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Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. 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. He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins, and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father.
Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. Toggle navigation.
New to eBooks. How many copies would you like to buy? Mither Mages No. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. View all 12 comments. Jan 14, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 4 star novel with an unbelievably awesome magic system and world building. The world building here is a must read for Urban Fantasy lovers.
Orson Scott Card has come up with a magic system that takes into account Norse mythology, present day technology, and even some Christianity. The magic is very interesting and left me wanting more. The plot is straight forward, and the protagonist goes through predictable trials and growth. But, for the YA crowd and for Fantasy lovers, there is a lot to like here and even more to look forward to with future stories ahead.
Mar 05, Kate rated it it was amazing. 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 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 bei 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. He even has an explanation for how our own Judeo Christian religions came into being.
I loved the well drawn characters in the middle of the book and although at first I was a bit dubious of the lead character, Danny, and his wisdom I realized eventually that a god of course would have his wisdom combined with his teenage boy pranks and mistakes. IF you love fantasy this one is for you, but have patience as there is much more to come. 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 This isn't what I expected at all. I want to see what happens next in the story but I'm not sure if I can deal with the writing. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator so maybe I'll read the rest of the series instead of listening. Jan 05, Katieb MundieMoms rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 2. 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 away from the story for me.
Danny is a teenage mage in exhile with the rest of his family. Living in the real world, they all have a magical ability, except Danny, or so they thought.
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Known as a Drekka to his family someone with out magical abilities , Danny is constantly picked on and left out of things. Danny soon discovers he's more powerful than any of them, as he's a Gatemage- someone who can make gates and open the gates to the other world that have since been closed. Danny's power forces him to flee his family and he is on the run in the human world.
Gatemage's are rare, the most powerful and feared. This once wholesome, at times smart mouth teen soon finds himself hanging with the wrong crowd. What I felt was a huge down fall with Danny's character was his continued lack of making the right choice. I felt his character went from one extreme to the next a little too quickly.
He soon discovers he can break into places by making gates and doesn't give a second thought to burglary. This side does show why many Gatemage's don't live long, as they can let their power get to their heads and don't heed with caution. I know he's a teenage boy, but I felt the continued need to moon people, and lust over a girl were mentioned a little too much and took away from Danny's story.
The scene were Danny was almost molested by a married women completely threw me for a loop and I'll admit totally shocked me. I did enjoy learning the rich history of Danny's people, through his journey. The parallel dialogues was at first a little confusing as Orson switches from Danny's story to the one of Wad, who's on the planet Westil.
Wad himself was a character I was most interested in, and maybe that's due to the air of mystery that surrounds him. I'm not sure if he's good or bad, but he is able to manipulate the courts so he's close to the King and Queen, and after serving them for some time he finds himself not only in love with the Queen but romantically linked to her as well keeping it family friendly. I was much more engaged with Wad's story than Danny's. Wad is a powerful character and I'm looking forward to reading more of his story in the sequel.
While at times The Lost Gate can be a little complex and at times I felt a little lost with what was happening plot wise, I did enjoy the way in which Orson introduces "the gods" and the powers they have with the elements and things of the world, be it wind, animals, etc. As I said before, the world building was beyond what I was expecting. The characters, the settings and the history that make up The Lost Gate are a showcase for Orson's story telling talent.
I think The Lost Gate will appeal to YA readers who are fans of fantasy, as well as teenage boys not saying girls won't , but Danny is a character many boys will be able to connect with. While I didn't get into the story as much as I wanted to, I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
I would recommend this story for those 14 years and older, as there is some sexual content and very mild language. View all 8 comments.
Feb 14, Eric rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Serious fans of Orson Scott Card.
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 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 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.
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 the story. There is very little action and a ton of discourse. The title character He has not yet begun any sort of journey or quest Here are a few specific thoughts I had about this book: The first part, where Danny was in his family's compound, was the most interesting part of the book, and did a great job of pulling me into the story and the world.
I was convinced the book was going to be Percy Jackson meets American Gods.
The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1) by Orson Scott Card
It was only after he left the compound that the story spun its wheels until the end. Most of what happened in DC and Florida was completely extraneous to the central plot.
I didn't connect to many characters. Most seemed one-dimensional and wooden -- especially the Greek girl whose name I can't recall. The book got bogged down with much more detail on gates and gate-making then it needed to, to the point where certain chapters were clunky and difficult to read. These chapters reminded me of The Grand Design , which I enjoyed reading, but only because that was real, actual science.
As for the Man-in-the-Tree segments of the book, they didn't add much to the story of Danny North and his becoming a gatemage, and the start of chapters featuring Wad marked points where I was always tempted to put the book down. Lastly, I wish I didn't read the Afterword, because Card admits to rushing to write the novel amid distractions -- "I wrote a chapter nearly every day" -- to make a publishing deadline. It makes me think that if he didn't have to rush it to press, it would have been tighter and a better book, which is what I hope the next book in the series manages, even though it is doubtful I'd ever read it.
Jul 26, Martha rated it liked it Shelves: I am of mixed minds about this book. 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 I am of mixed minds about this book.
