A portrayal of how destructive racism and prejudice can be and how tragic the consequences can become. This saga should not be missed by anyone who is an avid reader of fantasy. Nov 08, Kaotic rated it it was amazing Shelves: borrowed. It took me a while to read all of the books in this series, but it will always remain one of my favorites. It's such a powerful series in so many ways. Jan 23, Katinki rated it it was amazing Shelves: deathgate-cycle , epic-high-fantasy. Copied from Dragon Wing.
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Everything about it - all 7 books - are just It's one of few series that really go into HOW the magic of the world works. And the primary protagonist, Haplo, is one of my favorites ever. Maybe my very favorite. He's everything I'd ever want in a protag - strong yet kind, "good", complex, and so easy to get behind and pull for. He's a bad ass, too. Everything about this series is just I can honestly think of no negatives.
Unless to say that I'd like another 7 books. I'll just settle for re-reading, which it handles just fine. This book was just as good today as the first time I read way back in like You won't get a much higher recommendation out of me than this. Oct 10, Lana rated it it was amazing. May 18, Ross Alon rated it really liked it Shelves: owned. This is a climax and a conclusion. The book gather points from all previous books and combine them into one glorious climax. This is not a perfect book or series, it's not complex and quite straight forward , unlike modern fantasy books.
It's far better then modern YA series, and with all it's simplicity it's complex enough to stand it's own against modern fantasy books and it has more heart than some of them combined. View all 3 comments. Apr 11, Lauren Beck rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-books-ever , character-curse , best-fantasy. I could write an entire article about how much I loved this series, but I won't. I'll just throw out there that this was a riveting conclusion.
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Be sure to read at least the last two pages of Appendix 1 because I didn't get the epilogue I needed until then. It probably would have made more sense to include that in the actual epilogue, but at least it was in there somewhere. Jan 01, Ais rated it liked it Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy , series , i-remember-really-liking , unfortunate-face. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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To view it, click here. I didn't bother with full context of plot in my review because, with 7 books and 5 worlds, I wouldn't have had room. I've been trying to figure out what to rate the series or how to review it. I read this when I was a teenager and remembered really loving it-- although mostly I could only remember Haplo, and had vague remembrances of different realms, and of blue and red rune magic.
Recently, I bought the series and was super excited to read it again, to reacquaint myself with a series that managed to stick in my mind for 15 years. I write this long ass review mostly for myself, because I know someday in the future I'll think back on this series once again and try to remember what exactly it was I thought about it.
I'm torn. I can see why I remembered it, and yet I was also disappointed. For me, this series is a classic example of a case where I really like the idea of the story, but am not always a fan of the way it was told. There were also footnotes dotted throughout that seemed to be the sort of thing you'd expect in journals, and in fact it kept being self-referential, as if to suggest the entire series we read was in fact written and chronicled by Haplo and Alfred.
It also had letters or journal entries from various characters. I think having it a self-referential series could have been really cool but the manner with which that was done didn't feel like it was actually self-referential to me. It was like reading a normal fantasy series but with some scenes having already been written in 1st person pov, so rather than rewrite and integrate them into the narrative they were just thrown in there haphazardly, disrupting the flow. There are a number of things that don't track across the series, either. Just editing mistakes but it's weird because it's entire names that are different.
Like, Orla is Orla for all of two books and then in the last she's Orlah. One character is Baltazar throughout the book focused on him and then later he's Balthazar which was confusing to me because I'm pretty sure they referenced a Balthazar on Arianus or Pryan in a flashback. Also, it says one place that the Sartan on Chelestra intended to sleep for a decade, and another place it says a century. I also could have sworn that it says the elves were dark-skinned in Pryan in that book because I remember continually getting thrown off trying to imagine them since elves are so often fair-skinned and fair-haired in fantasy series and were described that way on other world but then later when we return to that world they were fair-skinned and haired.
