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The Lost Gate (Mither Mages) Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 4, 2011
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"The Lost Gate" really tells two stories set in alternate worlds. The bulk of the book is devoted to Danny North who hails from a once powerful clan of mages living on a rural compound in contemporary America. Thought useless by most of the family, Danny soon starts to understand that he does have a power--the power of gatemaking. This is an outlawed resource, however, as the power to make gates (which grant you the ability to move almost anywhere in the simplest terms) can be exploited in the wrong hands. "The Lost Gate" presents a complicated history in which forces have eradicated ALL gatemakers and closed all existing gates. Danny is soon on the run as his ability starts to become apparent which leads him to others who seek to alternately help and/or harm him. In the parellel plane of Westil, we meet another young man with gating ability. His mysterious past keeps him aloof--but as an underling in the realm's royal workforce, he soon becomes entrenched in court politics and intrigue.Read more ›
On his journey, he explores his new and strange magical powers, as well as the non-magical world he has been hidden from his whole life. He is a mage, descendent of the gods and goddesses man worshiped in ancient times, but he travels among normal people, finding his way among the beggars and thieves in the underworld of Washington, D.C.
Even as he does, he is hiding from his family, the descendents of gods. You see, the ancient pantheons in the Greek, Nordic, Roman, or Hindu world are really visitors to Earth, mages whose powers were amplified by their journey through magical gates between their world and Earth. Those gates were lost many centuries ago, stranding them here and weakening their powers. Now, Danny is about to find himself at the center of an ancient struggle to get back to their world, renew their powers, and regain control of the Earth as gods and goddesses. His very existence will reignite a power struggle between the modern descendents of the pantheons for the control of the gates, and he will be at the center of it.
While not an entirely original story, it is clever and creative.Read more ›
Card is at his best when he writes about children, and The Lost Gate is no exception. The Lost Gate is the story of a boy named Danny North. Danny grows up on a commune in rural Virginia where he and all of his family members are the descendants of Norse gods. But unlike his relatives, Danny doesn't seem to have any special, magical knack. In spite of being far more intelligent than his friends, Danny's ends up being the target of his peers derision and a disappointment to his parents. But just when you think that the book will turn into a sort of reverse Harry Potter, Card turns things around. Danny does have special powers--he is a gatemage, able to make tunnels across space and time. Because Danny has the potential to outstrip even the most powerful magicians in his community, Danny is now seen as a threat. Once Danny discovers that he is a gatemage,he is in a race against time; he must escape his community and learn how to use his powers to protect himself, before he is hunted down and killed by his own kind.
Card is an expert at building up suspense while moving the story forward at a rapid pace.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Title: The Lost Gate
Series Number: The first of the series Mither Mages.
Author: Orson Scott Card
(Audio) Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Card
One... Read more
I am an avid reader, and I was excited to read this book because of the good reviews. However, the dialogue was completely boring, none of the characters were likable (in fact, the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Runestar
Creative, authentically written from a development perspective.Published 2 months ago by steven feldman
I will certainly read the next book in the series. I especially like the main character in this novel. I find him charming, self-aware and resourceful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by francescogtomassi
I thoroughly enjoyed the fleshing of the country boy in his ancient heritage. I believe there may be something to these powers but until the new physics plays out a bit further... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Hanna
Excellent start to a series! Quick wit and thought-provoking mythology disguised as a young adult series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Megatron
Card creates unforgettable characters and thought provoking storylines. It makes for a great read every time. I just could not put this book down.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is Orson Scott Card of old. Like his Ender series, this is a very good story. Told very well. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone. Read morePublished 5 months ago by reluctant writer