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In this sequel to The Lost Gate, bestselling author Orson Scott Card continues his fantastic tale of the Mages of Westil who live in exile on Earth in The Gate Thief, a novel of the Mither Mages.

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of thirteen centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can't control him…and they can't control him. He is far too ...

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Overview

In this sequel to The Lost Gate, bestselling author Orson Scott Card continues his fantastic tale of the Mages of Westil who live in exile on Earth in The Gate Thief, a novel of the Mither Mages.

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of thirteen centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can't control him…and they can't control him. He is far too powerful.

And on Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless—he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he still must somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North.

For when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took the responsibility for the Great Gates. And when he comes face-to-face with the mages who call themselves Bel and Ishtoreth, he will come to understand just why Loki closed the gates all those centuries ago.

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Editorial Reviews

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All high school students feel different, but Daniel North has far better reasons than most. As a Mage of Westil, he lives in exile on Earth with secrets, powers, and responsibilities not easily understood by his classmates. In this standalone sequel to The Lost Gate, he learns why the gates were shut so abruptly so many centuries ago. A novel by a master of the genre; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
In this middling sequel to The Lost Gate, Card connects Egyptian myth with his “literalizing of Indo-European gods” to create Danny North, the 16-year-old incarnation of the messenger/trickster god Thoth-Mercury-Hermes-Loki. Danny masquerades as an ordinary teen but is the son of the Norse gods Odin and Gerd. He’s just coming into his full powers as a gate mage when some of the old gods set out to kill him. He’s also so filled with “innate goodness” that he can fend off all the hot girls who want him and subdue his own adolescent hormones. Naturally, he takes on the task of saving Earth and defeating the forces of evil through a heroic act that’s devoid of real consequences. Card’s afterword reveals his struggles with clarifying his unusual and highly complicated world-building, but only the most devoted readers will have sympathy for these creative problems. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
“Mr. Card is giving a kind of tour of fantasy possibilities while integrating them into his intricately imagined system of magic. One of the system's charms is that it explains such a lot: what ghosts are (the fading “outselves” that mages can project), what fairies are (playful creations that mages make from trash, plants and petals), and why all Indo-European gods have such strong family resemblances. The hints of real history behind the families are especially enticing: I look forward to learning more.” 

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Library Journal
In best-selling author Card's sequel to The Lost Gate, which introduced the story of the Mages of Westil, Danny North looks like your average high schooler but has the outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages packed tight in his mind. He's rendered poor Wad, back on Westil, pretty much powerless and, having stolen power from Loki, is now responsible for the Great Gates. That should sober him up, even if he is just a kid. Expect lots of demand.
Kirkus Reviews
Card weaves another in a chain of satisfying, teenager-pleasing fantasies. Ced, familiar to Card fans, is the kind of unpleasant supernatural being who can really drive down real estate values in the Shire--beg pardon, in Rockbridge County, Va. There, as Card's yarn opens, a young man is doing showoff-ish things, rocketing up a mile into the sky above Buena Vista and plummeting downward, up and down, up and down, on his own steam. These being the days of YouTube, it'll make the news--but high schooler Danny North, the son of Odin and Gerd and thus one of the junior gods ("Nobody called them gods anymore, but they were still around"), has bigger things in mind. But, Card adds amiably, "Some of the gods...were heading to Parry McCluer High School in order to find Danny North and kill him." And why? Well, Danny is a gatemage--and if you've read Card, you'll know that a gatemage is definitely something that'll get a war broiling in heaven. Card's not content just to call on the Norse pantheon; Egyptians and Greeks and Romans and every other sort of deity and demideity mixes it up here, with some nice results--Danny might be a "defiant little asshole," in the words of his gym teacher, but that's nothing compared to one tough chick who is "Clytemnestra and Medea rolled into one." Card has a grand old time romping around in the fields of comparative religion while letting a feud worthy of the Hatfields and the McCoys unfold, with much tongue-in-cheek humor but a touch of gore, too. And will the world remain safe for the Aesir? This fun, inventive tale holds the answer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765365392
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Mither Mages Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 78,315
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Orson Scott Card

