fantasy. In book two, our protagonist, Haplo continues his exploration of the four elemental worlds with the second world called Pryan, World of Fire. His mission is the same as before, explore this world and learn about his enemies' situation and foment unrest. Haplo's in for a shock, dangerous monsters wait for him. Dragons, giants and, perhaps the most dangerous of all a crazy old wizard?

Hickman and Weis have woven a detailed and fabulous world (or wor

Jun 20, 2008 Krista rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who enjoy Weis/Hickman novels, teens
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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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