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After a long up and down ride, promises of excitement broken, yet other thrilling adventures that I didn't dare to expect, I finally reached The Seventh installment and hopefully the thrilling conclusion to The Death Gate Cycle. For the authors there's the advantage that, if you've read this far, then your loyalty is guaranteed and the book sold....unlike uber epics like Jordan's Wheel of Time, there's no promise of another volume (although for my money Weis and Hickman would do well to return to these worlds) and so anyone reading this can at least be hopeful for a conclusion of sorts.
Well, as a conclusion its just a about passable, but something of a damp squib. No big ideas are explored, no amazing new adventures are had and nothing that you wouldn't really expect happens. All the baddies of the series are put well and truly into their place by a neat little deus ex machina that induces a gret a amount of cringing whilst reading.
So, what about the Death Gate Cycle overall? Its a series with highs and lows, but unfirtunately I'd say that the lows dominate the highs somewhat and any thrill rush gained by reading the fun bits of this cycle are outweighed by the continual disappointment that this goes nowhere special. if youy want some decent light reading that demands nect to none of your attentio and you enjoy hokey fantasy (which occasionally offers a little more) then this series might still be for you.)
Mortally wounded, Haplo learns that the evil Lord Xar plots to imprison him as a member of the living dead, and Haplo's companions must enter the forbidden Seventh Gate in order to save him. Reprint.