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The Gate Thief (Mither Mages) Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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Things I liked include:
The back story of Bel and Loki and understanding why Loki decided to start eating gates. I enjoyed Loki/Wad's half of the story on Westil trying to help Anonoei get her sons to safety and revenge on Queen Bexoi. The Westil part of the story was very intriguing for me and played out well. The flow was good and I wanted to learn more. Learning more about Mages was cool and Danny figuring out his new powers and coming out to some of his friends all good parts to the story. I also like Anonoei's boys I think that is setting up nicely to turn into something in the next book.
Things I didn't like:
All the introspection and explanation of the Kah and Bah the innerself and outerself I think I just re-fell asleep typing that. Also the addition of even more magic or the whole new Egyptian lore added on top of the Norse lore it just seemed like an overabundance of mythology and then they threw Jesus on top of all that.
But my biggest gripe is why why why does every girl in Danny's life now want to sleep with him? Not only do they want to sleep with him which maybe I might buy into with his new godlike status, but they want to have his baby. What teenage girl in her right mind is looking to sleep with someone in high school just to get pregnant? To me that part was ridiculous and took up way too much time.
The parts of the book I liked I really liked but the parts I hated I absolutely hated. There were some great twists at the end but honestly I was a little bored by then. This was an okay book and I will probably read the last one to see how it all plays out hoping that this is just the middle book syndrome and the third book will be able to rise above the drudgery.
I quite enjoyed the first book, and was quite excited to see this show up on my Kindle a few days ago. Then I read it. Ick.
One of OSC's talents in the past has been writing believable young children. Ender, Peter, and others have all been very believable characters. With this book I'm afraid Card has Jumped the Shark.
Our Gatemage here is nothing but a whiny caricature of a person. His only personality trait is to be exactly what Card needs in any given scene. Need a morally snotty teen? Check. Need a mouthy kid? Check. Need a respectful kid? Check. Danny completely morphs from scene to scene and has absolutely no internal consistency.
Add the exceptionally weak plotting, a stupid and clearly very rushed "We're on a deadline here!" ending, and you have all the makings for a pretty horrible book.
Which brings to the subject of the dialogue between Danny and his more youthful friends. It's strained, poorly written, overly formulaic at moments and a caricature of true teen interactions. In a book like this, its important to know how teens talk and the author falls way short. Some of this existed in the first book, but not to this extent. It was very distracting.
As others have mentioned there is a significant time spent discussing how (spoiler) Set and his minions enter and take control of drowthers and mages. As some point - early on - it held the story back. The easiest way to offer a clear explanation is to let the story and character interaction offer insight. Instead, we got paragraphs and paragraphs of description. I actually sat the book down for about 4 days because it.
The ending was abysmal. It left a tremendous amount of questions, left the story untold at a critical moment and most importantly, contradicted everything we had been led to believe about a gatefather. It felt rushed, like the author had simply exhausted himself to a point where he wanted out of his own story. In many ways it was an arrogant and selfish way to end a book that so many people had patiently waited for so long.Read more ›
This book is only 4 stars, rather than 5, primarily because it seemed to lack an adequate conflict and resolution. Instead, we had mythology and character development setting the state for book 3. Series are best when they do both: build the series story arc and present a somewhat self-contained conflict and resolution. The Gate Thief felt like the first half of a longer book rather than the second book in a trilogy. One other negative: Card's teenage characters (which seem to be a huge obsession across various novels/series) are less than realistic. All the teen girls want to be with Danny right away and they're all making blatant public plays at him? And one just wants his baby in her before he goes off to war--when fearing for him, her hands instinctively moved to her empty uterus? I'm no teen girl but that seems incredibly far-fetched to me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love all of his books and this one was as satisfying as the rest.Published 2 days ago by Susan Gregory
Love Card's work but this book was lacking; little focus, poor character development, lose-ended sub-plots and drop-off ending. Read morePublished 4 days ago by John R. Ureda
This is a good series. Card does such a good job weaving a tale! I have read most of his work and he has never missed his mark. You need to read his series in order. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Not exactly stoked on the direction this book took the seriesPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Orson Scott Card is such a catch 22. He writes well, in an exciting, accessible, well paced way. But his personal politics and prejudices are spilling out all over the place. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TheRealRoxie
I typically love books by Orson Scott Card. This not only falls into worst book i've ever read by him, but worst book I have read in a very long time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa Freedman