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 disappointing and the two plots don't come together in a very satisfying way.
But perhaps that is because this is the first book of a new series, which I didn't realize when I started the novel. It would have been nice to have had a more satisfying ending rather than just a lead in to the next book. There were many parts of the story I did not care for, but overall the magical worlds created are interesting and the story drew me in. I will read more in this series, but I won't be waiting impatiently to do so. Jul 22, Allie rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. 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 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.
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 happenings as well.
Don't get me wrong: I don't have anything against anything sexual as long as it's relevant to the story. I just think the author is a sexual weirdo. Read the one and two star reviews for this book. They're right. Jul 02, Malcolm Everett rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. By the way, this book is not appropriate for young children, despite what the plot synopsis, character ages, and writing style may suggest.
The Highs Gate Magery: The magic system was awesome. Portals are an inherently fun concept. The premise of the story is also fairly attention-grabbing: The gate between Earth and the land of Gods Westil has been hidden for centuries, making it impossible for the mages left in the human world to return home. There is an intense rivalry between the different mage families, and to prevent war, the groups have promised to rid themselves of unfair advantages.
Thus, any person who shows signs of gatemagery must be killed to ensure that no family can return to Westil and strengthen their powers. I was confused by the alternating perspective at first because I thought that it was a flash-forward sequence for Danny. On the third POV shift, I finally realized the story was that of a completely different character, Wad.
The Lows Inconsistent Protagonist: At first, Danny seems like the bookish underdog, but he quickly becomes an expert liar who feels no remorse for the consequences. Key Characters Arrive Too Late: With so many cool avenues to take with the gate magic concept, the story moves in ridiculous directions instead. Danny uses his powers to shoplift from Walmart, pass toilet paper through a stall, and…go to high school?
With that approach, there would be all sorts of opportunities for humorous misunderstandings and interesting conflicts. Lack of Cool Factor: The action scenes felt forced and require great suspension of disbelief, most notably view spoiler [when Danny finds a family tied up in their basement as well as when he and Eric confront the black market dealers hide spoiler ].
The revelatory moment and climax occur in a high school gym class. Passive Plot: External factors drive much of the plot, mainly by someone finding Danny and confronting him about his powers.
That type of structure made the plot feel random and disconnected. It seemed like Card was writing by the seat of his pants and went with the first ideas that came to him.
As comedians know, the first idea is rarely the best one. The Bottom Line: Apr 05, Julie rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 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 The ratings for this book seem high, so I know that I am in the minority on this one.
They are waiting for a gate mage to be born and create a Great Gate which will help to enhance their powers.
The mythology and descriptions of the old gods was interesting and made for a great starting plot. Granted, ancient mythology has spun off so many series, it has almost grown in popularity to compete with the vampire books, but they are fun and even educational. The Bad: The main character for this book is Danny North, a boy who at first seems to have no talents, but develops into a mage with immense magical power. As his power grows, I thought his personality in this book diminished.
He is a year old boy and other than his magical skills, showed no personality or greatness. The characters in this book seem stilted and spend too much time explaining the science behind gates and mythology. As many people mentioned, OSC commits the sin of 'telling vs. I listened to the audiobook narration. Not sure if this was the writing or the audio performance, but the story was not that engaging. The Ugly: There is a scene in the book where a married woman, physically attempts to molest Danny.
The descriptions are graphic and definitely made this no longer a children's or middle grade book.
Danny breaks away, but this scene is mentioned again and again throughout the book. I didn't think the scene advanced the plot or developed the character, but was a lame attempt at writing for an adolescent audience.
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Overall, I have a hard time recommending this book to anyone but teenage boys -- inappropriate for younger kids and uninteresting for anyone else. Dec 12, Brent rated it did not like it. 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 more ridiculous because the incident did not appear germane to the plot whatsoever. Aside from the "crap", I I admit that I initially found the book entertaining and engrossing. Aside from the "crap", I found myself liking the novel less and less as I progressed through it.
The protogonist, who started out likable, intelligent, and insightful seemed to cultivate all of the converse attributes. Consequently, it was not that difficult to put it down when I reached the incident.
This was the third book by Card that I have stopped reading because of content It has sullied my view of him as an effective, inventive storyteller--it appears he now relies more on shock-value and distractions rather than story fidelity. Aug 19, Erica rated it really liked it Shelves: 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: Ok, so a lot of books are like that.
Yeah, we've been here before. He doesn't get to go to a magicking school or be discovered an apprenticed! He goes on the run, instead! And it's all hijinks and hilarity from there, only not really.
Yeah, some of Danny's adventures are a bit over-the-top. He's a trickster, which appeals to me, but even he shouldn't be quite as quick as he is for his age. I like that he was pretty clueless about how the world really works but, at the same time, I thought there were many other things he shouldn't have known. I would cite them but I forgot to write this all up when I finished listening to it and have already thrown away my notes so this will just have to be vague.
I know I did have a "Yay! Shout-out to the Library of Congress! And Archives! I liked the story, though.
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