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Elven Star

(The Death Gate Cycle #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  16,948 ratings  ·  266 reviews
On steamy Pryan, never-ending sunlight and plentiful rain have created a jungle so vast that humans and elves dwell high in the trees and only dwarves live anywhere near the ground. From the treetops the aristocratic elves sell weapons to the other races, whose incessant warfare sends a steady steam of profits and essential resources skyward. Now, generations of dissent ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Spectra Books (first published 1990)
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Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish-it
I loved the first book. I gave it five stars. The characters, story and the world were all interesting and compelling. So, how did this series went from 5 stars to 1? That's a good question. It's like somebody else wrote this, and not the original authors.
The book was so bad, that I didn't even finish it. There were several reasons why:
1) Zifnab character. I hated him. He was supposed to be a funny, comedy relief character, but to me he was just annoying and unnecessary. I cringed every time he
Jul 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
fastread it in 5 short hours. Zifnab is the best of all crazy mages the Weis-Hickman duo ever came up with. better than fizban, and definitely far funnier than gandalf the grey. the duet between zifnab and his dragon provides the much too needed comic relief in this extra long story of seven books.
Dirk Grobbelaar
In the first few pages of reading this, at least one thing became apparent: I probably didnt pay enough attention when reading Dragon Wing, because much of what I understood, or thought I understood about the worlds of the Death Gate Cycle was incorrect. On the other hand, perhaps it was the intention of the authors to reveal the worlds in this fashion, altering reader perceptions with each novel.

There are a number of things that bothered me about Elven Star. The forced humour was something I
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like the setting of the Death Gate Cycle with the different worlds. However, this novel was not written very well. The plot was very uninspired, the writing seemed amateurish at times, and the character of Zifnab was just annoying. I feel that this book can just be skipped without missing anything.
Jim C
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating is 4.5 stars.

This is the second book of a series and it can be read as a stand alone novel. There is a little background information but not enough that the reader will be lost. That being said, the reader does need to read the first one because they will all eventually tie in with each other. In this one, Haplo and his dog continue their journey. His journey leads him to Pryan where a looming menace threatens all races.

I thought this book was better than the first one and I really
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
In book 2 of The Death Gate Cycle, Haplo travels to the second world created after the sundering of the natural world into four components: air, fire, earth, water. Pryan is the world of fire. The world is so lush with vegetation that most people have never seen the ground; they live in cities built on top of moss beds in the treetops. The humans, dwarves, and elves have minor skirmishes with each other but basically keep to their own races. However, an ancient enemy is threatening the lives of ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the book I used to skip when I reread the series back in the day, though I enjoyed it on the last reread. It isn't as strong as Dragon Wing. First, at the end of Dragon Wing you have a showdown with the two representatives of the magical races who are deadly enemies, the Sartan who sundered the old world creating the new in the personage of bumbling Alfred; and the Patryn, Haplo, whose people have just started to escape the deadly prison the Sartan threw them in. Haplo and Alfred
Jennifer Troike
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Book 2 in the series. Follows Haplo, who isn't my favorite character. I prefer Alfred. The story is interesting, and we meet elves who are snuffy and prissy, woot.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie Carr
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing read. I love this series. I cry.

Though for this book I was tempted to lower the rating because the way the romance plots are written (it's kinda weak and too fast or at least, not enough build up for it shown on screen bah). Did the first book have blooming romance side plots? I don't think so. But anyway - the humor of Zifnab (is that Fizban from Dragonlance? hmmmmm....) just totally bumps it up again. So whatever hah!

