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The Hand of Chaos by Margaret Weis

The Hand of Chaos (edition 1993)

by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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Title:The Hand of Chaos
Authors:Margaret Weis
Other authors:Tracy Hickman
Info:Bantam Spectra (1993), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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Haplo's still in his lord's bad books, but needed to escort young Bane back to the world of stone where we began. Bane however has been trying to manipulate events so that he gets to keep Haplo's dog - and lthough we gain a few further clues about this odd creature, there's still a lot more that isn't clear. Meanwhile of course the serpents of evil have been busy. They're stoking fear in Lord Xar, and on Stone they're trying very hard to ensure that all three races of mensch go back to war. Haplo realises that Xar doesn't believe him regarding the mendacity of the serpents so he's unsure of his best course of action.

We actually get very little of Haplo in this book, because he spends most of his time in an Elven prison cell, not wanting to take a course of action that would further the serpents, or lead to any causes for War. The rebel elves are about to unite with the humans and make peace with the dwarfs. The serpents are less enamoured of this outcome.

Bane is not forgotten and one of Alfred's mysteries is explained as Hugh the Hand continues to his last contract.

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1 vote reading_fox | Jan 17, 2018 |
Hugh the Hand is back and makes sure Bane is killed. Haplo realizes the serpentsnakes are simply our own evilness phantasmagorized[?]. Deals with the elves and their magic system a bit more. Very interesting. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Lies make the sweetest poison.

When Haplo began his journey his course was clear, victory all but a formality. Now he hurries back to warn his people of the evil he has discovered, only to find the enemy waiting for him. They serve Lord Xar now, as they once served Haplo. Confident in his power, Xar dismisses Haplo’s concerns, and sends him back to Arianus with Bane.

The story quickly grows into a vast game of lies, with dragon-snakes surreptitiously offering their support to each player. Regrettably, the story chooses to follow each character simultaneously, revealing treacherous plans as they are hatched, instead of springing them on the audience in the midst of a conflict.

The primary conflict is frustratingly slow, though the story compensates admirably with subplots, using vivid details and complex relationships to build strong emotional tension, which is both satisfying and engaging, though very short lived. Each character struggles with their own role in the story, before ultimately claiming their choice in time to join the final conflict. The ending is satisfying, if incomplete, with minor setbacks designed to pull audiences on to the next volume.

+Strong Characters
+Strong Ideas
+Strong Descriptions
-Weak plot

3/5 ( )
  adamg211 | Aug 10, 2016 |
In this book of the Death Gate cycle Haplo travels back to the very first plane he visited, Arianus, plane of the air. Of course he arrives in the middle of chaos and war partly raged by the mysterious serpent-drakes. Not the best book of the series by far but the latter half (third) was great.... ( )
  TheCrow2 | May 9, 2012 |
With the various Gates explored, it is time for Haplo to head back through the original Gate, with Bane in tow. In no time at all Haplo and Bane find themselves embroiled in a Race war and the vague plot sprawls across half the book, continuously adding more cast members, until eventually settling down. That half is hard going, where not much really happens, however the latter half of The Hand of Chaos produces a decent plot and welcomes back an old character to spice things up. Definitely a drawn out middle book, which is worth the slog to see through the second half, however it remains very much a set up for the next chapter of the Cycle. ( )
  SonicQuack | Jan 17, 2011 |
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Chaos is everywhere as the Lord of the Nexus orders his servant Haplo and the human child known as Bane to further their master's work on Arianus, the realm of air. But their one time companion Alfred has been cast into the deadly Labyrinth. And somehow the assassin Hugh the Hand has been resurrected to complete his dark mission. More important, the evil force that Haplo and Alfred discovered on Arianus has escaped. As Haplo's doubts about his master grow deeper, he must decide whether to obey the Lord of the Nexus or betray the powerful Patryn...and endeavor to bring peace to the universe.

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While the Lord of the Nexus orders his servant Haplo and Bane, the human child, to further their master's work on Arianus, the resurrected assassin Hugh the Hand seeks to complete his mission.

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