Into the Labyrinth (Death Gate Cycle #6)

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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 the four worlds. But...
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Overview

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 the four worlds. But he discovers an easier way. One of the undead tells the lord about the Seventh Gate, the magical chamber used by the Sartan to sunder the world. The Seventh Gate still exists and whoever enters it can either create worlds - or destroy them. Only one person knows the location of this gate, although he doesn't know he knows it. That person is Haplo. Xar sends a Patryn assassin to kill Haplo and bring back his corpse. The lord plans to use his necromancy to bring Haplo back to life and turn him into a mindless slave who will reveal the location of the Gate. Xar is certain of success, for the assassin is someone from Haplos past, someone whom Haplo trusts with his life. Another assssin is also after Haplo. Hugh the Hand has been hired by the Kenkari to kill the Patryn, and the Brotherhood has provided an ancient Sartan weapon - the Accursed Blade - to help him in his task. Wounded and weakened, Haplo nearly falls victim to his killers. But when the Accursed Blade runs amok, all of them, including a terrified and extremely reluctant Alfred, find themselves fighting for their lives in the most dreaded place of all - the deadly prison maze called the Labyrinth. Betrayed by the one he loves, Haplo is imprisoned by his own people, forced to watch helplessly as an army of evil prepares to march on the Labyrinth, dooming all inside to death.

Another spectacular story set in the New York Times bestselling Death Gate universe. Haplo, targeted for death by two assassins, and Alfred enter the terrifying Labyrinth, a prison maze guarded by fearsome creatures. Meanwhile, the Lord of the Nexus raises an army from the dead to attack the Tytans.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Alternating between incoherence and impenetrability, the sixth volume in the Death Gate series takes place in Abarrach, a land filled with magic, necromancers and the walking dead. Xar, the Lord of Abarrach, seeks control of the Seventh Gate, located beyond Death itself, which has the power to sunder the world. But Haplo, an adventurer with some magic of his own, may be a threat to Xar's plans. To eliminate him, the Lord sends an assassin (who quickly defects to the other side) and Haplo's former lover, Marit, who is now bound magically to Xar. Haplo and his companion Alfred must enter the ancient punishment caverns of the Labyrinth to defeat Xar's schemes. Burdened by clumsy expository writing and thin, uninteresting characters, the story is further weighted down by frequent footnotes intended to aid those who are not familiar with the series; instead, they make an already confusing plot more difficult to follow. Even Death Gate fans may find this poorly constructed novel disappointing. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Haplo and his companions enter the treacherous Labyrinth in search of the Final Gate and a chance to defeat the armies of chaos that threaten the sundered worlds.
Roland Green
The imprisoning labyrinth has loomed like a shadow over the preceding five volumes of Weis and Hickman's Death Gates series. In the sixth, protagonists Alfred and Haplo finally enter it as the next step in their quest. Haplo has two assassins with him, one a ghost and the other a former lover who has sworn to be his nemesis. This situation promises plenty of action and emotional impact, which the authors by and large deliver. Their characterization is not of the highest order, but long familiarity with the people and superior world building restore their advantage and will retain their readers' loyalty. Weis and Hickman rank with such colleagues as the two Davids (Eddings and Duncan) as spinners of tales made up of comparatively conventional elements who keep readers coming back for volume after volume's worth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553567717
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Series: Death Gate Cycle Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 451
  • Sales rank: 152,876
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Werner W.K. Hoeger a professor emeritus of the Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University. He remains active in research and continues to lecture in the areas of exercise physiology, physical fitness, and wellness. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and also of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Dr. Hoeger is the recipient of the first 2004 Presidential Award for Research and Scholarship in the College of Education at Boise State University. Dr. Hoeger uses his knowledge and experiences to write engaging, informative books that thoroughly address today's fitness and wellness issues in a format accessible to students. In addition to PRINCIPLES AND LABS FOR PHYSICAL FITNESS, he has written several other textbooks for Cengage Learning, including Fitness and Wellness, Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness, Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness, Wellness: Guidelines for a Healthy Lifestyle, and Water Aerobics for Fitness and Wellness (with Terry-Ann Spitzer Gibson). Dr. Hoeger was the first author to write a college fitness textbook that incorporated the wellness" concept and introduced the principle that to truly improve fitness and health and to achieve wellness, a person needs to go beyond the basic health-related components of physical fitness. As an innovator in the field, Dr. Hoeger has developed many fitness and wellness assessment tools, including fitness tests such as the modified sit and reach, total body rotation, shoulder rotation, muscular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and soda pop coordination tests. Proving that he "practices what he preaches," at 48, he was the oldest male competitor in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He raced in the sport of luge along with his 17-year-old son Christopher. This was the first time in Winter Olympics history that father and son competed in the same event."

Sharon A. Hoeger is vice-president of Fitness & Wellness, Inc. of Boise, Idaho. Sharon received her degree in computer science from Brigham Young University. She is extensively involved in the research process used in retrieving the most current scientific information that goes into the revision of each textbook. She is also the author of the software that accompanies all of the fitness and wellness textbooks. Her innovations in this area since the publication of the first edition of Lifetime Physical Fitness & Wellness set the standard for fitness and wellness computer software used in this market today. Sharon is a co-author on five of the seven fitness and wellness titles. Husband and wife have been jogging and strength training together for over 34 years.

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Table of Contents

1. Physical Fitness and Wellness. 2. Behavior Modification. 3. Nutrition for Wellness. 4. Body Composition. 5. Weight Management. 6. Cardiorespiratory Endurance. 7. Muscular Strength and Endurance. 8. Muscular Flexibility. 9. Skill Fitness and Fitness Programming. 10. Stress Assessment and Management Techniques. 11. Preventing Cardiovascular Disease. 12. Cancer Prevention. 13. Addictive Behavior. 14. Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 15. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    Love this series

    I love this series and continue to re-read them all of the time. Just bought the ebooks.

    The ebooks are good but the entire series is full of spelling mistakes, misplaced spaces, and what appears to be OCR errors. The entire series of ebooks should be re-proof read and re-released.

    But even with the errors, they are still good reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    ONE OF THE BEST

    this was a very good book and one of the best in the series. You see more of Xar and alot of other suff too. Like the other books its very interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    Even Grandma likes these books.....

    I am a 69 year old grandmother who loves this series...haven't read #7 yet. Was introduced to this series in 1993 by a young man named Scott B. whom I have lost track of. Scott B. from FUMA, if you read this, contact me via email...I think it is interesting that the professional critic pans this book so and yet all of the readers rate it as a 5....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Into the Labyrinth and Into this Book!

    Well....just one away from the end! Book 6 of this series was excellent. It answered many of the questions left unanswered since book one, showed what the machines on Arinus and Pryan do as well as get Lord Xar involved more in the book. Already started on book 7 now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    Death Cycle Rating

    I have read this series twice. It is so awesome. I love this kind of fantasy and who ever else likes fantasy this series would be for you. It is written great and has an outstanding story line. This is the best set of books i have read so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    you MUST try it!

    I started with the 6th book. I loved it! I usually get bored with a book then don't finish it, I'm 15 so yeah can't blame ME! This is the first book in which I never got bored and finished it in 2, 3 days! I feel bad not reading the begining but I will later, people are saying its 'slow' anyway. When I did finish, I was dying to know what happened. Guess what? I got the next in the series the next day.

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