The Seventh Gate: A Death Gate Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The Seventh Gate is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. In this tale of treachery, power, and heroism, Alfred, Haplo, and Marit embark on a journey of death and discovery as they seek to enter the dreaded Seventh Gate. Encountering enemies both old and new, they unleash a magic no power can control, damning themselves to an apocalypse of unimagined proportion in a final struggle between good and evil.


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A spectacular journey that takes heroes Haplo and Marit through each of the sundered realms and beyond the sinister Seventh Gate culminates with a battle against the forces of evil in this conclusion ... Read full review

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In despair they find the strength to act.
Light shines on the Labyrinth. Some see it as a good sign, but others know the truth. A battle rages for the Final Gate, and if it closes everyone will be
trapped in the Labyrinth. But Marit has other battles to fight. She must find Alfred, and together they must save Haplo. Lord Xar has taken Haplo to Abbarrach, to die. Then Lord Xar will bring him back, a soulless shell, ready to obey any command, even to lead Lord Xar to the Seventh Gate.
In many ways the story feels familiar. Scenes echo those from other books, highlighting the one thing that has changed, the characters. Flashbacks bring characters’ inner conflicts to the forefront. Each character is confronted with their own culpability. Some characters feel hurried, some plot points feel too convenient, but when the dust settles the ending feels both fitting and earned, providing fresh perspectives on familiar themes. Fans of the series will be pleased, while critics will find few reasons to change their mind.
+Strong Ideas
+Strong Characters
*Familiar plot with a strong ending
*Satisfying examples of deus ex machina
-Slow
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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
25
Section 4
36
Section 5
42
Section 6
54
Section 7
70
Section 8
83
Section 22
201
Section 23
210
Section 24
217
Section 25
228
Section 26
235
Section 27
240
Section 28
245
Section 29
255

Section 9
86
Section 10
92
Section 11
100
Section 12
104
Section 13
115
Section 14
124
Section 15
132
Section 16
141
Section 17
148
Section 18
158
Section 19
170
Section 20
179
Section 21
190
Section 30
263
Section 31
268
Section 32
272
Section 33
279
Section 34
286
Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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