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The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

The Lost Gate (edition 2011)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:The Lost Gate
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tor Fantasy (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Tags:fiction, fantasy, 2012 reads

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The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

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Solid story by one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors. ( )
  KenMcLain | Jul 18, 2017 |
The world created in this book is engaging, especially since it is based on myths and history. I want so much to like this book. The characters for the most part seem to have similar personalities: shallow, boring, selfish, sarcastic, and with sexual issues.

There is even quite a bit of woman-hatred in this book, mostly in the form of body hatred. For example, women's bodies don't do "nasty" things upon maturing. That is a man's perspective and it doesn't seem realistic for a young woman to say such a thing. The author needs to have a few women review the dialogue and behavior of female characters before publishing. The women in this story have stereotypical female behavior, which is both boring and reinforces toxic gender stereotypes.

I also didn't expect this to be another boy fantasy story. When the main character has such great power that he is pretty much invincible, what is the point of reading the book? I can't relate to this boyhood fantasy.

But all that said, I still love the world created in this story. If only I didn't have to read about this one selfish annoying boy as if he were a hero. I hope the next book in this series leaves boyhood fantasy stories behind. ( )
  SonoranDreamer | Mar 16, 2017 |
The Lost Gate was my first experience with Orson Scott Card's fantasy writing. I didn't enjoy it as much as his Science Fiction universes - but I still found it a fun read and will probably keep an eye out for the next book when it comes out.

What I didn't know before I read The Lost Gate was that Mithermages is loosely based on mythology. I say loosely because I felt like they mythological references were a bit superfluous. Basically, the mithermages are from the world of Westil and their different families more-or-less inspire the mythologies of Earth. I felt that it was a very vague connection and I almost feel like it took away some of the originality of the book - I think the same universe could have been created without the use of Earth's Mythologies.

Danny's story runs concurrently with the story of Wad, a kitchen boy back on Westil. His story is more medieval fantasy while Danny's is more contemporary fantasy. He's also a more interesting and complex hero. These two stories were drastically different. While Danny's story felt more coming-of-age and young adult, Wad's story was darker and more mature - this difference made it a bit odd when going back and forth between the two stories. ( )
  vnorthw | Apr 15, 2016 |
This book was hard to put down as the moment I started reading, I was hooked. I love the fact that there's a heavy emphasis on Norse mythology with a modern twist and who the Gate Thief was kept me guessing until nearly the end. Danny is the outcast of his family as he's considered to be nearly drekka (which basically means he's not a mage) and is bullied by his cousins.

He soon learns that he's not drekka but is in fact a gate mage and one of the most powerful in centuries. Danny realizes that he can no longer stay with his family and sets out to find more about his kind of magery and about the Great Gate which is a link between this world (Mittlegard) and Westil where his ancestors came from before the Great Gate was locked by Loki.

Along the way to discovery, he makes friends, learns more about himself and realizes that family isn't always the people that you are related to. Full of intrigue, humor, mythology, adventure, and surprises, this book is a must read.

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  Eire2011 | Mar 11, 2016 |
I really enjoyed parts of the story, as Danny was exploring his gate-making abilities, but I found that I didn't really pay attention to all the mythology references. Definitely not as compelling as Ender's Game and the sequels. ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
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After all we've shared over the years,
From California to Kansas,
From Provence to Myrtle Beach,
With all the magics along the way:
This book is for you.
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Danny North grew up surrounded by fairies, ghosts, talking animals, living stones, walking trees, and gods who called up wind and brought down rain, made fire from air and drew iron out of the depth of the earth as easily as ordinary people might draw up water from a well.
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In the ancient world, pantheons of gods ruled over every society of man, until the trickster, Loki, sealed off the source of their power. Ever since they have been forced to live with greatly diminished power amongst the humans they used to rule.

Danny North has discovered that he has the powers of a gate mage, making him one of the most powerful members of his family of former gods. Unfortunately this earns him a death sentence. Ever since their fall, the former gods have made a pact that anyone who shows the same power as Loki, the power of a gate mage, must be killed immediately lest one pantheon be the only one to return to its former greatness. Danny must flee from his family and fend for himself in the society of normal humans while he learns to use his power and recover the greatness for all mages that Loki stole so long ago.

Meanwhile in the world of Westil, the home world of the gods, a boy has been released from his ancient imprisonment inside a tree. He has no recollection of who he is or how he became imprisoned. All he knows is that he too has the great powers of a gate mage and that he has forgotten something very important.
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Ye gods! Teenager

Learns about himself and his

Dangerous powers.


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Danny grew up in a family compound in Virginia, believing that he alone of his family had no magical power. But he was wrong. Kidnapped from his high school by a rival family, he learns that he has the power to reopen the gates between Earth and the world of Westil.… (more)

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