Dragon Wing (Death Gate Cycle #1)

Dragon Wing (Death Gate Cycle #1)

by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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Overview

Ages ago, sorcerers of unmatched power sundered a world into four realms—sky, stone, fire, and water—then vanished. Over time, magicians learned to work spells only in their own realms and forgot the others. Now only the few who have survived the Labyrinth and crossed the Death Gate know of the presence of all four realms—and even they have yet to unravel the mysteries of their severed world. . . . 

In Arianus, Realm of Sky, humans, elves, and dwarves battle for control of precious water—traversing a world of airborne islands on currents of elven magic and the backs of mammoth dragons. But soon great magical forces will begin to rend the fabric of this delicate land. An assassin will be hired to kill a royal prince—by the king himself. A dwarf will challenge the beliefs of his people—and lead them in rebellion. And a sinister wizard will enact his plan to rule Arianus—a plan that may be felt far beyond the Realm of Sky and into the Death Gate itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553286397
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1990
Series: A Death Gate Novel Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 130,339
Product dimensions: 6.86(w) x 4.12(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Margaret Weis was born and raised in Independence, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, graduating in 1970 with a BA in creative writing. In 1983, Weis was hired as book editor at TSR, Inc., producers of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. Here she met game designer Tracy Hickman and the two teamed up to write the bestselling Dragonlance novels. Weis has two children, David and Elizabeth Baldwin. Weis and husband Don Perrin live in a converted barn in Wisconsin with two collie dogs, Laddie and Robbie; a Sheltie, Jo-jo; and two cats, Nickolai Mouse-slayer and Motley Tatters. 

Tracy Raye Hickman was born in Salt Lake City. He currently resides in a large Victorian home he built for his wife and four children in the tall mountain pines of Flagstaff, Arizona. He has co-authored with Margaret Weis four New York Times bestselling series, including the Death Gate Cycle and the Dragonlance series which have more than eleven million copies in print and has published his own solo works as well.

