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Fire Sea

(The Death Gate Cycle #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  17,511 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Abarrach, the Realm of stone. Here, on a barren world of underground caverns built around a core of molten lava, the lesser races -- humans, elves, and dwarves -- seem to have all died off. Here, too, what may well be the last remnants of the once powerful Sartan still struggle to survive. For Haplo and Alfred -- enemies by heritage, traveling companions by necessity -- ...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Spectra Books (first published 1991)
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Jim C
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of a series. The majority of this book can be read as a stand alone but there are parts that a reader would be totally lost. In this one, Haplo and Alfred travel to the world of stone. This world is dying and the residents have little hope of survival.

How could this be a bad book when we have hordes of the dead, a world dying, and a dragon that resides in a sea of fire? I enjoyed this book so much and at this point, it is the best book of the series. Right away I was drawn into
Jul 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Fire Sea is the third and darkest installment in the series, and the
best so far. A few more revelations are revealed about the Sartans, the
race who had sundered these worlds, but of course I can't tell you those
without spoiling the story.
Suffice it to say, if you liked the first two of the series, you're really going to like this one.

There is more development to Haplo's and Alfred's characters, as they are once again thrown together and are forced to put aside ancient hatred (well, Haplo
One of my numerous re-reads of the series. It's probably my favorite volume.

It was a pleasure to come back again to Abarrach, the deathly world of stone. This volume was far more well paced than the previous one, as the discovery of the world was challenging for all the characters. The book gave some satisfying answers about what happened to the Sartans and a new form of magic was introduced, rising interesting questions and leading to difficult decisions. A good volume for Haplo who continues
Nimrod Daniel
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

After a veryyyyy long time the book is done, but now I'm back into reading once again :)

The book tells the story of Abarrach, the world of stone. This book has a grim atmosphere as the unfortunate events of Sartan history unfolds, and weis and hickman did a good job delivering it. Alfred and Haplo are the main characters and they make a very interesting "team" together. Therere some supporting characters, but they are not as good as those in the former book. All in all, its a good book, and I
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

With the third book in the series, things are definitely starting to ramp up, and more secrets are being revealed. This book definitely picked things up several notches higher than the second volume. Part of this is due to an even more fascinating world, and a darker, more intricate plot. The world of stone is much of what you'd expect for a completely underground realm. Also the plot, without giving too much away, focuses on the powers of necromancy and the twisting of the original Sartan ways,
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, this is the best of the series. And the creepiest. With the most scope. In my review of Elven Star, I said that the interaction between Haplo and Alfred, Patryn and Sartan respectively and age-old arch enemies, are what makes this series sing. Fire Sea is when it all changes.

First, you have both of them together for the whole book. They are caught on the most inhospitable world yet and have to trust each other to survive. Alfred finds what he has been seeking: fellow Sartan who are
Ross Alon
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Here the story turns into an epic.
Love this book still.
Stephanie Carr
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am still so so so so in love with this series. If I could give this book in particular more than 5 stars I would. I don't know what to say that wouldn't be spoilers. Just. Ahhhhhhhhh.
Emily Jackson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Was okay to read but it my cup of tea.
Walter Moore
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any fantasy reader
The setting and circumstances we are thrown into in this book are as gloomy and doom-laden as a Norse saga. The world was shattered into elements long ago in the war of the Sartan and the Patryn, and this is the world of earth. Intended to receive power from the world of Pryan (the setting for Elven Star, the previous book), it was instead cut off and used streams of magma as the soruce for heat and light. For centuries now this source has been cooling, and the Sartan have used more and more ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
Hard to put down ! I was fascinated by the world explored and all the questions about death and power. Plus the relationship between Haplo and Alfred is evolving and its so interesting to see old enemies getting to know and understand each other. Can't wai to read the next book! ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Dynamic of this book is very good in addition to all the favorite monsters and thrilling adventure there is also moral dilemma between "good" and "bad" characters. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the best installation of the series compared to its predecessors.

From story point of view, it's a fast paced one, yet it doesn't miss on essentials- the dialogues are touching and on point, the characters don't suck, the world building is appreciable though it wouldn't have been possible to do much in just one book nformation about the Sartans as well as Patryns and the world before the Sundering.
at no point do you have to push yourself to read it, there's no dragging. The suspense is
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having started on this series through a recommendation, I've enjoyed it, but haven't really had the urge to dive into it. This story might have been the turning point for me, as I'm going on with the 4th installment of the series. (again I'm glad the series is finished, so I'm able to do this)
Haplo is off through the Death Gate to the third world created by the Sartans, investigating for his Lord of the Nexus. He unexpectedly is reunited with his Sartan enemy Alfred, in this world of living and
Esteban LV
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This one -I remember- is the best of the series, mainly for the setting. Underground caverns, no light, a huge lava sea.

And the undead.

But, it suffers from the same things as the previous ones: cheaply written, young-adult, dei ex machina.

Another thing I've noticed (but failed to mention until now) is that the authors keep repeating over and over things we already know, like Alfred managing to fall over the smallest crack in the floor of being a coward, fainting... They keep telling us at every
Geoff Battle
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
After enjoying the first two parts of this 'cycle' I found Fire Sea to be dull, uninspiring and lacking the appeal of the others. The cast changes, although the action still follows Haplo as he journeys through the Death Gate once more. The setting this time is in a subterranean world and the oppressive backdrop gives little opportunities for Weis and Hickman to showcase their talents. It just doesn't feel like a fantasy book, but has the aura of a supernatural short story. I'm sure it's a ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
The third book in the Death Gate cycle, and it's finally starting to resemble the series that I remember. More philosophy in this book, and we learn more about the Sartran.

It was nice to have the return of Alfred, though I grew a little tired of reading about him tripping over his own feet every other page. Hopefully that will lessen, a bit, as the series progresses since it's tied into his (view spoiler)

I also really
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In all probability, people who read the first of the Death Gate Cycle books and like it, are going to want to read all of the books in the series (regardless of any flucutation in the individual books' ratings). Ditto for the reverse: if people don't like the first book, then they're probably not going to want to read any of the other books in the series. Thus, instead of individual book ratings, I've rated the whole series and given a short blurb on any specifics for each book.

Overall, this is
Christopher Dodds
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-tape
On tape.

Hrmmm...well, I did finish it, despite the comical voices of the narrator and the two-dimensional characters.

It does add to the list of post-nuclear-apocalypse books I've now read.

Makes me a bit hesitant to ever revisit the Dragonlance books (written by the same authors) that were so important to me in middle school.
Nicole Mosley
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best installment of the series so far and also the darkest. Gone is the cheesy paperback romance aspect of the previous novels, as we delve further into Alfred and Haplos characters and into the depths of the evil good intentions can bring. Suspenseful and with the excellent world building and magic system Ive come to expect from the Death Gate Cycle. A good read! ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This book started pretty strong, but overall it was tough to finish. This is a strange series. Sometimes thats a good thing and sometimes bad. I will finish the rest sometime, but for now Ill take a break. ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I love dystopian stories and I love zombies. But this book was so dull... I guess that maybe it just didn't age well. I give the last chance to this series ti redeem itself as I read the 4th volume but I don't think it'll be entertaining...
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is definitely the best book so far. It's darker and has more depth than the other two, while advancing the overarching story in an interesting way. One thing I like about these books is that each story is self-contained while still being a part of the whole. There are no annoying cliffhangers.
Jenine Young
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
This book reminded me why i picked up this series. It held me creeped out and spellbound until the last page.
Ariana Rosel
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more

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