The Lost Gate (Mither Mages #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.
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
I felt let down by this book. I think my biggest problem was the ending. I like a good series as much as the next person, but I like to know that it is going to be a series before I start reading it....so that I can make sure to wait until all (or most) of the books are out before I read it. This book tricked me by not saying it was part of a series. I was th...more
Danny North is a believable character, if not an inherently likable one. Perhaps inevitably, I compared him to another Orson Scott Card youngster - Ender Wiggins. Danny is from a family of gods who live in isolation in Virginia...more
I have liked almost everything by Orson Scott Card that I've read, some more than others, (let it be noted, though, that I haven't actually read more than 5 of his books) but this is by far my favorite. The story is fascinating, with twisting details and mythological references that I love, the character of Danny is loveable, amusing, smart and most of all, REAL.
I would categorize this book as a cross between fantasy, with castles, royal families and magical powers...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
Other things I dislike about this book 1) I really dislike some of the charact...more
Points of irritation/ points of interest
- The somewhat decent plot is marred by annoying coincidences. Example: page 128 - the Library of Congress la...more
The story was fragmented at best and lacked the background required to make it "fly" so to speak. The book begins well with a small amount of depth and laying some foundation for the story.The were moments of gold (although quite brief) where we see the main character questioning his actions and motivations. There is another story taking place i...more
When Danny discovers his hidden talent of creating gates through the fabric of time/space, and...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
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