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Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  22,389 Ratings  ·  484 Reviews
Preeminent storytellers Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have redefined epic fantasy. Since the publication of their Dragonlance series, millions of readers have enjoyed their imaginative world-building, rich characterization, and intricate storylines. Now these best-selling authors bring their talents to one of the most innovative fantasy creations ever in Dragon Wing, the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 430 pages
Published October 1990 by Spectra (first published 1990)
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Jennifer Troike
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Book one in a 7 book series. I LOVE the series. Let me say this, if you think 'oh no it's just another fantasy series', think again. Yeah it sure seems that way, till you get further in... and you start realizing some of the plot, and the timeline... just WHEN it happens will interest you! Some books drag, some are better, but the last 2 books are my favorite.

Book 1 however is action packed and hooks you in quickly.
Aaron Miller
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Death Gate Cycle is probably my favorite fantasy series. The settings are unique and engrossing. The characters are deep and complex. Haplo is the most interesting fantasy character I've come across.
Dirk Grobbelaar
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
This is certainly an example of 'thinking out of the box' as far as world building is concerned. I'm not too sure how to approach a review of this book. I've never read the Death Gate Cycle before, and I must say that this book left me intrigued. I did, initially, have a struggle wrapping my mind around the world of Arianus and the different realms. The maps and diagrams in the front of the book certainly helped. One or two of the characters left me cold, but that didn't really alter my reading ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm re-reading the Death Gate Cycle because it's been a long time and it seemed like a good summer series. The first book is amazingly spry in that they don't bog it down with endless details and make it carry the entire world-building burden. Plus they are pretty sneaky by starting the reader off with a main character (Hugh the Hand) who isn't really the main character at all, yet he makes a good entry point for the reader. You think you are getting some pretty standard fantasy/medieval realm s ...more
Jim C
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of a fantasy series from the authors who were responsible for the origins of Dragonlance. In this one, we are introduced to a land that has different realms. These realms could either be higher or lower than each other and they have their own story. Each realm is known but at the same time remains a mystery to the other realm's residents.

I would classify this as epic fantasy as there was so much going on but it never got bogged down in the details. There were aspects of su
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I split the review for this up... Too long = too lazy to read (admit it). I first read these as a teenager and I was completely and utterly hooked. It’s been roughly fifteen years since then, and of course, the reading experience changed.

This is sci-fi-fantasy at its hugest form. Tolkien has created a massive fantasy world, in all its glory. The Death Gate Cycle can rival Middle-earth in its magnitude, though I’m not sold on its ability to speak to people’s imagination. Weis and Hickman wrote so
Fantasy Literature
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman novels make up one of those corners of the Fantasy genre that you either enjoyed in your teens (and remember fondly)... or you didn’t. I have to admit that I’m of the latter camp, and while I strongly suspect that there was a time when I could have greatly enjoyed Dragon Wing, that time has passed me by. These days, I’m a little too jaded and I’ve read a few too many works in a very similar vein. Dragon Wing isn’t bad, necessarily, but I’d be lying if I said I par ...more
Brandon Pratt
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
hands down, my all-time favorite series. it's starts a little slow... you have to make it to the point where haplo is introduced, the main character in the series. from that point on, the series is amazing. this isn't just some wierd fantasy series for dorks, like trekkies or something. there are a lot of philosophies and ideologies presented throughout the course of this series, plus the story is wildly creative and interesting. there's nothing like it.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-it, adolescence
Gran comienzo de El Ciclo de la Puerta de la Muerte, de los creadores de Dragonlance (aunque a mí me gusta más esta saga que la de Dragonlance).

Este libro sitúa la historia en el mundo del aire, Ariano. Es fascinante la imaginación de los autores del libro para resolver cada pequeño detalle que pueden encontrar los personajes, sobre todo esa capacidad para imaginar distintos mundos.

Creo que una de las mejores sagas de fantasía, pero no mucha gente la conoce.
Ignacio Senao f
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La fantasía más clásica está desapareciendo. Estos autores la han cocinado muy bien con la clásica saga Dragonlance que muchos la consideran de usar y tirar.

