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.
That's the explanation I came up with because nothing more was really said about it in the first book, and I can't imagine a small detail like this being carried over into the second or third book with any kind of meaning.
But yeah, it does seem like a careless plot hole that could have been easily fixed, and also doesn't have much bearing on the story in full. It's surprising and lame to get one of these in a Card book. (less)
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
That only happens with Gate magic.
Enter Danny, learning that he can bend space and time and learning much about himself as he leaves his scary folks and their community to become a thief. It's a perfect field for someone who can jump ...more
Unfortunately, he over-e ...more
Good in parts, a bit boring in others, but overall a pretty dang cool magic system and I really think the books to come will be even better. This was mostly a set-up for the rest of the series, especially after listening to the afterword.
I have read a lot of mediocre books of late, volumes I didn't hate but coul ...more
Why I finished the whole book, and why I gave it two ...more
What went wrong? Two things I think:
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 h ...more
Si tenemos en cuenta que leí el primero suyo (El juego de Ender) en el 92, eso nos da más de 20 años disfrutando con Card, disfrutando mucho. Un total de 39 libros plagados de notas de “10”, “9” o notables altos.
El problema que tuve fue que Hijos de la Mente (Ender IV) no me gustó. Ciudad de Basilica (el final de la saga de Alvin Maker), menos. Y para colmo releí Esperanza del Venado (craso error en mi caso las re-lecturas) y ahí llegó el ...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
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
The story was great, the world building was unique and the magic system was super cool.
My problem was with the characters and the dialogue. Most of the characters were pretty unlikeable and the few I liked weren't relatable at all. Many of the characters were very crude and crass and I found the dialogue and character interactions uncomfortable.
I'm not sure if I'll carry on with this series. I want to see ...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
Orson Scott Card is a very good storyteller, so even at his worst, his books are still worth reading. That being said, this entire novel felt like a ... prologue. It set up a lot of characters, a lot of history, and a good deal of how this alternative universe works, but not much happen...more
By the way, this book is not approp ...more
The Good: The story is based on ancient gods who still exist on earth with diminished powers and live mostly hidden from the rest of humanity. They are waiting for a gate mage to be born and create a Great Gate which will ...more
Aside from the "crap", I ...more
Of course I know what it means to 'moon' someone, but Mr. Card took it to the next level by describing, in cringe worthy detail, what it means to 'star' someone. Yuck. I don't find toilet humour funny, and I'm still not sure what the point was in including not only this description, but othe ...more
That's the other thing. I felt as if I could see the workings behind Card's thinking as he was ...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