I could be wrong about and perhaps I was remembering a different world. Or the book tells us what happens in the future on some of the mensch worlds but then later it's clear that none of the Patryns or Sartans have any way of knowing what would happen, so if the series is in fact supposed to be those writings, how would the book know to tell us this?
Things like that. I suppose you may wonder why I gave it 3 stars still, then.
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It's because the ideas behind the series are really cool, it has some really good characters in it, and the parts that are done well are interesting. Of the 7 books, the 4th is my favorite. I liked the characters on Chelestra, especially Grundle. She's definitely my favorite dwarf across all the worlds.
I felt that the 4th book flowed really well, without the pacing that threw me off in other books where I would get really excited about something and then it would jump scenes and spend 5 chapters leading up to the point of it at which point I had grown bored and frustrated again. My least favorite book is the first one, which felt very haphazard to me. I think I also really liked seeing the mensch working together on Chelestra.
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It was a nice change from the other worlds, and I really liked how we saw Haplo change in that book as well. One of the things that I thought was super cool about this series is the way culture was dealt with. If you compare the races against each other across the worlds, there were some interesting pieces. Elves, dwarves, and humans all had similar characteristics across the worlds, but the way elves adapted on, say, Chelestra was totally different than Arianus and Pryan, and the same with the other races.
I thought that was a cool touch, because it gave me a feeling both of unity for the races across all the worlds, and cultural shifts the same as how humans living on Earth may be culturally very diverse despite being the same species. I do have to say that I was kind of disappointed by the relationships in the series.
Although I could see why some of the characters would get together, the transitions weren't always logical for me, personally. The first book in particular does this, especially with Hugh.
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Hugh was awesome in the book until he met Iridal, and then all of a sudden he did a complete for no reason at all, with little explanation, and after like 10 minutes of being in her presence. He knew next to nothing about her.
It's not to say it's unbelievable that a man such as Hugh might have fallen for a woman such as Iridal-- I could see it happening, perhaps, but I just wish more time had been given. It was such an abrupt and strange switch for Hugh, not only in his thoughts but most especially in his actions-- going from tight and grim and controlled to suddenly wild and reckless and loud-- that I seriously thought he must have been put under some sort of spell by Sinistrad because random magical malady was the only thing that made any sense to me.
But we were given to believe throughout the series that instead it was love. I guess that just always seemed odd to me, especially since that change in Hugh had SO many consequences for the rest of the series. I felt like Hugh and Iridal were dealt with better in the later books, because Hugh felt more like himself there so it made more sense, but since it relied so heavily on this idea of love between them it was a shame that the first book didn't deal with that better, because then I never really felt like their love necessarily existed the way I was probably supposed to feel it did.
Other characters-- I actually really liked Paithan and Rega's build up but once they were a couple, all of a sudden Rega wasn't herself anymore. She went from being strong and independent to crying and whining and vying between throwing herself at her man's chest and snapping at the strangest things. Which was a bit weird to me because between the two of them, I would have thought that Rega would have been stronger during all the weird upheaval happening.
She had a past more accustomed to darkness and change and doing anything necessary to meet one's goals, whereas Paithan had been relatively sheltered. Yet Paithan never really wavered and Rega changed. In part, this is possibly because Paithan is an elf and Rega is human, so maybe it was meant to be commentary on that, but I was surprised by how Rega changed so much, so suddenly, for the worse and forever, once they acknowledged their feelings.
I think, and perhaps this is not the series' fault and is more indicative simply of the time when it was written, that this was shown way more with the female characters. They were strong on their own but the second a big, strong man came along they crumbled and cried and lost their way.
Not all of them. Orla was pretty good. Grundle was awesome. Aleatha was cool because she pretty much always remained unruffled.
So I don't necessarily want to suggest that it was them being women, perhaps it was simply some of those personalities that didn't fare well, but if you look at the women vs the men there are more instances of the men remaining similar in or out of a relationship or growing stronger in one , and the women changing drastically or growing weaker.
That is probably what throws me off with Hugh because he was exhibiting the signs I saw in some of the women and, given his past, that made it particularly odd for him.