Esta nueva saga que abrieron no es reversada, no es adulta, no hay presencia de sangre ni sexo, tramas políticas simplonas… Pero amigos: ¡COMO ENTRETIENE!
Nimrod Daniel
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A good start for the series. The characters are nice, the plot is quite good, but the ambitious worldbuliding is probably its greatest achievement.

Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-sf
Dragon Wing is book 1 of 7 in The Death Gate Cycle. The Death Gate Cycle is set in the far future, a post-apocalyptic world that looks a lot like traditional fantasy worlds—full of humans, elves, and dwarves. The difference are two races, Patryns and Sartans (demigods in their own minds). Their war led to the Sundering of the world. The Patryns were imprisoned in the hellish Labyrinth and the world was split into four—one for each of the old elements. The Death Gate Cycle follows a Patryn escape ...more
Silvera Starling
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A good book, but with some noticeable flaws.

The world building is really great and unique, definitely the highlight of the book for me. Instead of seeing the usual fantasy world and culture that is in most novels, this one is very out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to that aspect. It seems everywhere you go, it's the usual: the elves are the magical hippies, the dwarves are the earth/mountain people, and the humans are everything else. Plus dragons. Dragon Wing is pretty good at avoiding all
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I am given this first volume a reluctant three stars, but I don't recommend the series.

In the mid 80's Weis and Hickman wrote the first Dragonlance novels which were very popular. I quite liked them as a teen (although after rereading this series, I'm afraid to revisit them). Since Dragonlance they have worked on a number of other series but never as successfully as the first. Perhaps the most ambitious is The Death Gate Cycle, seven books set across five worlds each with its unique ecology and
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first Weis/Hickman novel I've read. I'll certainly keep
going with this seven-volume series because this one was a lot of fun.
Any time I pick out a Fantasy or Sci-Fi novel to read, it is imperative
that it has this one quality: Give me an interesting (the more
mind-blowing, the better) world or concept.
These authors obviously put a lot of thought into this world they've created, and described it in a manner that was not dull or over-wordy, but fun and adventurous.
Top marks here, and he
Ross Alon
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just as I remembered. Not the most sophisticated book, and it has some of the 80's fantasy book villains issues, but the world building is quite good, and the characters aren't flat as you'd expect.

I thing it still can hold it's own against now days novels, but it might be my inner 12 years old.
Alejandra Sc
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
This was the first epic fantasy book I ever read. This saga is the reason why I never enjoyed Harry Potter at a young age. I found it rather lame compared to this.

If you are into exploring new worlds, this is definitely my way to go. Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman are an amazing writing duo.

Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: muy-buenos
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David Sarkies
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I only ever read book one
6 February 2012

Another fantasy novel that was given to me by a friend who told me that it was good so I should read it, and I did, a long time ago. Back in those days I really did not have huge amounts of money, so would generally borrow books from the library or off friends. The problem with borrowing books from the library is that you generally have between two to four weeks to read them, which is not really a problem if you can devote your entire time to reading book
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OK ok ok, any fantasy lover should truly consider reading this book series. It is the perfect example of what real fantasy is, as it should be, rather then this odd fad with writing bad fantasy. In my Mytholoy class we studied fantasy and there are six rules that Tolkein set for the genera and if those rules arent fallowed then it is not fantasy. Now what I am saying is not that there are rules on writing, which there should never be, but when LOTR what written there were six elements that made ...more
Sarah (Inklings Read)
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Review originally posted over at Inklings Read

I really, really like the concept behind this book. It is a truly unique fantasy world that Weis and Hickman have created. Dragon Wing contains quite the crazy combination of genres/themes: post-apocalyptic, classic fantasy, and a fusion of technology and magic. They managed to seamlessly combine all of these genres into a unique, innovative world that readers will find addicting.

With that said… I loved the first half of this book, then somewhere alo
Monotony Boy
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This is my first read of anything by Weis/Hickman since Middle/High-school when I read the Dragonlance books. It really does feel like I'm reading a D&D campaign in its infancy, which can be a good thing.

Weis and Hickman really do an amazing job balancing characters who have little or no reason to ally themselves with one another and placing them in a predicament where they really have to. With so many different interests competing with one another, tensions remain high. and with characters
It's been a long time since I have seriously enjoyed a fantasy novel. Strange, since I still consider it my favorite genre. Somehow, this book was what I needed to get back. From start to end, I enjoyed it and wanted to read more about it.

