The Lost Gate

The Lost Gate Growing up in a family compound in Virginia Dan North knew from early childhood that his family was different and that the differences were secrets that could never be told He believed that he alone

Growing up in a family compound in Virginia, Dan North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that the differences were secrets that could never be told He believed that he alone of his family had no magical power But he was wrong Kidnapped from his high school by a rival family, he learns that he has the power to reopen the gates between Earth andGrowing up in a family compound in Virginia, Dan North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that the differences were secrets that could never be told He believed that he alone of his family had no magical power But he was wrong Kidnapped from his high school by a rival family, he learns that he has the power to reopen the gates between Earth and the world of Westil This contemporary urban fantasy introduces the North family, a clan of mages in exile in our world, and their enemies who will do anything to keep them locked here.

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The Lost Gate

  1. Orson Scott Card Stefan Rudnicki Emily Janice Card says:
    Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender s Game, Ender s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.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 The Tales of Alvin Maker beginning with Seventh Son , poetry An Open Book , and many plays and scripts.Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.For further details, see the author s page.For an ordered list of the author s works, see s List of works by Orson Scott Cardcmillan author orsons

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  1. Tedium, thy name is The Lost Gate 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 Westil, mag [...]

  2. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.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 the [...]

  3. I honestly didn t know what to expect with this one, but I was very pleasantly surprised to find a magic system that incorporates every myth of gods and creates families out of them, weak with time but always hoping for the potential to get much, much powerful.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 anywh [...]

  4. One of the most interesting magic mythical systems I ve ever read It explains all our myths in a really cool way Super world s set up some truly great characters The main character was far from the best not bad, but nothing special Some of the supporting cast were just awesome, actually overshadowed the rest Card s women in this book were better than the men They had range were far interesting I LOVED the queen What a tough, twisty woman Unfortunately, he over explains almost every step of the [...]

  5. 3.5 StarsGood 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.

  6. Wellybe I should make my guide line into a rule You see I broke my guide line not to pick up first books any until later volumes of series or trilogies or quad ilogies , or deca ilogies decaologies or whatever they were going to be got published This book came out in January this year and I got it from the library last week Big mistake, especially if Mr Card does a Martin or worse a Jordan I have read a lot of mediocre books of late, volumes I didn t hate but couldn t really say I care for or so [...]

  7. I m definitely in the minority here, but I don t enjoy reading Orson Scott Card He can think up a good story, sure The problem is with the way he conveys the story He is the classic example of telling rather than SHOWING He doesn t let the reader figure anything out There is too much dialogue and not enough descriptive writing Reading this book was like being handcuffed to the main character s brain and having to listen to every inane thing he ever thought or said There were also some parts of t [...]

  8. I quite liked the other Orson Scott Card books I ve read, and this one sounded wonderful in the front cover Unfortunately, I didn t like it much at all The main character, Danny, was annoying as were almost all the other characters , the magic system was vastly over explained good gad, there were endless conversations about it , and I was bored Bored, bored, bored By the last half, I was skimming every section with Danny s viewpoint Why I finished the whole book, and why I gave it two stars inst [...]

  9. Starts great, but doesn t hold upWhat 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 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 here is the an [...]

  10. Por qu dej yo de leer a Card hace 4 a os, vamos a ver Si tenemos en cuenta que le el primero suyo El juego de Ender en el 92, eso nos da m s de 20 a os 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 gust Ciudad de Basilica el final de la saga de Alvin Maker , menos Y para colmo rele Esperanza del Venado craso error en mi caso las re lecturas y ah lleg el divorcio Tras este la [...]

  11. Interesting world, but I didn t find the story telling to be very compelling Card gets way too bogged down in explaining, over explaining, and explaining yet again the details of how things work Also, as in most of his latest fiction, all of his characters sound the same.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 viewers you know, the scenes Orson [...]

  12. I wanted to like this book I really did It started out so good that I couldn t put it down at bedtime It had interesting mysteries and characters, and the main protagonist was actually intelligent and figuring things out on his own.And then, about halfway through the book, it s like the author just gave up There was no story any, 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 worked, bu [...]

  13. 4 star novel with an unbelievably awesome magic system and world building This is a first in a new series by Orson Scott Card and the first time that I have read him in years I adore the Alvin Maker series and consider it one of the best Urban Fantasy series ever written This novel is about a teenage boy named Danny He is a little difficult to like and empathize with, as he is an incredibly smart ass and self centered youth, that may be a little too smart for his own good The world building here [...]

  14. This isn t what I expected at all There were things I liked and disliked about this book.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 what [...]

