Into the Labyrinth (Death Gate Cycle #6)

Into the Labyrinth (Death Gate Cycle #6)

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by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
     
 

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Pursued by assassins, Haplo, the only one who knows the location of the mysterious Seventh Gate, and his old companion, Alfred, seek refuge in the Labyrinth, a lethal prison maze whose inhabitants are condemned to death.

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Pursued by assassins, Haplo, the only one who knows the location of the mysterious Seventh Gate, and his old companion, Alfred, seek refuge in the Labyrinth, a lethal prison maze whose inhabitants are condemned to death.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553567717
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Series:
Death Gate Cycle Series , #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
451
Sales rank:
134,666
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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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Into the Labyrinth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
draksig More than 1 year ago
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.
Adam_Gentry 7 days ago
A common threat creates an uneasy truce. Peace has come to Arianus, but for Haplo the fight continues. His only hope lies in convincing Lord Xar of the truth, and stopping him. For Lord Xar has found a new ambition, the Seventh Gate. Now Haplo must contend with Xar’s messenger. Unwilling to kill, Haplo must convince a fellow Patryn to join him in open rebellion. At first the story relies on a series of vignettes to establish where each character is, gradually bringing them together, uniting the diverse threads into two parallel plots. Most of the story focuses on self-contained subplots, relying on frequent changes of perspective to conceal the sluggish pace of the main plot. Internal conflicts dominate, bringing characters together in pairs for brief scenes, revealing a small amount of information about each character, then breaking them apart, sending each character off to collide with another character, starting a fresh scene. Tensions slowly build towards climactic group discussions, which make strong use of each character’s distinct voice before scattering the group once more. Touching moments bring one storyline to a predictable conclusion, while the other ends on a cliffhanger, paving the way for the final installment. +Strong Characters +Strong Dialogue *Strong but Fragmented Plot *Frequently Changing Perspectives -Slow 3.5/5
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