All the characters, for one, are really well-developed. They are all so multi-faceted that its hard to figure out who you want to support (They are all kinda against each other, but team up at times). My favorite character is the assassin, Hugh the Hand and Alf
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Dragon Wing is a pretty typical fantasy book (in that there are seven billion sequels, and also footnotes – I can’t tell you how much I hate footnotes in fiction!! Just stop being clever and tell the bloody story!!!!1). I have to get the negatives out of the way first. The writing was pretty rough at times - the book is littered with typos and lots of words that mean the same thing - “he fought and battled”, “solitary and alone”, he lay there “stiff and rigid” - I feel like each of the authors m ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
(This review may contain spoilers).

I think it's really difficult to find any truly unique fantasy books, but this was at least an interesting concept, with a mix of fantasy and technology. The characters were quite well-rounded - and I particularly liked Alfred.

I have to say, I felt sorry for Bane for part of the book, but he was a complete brat for most of it. I'm not sure even Haplo could be classed as a true villain - I felt for him as much as Bane, though in a different way. I suppose he com
Michael Hall
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
While I have memories of enjoying the DeathGate cycle a decade ago, I've found re-reading Dragon Wing to be a tiresome experience. Maybe it's familiarity with the two authors' works which is very similar in feel and style regardless of the actual series that has left me with a less than enthusiastic feeling -- I might not re-read the entire series after all... The premise is somewhat unique but the characters and their presentation have that touch of having been run through a gamut that consists ...more
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I decided to re-read my favorite fantasy series of all time, The Death Gate Cycle. I was recently telling a friend and her husband (and you know who you are, Emily) how wonderful these books were, and as I was talking to them, I managed to talk myself into re-reading the books.

Hundreds of years ago, the Sartans (a magical race) Sundered the world, dividing it into four components (air, stone, fire, and water) in order to prevent their enemies, the Patryns, from gaining control of the earth. The
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A huge wow for this book, I do think this is my very favourite book so far in the dragonlance series and it is the first book from the death gate cycle. loved it because it spoke about a tiered world, with the gegs (dwarves) being the ones on the bottom rung, totally exploited by other beings who proclaimed themselves to be gods and afraid of the elves!! finally as all subjugated peoples do, a small faction started to rebel, and foment unrest amongst the gegs, the factree where they worked to pr ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I first encountered the Weis/Hickman duo while in junior high and immediately became enchanted. Older and 'well' read, I decided to go back and read the Death Gate Cycle, which I had somehow missed. My first impression was one of disappointment. The writing style is hacky, character's perceptions of each other and of themselves don't line up, and some segments feel unfinished and due for proper editing. BUT, all that aside, the plot is compelling.

Will I continue to read through the Cycle? I hav
Alejandro Orradre
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Llegué a esta saga de la mano de la obra más reconocida de esta autora (y Tracy Hickman), Dragonlance, con la intención de comprobar si era más de lo mismo o algo distinto.

Una grata sorpresa me llevé: el mundo descrito en Ala de dragón, no el mundo de Ariano donde transcurre este primer volumen de la saga sino del universo entero es realmente sorprendente. Una construcción sólida y que en su primer acto nos presenta a un protagonista con el que el lector empatiza casi desde el principio pese a t
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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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The Death Gate Cycle (7 books)
  • Elven Star (The Death Gate Cycle, #2)
  • Fire Sea (The Death Gate Cycle, #3)
  • Serpent Mage (The Death Gate Cycle, #4)
  • The Hand of Chaos (The Death Gate Cycle, #5)
  • Into the Labyrinth (The Death Gate Cycle, #6)
  • The Seventh Gate (The Death Gate Cycle, #7)
“Truth wasn't something you went out and found. It was wide and vast and deep and unending, and all you could hope to see was a tiny part of it. And to see that part and to mistake it for the whole was to make of Truth a lie.” 26 likes
“A 'why' is a dangerous thing... It challenges old, comfortable ways, forces people to think about that they do instead of just mindlessly doing it. (Haplo)


I think the danger is not so much in asking the 'why' as in believing you have come up with the only answer. (Alfred)”
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