The first four volumes of the Death Gate cycle--notable feats of fantasy worldbuilding--recounted the reemergence of the enmity between the mages Sartan and Patryn. This fifth volume is the first of a climactic three in which that enmity is affected by the advent of common enemies. Haplo (of "Fire Sea", the third volume) returns to Arianus, the Realm of Sky, to discover himself at the key point in the conflict, facing not only formidable foes but divided loyalties. Weis and Hickman are certainly continuing their megasaga in a thoroughly readable fashion that will not disappoint their established readership, although their worldbuilding is still better than their pacing or characterization. Every collection patronized by Death Gate fans, however, will need the latest installment.