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The Seventh Gate by Margaret Weis
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Jun 07, 07

bookshelves: 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 cheesy romantic fluff that was Elven Star. (After all, this was a series, not a stand-alone novel.) What I found within Seventh Gate, however, was more of an outline than a satisfying conclusion. The formerly complex and engaging characters had been reduced to cardboard cutouts--and the dialogue...I cringe even to recall the dialogue. To add insult to injury, the ending was extremely rushed and I think that the entire conflict was resolved with some kind of deus ex machina. For a moment, I even wondered if the authors had been abducted by aliens and the publishers forced to employ a junior ghostwriter.

The bottom line: I would still recommend this series for the interesting premise and for the volumes such as Fire Sea which were of higher quality (but which you can't really understand without reading the other books); just be forewarned that the ending will not be satisfying.
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Jennifer Lizcano Mmm yes. I can't remember the ending at all, and that says a lot for the quality of the story. In all fairness the first three books were quite good and I really enjoyed Elven Star.

Cade_czarnicolas_ewan yea the ending lacked and i was seriously disapointed in it... maybe their setting it up for a second season of the death gate cycle

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Scrotie Mcboogerballs yall r trippin the 7th gate was awesome the end I thought could have been more final more happy but.....

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