The Hand of Chaos (The Death Gate Cycle #5)
I enjoyed the first four books a lot. It was so fun and interesting learning about each world and getting a glimpse of how they all interrelate. But, at the point I'm at now, it seems the focus is more on the turmoil between the powers that be, and frankly, I'm not all that interested in that. The world building here is very imaginative, and the storyline up until now has been enough to drive me through about 1500 pages.
But n ...more
It's the kind of fantasy that I really enjoy, it's intricate, thought out, culturally diverse and in depth, great action, and wondrous feels.
The powers that are pulling every races strings in this are quite mysterious and fascinating- the series always leaves you questioning everything you think you know. While you're going through the story you learn so much, yet everything you learn leaves you asking more qu ...more
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the second half of the book that much as it turns from a mystery to a political novel. We have all these various factions and ch ...more
Chaos is everywhere as the Lord of the Nexus orders his servant Haplo and the human child known as Bane to further their master's work on Arianus, the realm of air. But their one time companion Alfred has been cast into the deadly Labyrinth. And somehow the assassin Hugh the Hand has been resurrected to complete his dark mission. More important, the evil force that Haplo and Alfred discovered on Arianus has escaped. As Haplo's doubts about his master grow deeper, he must decide whether to obey
But anyway. I was happy to have Hugh back (although I really hope they explain his resur ...more
Having visits each of the four realms in the previous four books, we now return to the first world, Arianus, world of air. We also now start to see things begin to spiral towards the inevitable climactic conclusion. The plot has definitely been advancing along the way, with this book we start to delve into the plot in a serious way. This series has certainly taken a lot of twists and turns along the way, and is ending up in quite a different direction than I'd first anticipated. It's not a bad d ...more
Tra i primi 4 libri, che sono una sorta di prologo per la vera guerra che si combatte ...more
I chose to read this book because mainly, I didn't have another book to read so I found the series at a thrift store and couldn't put it down.
This was another 'bridge' book, very much a continuation of the ones before and after...which isn't a big issues for someone (me) who is determined to read the whole shebang.
Surprisingly, I missed Alfr ...more
all the scenes without Haplo
most of the scenes with (view spoiler)[Limbeck (hide spoiler)]
The lack of Alfred bumbling through everything (Never thought I'd say that.)
Haplo's inactivity during his appearances in the storyline
Bane's non-development as a character
(view spoiler)[and I'm over the Dragon Snakes / Sa ...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
When Haplo began his journey his course was clear, victory all but a formality. Now he hurries back to warn his people of the evil he has discovered, only to find the enemy waiting for him. They serve Lord Xar now, as they once served Haplo. Confident in his power, Xar dismisses Haplo’s concerns, and sends him back to Arianus with Bane.
The story quickly grows into a vast game of lies, with dragon-snakes surreptitiously offering their support to each player. Regrett ...more
The 4th book ended with (rather than a true climax) Samah, leader of the Sartan, opening the Death Gate, making travel between the worlds much easier. True to form, there is now action happening across the worlds, but the vast majority of the ...more
It was good to see a return to the world introduced in the first book - and to see old characters as well as new ones.
It's difficult not to emphasise with Xar, even though he's been doing bad things. I felt sorry for Bane, but I don't think there was any other way for things to play out with him.
I was disappointed that Alfred wasn't in the book, but it was amusing to see Zifnab and the dragon again. And it was good to see more from Haplo's point of view - he no ...more
(view spoiler)[So, the snakey folk* are out. Good for them. Boring for the story line. For being the ultimate embodiment of evil, they were terribly under-developed characters. Back to the first world, the Gegs, the Kicksey-winsey. We learn more about Hugh, which is great, and we’re finally rid of Bane. Plot twists that make no sense, out of left field, and the amount of foot-notes increases steadily. Yes, like someone would randomly pick up book 5 and, after seeing t ...more
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Every piece of the story (the characters, the geographical locations, transitions) fits together to create a ...more
These books just keep getting better and better. In the Hands of Chaos you're back on the world of air with Haplo and the child Bane. Haplo struggles with following his Lord's orders and fighting against the evil serpents that have made their way through death's gate to this world.
If you are a lover of fantasy genre, then I highly recommend the Death Gate Cycle.
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