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Elven Star (The Death Gate Cycle #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,426 Ratings  ·  180 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
Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Spectra (first published 1990)
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Jul 23, 2012 Arminion rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish-it
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
Jun 01, 2011 Elijah Spector rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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
Mar 11, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it
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
Jan 09, 2008 Lurino rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 29, 2010 kingshearte rated it did not like it
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Apr 22, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it
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
Sep 16, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance, top-100
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 . The planet is turned inside out, meaning its surface is on the inside and subjected to constant daylight by four “stars” centered at the core. Naturally, this creates a planetary greenhouse effect, which causes the jungle-laden surface to sprout mega trees the size of continents.

Elven Star is also interesting for its diverse cast of species &
Jun 17, 2012 Charles rated it it was ok
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
Vincent Stoessel
Dec 04, 2015 Vincent Stoessel rated it really liked it
Very light fantasy that reuses a lot of the known fantasy tropes but fun. I never read the Dragonlance (Dragons) series but I can see how these authors make a good team. I never did move on to the next book in the series. May try to complete one day but not a high priority.
Nov 22, 2014 Elar rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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.
Aug 03, 2015 Darin rated it it was ok
I like the setting of the Death Gate Cycle with the different worlds. However, this novel was not written very well. The plot was very uninspired, the writing seemed amateurish at times, and the character of Zifnab was just annoying. I feel that this book can just be skipped without missing anything.
Jun 30, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Jan 19, 2016 Juan Bárcenas Cuellar rated it really liked it
Haplo, el patryn liberado del Laberinto, es enviado por el Señor del Nexo a Pryan, el reino del fuego. A bordo del "Ala de Dragón", Haplo cruza la Puerta de la Muerte y se dirige a ese sofocante reino donde la permanente luz solar y la abudancia de lluvias ha dado lugar a una jungla exuberante, tan inmensa que los humanos y los elfos viven en las copas de los árboles y sólo los enanos residen en las proximidades del suelo. El mandato que lleva Haplo es sembrar el caos entre los habitantes de Pry ...more
Encore un monde qui se révèle incroyable. La menace qui pèse tout du long du livre pousse à lire plus vite et fascine. Les digressions un oeu fofolles de Zifnab sont excellentes et les nombreuses références à notre monde que le lecteur est seul à comprendre sont un vrai plaisir. J'ai juste hâte d'aller visiter les autres mondes maintenant.
Mar 18, 2015 Holly rated it it was ok
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
Oct 17, 2014 Nimrod Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.

Jun 25, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book - especially Zifnab's little references!
May 11, 2012 Ape rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 it was amazing
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.
Nov 07, 2007 Guin rated it liked it
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 really liked it
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: fantasy
Good book! Write more later...
Feb 03, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
Elven Star has a very different narrative style and focus, compared to the first book, which comes down to romance. It took some getting used to, especially because the interracial pairs Rega/Paithan and Aleatha/Roland got on my nerves after a while (I’m talking book 6 now, Into the Labyrinth). However, the purpose they serve is clear and it only helps to understand the world in which these characters live, the racial issues they deal with every day and how love can conquer all. (I'm overdoing i ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Zaz rated it really liked it
Re-read. A nice sequel, with an average story helping to understand more what happened to the sartans.

It's time to visit the 2nd world: Pryan. Fire (suns) is its theme and, as in Aranius, things went wrong. Here, the various races live almost separately, even if they sometimes work or trade with each other, but tend to avoid it as much as they can. However, something deadly is coming from the North. At the same time, our lovely patryn is travelling through the gates, his goal being of course to
Nov 06, 2015 Giovanni rated it liked it
Great book and great series. If you are just thinking yet another fantasy series you are wrong! You may find it way more interesting than what you may think at first! And as soon as you get started with it, it would very difficult to put the books down until you reach the end! Addicting!

p.s. we just started a Facebook group focusing on the "Death Gate Cycle" - Check it out if you are interested in some more material about this great series!!!
Jun 22, 2015 Ben rated it did not like it
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 it was amazing
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
Jul 20, 2014 Josh rated it liked it
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
Jan 30, 2014 Ippino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Aug 01, 2009 Jennie rated it it was ok
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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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