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La septième porte (The Death Gate Cycle #7)

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The Seventh Gate is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. In this tale of treachery, power, and heroism, Alfred, Haplo, and Marit embark on a journey of death and discovery as they seek to enter the dreaded Seventh Gate. Encountering enemies both old and new, they unleash a magic no power can control ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 314 pages
Published (first published August 1st 1994)
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Emiley
Jun 07, 2007 Emiley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I suddenly realized that all the books I had reviewed were ones that I had enjoyed. So, for a change of pace, I decided to include some that I thought were in need of serious editing. Seventh Gate immediately popped into my mind because I can still feel the crushing disappointment--and it's been ten years. I had faithfully read all the other books in the Death Gate Cycle, and tolerated the fluctuations in quality--ranging from the mesmerizingly melancholic meditation that was Fire Sea to the che ...more
Matthew
Mar 11, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
[Name Redacted]
This is a sci-fi series masquerading as a fantasy series, a post-post-post-apocalyptic masquerading as an epic. This is a series which introduced my brother and me, as boys, to the core concepts of quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. This is a series which meditates on the power hate can grant us, on the power fear holds over us, and on the terrible sacrifices things like love and faith and hope and trust demand. This is also a series about the value of a friendly dog.

This is the fi
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Anna
Feb 03, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This epic tale shows you the strengths and weakness of men and women alike, whose lives are interwoven so beautifully and inescapably, that it should bring us to deeper thought. We might not live on four separate worlds, that need each other to survive; we only have one, which we all need to survive. There is much to learn. The loyalty and will to fight (back) of the Patryns. The survivability and inability to lie of the Sartans. The way in which all lifeforms are linked together through the Dea ...more
Elihú
Jul 03, 2016 Elihú rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una conclusión demasiado apresurada de la saga. No logro entender las prisas por acabarla, considerando que el resto de los tomos tenían entre 400 y 500 páginas. Sin embargo, Weis y Hickman cierran este ciclo, marcándose una las sagas de fantasía épica más imaginativas que he leído. No es una dragonada al uso, pues aunque los hay, así como elfos y enanos, logra construir mundos -y un universo- intrínseco y armado con lógica.

Es además una historia que toca el tema de creerse a sí mismo superior s
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Traek
Jul 18, 2009 Traek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Amazed at the lessons to be learned from this book. It started out as an interesting Fantasy title that quickly turned "Science Fantasy" and evolved into a look into the human condition that was so well-planned and carefully executed to help you learn something while being entertained!
Heidi
Dec 11, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last and shortest of the Death Gate books wraps everything up nicely--or as nicely as can be expected. Haplo and Alfred, now working as a team, have some big decisions to make about what will happen to their people. Poor Marit is relegated to the typical woman role, spending most of her time having internal debates about how to balance vulnerability and capability. (She even bursts into tears at one point. Sigh.) Zifnab makes a few appearances, to my great delight.

I loved this series...again
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David
Oct 08, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful end to a wonderful series of 7 books that is the Death Gate cycle. A portrayal of how destructive racism and prejudice can be and how tragic the consequences can become. This saga should not be missed by anyone who is an avid reader of fantasy.
Katinki
Copied from Dragon Wing. Review is for entire series.

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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
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Milena
Aug 02, 2016 Milena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Milena by: Marek Pawlowski
Jakoś tak wyszło, że ostatnią część tego cyklu w pewnym momencie przestałam czytać i wróciłam do niej dopiero po 1,5 roku :P. To nie znaczy, że mi się nie podobała, wręcz przeciwnie. Po prostu tak to już bywa, jak czytam zakończenie wcześniej - istnieje ryzyko odpadnięcia na kilka chwil przed metą (jak już wiem, jak meta wygląda, już tyle widziałam po drodze, to nagle traci się zainteresowanie, co się spotka na ostatnim odcinku). Cała seria naprawdę dobrze pomyślana: główni męscy bohaterowie do ...more
Maurinejt
It's telling that I had forgotten this book existed when I went to reread the series. I was sure the series ended with Into the Labyrinth, and was a little confused why readers online and interviews with the authors referred to Death's Gate Cycle as a series of seven books, not six. I even hoped for a few brief moments that there was a book I had missed somehow, because the most glorious present I can think of is discovering another installment of a beloved series you thought was over. (Yes, it ...more
Michele
Dec 10, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last installment of the Deathgate Cycle feels shorter than the rest of its predecessors, but it ties up the characters and plot in a most satisfying and thrilling manner. Haplo (and the dog!) and Alfred are amazing characters with layers of depth.

The parallels between the Patryn leader, Lord Xar, and the Sartan leader, Samah, are very interesting and show how fear and ambition can ruin even the most well-intentioned leader.

I just wish we could have found out what happened to the "mensch" f
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Ais
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Prithwish
Jan 02, 2014 Prithwish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Series review here. There are many who look upon Weis and Hickman as the genre cheese of fantasy. The Death Gate Cycle coolly looks at every genre trope--mostly ones inherited from Tolkien--and laughs in their face.

Instead, what do we get? Magic explained with science, false protagonists, villain protagonist, anti villains, breaking the fourth wall (and with impeccable style, courtesy: Zifnab),subversion of the stereotypes of elves and dwarves, deconstruction as well as reconstruction of the id
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Loomy Mišurda
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Adam
Aug 24, 2016 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In despair they find the strength to act.

Light shines on the Labyrinth. Some see it as a good sign, but others know the truth. A battle rages for the Final Gate, and if it closes everyone will be trapped in the Labyrinth. But Marit has other battles to fight. She must find Alfred, and together they must save Haplo. Lord Xar has taken Haplo to Abbarrach, to die. Then Lord Xar will bring him back, a soulless shell, ready to obey any command, even to lead Lord Xar to the Seventh Gate.

