The Lost Gate

The Lost Gate

A Novel of the Mither Mages

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765326577
Branch Call Number: SF CARD, ORSON
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 25 cm.


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DBRL_KrisA May 19, 2018

I swore I wouldn't read another book by Orson Scott Card, because of his anti-gay views. The only reason I read this one was because it was on my late sister's Goodreads list.

This is a decent story - or actually, a pair of stories: there's Danny North, a young teen in the US, a member of a family whose ancestors came from the world of Westil, and there's Wad, a kitchen boy of vague origins, living in the world of Westil.

Both boys are gatemages, people who can create passages from one place to another. The details of how they do what they do are very confusing to me, and since that's what the whole book is (mostly) about, that lessened my interest in the book.
There are other books in the series, but I probably won't read them.

Mar 22, 2018

It was a slow pick up but over all i did like it and hope there is a second part somewhere

Jun 04, 2016

Incredible respect for this author. I believe this book is a best work yet explaining everything from poltergeist to all mythical gods - truly a work of art and excellent read. Best of all, so far, it's a trilogy -

May 17, 2016

Picked it up because of the author, read about 1/3. Flimsy and not well thought out, just not my cup of tea.

Jun 14, 2013

I thought this was about something else..

May 26, 2012

Another great book by Card, a setting based on the application of the old myths to our day, I'm thinking with bit of a scifi twist to it. This sets the stage for the coming of age of a talented young boy with a uniquely troubled background who has to decide whether to follow the old ways or overcome the prejudices and temptations of his heritage.
In reference to an earlier review, I do have to take exception. Trying to claim this book as anti-gay does a disservice to all. The incident referred to would have to be stretched to the breaking point and even then it wouldn't come close. What Card DOES do is portray in those moments the immaturity and juvenile humor of youths and teens in strange surroundings from varied backgrounds (including abuse) BUT that is not what the story is about.

Mar 26, 2012

Just finished this book but will have to read it again because if it is anti-gay I surely missed it.

On the other hand just because you are parnoid doesn't mean that someone isn't out to get you.

That last was for Brenda's benefit.

Jan 15, 2012

it is very good

malach Dec 21, 2011

Available at Battery Park

Dec 06, 2011

Most wonderful way to pass a rainy day- until the anti-gay slant comes up and destroys the concentration. It was completely gratuatious and didn't figure in plot at all, except as an author statement. Too bad.

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LudditeLord Sep 29, 2011

Danny knew that he needed to grow up into a man who doesn't just survive, but deserves to.

LudditeLord Sep 27, 2011

"He would know everything that was going on in the castle, yet everyone would ignore or despise him."


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