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The Lost Gate

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Entertaining!

Danny North is a young man, growing up as an outsider in a powerful and mysterious magical family. His family isolates themselves in the mountains of western Virginia, practicing magic and teaching it to their children, but Danny is scorned for his lack of magical talen...
Danny North is a young man, growing up as an outsider in a powerful and mysterious magical family. His family isolates themselves in the mountains of western Virginia, practicing magic and teaching it to their children, but Danny is scorned for his lack of magical talents. As he get older he becomes more aware of the secrets and tensions wrapped up in his birth and the old legends of Loki. Loki long ago closed all the gates between Earth and the gods, trapping Danny's family on Earth. Soon, Danny must leave his family in order to discover his own power and challenge the ancient, evil gatekeeper.

This is the first book by Orson Scott Card that I have read, so I can't compare it to his others, but I will be reading more! The stories of Danny and Loki are expertly woven together, the characters are fascinating and widely varied, and there is a lot of fast-paced action with some thought provoking morality thrown in. I don't often dip my toes into the fantasy genre, but it made for a very nice change. I was thoroughly entertained by The Lost Gate and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

I listened to the audio version of Lost Gate, narrated by Emily Janice Card and Stefan Rudnicki. Having different readers to distinguish between the two different story threads was very helpful for keeping everything straight. Emily Janice Card reads with a fresh, young voice that makes a startling and interesting contrast to Stefan Rudnicki's deep, resonant voice.

posted by Frisbeesage on July 11, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Not One of Card's Better Efforts

Having read some of Card's excellent fantasy works (Enchantment, Treasure Box, Magic Street) I was very disappointed with this attempt to make a fantasy based on the Norse legends. The Norse gods have been trapped on Earth for centuries because the mischevious Loki had ...
Having read some of Card's excellent fantasy works (Enchantment, Treasure Box, Magic Street) I was very disappointed with this attempt to make a fantasy based on the Norse legends. The Norse gods have been trapped on Earth for centuries because the mischevious Loki had closed all the gates to return to the homeland. As a result, they are no longer immortal and can be killed. They settle in the countryside in the US where they live totally isolated from their modern neighbors.

Through the centuries they were at war with other god clans who fear that the Norse clan will have born a new gatemage, that is, one that create gates and possibly open the gate to the Norse homeland. Once there they will become powerful again and able to wipe out the other god clans.

Most of the people develop limited powers at an early age such as being able to project their astral selves as clants. Danny is the son of Thor and thought to hold great promise. He is smarter than all the other kids but for some reason he appears to have no powers.

Danny is always careful because the others would think nothing of killing him because he is a disappointment. Danny soon learns that he is in fact a gatemange and that really puts his life at risk. Since the other clans do not want anyone that could lead them home, they would want Danny dead. His own people would definately want him dead too. Danny's father actually knows Danny's secret and tells Danny that he needs to leave as he develops and learns to better control his power.

If the book sounds interesting, it is not. There are too many characters and the book jumps around to various places where the gods live. Danny's character bears a lot of similarities to several of Card's other characters (the main character in the Homebody series and in his book A Place Called Treason). Where the other characters were interesting, Danny is rather boring. As a matter of fact, most of the characters in the story are boring. I found myself slogging through the pages trying to get to the end. If Card is planning a sequel, I will not be getting it anytime soon.

posted by Kataman1 on December 20, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Good,but I won't be reading the next one

    This is an entertaining and well written story, and Ienjoyed it - when I didn't want to beat the protagonist with a stick. Unfortunately, I detest tricksters and conmen - Loki andCoyote are no heroes in my book - so the continuing hubris displayed by the very obnoxious Danny really set my teeth on edge. This is, of course, an indication of how well this character is developed; he is meant to be obnoxious and truly is. But I am a flawed reader, and must like and sympathize with a character to want to continue my journey with him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Love it!

    This book is great! I see allot of people being upset over some of the content, but you'll see why once you've read the next book, Which is now available. My only complaint is withthe authors personal real life archaic views of todays society, its toobad because I adore his books! Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Excellent

    Best fantasy in ages

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    $$$$$$

    When is the next one coming out!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    those of u

    Those of u tht r hatin this book r just old farts if u dont like the book put it down and go watch t.v or something else

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Good

    The book was great it had good characters and an intresting twist on norse muthology a little slow on the begging but worth it in the end

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    Very good read!!

    I bought this book after reading some of O S Card's other books. I liked how the 'mages' were hiding out in the current times setting. It was a very good and enjoyable read and I couldn't put it down. If you liked "Ender's Game" then you will like this story also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    OK

    Good story line. Some adult content :(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    ....

    I hate how people just go around dissing agreat book you all need lives i fyou think this book sucks

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Great book...when does the next one come out?!?!

    Love the book but its been over a year and the next book hasn't come out yet!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Great book

    Just another great book from this author, which is just what I expected.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Up there with enders game

    Fantastic read

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Reader

    Rocks

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Amazing read.

    There are few english words that do it justice.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    An amazing book

    This book reminded me why i stated reading in the first place. This amazing book has a desent pace with twists the make you want to just reaad the book without stoping. The maen character is entreeging allowing the reader to understand the good in him. I can not what to read the next book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Loved it!! Can't wait for the second one!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    I loved this!

    I've never read of OSC's previous works (I fully intend to though) but this was a great read! I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out. I've been so lost since Harry Potter!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    He+did+it+again

    Another+book+by+Card+that+I+couldn%27t+put+down.++Loved+it%21

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Phenomenal

    Awesome concept but now i want more!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

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    Fun Opening for a new Fantasy Series

    This novel, set mostly on contemporary Earth, is the first in a new series. It's the tale of a race of people from another planet, long stranded on this one. For thousands of years they were worshiped as gods, but their powers are fading. An unassuming boy is born to those magical people and learns he has a gift long thought to be lost. He may be able to reconnect the two worlds and restore power to his family and their rivals. You'll be there as he struggles to understand himself and figure out his destiny while making a normal life with ordinary people. It's a fun story with lots of mythology and supernatural content. A modern fairytale.
    Michael Travis Jasper, author of the novel, "To Be Chosen"

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