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Il pozzo dell'oscurità (Sovereign Stone #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,224 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Nella splendida Vinnengael, capitale del regno degli uomini, il piccolo Gareth, segnato dagli dèi, scopre il suo destino: diventare la vittima dei giochi e delle trame del principe Dagnarus. Il regno è prospero e pacifico, e i magici Portali, sotto la protezione dei nobili Signori del Dominio, permettono di viaggiare da Vinnengael alle terre degli elfi, dei nani e degli or ...more
Paperback, 522 pages
Published November 2000 by Fanucci (first published 2000)
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Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sneakend by: Knaus
I'm not sure what it was about this book, but I was hooked from page one. I used to be a huge fan of Weis and Hickman as a teenager and though I might not regard their writing as highly as I used to, I did not want to put this book down before I'd read all of it.

It was interesting, the different races are not at all what you expect and I personally found the orks to be extremely humorous. I would read a whole book about them. And that is another aspect I always enjoyed in these writers' books: t
Kay Iscah
Imagine the most spoiled brat you possibly can. Now imagine that kid gets older, but remains the same spoiled brat. That obnoxous, self-absorbed jock from highschool that got his way cause he was just so hot, only a hundred times worse, because he's a prince and power magnifies corruption.

Now imagine despite being perfectly aware of all his characters flaws, everyone around him is dumb enough to keep giving him everything he wants regardless of the danger or damage to themselves or others.

Now pu
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Estefania Jimenez
Es una historia genial, pero muy lenta. Han querido meter demasiados detalles que no son relevantes para la historia y eso a mi parecer en vez de hacerlo interesante lo ha vuelto aburrido y lento la mayor parte del tiempo. Aun así, como digo, hay una gran historia escondida entre tanta paja y merece la pena llegar hasta el final, aunque me ha costado mucho tiempo terminarlo porque no conseguía engancharme. Sin embargo, leeré el segundo, porque el sabor de boca que me ha dejado en general es buen ...more
Jan 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**Spoiler Alert**
I am a huge fan of Weis/Hickman, but this series is absolutely horrible. It is depressing and all of the characters I came to care about (which weren't many) were all senslessly destroyed at the end of the book. It is graphic (in more ways than one) and really never gets to the "point" of it all. I guess if I had continuted on to the next in the series I may have found out. I just couldn't bring myself to at the end of this one because of the nausious feeling when I thought abou
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The style ended up similar to the Weismann Hickman books i remember from my youth. I didn't care for the plot and it started insanely slow for me.
Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
A very dark, and twisted tale. But a great read, and the start of an amazing trilogy! A must read for anyone who likes fantasy/epic adventures!
Nov 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly miserable read.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Fantastic! A great find
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Well of Darkness focuses on main characters that would be considered evil in a standard medieval fantasy setting. Although, the authors have made subtle differences such as orks being a giant sea-faring race rather than being green-skinned monsters.
The authors have decided to begin the story when the two protagonist are children so the audience can watch the events that unfold as they grow into adults.
However, the authors have a habit of telling the audience what happened or why that happe
M.A. Kropp
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is apparently based on a role-playing game, but since I am not into RPGs, I've never heard of it. I have, however, read many of Weis & Hickman's books, and generally enjoy them. This was no exception.

I will warn readers that this is a very dark story. It begins with the choosing of nine year old Gareth to be the whipping boy for Prince Dagnarus (the authors will forgive me, please, for wanting to read that as Prince "Dagnabit" every time! I do have an odd sense of humor.) The whip
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mogen-weg
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Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf, fantasy
Some people may recognize the name Weis and Hickman from their very popular Dragonlance series. Well of Darkness is the first book in a series based off of a role-playing game, The Sovereign Stone. I have never seen, much less played that game but it isn't really necessary to enjoy the book.

This is definitely a series for the lover of dark fantasy. The story follows Garreth, the young whipping boy of Prince Dagnarus. For no one would dare harm the prince when he acts out, they lash the whipping
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A few weeks ago I remembered that I once read a little piece of a fantasynovel in which a boy with a port-wine stain starred. I couldn't remember the name of the novel, and it took me a while to finally remember that it was definitely written by Weis & Hickman. After that, the search ended quite soon. The Sovereign Stone! I remember that a chapter of 'Well of Darkness' was once covered in a Dutch fantasy magazine and now that I found out which novel/series it was, I had to start reading imme ...more
Lindsay Stares
Nothing jaw-dropping, no brilliant characters or plots here, but okay structure, an interesting magic system, and cool world-building. Cool world-building is really what I expect from these guys.

Here we've got your standard fantasy world with a nice subtle twist. They've kept something core about each race, and just given a perspective shift on the rest. For example, the elves, as expected, love nature, live mostly in fancy gardens, and are contemplative. They are also inspired by aspects of var
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An enjoyable, more adult work from the prolific team of Weis and Hickman. I'm a big sucker for fantasy/medieval politics, and this book handled it well, giving as assassination, betrayal, underhanded scheming, manipulation, spying, all sorts of fun stuff.

