The Lost Gate (Mithermages #1)
Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an outself.
This book promises a lot with its spectacular opening chapter (I even remember telling my mom after page 25 or so that "This is going to be a good one"; thanks to Orson Scott Card, I lied to my mother), but quickly fizzles like a cheap firework. The premise is one that is becoming hackneyed: the gods of the ancient world did and do exist. However, Card's novel provides a unique take: the gods of the ancients were actually beings from a world called Westil. In W...more
Ever since the first time I read ENDER’S GAME, Orson Scott Card had a way of grabbing my attention and pulling me out of my normal genre preferences. In recent years, while I would still pick up his titles as they caught my eye, nothing had been able to recapture that initial attraction. Reading THE LOST GATE was like rediscovering a high school crush and falling in love all over again. I laughed, I read quotes out loud, and stayed up to all hours of t...more
First, I didn't buy the tree-man's behavior. (view spoiler)[Is immersing yourself in castle politics the first thing you'd do upon waking from a centuries-long mind-numbing sleep? And, amnesiac or not, wouldn't he be in possession of a little more residual wisdom and dignity after all those centuries? Why waste your time spying on petty human dramas? (hide spoiler)]
Second, and this I just couldn't get past, our main character...more
The Lost Gate is the first book I've read by Orson Scott Card. I've heard phenomenal things about his story telling and now I can understand why. Orson kept me engaged with his story with his detailed mythology and world building. I felt like I was apart of the world while reading about Danny's journey. I'll admit, I didn't feel a connection to his main character through out the whole story and at times some scenes were not at all what I was expecting, and little graphic, taking too muc...more
That's the other thing. I felt as if I could see the workings behind Card's thinking as he was...more
I have never read any of Orson Scott Card's stuff. when I found out I won this I did a little research, and have read good things about him as an Author.
I was no disappointed when diving into this book. It was...more
There's also a scene that was entirely uncalled for, involving a sex-crazed 20-something girl jumping the 12 year old protagonist. It seemed like one of those scenes Hollywood throws in to get more viewers--you know, the scene...more
There's a lot Card wants to tackle in this book. He's dusting off a magic system that's been visited once or twice before, but never really fleshed out in a full length novel. He's also got a fresh angle that he wants to work (well, fresh to anyone who didn't read American Gods) where he recasts well-known mythological pantheons as battling families of mages. And then of course...more
I had none of the problems with the character that I have seen mentioned. He isn't like Ender (which he isn't), and he might whine a bit, but less than 1% of most characters from Robin Hobb's work (although she pulls it off).
It has a bit of an American Gods feel to it, except the mages are more true to their namesakes than any of Gaiman's characters ever managed to be.
There are some adult scenes but they felt natural in the circumstances. In real life...more
I gave this book a mediocre rating for several reasons.
My initial criticism is that this book belongs in a teen or young adult section. I'm new to Orson Scott Card but was told great things about his writing prowess, that he was a prolific fantasy fiction writer, etc. Needless to say, like other readers who gave it a poor rating, I was underwhelmed. The plot premise is interesting, but character development and logic are lacking. However, it might be a nice intro to fantasy fiction for a younge...more
I almost always enjoy Orson Scott Card, and this book was no exception, although it probably wasn't my favorite of his. I liked the idea behind all the magic and the different types of magic that a person (well, god) could have. And I enjoyed the double plots. I liked how Danny was trying to mature into a decent young man, trying to escape his natural trickster self. But I w...more
I do feel that it lost a bit of momentum towards the middle of the book but not too bad. It was still enjoyable through t...more
And then, about halfway through the book, it's like the author just gave up. There was no story anymore, just pages upon pages upon pages of characters sitting around and talking. It wasn't even interesting talking. They were trying to figure out how Danny's magic...more
Reminiscent of the Harry Potter/Percy Jackson series--except definitely for an older audience and this kid actually knows what's going on--it follows Danny North, born into a family of gods exiled to earth whose power has diminished to almost nothing over the centuries, as he grows into his powers to reopen the gates between earth and what is essentially Asgard, which Loki...more
Lost Gate has a really interesting premise. It's no secret, so I don't mind saying that it's a lot of fun to think through the core dynamic of magic in this world: people (from these families from other worlds) are born with natural connections to different kinds of powers, and if they "serve" that power (mostly natu...more
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th...more