Serpent Mage

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Serpent Mage
Deathgate serpentmage cover.jpg
Author Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Country United States
Language English
Series The Death Gate Cycle
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Bantam Spectra
Publication date
Media type Print ( )
Pages 450 (paperback)
ISBN 0-553-56140-5
OCLC 27773124
Preceded by Fire Sea
Followed by The Hand of Chaos

Serpent Mage is the fourth book in The Death Gate Cycle series written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. It was released in 1992.


After the four worlds Alfred has at last found his people on Chelstra, the realm of sea. But his travels have taught him to be cautious... and Alfred soon realizes his caution is justified, even among his own kind. The one person Alfred can trust is, strangely, Haplo the Patryn. But Haplo's lord has decreed all Sartan to be the enemy, and Haplo dares not go against his lord. Now the companions have arrived in a land where humans, elves, and dwarves have learned to live in peace. Unaware of an even greater threat to all the realms, it is Sartan and Patryn who will disrupt this alliance of the lesser races in their struggle to gain control of all four worlds. Only Alfred and Haplo realize that they have a much older—and more powerful—enemy than each other...

Criticism and praise[edit]

Serpent Mage was reviewed by Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly.

The book hit the bestseller lists for Locus, Waldenbooks, and B. Dalton.[1]