Elven Star (Death Gate Cycle #2)

Elven Star (Death Gate Cycle #2)

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by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
     
 

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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

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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 and race hatred will not heal -- not even under the threat of annihilation at the hands of legendary Titans. Armed with little more than their wits and prophecy, an elf, a human, and a dwarf must unite to try to save the world from destruction.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Destruction looms over the dwarves, men and elves of Pryan, the World of Fire, in this second volume of The Death Gate cycle, begun in Dragon Wing . Childlike but immensely powerful, eyeless tytanssp.ok move through the three societies, killing all in their path. Elven arms dealer Paithan Quindiniar, arriving too late with weapons for the dwarves, flees to warn his people, accompanied by Rega, the human woman he warily loves against all convention, and other survivors. Meanwhile, arriving among the elves are Zifnab, a human and slightly addled wizard with an attendant dragon, and Haplo, an agent of the Lord of the Nexus, member of an ancient race that seeks to regain lost power over the four worlds created by the long vanished Sartan. A race for survival ensues. The authors deploy colorful characters in an intricate plot line and universe as the story slowly develops in what is intended to be a seven-volume saga. The atmosphere is often diluted by jarring touches, however, especially references to and jokes about our current world. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Pryan, the Realm of Fire, holds an important secret for Haplo, the servant of an ancient race bent on revenge. Bearing with him the seeds of Pryan's destruction, Haplo discovers that much of his work has already been done by the incessant warring among the dwarves, elves, and humans of an unhappily divided world. Weis and Hickman continue to exercise their unlimited ability to create intriguing fantasy backgrounds filled with colorful personalities in this stand-alone sequel to Dragon Wing ( LJ 12/89). Purchase where the authors are popular or fantasy has a strong following.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307484246
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/18/2008
Series:
Death Gate Cycle Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
33,175
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Margaret Weis is the co-author (with Tracy Hickman) of the bestselling Dragonlace Chronicles & Dragonlace Legends series, as well as the co-author (with Robert Krammes) of the Dragon Brigade trilogy of novels. She also publishes role-playing games, including major franchises such as Firefly and Smallville.

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Elven Star 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually was kinda dissapointed the first few chapters cause it began kinda slow,but once I got in the book later I was hooked till the end and it wasn't boring at all. It makes you keep reading to solve all the mysteries.
Adam_Gentry 6 months ago
An enemy no one can stop. A question no one can answer. Pryan, world of fire, is a lush jungle so dense that entire lakes rest on layers of foliage. Humans build on vast planes of moss, elves dwell in trees, and dwarves live close to ground. The story follows a family of elvish merchants, who sell magical weapons to humans, who in turn use them on each other. Paithan, a young elf, heads out on another delivery, but when he arrives he learns the weapons are actually meant for the dwarves, and he is expected to come along. Meanwhile Haplo has come through Death’s Gate to explore the second world, but instead he arrives just in time to see it fall, as legends return, full of wrath. The story counter balances the grim plot with many light hearted subplots, reaffirming the belief that while humor may not be the best medicine, it’s certainly a decent salve. As a whole Elven Star is a slow read; full of looming threats and tense pauses, as characters struggle to think of some way to survive. Haplo is once again shoehorned in, though this time he slowly takes over the story, before bringing it to a half-hearted conclusion, with many questions left for future installments to answer. +Strong Characters +Strong Setting *Grim -Fragmented Plot -Slow 3/5
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