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Serpent Mage (Death Gate Cycle #4)
     

Serpent Mage (Death Gate Cycle #4)

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by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
 

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After the four worlds Alfred has at last found  his people on Chelstra, the realm of sea. But his  travels have taught him to be cautious... and  Alfred soon realizes his caution is justified, even  among his own kind. The one person Alfred can trust  is, strangely, Haplo the Patryn. But Haplo's lord  has

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After the four worlds Alfred has at last found  his people on Chelstra, the realm of sea. But his  travels have taught him to be cautious... and  Alfred soon realizes his caution is justified, even  among his own kind. The one person Alfred can trust  is, strangely, Haplo the Patryn. But Haplo's lord  has decreed all Sartan to be the enemy, and Haplo  dares not go against his lord. Now the companions  have arrived in a land where humans, elves, and  dwarves have learned to live in peace. Unaware of an  even greater threat to all the realms, it is  Sartan and Patryn who will disrupt this alliance of the  lesser races in their struggle to gain control of  all four worlds. Only Alfred and Haplo realize  that they have a much older — and more powerful —  enemy than each other...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fourth volume of the authors' Death Gate Cycle, begun with Dragon Wing , moves to Chelestra, Realm of Sea, last of the four worlds created by the Sartan during the Sundering in their battle against the Patryns. The inhabitants of this world--dwarves, elves and humans--are in grave danger: the seasun, source of light and life to the seamoons on which they dwell, is moving away. When the vessels in which they were to escape are destroyed by malignant, highly intelligent dragon-snakes, three children, scions of the ruling families, undergo adventures and encounter Haplo, the Patryn escaped from imprisonment in the Labyrinth who has been traveling the worlds of the Death's Gate fomenting discord. Meanwhile, Alfred, the last remaining Sartan, also translated to the water world, is reunited with others of his kind, including Samah, who initiated the Sundering and has been in suspended animation since. The stage for escalated conflict is set. The worlds created by Weis and Hickman become more attractively complex with each book of the series. The deepening characterizations of Haplo and Alfred, with the underlying mysteries surrounding both, provide the necessary glue binding this opus, which promises three more volumes. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553561401
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Series:
A Death Gate Novel Series , #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
203,294
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.23(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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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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Serpent Mage 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Adam_Gentry 11 months ago
Out of fear, enemies are born. Haplo returns full of doubts, and confesses all to his lord, who purifies Haplo through pain. Cold once more, Haplo is sent on to Chelestra, the last world; where he finds a vast ocean, where “sea moons” float in bubbles of air. The story quickly switches to the mensch (dwarves, elves, and humans), who have managed to form a lasting peace. They are about to migrate to a new sea moon, until a new enemy appears, demanding a sacrifice to stay their hand. The story continues the transition that began in Fire Sea, humanizing Haplo through a series of quick subplots as he struggles to reconcile who he is with who he thinks he should be. This brings the characters much closer, but also serves as a stalling tactic, postponing the main conflict until other plots have a chance to catch up. The story manages to create some touching moments, but ultimately proves anti-climactic, leaving characters and audiences waiting for the next installment. +Strong Characters +Strong Setting *Weak main plot, strong subplots *Some interesting ideas -Anticlimactic Ending 3/5
bonzalove More than 1 year ago
As I read each book I am more in love with this series (Death Gate). I can't wait to read the next book but at the same time I don't want to stop reading this one! If you love dragons and quirky characters this series is the one for you.
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Smoothslider More than 1 year ago
The book itself was excellent; I had trouble putting it down. It continued where the last left off, and answered a lot of questions from previous books. However, this version was awful. It is completely riddled with typos. These typos are terrible, makes parts unreadable. Even the minor typos are annoying (e.g., missing quotation marks, etc).
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