  15. 2.5 starsThe 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 much aw [...]

  16. When I finished this, I realized I felt almost identically about this book as I did about the last OSC book I had read, Seventh Son, which was also a first in a series Here are the bits of that review that apply 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 happens in th [...]

  17. I am of mixed minds about this book It was a very fast and overall enjoyable read in the sci fi fantasy genre I ve read other Orson Scott Card books loved Ender s Game and some of the sequels and this had many of the same characteristics precocious boy perhaps too precocious coming into his own to save the world with his unique skills While the plots move along quickly there are two alternating plots in different worlds that naturally collide at the end ,the big climax feels rushed and disappoin [...]

  18. This is the first in a trilogy by Scott Orson Card and although it took me about a chapter or two to really get into the pacing and wonder of the novel I must admit I ended it with enthusiasm The story takes place between two worlds, ours and a lost world that has been closed to us for 1400 years Lost Gate provides a delightful explanation of ghosts, gods, werewolfs and other mythical and supernatural creatures He even has an explanation for how our own Judeo Christian religions came into being [...]

  19. I admit that I initially found the book entertaining and engrossing But, unfortunately, Card has the tendency to push the sexual content envelope in some of his novels and did so here when I was about halfway into the book I have reached a point in my life where no matter how good of a read the book might be, it is not worth completing if it contains crap In this case, it was all the ridiculous because the incident did not appear germane to the plot whatsoever.Aside from the crap , I found myse [...]

  20. I honestly didn t want to read The Lost Gate, given the mediocre reviews, but I was desperate to find an available audiobook and eager to finally read my first Orson Scott Card novel, despite his anti LGBTQ leanings The afterword by the author about the writing of the book was the best part It was interesting to me that the idea kernel for this book took 33 years to pop into a full fledged work But I think this one should ve stayed in the expired ideas pile.By the way, this book is not appropria [...]

  21. So I ve been listening to the Mither Mages books in conjunction with the Hex Hall series I am listening to these ones at work and the Hex Hall books in my car, in case it seems like I ve got an earplug from each story in each ear, playing at the same time I m not that crazy and they re good bookends to each other, mirroring and contrasting in a lot of fun ways The stories are similar kid realizes s he is magical and powerful than originally thought and then quests and troubles happen Ok, so a l [...]

  22. The ratings for this book seem high, so I know that I am in the minority on this one I ve read 2 other books by Orson Scott Card and enjoyed both of them They ve had good imaginative plots and make a fun story, which is why I picked this book to listen with my 12 year old son.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 hel [...]

  23. This book is nerdy in a bad way The first sign of nerdiness is the premise the mythological gods were real people but with amazing magical powers, and they live on in a diminished state, awaiting the birth of a gate mage, one with the power to transport them back to their faraway mystical home I actually thought that sounded pretty cool, but I am a nerd Louise also a nerd thought it sounded pretty lame, and I can see where she s coming from recycled mythological ideas grafted onto a YA bildungsr [...]

  24. As always, what really sparkles in Card s books is his sarcastic and witty dialog The rhythm of his words as his characters insult with great affection each other is always a highlight to me That said, I enjoyed the book although I felt that a lot of it was a set up for the later books It s understandable since there is a lot of worldbuilding going on and a magic system that takes time to explain That s the other thing I felt as if I could see the workings behind Card s thinking as he was writin [...]

  25. I dare anyone to find an Orson Scott Card book that doesn t talk about sexual molestation or naked boys or slutty girls or pedophilia or plain ol weird ass situations and I m not just talking figuratively 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 other sexual h [...]

  26. A slick magic system, complete with a mythological feel, in today s world I really enjoyed this one The main character reminded me a lot of Ender, which was a treat because I enjoyed those books too I have already ordered The Gate Thief Enjoy

  27. In the fictional universe of Orson Scott Card s latest novel The Lost Gate, what we think of as gods were actually people from another planet called Westil , who arrived here through magical Gates Passing back and forth through these Gates gave people with minor or latent magical powers huge boosts to their skills, resulting in god like abilities and as a result, they were often thought of as actual gods and entered Earth s mythology Some time in the 7th century, the trickster Loki closed all th [...]

  28. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card is the first novel in what is likely to be a series of Mithermage novels As Card explains in the Afterword, he considers this to be his best magic system, but a system itself does not make a good novel Where this novel lacks, and where his series with Ender and Alvin succeeded, is in the formation of the story as well as good characters The main character of this book, Danny, doesn t measure up to those two predecessors, and the story itself seems to have many f [...]

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