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Preview — Elven Star by Margaret Weis
Elven Star (The Death Gate Cycle #2)
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...more
There are a number of things that bothered me about Elven Star. The forced humour was something I j...more
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 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...more
Tra i primi 4 libri, che sono una sorta di prologo per la vera guerra che si combatte...more
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...more
From the Back Of The Book
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...more
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...more
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...more
El mundo (o mas bien dicho, los mundos) que han creado los dos autores me parecen increiblemente alucinantes.
Dicen que el mejor es el primer libro...pero a mi este me gusto mucho mas...
Mis preguntas hasta el momento...me respondere a medida que la lectura me de respuestas.
1. ¿Porque los Titanes utilizan la magia de los Sartan, pero de una forma mas...more
While still a great, interesting story/read with amazing development of a full world/history, I missed following the same cast of characters from the first book in this series (ala the Dragonlance series). I know they'll return in some future book, but still. Haplo's somewhat intriguing, but not quite compelling enough on his own - and I feel I can kind of predict where his character arc's going.
Also, being a mensch myself, I am much more interested in the mensch c...more
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 and race hatred will not heal -- not even under the threat of annihilation at the hands of legendary Titans. Armed with little