In many ways
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Giovanni
Nov 06, 2015 Giovanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/Death...
Ben
Oct 01, 2015 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp
I re-read this series because I wanted to see if I enjoyed it a bit more with an older fresher set of eyes. Actually, if anything I found the reverse and saw far more flaws in it that I did the first time around. Originally, I probably was more disappointed with the lack of any characters that I really liked as well as what I felt to be a lacking story. Now I can really feel there is also a paucity of writing and while there are some interesting ideas in this series, there really is not enough h ...more
Josh
Sep 14, 2014 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Death Gate Cycle finally comes to it's (somewhat satisfactory) conclusion in this final, seventh volume, in which finally all of the long-held secrets are revealed.

After this much build-up over a seven-book storyline, perhaps it's understandable that expectations can't be completely met. Personally, I think that the series could have wrapped in six books, and I think they purposefully wanted seven in order to match the number of gates. Even this, the shortest of the bunch, felt overly stuffe
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Ippino
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
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Ethan
Aug 30, 2014 Ethan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. Pretty mediocre ending to an otherwise decent series. This last book in the series felt thin and rushed. There were two or three appendices at the end that were written in the style of an encyclopedia entry to explain the entire plot of the story. To be fair, all of the books in the series had appendices in this style (some of which contained massive spoilers), but this book really depends on the appendices to clear up a lot of unanswered questions. But what really killed this whole thing fo ...more
Milo
Oct 25, 2008 Milo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fun
Yeah, I'm officially in the league of those that just plain didn't get this series (or, at least, why most individuals give it rave reviews). I had hopes that this last book would expertly tie it all together, but I was let down. Although I didn't downright hate the series, I'm walking away without any sort of gain in insight or intellect (or even the simple statement of "Hey! That was really fun to read!"). No shred of reflection on the 3,000-some-odd pages of material. I never fell in love wit ...more
Jackie
Oct 24, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
From the series review here.

A terribly disappointing end to what started out as an awesome series. Almost no story arcs had a true resolution, random stuff that doesn’t make sense showing up from left field, and an epilogue that’s some dumbed down version of the story’s original premise. Hint: If, when you’re done writing a saga, you need to simplify what you were trying to say the whole time in the epilogue of a seven book series – you fail. Your readers are not idiots. If you wanted to preach
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H.
Apr 26, 2012 H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
The Seventh Gate is the final book (of 7) in The Death Gate Cycle. Like the last 2 books, it takes place across all the worlds. Everything that has been set up in the previous 6 books rushes toward conclusion. And oh what a disappointing conclusion it is. Weis and Hickman had, up to this point, written a very, very good series. Book 6 had very significant issues, but things really went off the rails here. I don’t know is Weis and Hickman lost interest, wrote themselves into a corner, or what, bu ...more
Matthew Barrett
So I'm going to rate the whole series. I've been reading these books for some time now, between other books. There are seven in total, quite a long series. It has an interesting premise. There are five races: humans, elves, dwarfs, sartan, and patryn. The first three are roughly the same strength, while the latter two are supposed to be much more powerful and consider themselves demigods, if not gods outright, but they are bitter foes, the sartan supposedly good and the patryn supposedly bad. A ...more
Ward Bond

The Seventh Gate is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. In this tale of treachery, power, and heroism, Alfred, Haplo, and Marit embark on a journey of death and discovery as they seek to enter the dreaded Seventh Gate. Encountering enemies both old and new, they unleash a magic no power can control, damning themselves to an apocalypse of unimagined proportion in a final struggle between good and evil.

From Publishers We
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kingshearte
Finally over. As I suspected it might be, this one was an improvement over the last few. I even found that its middle was somewhat less meandering and interminable as most. So that's good. But it had its flaws, too.

The main one, I'd have to say, is the lack of closure for almost all the characters. At the end, we get a resolution of sorts for a good chunk of the characters (Haplo, Marit, Alfred, Hugh, Jonathon, Xar, and to a certain extent, the rest of the Sartan and Patryns, as well as the serp
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Aaron
Feb 11, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marc
Feb 05, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good end to a great series. Although the last three books pale in comparison to the first four, it was a good read. All the jumping about between the characters' POV was disconcerting, and the "Seventh Gate" was a bit disappointing, but otherwise, it's worth reading to the end.
Samantha
Apr 28, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last book of the Death Gate Series tied everything up together very well. While still adding in a few twists as this Series is known to have. The authors here have done a terrific job with this world. I know I will be reading the series again and again in the future.
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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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“We each have within ourselves the ability to shape our own destinies. That much we understand. But, more important, each of us has an equal ability to shape the destiny of the universe. Ah, that you find more difficult to believe. But I tell you it is so. You do not have to be the leader of the Council. You do not have to be king or monarch or the head of a clan to have a significant impact on the world around you.
In the vastness of the ocean, is any drop of water greater than another?
No, you answer, and neither has a single drop the ability to cause a tidal wave.
But, I argue, if a single drop falls into the ocean, it creates ripples. And these ripples spread. And perhaps - who knows - these ripples may grow and swell and eventually break foaming upon the shore.
Like a drop in the vast ocean, each of us causes ripples as we move through our lives. The effects of whatever we do - insignificant as it may seem - spread out beyond us. We may never know what far-reaching impact even the simplest action might have on our fellow mortals. Thus we need to be conscious, all of the time, of our place in the ocean, of our place in the world, of our place among our fellow creatures.
For if enough of us join forces, we can swell the tide of events - for good or for evil.”
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