ORSON SCOTT CARD is the author of the international bestsellers Shadow of the Giant, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender's Shadow, and of the beloved classic of science fiction, Ender's Game, as well as the acclaimed fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

Biography

Any discussion of Orson Scott Card's work must necessarily begin with religion. A devout Mormon, Card believes in imparting moral lessons through his fiction, a stance that sometimes creates controversy on both sides of the fence. Some Mormons have objected to the violence in his books as being antithetical to the Mormon message, while his conservative political activism has gotten him into hot water with liberal readers.

Whether you agree with his personal views or not, Card's fiction can be enjoyed on many different levels. And with the amount of work he's produced, there is something to fit the tastes of readers of all ages and stripes. Averaging two novels a year since 1979, Card has also managed to find the time to write hundreds of audio plays and short stories, several stage plays, a television series concept, and a screenplay of his classic novel Ender's Game. In addition to his science fiction and fantasy novels, he has also written contemporary fiction, religious, and nonfiction works.

Card's novel that has arguably had the biggest impact is 1985's Hugo and Nebula award-winner Ender's Game. Ender's Game introduced readers to Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a young genius faced with the task of saving the Earth. Ender's Game is that rare work of fiction that strikes a chord with adults and young adult readers alike. The sequel, Speaker for the Dead, also won the Hugo and Nebula awards, making Card the only author in history to win both prestigious science-fiction awards two years in a row.

In 2000, Card returned to Ender's world with a "parallel" novel called Ender's Shadow. Ender's Shadow retells the events of Ender's Game from the perspective of Julian "Bean" Delphinki, Ender's second-in-command. As Sam to Ender's Frodo, Bean is doomed to be remembered as an also-ran next to the legendary protagonist of the earlier novel. In many ways, Bean is a more complex and intriguing character than the preternaturally brilliant Ender, and his alternate take on the events of Ender's Game provide an intriguing counterpoint to fans of the original series.

In addition to moral issues, a strong sense of family pervades Card's work. Card is a devoted family man and father to five (!) children. In the age of dysfunctional family literature, Card bristles at the suggestion that a positive home life is uninteresting. "How do you keep ‘good parents' from being boring?" he once said. "Well, in truth, the real problem is, how do you keep bad parents from being boring? I've seen the same bad parents in so many books and movies that I'm tired of them."

Critical appreciation for Card's work often points to the intriguing plotlines and deft characterizations that are on display in Card's most accomplished novels. Card developed the ability to write believable characters and page-turning plots as a college theater student. To this day, when he writes, Card always thinks of the audience first. "It's the best training in the world for a writer, to have a live audience," he says. "I'm constantly shaping the story so the audience will know why they should care about what's going on."

Card brought Bean back in 2005 for the fourth and final novel in the Shadow series: Shadow of the Giant. The novel presented some difficulty for the writer. Characters who were relatively unimportant when the series began had moved to the forefront, and as a result, Card knew that the ending he had originally envisioned would not be enough to satisfy the series' fans.

Although the Ender and Shadow series deal with politics, Card likes to keep his personal political opinions out of his fiction. He tries to present the governments of futuristic Earth as realistically as possible without drawing direct analogies to our current political climate. This distance that Card maintains between the real world and his fictional worlds helps give his novels a lasting and universal appeal.

