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I took a very long break from reading this series after I finished the, to say the least, turgid effort that was "The Hand of Chaos". Eventually I took a deep breath, clutched a copy of Into the Labyrinth close to my chest, got down on my knees and prayed to the powers that be to forgive me for what I was about to do and to look over my soul - then I began to read the sixth and *gulp* the longest entry in Weis and Hickman's epic Death Gate cycle.
Two days later and the book drops from my hand, my heart is palpitating, I'm sweating. my eyes are bleary eyed and I collapse from sleeplessness. Weis and Hickman had pulled the series from the flames. All of a sudden I cared so much about Haplo and his quest to find his son and poor Alfred who had to face death and danger in the Labyrinth, the death trap curse that his own people had placed on their enemies, the patryns many years ago.
This book is filled with strange places, exciting adventures, romance and best of all, viscous monsters. Ok, I'm overtalking it because my expectations were so low when I started that I simply couldn't believe how much fun I had reading it. Of course, its slight and was basically the death knell of my becoming distant hope that there's be an intriguing overarching plot to this series, but its fun. FUN! That's right, Weis and Hickman wrote a fun book. Good grief, I'll be re-reading the belgariad next.
Alfred and Haplo enter a terrifying prison maze that has long been shrouded in mystery and are followed by two assassins sent to take Haplo's life.