Some may not like the world-building, which can border on excessive at times. I like these sorts of details, personally, and they're inserted pretty tactfully here; any time the writers go off on a tangent, it has at least some bearing on the c
Fantasy Literature
I bought Well of Darkness in hardcover years ago in the bargain bin. I should have left it there. I have tried starting it three or four times, and I, for the life of me, cannot get past the second chapter. It is totally boring and un-engaging, and I instantly disliked the characters I was reading about. Therefore, I really can’t say much more about the book. I rarely get so turned off so early in a book, and Weis and Hickman have written some pretty entertaining stuff (DRAGONLANCE), if not high ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dit boek is anders dan ik gewend ben van fantasy. In plaats dat er een groep helden achter een of andere duistere heer aan zit gaat het hele boek eigenlijk over de opkomst en herkomst van die 'duistere heer'. Terwijl andere boeken hier normaal gesproken dus maar een hoofdstukje aan besteden.

Het is... anders. Niet slecht, helemaal niet. Maar het boek heeft te lang nodig om op gang te komen, en als je dan eindelijk aan de actie toe komt lijkt dat wel erg snel afgeraffeld te worden.

Epiloog zorgt er
Gerald Heath
While the book had its interesting moments, I was not particularly impressed. In a fantasy series, I usually like to have at least one character I can root for. In this book the good people were either weak, or naive, and the evil people were,,,,,evil. Nobody even approached being heroic. Actually, my favorite character was Dagnarus, who was the villain.

I know these authors can write, as I had previously read the Deathgate books, so I will give the second book of this trilogy a try. However, th
Amanda Hamilton
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how reading this book dovetailed nicely with watching "Escaflowne" with the blending of fantasy and also the (spoiler alert) raising an undead army after I watched "Re-Animator" earlier today.

I like the different feeling this book gave, more like horror fantasy than what I was expecting. (The cover is kind of terrible-looking, though) Granted, this shift is very gradually and once Dagnarus tells Gareth to look into Void magic, things start moving towards a very slippery slope as the boys
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up solely based on the who the authors were and the cover artist. I continued, drawn on mostly by it being told from the point of view of Gareth the whipping boy. After the children are grown, it was like a train wreck that you can't look away from, even if you can guess what might happen to all involved. Luckily, I had picked up the second book in the trilogy, so I'm starting that immediately! In the end, I'll probably judge the whole trilogy as a trilogy rather than individual bo ...more
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was given to me by someone that's a little over stocked on books and expected a good read like the others I've received but this book surprised me.

All of the characters have distinctive personalities and it's hard not to get attached to Gareth - the whipping boy. The writter has a great style that flows smoothly throughout the book and doesn't leave you wanting to follow one character more than the others - good timing. I haven't read much fantasy besides LOR trilogy and like the cultural diff
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow starter but a strong finish. The authors put some twists on the races but this is a straight up fantasy novel based off of an RPG I've never heard of. The characters were well written but I never found myself connecting with any of them. There are really no characters in this book that you really want to like (which I find typical in Weis/Hickman novels).

I'd recommend it but know that it is Book 1 of the trilogy and the next 2 parts aren't written.

Side note - I picked this book up at GenCon
Mykle Law
I liked this book, although I'm realizing that Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are not the authors I once thought they were. Of course that comes as no surprise. This was mostly fun for the interesting twists they did with old ideas. Orks sail the sea and are inventors, Elves live and die by honor of the sword with a sort of oriental flavor to them, and Dwarves ride the plains on the backs of shaggy ponies.
Antonio Simon Jr.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic tale of sword and sorcery fantasy, with plenty of intrigue in the mix. The writing gets a bit dense at times, but that's only because a whole lot is happening. Between the main characters' slow descent into depravity (this starts at childhood and proceeds through adulthood) and external pressures, a whole lot takes place in this novel. You'd do well to pay attention to get the most out of it. A fun, satisfying read.
Lynn Orser
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. The authors have written a much darker book than their early writings. It's fun to hate the main characters in a novel. Reminds me of the Thomas Convent Chronicles in which you loathe the main character. I am looking forward to book two in the series which I should get to soon.
Jeannie Lee
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Disturbing. Not their usual writing. Although, it has stayed with me. I may reread it to give it another shot and try to stomach the horrendous things that happen. It's definitely not Krynn, or even related to Krynn. Forget all about Krynn and all other magical worlds and lands. This is a new one that will need some getting used to. I may learn to enjoy it.
Saskia (Smitie)
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
Whrn reading the slow start, I was in doubt if I should continue. I did continue and I'm glad I did. After the slow first part, the story picks up the pace and gives a uncommon story, the story of the villian. I started to get interested in the characters, the politics and the magic of the void. I'm not sure if I will read the other books, but this was a decent introduction to a series.
I had forgotten how hard this book was to get into, because the prince is really hard to like and Gareth is so submissive. But I like Silwyth. Precious adventurous elf with your quiet thoughts on elven life
Oct 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After slogging few the first few chapters, I just couldn't finish the book so I stopped reading it - which is something I almost never do. I thought it seemed like an exercise for a beginning writer to try and come up with a new world and characters . . . too much setting up and not enough story.
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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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