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    1. Hometown:
      Greensboro, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richland, Washington
    1. Education:
      B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981
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The Gate Thief


By Orson Scott Card

Tor Books

Copyright © 2013 Orson Scott Card
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765326584

1
 
FLYING CHILDREN
 
 
On a certain day in November, in the early afternoon, if you had just parked your car at Kenney’s burger place in Buena Vista, Virginia, or maybe you were walking into Nick’s Italian Kitchen or Todd’s Barbecue, you might have cast your gaze up the hill toward Parry McCluer High School. It could happen. You have to look somewhere, right?
You might have noticed something shooting straight up out of the school. Something the size and shape of, say, a high school student. Arms waving, maybe. Legs kicking—count on that. Definitely a human being.
Like a rocket, upward until he’s a mile above Buena Vista. He hangs in the air for just a moment. Long enough to see and be seen.
And then down he goes. Straight down, and not falling, no, shooting downward just as fast as he went up. Bound to kill himself at that speed.
You can’t believe you saw it. So you keep watching for a moment longer, a few seconds, and look! There it is again! Too far away to be sure whether it’s the same kid or a different one. But if you’ve got someone with you, you grab them, you say, “Look! Is that a person? Is that a kid?”
“Where?”
“In the sky! Above the high school, look up, I’m saying straight up, you seeing what I’m seeing?”
Down comes the kid, plummeting toward the school.
“He’s got to be dead,” you say. “Nobody could live through that.”
And there it is again! Straight up!
“That’s one hell of a trampoline,” somebody says.
If you noticed it early enough, you’d see it repeated about thirty times. And then it stops.
Do you think they’re dead? I don’t know, how could anybody live through that? Should we go up and see? I’m not even sure it was people, it could have been, like, dummies or something. We’d sound so stupid—hey, you got a bunch of kids getting catapulted straight up and then smashing down again? It can’t be what it looked like. Maybe we’ll see it on the news tonight.
Three different people got it on their smartphones. Not the whole thing, but the last five or six, and one guy got fifteen of them. High quality video it wasn’t, but that actually made it more credible. All three videos got emailed to people. All three ended up on YouTube.
Lots of comments: “Fake.” “Why do people bother making crap like this?” “You can see that the lighting’s different on the flying dummies.” “Cool. Something new and fun to do with your old G.I. Joe’s.” The usual.
The local news stations aren’t all that local. Lynchburg. Roanoke. Staunton. They don’t give a rat’s ass about Buena Vista—the town never amounted to anything even before it died, that’s what people think in the big city. If those are big cities.
And the footage is so implausible, the flying figures so tiny that it wouldn’t look like anything on TV screens. Besides, the fliers were so high that at the top, all you can see is a dot in the sky, not even the mountains. So it’s sky, clouds, and a dot—makes no sense. Has to be a bird. Has to be a trick of the light. So it doesn’t get on the news.
But scattered through the world, there are a few thousand people who know exactly what could cause those kids to fly. Straight up, straight down, incredibly fast and yet no news stories about dead kids at a Virginia high school. Oh, yeah, it makes sense to them, all right.
It’s an act of a god. No, not an “act of God,” to use the weasel-out-of-it words in insurance policies. Not God. A god.
Or at least people used to call them gods, in the old days, when Zeus and Mercury and Thor and Vishnu and Borvo and Mithra and Pekelnik were worshiped wherever Indo-European languages were spoken.
Nobody called them gods anymore, but they were still around. Weaker now, because they could no longer pass through the Great Gates that used to carry them from Earth to Westil and back again, greatly magnifying their powers.
Only a gatemage could send someone from one place to another instantaneously, but there hadn’t been a gatemage since 632 A.D., when the last Loki of the Norse destroyed all the gates on Earth, disappearing through the last Great Gate and closing it behind him.
In the North Family compound, only a few miles away from Buena Vista, one of the kids spotted the longest YouTube video only a few hours after it went up on the web, and within twenty minutes the most powerful mages in the family piled into a pickup truck and headed for the high school. They knew it was Danny North who had done it, Danny the son of Odin and Gerd, a boy who had seemed to be drekka until one day he up and disappeared.
Now they knew that he hadn’t gone as far as they thought. Now they knew he wasn’t drekka at all, but a gatemage. And a strong one. Because the video didn’t show somebody suddenly appearing in the air, which is how gates usually worked. No, the flying figures could be seen as they moved upward. They were moving fast, yes, but it wasn’t instantaneous. They rose into the air, visible the whole way.
That meant it wasn’t just any gate. It was an attempt at a Great Gate. A spiral intertwining of many gates at once, rising straight up from the surface of the Earth. And even if it only reached a mile into the air, it was one more mile of Great Gate than had existed in nearly fourteen centuries.