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Dragon Wing 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 140 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I spent my entire time in high school as a bigtime fantasy nerd and devoured this series. While I had forgotten many of the plot points I always remembered the series fondly and recommended it. Now, in my 30's, I have decided to re-read the series despite not having read a word of sword and sorcery style fantasy in a decade. I could not be happier. As opposed to much of what I enjoyed at that age, this book is just as enjoyable now. Just because the book covers look like standard fantasy schlock doesn't make it standard fantasy fare. Anyone who has ever loved fantasy should do themselves a favor and read this book. After the first act, you'll be hooked for the series.
rebbecarose More than 1 year ago
This series was recommended by my fiance. I had never even heard of it before. I was looking for something new and decided to give them a chance. By the time I'd finished the first two chapters I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. The characters draw you in easily and allow you to experience a piece of there lives that leaves you wondering and guessing all the way through. Definitely recommend and I am looking forward to starting the next book!!
draksig More than 1 year ago
I read the deathgate cycle series when they first came out years ago and loved it. Having recently bought a nook reader, I decided to get this series in ebook (I still have my original paperbacks). THis ebook is riddled with typos that remind me of OCR mistakes. clark becomes dark. This ebook apparently did not received a good editing job but was rushed to get to market. I am not sure why they had to use OCR software.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weis and Hickman make a great pair. One is great with character development and the other with story line. The books do start a little slow because they are sitting up the story but once it gets going it is great. The books are well worth the money and I have read them all at least three or four times.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
I read this series for the 1st time about 10 years ago. Having never finished (I think I made it to book 6) I decided to start over. Dragon Wing is a great book. I fell in love with it even faster this time as I started to recall who my favorite characters were (and there are many). The set up of the world is neat and plot twists pay out with regularity that kept me hooked until the end. As you would expect, not everything concludes by the final chapter, which didn't bother me at all as I rolled right into book 2: Elven Star. Lovers of fantasy who are looking for something different should check out this imaginative series!
lecfam5 More than 1 year ago
Once you start with Book #1 you are hooked. The charecters and story line is excellent I was sorry to finish and get to the end of Book#7
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and their work. Of course (just like most of you) I started with Dragonlance and got hooked up on that stuff. I recently finished the whole Death Gate Cycle and I have to admit that it was wonderful. I really enjoyed reading it. What I expecially liked about it was development of Haplo character. In first few books all I wanted to do is to strangle him...but then everything changes...All in all I would recomend it highly to all good fantasy book lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was engaging and wonderfully written. I read a lot of fantasy books and this was one of the best. A great start to a great series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book due to the catcher, the world has been split into four elemental worlds, and was only expecting an okay read. Something that you would read once, like it, but never pick up again. I was wrong! This is an excellent book opening for a faboulous series! Do not expect it to be your normal fantasy series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like science fiction, but don't really get into all the fantasy stuff and/or all the space/galactica type stuff, this series is for you! It combines both into an all new, totally awesome adventure. The best book I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being an author myself, I very much enjoyed these outstanding novels. They were much different than what one would think to find in a fantsy story. An epic tale that is hard to understand until you read all of them. I enjoyed the way they discribed things so that one could picture what was going on in the characters' heads, and feel the movment of the words
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I+have+always+loved+Hickman+and+Weis+and+the+realms+they+have+created.+This+book+set+the+stage+for+an+all+new+saga.+I+am+curious+how+what+they+have+set+up+will+play+itself+out+in+the+rest+of+the+series.+This+chapter+starts+slow%2C+but+does+a+good+job+introducing+all+the+characters+of+the+saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great
kgodey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was okay - I found no fault with the writing or worldbuilding or the characters, really. I didn't find it very compelling, though - perhaps because of the lack of the unwitting/unwilling hero stereotype that I've come to associate with fantasy. I couldn't make myself care about the characters as much as I'd like to.I'll keep reading the series, but I'm in no hurry. 3/5.
meersan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On a planet of airships and drought an assassin hired to kill a young prince teams up with a demigod who secretly wants to tip the entire world into war.
xerxe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had played, a long time ago, the old DOS game - Deathgate.Reading one of the books that inspired it was a grand experience.The style of writing is a bit monotonous, repetitive. The action is great, the plot complex, descriptions not particularly thorough, but sufficient.The peak action passages really get the heart beating.The world is a set of islands floating in the air. The "science" (more like magic) that describes the various phenomena is a nice touch.Overall, an excellent book describing an original fantasy world.
ChadCottle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oddly enough, I enjoyed the first book of this series. It had some great moments and the writing was not too bad.
coffeesucker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the beginning of a great series - loved the writing and the characters. And the humor was a pleasant surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is one long tired cliche. It offers nothing new to the genre, and plot is at best a meh. I'd skip.
Adam_Gentry More than 1 year ago
Trust cuts both ways. An ancient war ended when four new worlds were created from the elements of the old one. The series eventually touches on all of them, but this volume focuses on the world of air. Humans and elves fight on floating islands, while dwarves toil away in blissful ignorance on the lowest levels, tending to a giant machine. The story begins with an assassin, hired to do a job he doesn’t fully comprehend. Next the audience meets an inquisitive dwarf, struggling to understand the world around him, much to the chagrin of his people, who value submission. The story itself is fairly simple at first, until treachery and misfortune unite the characters in common cause, forcing them to work together to survive, as governments plot their demise. The cast steadily grows, as new characters become entangled in the plot, but the story manages it well, transitioning between perspectives with masterful timing. The characters themselves are well developed, if a bit cliché, and their story, while familiar, is still an entertaining read. +Strong Setting +Strong Descriptions *Strong but familiar characters *Strong but familiar plot -Some Confusing Scenes 3.5/5
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My favorite fantasy series of all time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok nite. Licks his cheek and purrs a goodbye.