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(The Death Gate Cycle #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  19,430 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Eeuwen geleden spleten tovenaars een wereld in vier rijken - die van lucht, steen, vuur en zee - en verdwenen vervolgens. Nu weten alleen die paar wezens die het Labyrint hebben overleefd en door de Poort des Doods zijn gegaan nog van het bestaan van alle vier de rijken af... maar zelfs zij hebben alle mysteriën van hun eigen wereld nog niet doorgrond. De Heer van de Nexus ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published 1999 by Uitgeverij Luitingh ~ Sijthoff (first published 1993)
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Copied from Dragon Wing. Review is for entire series.


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
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It's a shame one of the darkest, most exciting entries in the series has some of the ugliest, brightest and silliest cover art.

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.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And this is, unfortunately, where the DGS starts to come apart a bit. It's not unreadable, and it still has some enjoyable and some solid stuff... but it reaches that point where many long series reach where they sort of forget what happened before and start contradicting themselves. Also, where some of the very good subtle and complex characters and concepts start to be flattened out ––to make the task of driving a very complicated story in a solid direction easier, I guess, and the ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

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
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting penultimate volume, setting us up for the final confrontation in Book 7. We start to leave the mensch worlds behind (except for too much time spent with the elves, humans, and dwarves of Pryan...not really a favorite group of characters of mine) and focus on Haplo, Alfred, and the newly-introduced Marit as they work to thwart the dragon-snakes. Also, there's plenty more of Hugh the Hand (who is as cool and tough as The Gunslinger, the Man with No Name, and Jason Bourne). He's become ...more
Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. Let me be clear, I almost gave up on it a couple times.. There was one or two books that let me down in my opinion, even if they explained much needed plot holes. This one has officially revitalized my hope in this series and I stare down the final book with needed anticipation.

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
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 6 picks up just after book 5 left off: the people of Arianus are working through centuries-old prejudices to bring their world together, Xar is looking for The Chamber of the Damned in order to gain power to fulfill his dream of world domination, and Haplo and Alfred have realized that they can't trust their respective leaders and must work together to defeat the evil threatening their worlds. A new main character is introduced (rather late in the series, I thought): Marit, Haplo's former ...more
Stephanie Carr
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are such fast reads really. I took a break to focus on Count of Monte Cristo and came back to this, started over, and whizzed right through like it was nothing. This one brings back the comedy from the second book because, well, it brings back those characters for some fun and adventure.

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!
Adrie Schutte
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Finally the cycle is getting somewhere! Really enjoying it!

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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first four books of this series each introduced a new world for the main characters to explore. The last three books are a trilogy tying in everything that came before while moving to a climactic finish. This one is the middle of that final trilogy, and it took me a while to get into it. There's a common literary setup where the author takes the lion (person) out of the jungle, and in the back of the reader's mind is a strong desire to see that person put back in their habitat. Like Tarzan, ...more
Ward Bond

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

Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"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
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fun
Yeah, I think my preference for the series went down a star. It got better for a second there, but this one was like the first few. Once again, the abundant detail was maddening. When it takes about 2/3 of a book entitled "Into the Labyrinth" to actually, you know, get into the bloody labyrinth...that's an indication of a wee bit too much fat. Or a need to change the title.

All kidding aside, by the time they got into the labyrinth, I pretty much stopped caring. I even found myself skimming (to
H. P.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-sf
Into the Labyrinth is book 6 of 7 in The Death Gate Cycle. Each of the four worlds have been explored (one each over the first 4 books), and set-up is complete for resolution over the final 2 books. Into the Labyrinth has the most world-hopping thus far in the series, but unsurprisingly given the title it is our first major exposure to the nightmarish Labyrinth the earlier books hinted at.

Into the Labyrinth is probably the most action-heavy book in the series. If that’s all you’re looking for,
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
What a cliffhanger!!!

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.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing much I can say that I haven't said already about this series: it's awesome and it just keeps getting better!
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!
This series still relies far too heavily on all the characters miscommunicating, not communicating, and being too self-involved to draw obvious conclusions. But things are looking up for our intrepid heroes, and I think there's only one more novel anyway. I'll see you all at the end of this underwhelming road.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel that the later books in this series suffer a little bit. I really enjoyed the hand of chaos but going forward with Into the Labyrinth I feel that the authors could have better outlined, paced, and planned so that the story felt more cohesive.

Again this wasn't a bad read and the plot largely moved pretty fast but it wasn't very compelling either.
Ross Alon
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The first half is a little boring, a lot of pices omving from one spot to another, and you get the annoying characters from the second book, and they still argue.
The second half is action pact with moving moments, and Zifnab, which is always good.
The biggest majority of the book I didn't like a lot. But then the last few chapters were totally amazing. And after the last couple of pages I thought about the book I realised that everything fits togehter and that it was a perfect climax.

The Book gets a 9,5/10
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid book. One more to go!
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting much, much more labyrinth and less of the insufferable Pryan.
M Nyberg
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I think my favorite of the series so far. New characters mixed in with the core ones. Cliff hanger at the end to set up the final installment in the series.
Diane Tolley
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything is moving toward a climax. Devouring these books now.
Geoff Battle
Although the pace picks up in the latter half of Labyrinth, there is no disguising the languishing pace of the first half and the absence of any noteworthy scenes. Labyrinth is setting the stage for the final conflict, drawing together a fellowship, with the usual traitor within, and actually creates some worthy tension as a result. Distracting from that is Fizban, a plot mechanic so absurd that it immediately dissolves any engagement with the story. Why the James Bond gags? It's high fantasy, ...more
Nicole Mosley
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This more than made up for the dragging awkwardness of the last book. This is packed with battles, intrigue, betrayal, attempts to inform a man lost in a desire for power of his imminent destruction. Returning characters from Elven Star and lord Xar try to solve the mysteries of the Tytans, Xar’s foolhardiness grows to match his ambition, Marit fights with her turmoil over loving Haplo and serving Xar, and of course more character development for Alfred and Haplo. The serpents begin to show ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Started this series back in high school on the recommendation of friends into table top RPGs.
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
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
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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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