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The Hand of Chaos (Death Gate Cycle) Paperback – 1996

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  • Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); 1st Paperback Edition edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055340377X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553403770
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,669,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Haplo returns to the Lord of the Nexus, only to be sent once again to Arianus, the Realm of the Sky. As the war between humans, elves and dwarves seems imminent, Haplo must choose between obeying the master who rescued him from the deadly Labyrinth, and betraying the powerful Patryn.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "topbatch" on 26 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Oh what a turn of events. I think that this book sets a precedence that follws for the rest of the saga. An interesting turn of events happens on the world or Arianus, where Haplo finds himself once again. I do not want to give too much of the story away but this book will definetly keep the reader turning the pages. Still further do the writers give the reader more answers to the questions plaguing the readers mind throughout the saga. The fifth book in this immense saga reads smoothly and is a joy to read. Since thids book acts as a connection between the previous book and the next one, it does get a little slow at times. Though the writer leave enough suspense to keep the reader increasingly interested. The serpents that have made an appearance in the previous book, get more depth and equally more mysterious. Just who are they? and What do they want? The next books in the saga pose to be very interesting.
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THE HAND OF CHAOS by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman 25 July 2013
By MOTU Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Hand of Chaos is a 1993 fantasy novel by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the fifth in the seven-volume Death Gate Cycle. Here, Haplo is sent with Bane back to Arianus to activate the Kicksey-winsey in advance of a Patryn invasion.

Implausibilities abound as the writers spend the first seventy pages roughly forcing the story in the direction they want it to go. It's mind-boggling that Haplo wouldn't even try to grab Samah after the events of Serpent Mage - that would have solved all his problems. And Xar, the "wisest Patryn of all," is swayed far too easily by both Bane and the dragon-snakes, above and beyond even what his vast hubris can account for.

When the story gets going, Haplo is shoved to the margins; The Hand of Chaos is not so much a sequel to Fire Sea and Serpent Mage as it is Dragon Wing 2, which isn't exactly what we were looking for at this point. Nevertheless, this is a reasonably suspenseful page-turner, and it wraps up the Arianus storylines with a satisfactory - if shaky - conclusion. The authors also do a fine job of writing from a half-dozen different viewpoints.

There are some issues, though: Limbeck's glossed-over personality shift at the end of Dragon Wing renders him largely unrecognizable here. We get way too much Iridal and not nearly enough conflicted Haplo. And there's little lead-in to the next book beyond the developments in the first several chapters.

Its problems are not insignificant, but The Hand of Chaos is, ultimately, an engaging and fairly satisfying novel, even if it often feels like a detour on the way to more pressing (and more interesting) storylines.
Great series 7 Nov. 2014
By Christopher Mcclure - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Good series mixing fantasy and sci-fi
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