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The story of the Belmage is a bit distant, even though the author tries to impress upon us that this is the central plot point. What starts out as a potentially great quest to track down the Belmage ends after the first stage. Then we hear the more or less exact same story again, told from Wad's point of view. On the other hand, the impending major war on Earth is almost glossed over as insignificant.
I was also looking forward to more interaction between Danny North and his new found friends. We do get a bit more of that fun, but large parts of the story ended up a bit shallow. Suddenly everyone is a huge fan of Danny, he's on the track team and every girl in his general vicinity wants to literally have his baby. And even so, Danny seems to have few flaws in that regard, despite being an inexperienced teenager. He decides to be careful with his gates, yet uses them more than ever without giving it a second thought.
Loki/Wad is a bright point, though. The internal conflict he has, and his suspicions are welcoming. At the end of the book, his personality is what really made me look for the release date of a third book.
Still, the book was a very good read and I enjoyed it greatly, despite the shortcomings. However, it will all depend on the third book.
I've read many of Orson Scott Cards books, "Gate Thief" and the preceding "Lost Gate" are nowhere near his best.
After reading them both, and though I have no real way of knowing, I still got the distinct impression that Mr. Card owed his publishing company two books and so banged these two out. Just trying to be honest. I would not recommend them to anyone. These books are at times tedious, explaining time and time again how the magery (or magic) works, at other times tiring due to Danny, the main character's attitude (what the author calls "trickster" and I would just call "smart-a$$"). The ending was very abrupt, with no real resolution to the series.
If you'd like to read some good Orson Scott Card, and haven't already, I would suggest his "Ender's Game" series.
Unlike some of the previous reviewers, I actually do like Danny's character - his diversity and inconsistency is indeed analogous to what I'd expect from a teenage boy. But all of his friends are shallow and one dimensional. We see Danny's opinions of his friends, but without any character developing actions that help us understand why Danny sees his friends in a certain way. Other characters are introduced to appear significant, then seemingly forgotten.
In Card's Afterword, he talks about how he wrote this book once, scrapped it and rewrote it. It definitely feels this way. There are dangling plot developments, references that don't always make sense and general disorder. This being said, the broad stroke of the plot is very interesting and enjoyable. Card writes lucidly, and it is an easy read. If he is clear of mind for the third book of the trilogy I expect that it will be outstanding. But I think after the series is finished he'll look at this book and wished he had rewritten it.