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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New Ed edition (17 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006486142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006486145
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,182,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Weis and Hickman are now definitely up at the same level as Dave Duncan or David Eddings, using conventional fantasy elements on the grand scale to produce excellent reading". -- Chicago Sun-Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'When you gaze into the abyss…'

Dagnarus' hatred of his elder brother, Crown prince Helmos, is equal only to his hunger to become one of the Dominion Lords, guardians of the magical tunnels that connect the various races of Vinnengael. Yet his plans to gain power in the kingdom are only set in motion with the arrival of the shy scholarly Gareth, who is recruited to be Dagnarus' whipping boy. Despite all their differences an unshakeable bond is formed and Gareth, with his prince's support, begins to master the forbidden Void magic. Unleashing forces that even the most powerful of magi fear, the two friends set in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy the entire kingdom.

A gripping story of magic corrupted, 'Well of Darkness' takes the unique approach of focusing on the evil protagonists in the story, as we follow them from boys to men, and is set to elevate the careers of bestselling 'Dragonlance' authors Weis & Hickman to spectacular new heights.

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It's been probably 10 years since I read this trilogy the first time; and high time I revisited it. This book, the first of the trilogy, is another brilliant foray into fantasty by Weis and Hickman, the authors of the Dragonlance series and many more books.

In this book, the reader is introduced to Dagnarus, second son of the King of Vinnengael. The King is a good, honest and godly man, who strives to love his second son, but finds it not in his heart to feel about him as he does about his first son and heir, Helmos. Dagnarus has for company a whipping boy, Gareth, who he binds to him body and soul. The reader follows Dagnarus and Gareth through their boyhood as they begin to grow into the men they are likely to become. Surrounding them is intrigue and danger; the elves, divided between loyalty to their Sheild and their Divine, the orken, who follow signs and omens, and the dwarves, who have only vague contempt for the humans; all these, and the humans themselves, are split into factions, each hunting for their own advantage.

Dagnarus, however, is the danger they all must face eventually. For he is determined, by any means necessary, to become King of Vinnengael; and anyone who stands in his way will be removed. Gareth finds himself drawn into forces that he cannot counter, drawn despite himself into Dagnarus' plans. And if Dagnarus is not loyal to his own kin and kingdom; if Vinnengael should fall; if the dark magic of the Void should become supreme - what fate must lie the land?

I'm really glad I still enjoyed this, years after my first reading; I'm looking forward to getting onto the remaining two books of the trilogy. Highly recommended.
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By J. Cronin VINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2003
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In my view, this is a rare novel, an intriguing piece of fantast literature. Our main characters are Gareth, a birthmarked boy who is to become whipping boy to the other main character Prince Dagnarus. Dagnarus is second in line to the throne of Vinnengael, after his father and elder brother, but he harbours ambitions of becoming king. He desires to become a Dominion Lord and seeks out, with the help of Gareth, the dark magic of the Void, where nothing exists and which will not aid unless sacrifice is paid. They learn how to create and control the undead Vrykyl, the dark counterparts to the good and just Dominion Lords. At the transmutation ceremony of the Dominion Lords, Dagnarus's dark secret is revealed and the kingdom is torn apart.
For once, the main characters in this book are on the dark side, yet having grown up with them, we feel some sympathy, especially for Gareth, utterly devoted to his prince.
This is a fantasy book which is well worth a read, and I'm looking forward to the next episode in the trilogy.
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Having read and been a huge fan of Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance trilogy and the follow up Twins Trilogy I thought I would give this one a go, and I am vary glad I did.

The story was awesome and I found myself not wanting to put the book down and looking forward to my next reading instalment.

The story revolves around a 9-year-old Prince Dagnarus who is second in line to the throne. Due to his royal personage he is not allowed to be hurt, punished or upset and therefore a "whipping boy" is brought in, the idea being that this whipping boy would be the punishment of the prince's wrongdoings. Enter 9-year-old Gareth.

I rarely feel sorry for characters in books but I did really feel for Gareth. Not because he was the whipping boy but because of his undying devotion and loyalty and love toward the prince, who did not treat him that badly. As they grew up Gareth studied magic whilst Dagnarus becomes a warrior. One day, when both are in their early twenties Dagnarus becomes an evil Dominion Lord and Gareth his magus. Gareth, for his love of Dagnarus, studies the dark arts of the Void which causes him torment, pain and physical scars each time he uses it, but he does so willingly for his friend. As time goes on Gareth becomes more and more torn up inside as he follows the evil Lord but struggles with what he knows is right and wrong.

The tale has a sad ending and I ended up feeling quite sad and sorry for Gareth.

If you enjoyed Dragonlance I am sure you will enjoy this.

A note on the Kindle version: Awesome! No proplems whatsoever.
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As a fan of Weis and Hickman - I read all of the dragonlance chronicles and the Darksword series - I was hoping for another well written, gripping, story line.

The story line was okay, the characters were okay (not as memorable as the likes of Tasslehoff Burrfoot, Sturm Brightblade, Flint Fireforge, Tanis Half-Elven, Caramon Majere, Raistlin Majere or Kitiara) but the plot was very transparent.

The worst thing about this book is the poor writing style - aside from the American Spellings, which should not be used in books sold in England - the authors seem to have a dislike for conjunctions and prepositions, often misusing a semicolon instead.
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I could not put this down.Even while washing dishes I was reading.The storyline is superb,and although Dagnarus is evil he has his good side portrayed too.Plenty of magic and dark characters surfaceing.The Orken had me in stitches.All what you would expect and more.A MUST BUY book.
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