4 stars. Fanta ...more
The Deathgate Cycle is one of my favorite series ever. Everything about it - all 7 books - are just... high fantasy perfection.
- The world (or rather universe) is amazingly unique, stunning in set up and description, and terrifically told.
- The magic and its use is top notch. It's one of few series that really go into HOW the magic of the world works.
- The characters are all highly memorable, including "Dog", the secondaries, the ...more
This book benefits from further examinations of the history of the Patryn/Sartan conflict as well as the nature of Patryn magic (which is actually a sort of quantum probability manipulation -- something I did not recognize when I read these as a boy). Also the conflict between the Lazars and the truly living beings is wonderfully disturbing. ...more
Bit slow of a start, and it took far too long to actually get "into the labyrinth", but I really liked it once we got there. It was nice to meet up with Alfred again - I missed him in the last book.
We also spent a lot of time with Xar in this one and, I gotta say, with however annoying I found Haplo's sense of superiority and stubbornness in the past, Xar is just so much worse. So far Xar has yet to have much in the way of redeeming qualities, where Haplo always seemed to have a few, even at ...more
The way that story flowed, kept me entirely on my toes the whole time and addressed some much needed appearances of old characters that felt left in the dirt. We journeyed briefly to all the worlds in ...more
Finally, in the second half we meet Alfred again and we go to the Labirint! ...more
"Bless you." The sneeze joke.
Zifnab is a recurring, enigmatic character, whose fate is partly bared in this book.
Woven into all the seriousness of racism, power-struggles, revenge, lost children, evil serpents, walking dead, unrequited love, believe it or not, is a lovely sense of humor and a flair for both tragedy and drama. Plenty of death, as many good laughs – if you see them.
The tragedy of Zifnab is immense, and those few moments when the reader gets a glimpse at his true self (ar ...more
After all these years, it still holds up as a good story. Cool characters that experience significant growth and unique fantasy worlds.
Not sure how I feel about characters actually going to the Labyrinth. The shadowy unknown nature of it was part of what made it so terrifying in previous books. Having the characters go there does play an important role in the plot and character development and even raisi ...more
There are new and old characters, new and old locations, everything is coming together, the pieces of the puzzle are slowly unraveling and the plot is thickening. This has been one of the most satisfying fantasy novels I have ever read. If you still haven't started reading this, you should. I can't wait for the last one!
There is just so much that happens in each volume that by the end of the book you are amazed by how far you've come and these are so wonderfully written.
It's amazing seeing how the characters change and evolve through he series, and seeing how my feelings for them have changed as well. A character thought at the beginning to be a hero has turned into a maniacal villain, and yet I understand how he came to this place.
But I just gotta say, I love Zifnab. ...more
The stuff with the labyrinth is intense. Character development for not only Haplo but Alfred now too. Wonderful stuff.
Plus there's cliffhangers at the end like agh! ...more
Again this wasn't a bad read and the plot largely moved pretty fast but it wasn't very compelling either. ...more
Into the Labyrinth is a bit uneven. It introduces Marit, Haplo's long lost love, and I both didn't like her and didn't think she was necessary. It just seemed a little too pat that of all the thousands of Patryns in the world, she would have ended up in the Nexus, highly esteemed by Xar, and Haplo didn't know. She is fanatically devoted as Haplo was at the beginning, and that heart-wrenching realization of hard truths in place of easy belief is a journey that we just took with Haplo during the s ...more
This piece of the Death Gate adventure was a bit overlong - tried to pack too much in. It seemed to me like there was a contract for 7 books, no more, and there was way too much material left to resolve. Not that I usually mind when action is pushed to the fore over character, but it was like being rushed through a museum 20 minutes before they close.
There were stretches of this book that were fun (and some of it even featured that annoying quintet - well quartet and a mildly- ...more
In the Death Gate series, Weis and Hickman have created their most exciting and original epic to date. Into the Labyrinth, the sixth of seven books set in the vast and richly imagined Death Gate Universe, is a romantic and heroic tale that spans four worlds in an age-old battle to control the sundered realms of air, water, fire, and stone... Xar, Lord of the Nexus, has traveled to the fiery world of Abarrach to learn the secret art of necromancy, hoping to raise an army of the dead to conquer th...more
Unfortunately, that still left the first half of the book, which I basically don't e ...more
Really enjoyed it once we got to follow Haplo and crew Into the Labyrinth. (That's no spoiler, it's the name of the book.)
(view spoiler)[Marit (hide spoiler)] is a great character. Glad to see them introduce her, even though I didn't care for how much (view spoiler)[ vacillating and betrayal-mongering (hide spoiler)] she did before the climax of the ...more