Seriously, I laughed so much whenever that mad wizard was on
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
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the references to other books and sci-fi movies. The dog always provides a little levite and softens the main character. A fun nostalgic read.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
heck this was difficult to finish. not sure why exactly. perhaps a lack of relatable characters or compelling prose or perhaps it was that character that was always breaking the fourth wall.

just overall felt very mediocre.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I like the basis of the story so far in the series the biggest problem I have with this book is the same I had with the first. It's having two authors. One author will describe for example the dragon early in the story and it was describe "He was enormous. His head towered above the trees. His body's full length was lost in the shadowy depths of the jungle. He was wingless, for he lived all of his life in the dark depths of the jungle floor, slithering around the boles of Pryan's gigantic ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pulp
Probably the weakest in the series. So much about this book fails to make sense. The way in which the world is treated and its fate is irritating, as well as contradictory given the size of the world. The characters are particularly two dimensional and their motivations are especially irritating and lacking in any depth. Finally, and possibly most irritating, is the way in which the fourth wall is broken. The massive nod to Dragonlance and the references to James Bond really just made the whole ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
So reading this book I confirm that we humans never learn, it seems that humans, elves, dwarfs and other species had once lived together but could not stop bickering each wanting to have the ultimate power to dominate and enslave the other species!! elves saw humans as dumb and only good for slavery, dwarves where selfish and thought only of their own race and hence took to their underground world away from the rest and till this day we still fight amongst ourselves race against race to acquire ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
First of all: (view spoiler). Ok, no more spoilers.

Apart from the very bad characterization, the mediocre and slow story, the unrealistic scenes where people hear each other from half a day of walking distance and the ridiculously jumpy scale of the world (sometimes it's multiple weeks of travel, sometimes it's just a city), the book was ok. Ah, and Fizban was really annoying. I tolerated him in Dragonlance, he is comparably ok when you have the
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get why people don't like this volume, it does begin in a very different tone to the first, but there are two good reasons for this. Firstly, it conveys the fact that difference between the worlds is in more than their geographical make-up. And secondly it creates a stark contrast with the horror in the second half.
It also gives a break between the action of the first volume, and the bleakness of the third.
Arguably it is a weird, unbalanced book, but seen as part of the whole, it works well,
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this one just about as much as Dragon Wing.
Another very interesting world, and mysteries to be revealed towards the end.

I'm enjoying the concept of this 7 volume series very much. I know the next two are stories of the other two worlds, and I'm sure they'll be as fun and interesting as the past two have been, from the reviews I've seen so far.
Like other reviewers, I, too, was annoyed with Zifnab's real-world remarks. It took away from the authentication of the fantasy world for me.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I just re-read these books, and I remember how much I love them! It's a series that will think is only good until you've finished all of them. It has my favorite magic system and is just a great all around read.
Vincent Stoessel
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very light fantasy that reuses a lot of the known fantasy tropes but fun. I never read the Dragonlance (Dragons) series but I can see how these authors make a good team. I never did move on to the next book in the series. May try to complete one day but not a high priority.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This book was much better than the first one. Story is still hard to follow and then some jokes just do not fit to normal fantasy novel. It tries to have Terry Pratchett like humor, but it just seems so out of context.
Dec 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: fantasy
Good book! Write more later...
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book - especially Zifnab's little references!
Nov 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Moves a bit slower than the rest of the series, but another one that's ultimately necessary to the overall story.
Nimrod Daniel
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's a great book, and better than book 1. The worldbuilding is superbly crafted, the plot is great, and Fiznab (Fizban) is a very funny character.

Ethan Ruark
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I remember my first time reading the Death Gate Cycle quite vividly. I believe it was in the last month of Summer just before my seventh grade year (those all-too brief couple of weeks after the end of Summer School, before the start of the next school year when I could actually take advantage of my summer vacation). My brother had recommended them to me, and I remember staying up all night, night after night, reading through the series. I remember always feeling terribly disappointed at the ...more
Esteban LV
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I mentioned in my review of book 1, that this one is the first one of the saga that I read, and I absolutely fell in love with it, when I was very young.

It doesn't stand the test of experience (as in being older and having read so, so much) at all.

It's a young-adult fantasy novel and that's about it. The characters have neither depth nor arc or development, their story lines are painfully predictable, and it's only a remake of the previous book changing only the setting and some characters.

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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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