Here’s the thing. Some of the gods on that pickup truck were heading for Parry McCluer High School in order to find Danny North and kill him. Because that’s what you did with gatemages—they brought nothing but trouble down on the Family, and if the Norths had a gatemage and allowed him to live, all the other Families would unite against them and this time they wouldn’t be allowed to survive the war that was bound to start.
The Norths had to be able to show Danny’s dead body to the other Families—it was their only hope of survival. If history had taught them nothing else, it taught them that.
But other gods on that truck had a different plan entirely. Danny’s father and mother had known perfectly well that Danny was a gatemage—it was in hopes of creating a gatemage that Gerd and Alf had married each other back before Alf became head of the Family and took the name Odin. The two most powerful mages in generations: lightmage Gerd with her power over electricity and light; stonemage Alf, with his strange new talent for getting inside the workings of metal machines. Everyone expected a child of theirs to be extraordinarily talented.
But Gerd and Alf had studied the genealogical tables and they knew that gatemages, rare as they were, came most often to couples with very different affinities. Like stone and lightning, or water and fire. And never to beastmages. So they hoped. And when Danny showed no sign of being able to do magery, or even raise a clant—even the most minimal abilities—they hoped even more. Because yes, he might have been drekka, worthless, devoid of power; but he might also be a gatemage, unable to raise a clant because his outself was fragmented into all the potential gates that he could make in his life.
And a year ago, when Danny ran away, Thor had used his clant to converse with Danny before he got too far away, and had confirmed that yes, Danny was making gates and yes, Danny finally knew what he was.
So the gods on that truck were evenly divided between those intending to murder Danny before he could make a gate and get away, and those determined to enlist his power in the service of the Family.
They got there too late. Danny had already made a Great Gate, and the Gate Thief hadn’t eaten his gates. Danny had friends—Orphans who didn’t belong to any Family—and some of them had passed through the Great Gate and returned. It made their power irresistible. The Norths were sent home in utter and ignominious defeat.
But none of them had been killed. It was a good sign that Danny and his friends had refrained from doing any serious damage. They still might be able to work something out—especially if they eliminated the faction of the North family that still wanted Danny dead. Times have changed, Uncle Zog! We can’t kill our gatemage, Grandpa Gyish!
We have to get Danny to let us pass through a Great Gate! You saw how powerful his friends became—a Cowsister took your eagle right out of the sky, Zog! A mere Cobblefriend was able to open up a rift in the ground and swallow our truck! Imagine what Odin will do with his power over metal and machinery, what Gerd will do with electricity, when they pass through a Great Gate.
And imagine what the other Families will do to us if Danny lets any of them through a Great Gate before us. No, that’s not a reason to kill him—how will we even get near him now? He’s warned, he’s ready, he’ll just gate away from us. You know the stories. The winged feet of Mercury, seven-league boots—gatemages can be gone before your attack comes close to them. Or they can suddenly appear behind you and kill you before you turn around.
Gatemages are slippery! Once they come into their power, you can’t kill them. Even if you sneak up on them somehow, passing through a gate heals any wound. We’re no threat to a gatemage. We need him—alive and on our side. So we have to talk to Danny. Appeal to his family loyalty.
And if you can’t stop trying to kill him, then we’ll have no choice but to put you in Hammernip Hill. For the good of the family.
You understand, yes, you do—you’d do it yourself. There’s a gatemage in the world, one who created a Great Gate and wasn’t destroyed by the Gate Thief. And that gatemage is our own Danny. He knows us, he grew up among us. He has roots in our garden. We need to play that up. We need to bring him back to us. Not irritate him with foolish attempts to murder him. Get it? Are you going to leave him alone? Keep him safe? Make friends with him?
Yes, you say so now, but can we trust you? Stay away from him. Let Odin and Gerd do the negotiating. Or Thor. Or Mook and Lummy. People he likes and trusts. Don’t let him see you. We want him to forget all the nasty things you did to him growing up.
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THE NORTHS WEREN’T the only Family that spotted those YouTube videos—they were just the closest. The Illyrians, for instance, were already aware that there was a gatemage in the North Family. That’s why they were spying on the Norths constantly.
And when their own gatefinder, Hermia, went missing, their suspicions were confirmed. For a while, they thought the Norths’ gatemage had killed her—gated her to the bottom of the ocean, for instance, or out into space. But then one of their clants had spotted her, still very much alive, and she was using the gates.
Now the YouTube videos confirmed that the Norths’ gatemage was powerful—a Gatefather, able to raise a Great Gate all by himself, or perhaps drawing partly on Hermia’s abilities—and it was time to get Hermia back under Family control. Chances were good that the Norths’ gatemage could be turned, recruited into the Argyros Family. Hermia was their tool to accomplish that. To get Illyrian mages to Westil and back again.
Once mages were restored to their full power, who could stand against them?
Left to themselves for fourteen centuries, the drekka had made a mess of things, and they were only getting worse. It was time for Earth to be ruled by gods again.


