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(The Death Gate Cycle #6)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  19,886 ratings  ·  167 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 November 1st 1993)
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Tom Quinn
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it the Sunk Cost Fallacy? Is it Stockholm Syndrome? Or is it a genuine return to form for this series and its prolific author team? Whatever the case, I'm here telling you that Book 6 of 7 is where it's at. Stick with the series long enough as it goes through some awful course corrections and it does eventually right itself. I forgive all the wrongs of Books 2 through 5 because this at last rekindles all the best bits from the first one. Which, remember, is really good. I swear.

4 stars. Fanta
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 craftsmans ...more
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 on ...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
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
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 l ...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
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't like to meet Pyan's characters again, I'd have preferred to go to Chelestra. I think the first half of the book was a bit useless, I didn't need to read about their arguments.
Finally, in the second half we meet Alfred again and we go to the Labirint!
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 (ar
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 raisi
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!
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.
Stephanie Carr
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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!
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.
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. ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd time I've finished this series over my lifetime and it still holds up. I don't know what it is, but the whole premise of the series has always fascinated me. I hope this gets an audiobook someday that is read by Simon Vance or Michael Kramer ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting much, much more labyrinth and less of the insufferable Pryan.
Allison Sesame
Zifnab and his dragon continue to be the absolute best. Also, things happen to Haplo and Alfred.
Adrie Schutte
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally the cycle is getting somewhere! Really enjoying it!
Enjoying the character development
Maurine Tritch

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
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. This is my favorite (thus far), along with book 3, Fire Sea. My favorite character is Alfred & I was happy to see him return here after being absent from book 5. I also love the relationship dynamics between the characters - from hating & trying to destroy each other, to not only teaming up but also understanding, needing & appreciating each other.
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dukes ate Mackinaw!

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-
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 th

Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, 2010
Six down, one to go, and frankly, at this point, I just want it to be over. Parts of this book were really good. I enjoyed the parts when they were in the Labyrinth. There, there was action, a certain degree of intrigue, and a general sense of unpredictability. It brings out certain things about certain characters that they might have been able to keep hidden in less strenuous settings, too, which was kinda cool.

Unfortunately, that still left the first half of the book, which I basically don't e
Daniel Eggert
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: matt gambrell
Shelves: fantasy
More than liked it, but couldn't Really like it. First book in the series to really get even remotely business-like about advancing the overall plot.

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) is a great character. Glad to see them introduce her, even though I didn't care for how much (view spoiler) she did before the climax of the
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Events in the Death Gate Cycle are beginning to reach their climactic conclusion. This was one of the books I looked forward to most, because I wanted to see what, at last, the Labyrinth was like. I only wish a bit more time had been spent here, perhaps earlier in the series, when the whole concept was fresh. At this point in the series, events are unfolding at such a rapid pace, and I am reading through it at such breakneck speed, that I didn't really have time to pause and enjoy it. It would b ...more
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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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