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The Seventh Gate (The Death Gate Cycle #7)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  15,524 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
The Seventh Gate is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. In this tale of treachery, power, and heroism, Alfred, Haplo, and Marit embark on a journey of death and discovery as they seek to enter the dreaded Seventh Gate. Encountering enemies both old and new, they unleash a magic no power can control ...more
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Spectra (first published August 1st 1994)
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Jun 07, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I suddenly realized that all the books I had reviewed were ones that I had enjoyed. So, for a change of pace, I decided to include some that I thought were in need of serious editing. Seventh Gate immediately popped into my mind because I can still feel the crushing disappointment--and it's been ten years. I had faithfully read all the other books in the Death Gate Cycle, and tolerated the fluctuations in quality--ranging from the mesmerizingly melancholic meditation that was Fire Sea to the che ...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
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This is a sci-fi series masquerading as a fantasy series, a post-post-post-apocalyptic masquerading as an epic. This is a series which introduced my brother and me, as boys, to the core concepts of quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. This is a series which meditates on the power hate can grant us, on the power fear holds over us, and on the terrible sacrifices things like love and faith and hope and trust demand. This is also a series about the value of a friendly dog.

This is the fi
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This epic tale shows you the strengths and weakness of men and women alike, whose lives are interwoven so beautifully and inescapably, that it should bring us to deeper thought. We might not live on four separate worlds, that need each other to survive; we only have one, which we all need to survive. There is much to learn. The loyalty and will to fight (back) of the Patryns. The survivability and inability to lie of the Sartans. The way in which all lifeforms are linked together through the Dea ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una conclusión demasiado apresurada de la saga. No logro entender las prisas por acabarla, considerando que el resto de los tomos tenían entre 400 y 500 páginas. Sin embargo, Weis y Hickman cierran este ciclo, marcándose una las sagas de fantasía épica más imaginativas que he leído. No es una dragonada al uso, pues aunque los hay, así como elfos y enanos, logra construir mundos -y un universo- intrínseco y armado con lógica.

Es además una historia que toca el tema de creerse a sí mismo superior s
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Amazed at the lessons to be learned from this book. It started out as an interesting Fantasy title that quickly turned "Science Fantasy" and evolved into a look into the human condition that was so well-planned and carefully executed to help you learn something while being entertained!
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last and shortest of the Death Gate books wraps everything up nicely--or as nicely as can be expected. Haplo and Alfred, now working as a team, have some big decisions to make about what will happen to their people. Poor Marit is relegated to the typical woman role, spending most of her time having internal debates about how to balance vulnerability and capability. (She even bursts into tears at one point. Sigh.) Zifnab makes a few appearances, to my great delight.

I loved this series...again
A. Dawes
Apr 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How do you sew up an epic series of largely individual novels set on a variety of fantastic worlds? Well Weis and Hickman's solution is with a slap-dash effort tying up the few sporadic threads. This final novel is an immense failure, and if you view the series as a hole, really discredits the previous works.

I really enjoyed the previous six. The first few I thought were especially strong. The world building was great, as was the characterisation and they really had me gripped.

This final novel
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful end to a wonderful series of 7 books that is the Death Gate cycle. A portrayal of how destructive racism and prejudice can be and how tragic the consequences can become. This saga should not be missed by anyone who is an avid reader of fantasy.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
From the series review here.

A terribly disappointing end to what started out as an awesome series. Almost no story arcs had a true resolution, random stuff that doesn’t make sense showing up from left field, and an epilogue that’s some dumbed down version of the story’s original premise. Hint: If, when you’re done writing a saga, you need to simplify what you were trying to say the whole time in the epilogue of a seven book series – you fail. Your readers are not idiots. If you wanted to preach
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
Sheva Torres
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es inevitable pensar que en su final se van a precipitar las cosas cuando ves la cantidad de páginas que tiene este volumen si lo comparas con el resto de la saga. Como de hecho pasa. Aun así no me he sentido decepcionada con su desenlace.

En La Séptima Puerta veremos casi la misma cantidad de elementos narrativos que en los anteriores: giros, revelaciones, nuevas aportaciones…Esto lo debemos sumar a que se debe culminar una saga que cuenta con un extenso mundo fantástico. Así que no entiendo el
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Milena by: Marek Pawlowski
Jakoś tak wyszło, że ostatnią część tego cyklu w pewnym momencie przestałam czytać i wróciłam do niej dopiero po 1,5 roku :P. To nie znaczy, że mi się nie podobała, wręcz przeciwnie. Po prostu tak to już bywa, jak czytam zakończenie wcześniej - istnieje ryzyko odpadnięcia na kilka chwil przed metą (jak już wiem, jak meta wygląda, już tyle widziałam po drodze, to nagle traci się zainteresowanie, co się spotka na ostatnim odcinku). Cała seria naprawdę dobrze pomyślana: główni męscy bohaterowie do ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow what a great series this death gate series turned out to be!! love the way the seventh gate was excessed, hate and fear and insecurity never did work in the end not even in our own day to day lives!! but working together works wonders!! do not want to put spoilers in but the fact that in the end zifnab describes how all of us have the potential to be gods is for me the cherry on the cake!! zifnab and his dragon and Alfred and himself as the golden dragon and haplo, and hugh the hand all turn ...more
Ross Alon
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This is a climax and a conclusion. The book gather points from all previous books and combine them into one glorious climax.
This is not a perfect book or series, it's not complex and quite straight forward , unlike modern fantasy books. It's far better then modern YA series, and with all it's simplicity it's complex enough to stand it's own against modern fantasy books and it has more heart than some of them combined.

Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Prestado por: Sergio
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So… the saga is finally over and even though I enjoyed much of the previous books, this one felt a little flat for me. First of all, there is too much going on and not in a good way. It's just too convoluted. The people die then they are revived again. Some characters disappear for no good reason and then they appear again. Deus ex machina moments happen all the time. It's just... too much, as if the authors didn't know how to properly end this.
Some character learned nothing in all these books,
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series has brought me to the brink of many emotions. Sadness, empathy, excitement.. I've been on the edge of my toes for most of it in an attempt to figure out where and how it was going to end. This book carried no different wave of appetizing writing.

Where do you end a series that has had so much involved in it? That was a question I continued to ask myself while reading through the book like an addict. Finally it happened, I can say I am happy with the way it ended to a certain extent. T
M Nyberg
A bit disappointed in the ending book. The mystery of the dog was never answered very well. Many loose ends tied together to quickly. Overall a good series though
Roni Hogri
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
A disappointing ending to my favorite fantasy series - this book just feels like the writing was rushed and half-baked. Too bad
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Death Gate Cycle finally comes to it's (somewhat satisfactory) conclusion in this final, seventh volume, in which finally all of the long-held secrets are revealed.

After this much build-up over a seven-book storyline, perhaps it's understandable that expectations can't be completely met. Personally, I think that the series could have wrapped in six books, and I think they purposefully wanted seven in order to match the number of gates. Even this, the shortest of the bunch, felt overly stuffe
Matthew Barrett
So I'm going to rate the whole series. I've been reading these books for some time now, between other books. There are seven in total, quite a long series. It has an interesting premise. There are five races: humans, elves, dwarfs, sartan, and patryn. The first three are roughly the same strength, while the latter two are supposed to be much more powerful and consider themselves demigods, if not gods outright, but they are bitter foes, the sartan supposedly good and the patryn supposedly bad. A ...more
Finally over. As I suspected it might be, this one was an improvement over the last few. I even found that its middle was somewhat less meandering and interminable as most. So that's good. But it had its flaws, too.

The main one, I'd have to say, is the lack of closure for almost all the characters. At the end, we get a resolution of sorts for a good chunk of the characters (Haplo, Marit, Alfred, Hugh, Jonathon, Xar, and to a certain extent, the rest of the Sartan and Patryns, as well as the serp
It's telling that I had forgotten this book existed when I went to reread the series. I was sure the series ended with Into the Labyrinth, and was a little confused why readers online and interviews with the authors referred to Death's Gate Cycle as a series of seven books, not six. I even hoped for a few brief moments that there was a book I had missed somehow, because the most glorious present I can think of is discovering another installment of a beloved series you thought was over. (Yes, it ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Series review here. There are many who look upon Weis and Hickman as the genre cheese of fantasy. The Death Gate Cycle coolly looks at every genre trope--mostly ones inherited from Tolkien--and laughs in their face.

Instead, what do we get? Magic explained with science, false protagonists, villain protagonist, anti villains, breaking the fourth wall (and with impeccable style, courtesy: Zifnab),subversion of the stereotypes of elves and dwarves, deconstruction as well as reconstruction of the id
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Questo è uno dei miei cicli fantasy preferiti. In sette libri viene creato un sistema di mondi coerente ed intrigante, in cui si muovono personaggi non sempre pienamente consapevoli delle loro azioni. Tutto è permeato da una sorta di patina fascinosa e magica, un'atmosfera avventurosa come se ne vedono poche. Dimenticatevi le piatte caratterizzazioni di DragonLance e la sua noia mortale: *questo* è vero fantasy.
Tra i primi 4 libri, che sono una sorta di prologo per la vera guerra che si combatte
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The Seventh Gate is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. In this tale of treachery, power, and heroism, Alfred, Haplo, and Marit embark on a journey of death and discovery as they seek to enter the dreaded Seventh Gate. Encountering enemies both old and new, they unleash a magic no power can control, damning themselves to an apocalypse of unimagined proportion in a final struggle between good and evil.

From Publishers We
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. Pretty mediocre ending to an otherwise decent series. This last book in the series felt thin and rushed. There were two or three appendices at the end that were written in the style of an encyclopedia entry to explain the entire plot of the story. To be fair, all of the books in the series had appendices in this style (some of which contained massive spoilers), but this book really depends on the appendices to clear up a lot of unanswered questions. But what really killed this whole thing fo ...more
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“We each have within ourselves the ability to shape our own destinies. That much we understand. But, more important, each of us has an equal ability to shape the destiny of the universe. Ah, that you find more difficult to believe. But I tell you it is so. You do not have to be the leader of the Council. You do not have to be king or monarch or the head of a clan to have a significant impact on the world around you.
In the vastness of the ocean, is any drop of water greater than another?
No, you answer, and neither has a single drop the ability to cause a tidal wave.
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Like a drop in the vast ocean, each of us causes ripples as we move through our lives. The effects of whatever we do - insignificant as it may seem - spread out beyond us. We may never know what far-reaching impact even the simplest action might have on our fellow mortals. Thus we need to be conscious, all of the time, of our place in the ocean, of our place in the world, of our place among our fellow creatures.
For if enough of us join forces, we can swell the tide of events - for good or for evil.”
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