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A lesser known but utterly wonderful fantasy series

  • Jul 2, 2010
How many readers who are fantasy lovers have even heard of this book? Not many. How about Dthe Dragonlance series? There we go. Now explain to me why there is such a monumental difference, when it's the same pair of writers.

The Death Gate Cycle (7 books) deals with a future that isn't sci fi, but fantasy. There will be a nuclear war or disaster, and then there will be two very powerful races created from this. The Sartan and the Patryn. Two opposing races that appear to the humans (and even those hidden elves and dwarves) to be gods in their magical powers and abilities. But they hated each other, and came to war. So the Sartan figured out they had a plan. They would sunder the world into four elemental worlds, and cast their enemies in a prison realm. Which they did. But now the Patryns have begun to escape... and the Sartan's plans have all gone awry.

Dragon Wing takes place in the world of air, Arianus. Dragons are flown by humans, dragonships by elves, and the dwarves merely toil with the great machine, the Kicksey-winsey, that no one knows its purpose. A Patryn, Haplo, arrives on this world and makes the acquaintance of a magical child, Bane, who is not all he seems, a human assassin named Hugh, a bumbling manservant called Alfred, and a dwarf who always asks "Why?" of the status quo, Limbeck.

These characters (and many more side characters) mostly return in the other books in the series, but this first is the basis upon which the rest are set. The reader is shown whom persons are, but then realizes that perhaps first impressions may have been severely off base, or that people learn to change and grow, becoming more than what they were. A fascinating start to a wonderful series, you must ad it to you "to read" piles!


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July 06, 2010
I would say the difference between Dragonlance and Deathgate- both pretty good series is the accessibility of Dragonlance. Shorter, easier to read books. A concrete enemy. Kender. Female characters. Majere. The companions are everyone's friends while Deathgate is a higher fantasy saga (yet I still love it)
July 12, 2010
Thanks for explaining this. I was wondering the exact same thing after reading this review. Part of my own confusion is probably that it's been years since I've read either one of these series. I'm slacking on my fantasy reads!
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