 
Copyright © 2013 by Orson Scott Card


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    The critics have done a poor job of actually reading the book.  

    The critics have done a poor job of actually reading the book.  Kirkus Reviews fails to understand even the first chapter when they state that Danny is "plummeting up and down on his own steam."  Ahem, Kirkus: that is a reference to some events in Book 1, in which Danny accidentally makes a gate that shoots his teenage classmates up and down that he is helpless to stop.  It was a major part of the plot?  Remember?  Way to prove you have actually read the books. 
    Meanwhile, Publisher's Weekly mocks those of us who managed to have a little self-control as teenagers and fails to notice that Danny's self-control is not really very good at all.  I mean, my measure of hormonal self-control involves not standing there thinking, "Hmm, maybe I should move out of this person's reach," but rather actually moving and then telling the person not to do it anymore, rather than tacitly encouraging more of the same while progressively getting closer and closer to the point of no return, until it gets crossed.  They must have skipped that part. 
    And then Publisher's Weekly fails to notice the actually really bad consequences of Danny's heroic act, even though Wad spells a couple of them out in plain English.
    The positive reviews are bland, more bland, and blah.  And that is why I felt compelled to write a review.  

    In this book, we see the next step in Orson Scott Card's multi-series meanderings through the meaning of human relationships: the introspective relationship of the self to the self.  The explorations of this topic give us a far more "head-internal" narrative than we have seen in any of Card's recent books, which dwelled more strongly on interpersonal relationships.  
    What I found most compelling was how the narrators cannot be trusted to actually reveal the hidden, subconscious thoughts of the characters.  We instead experience what the characters themselves experience, including all the lies they tell themselves.  This is the first book I have read in which narrator self-deception took center stage.  In case you don't understand what I'm talking about, I'll give an example.  
    Danny, as another customer mentioned, repeats a refrain of only wanting to attend high school and be a normal kid.  However, if you look at his actions, it's clear that he doesn't want that at all.  If he did, he would not be acting in direct opposition to that desire at every opportunity.  In fact, judging from his actions, what he really wants is an audience to applaud him, or maybe even worshippers to worship him. 
    Pranks are no fun if you laugh by yourself, yes, but he delights in it whenever a mere mortal feels gratitude to him, and he flexes his muscles whenever he can, just because he can.  These are not the actions of someone who wants to be normal and blend in.  But some part of him understands this about himself, and he does start to consciously become aware of it eventually, which drives him to seek out ways to prove to himself that he is a good person.  
    His self-deception starts to fall apart, and he starts to question his own motives and actions.  More than that, as part of the theme of self-self relationships, Card is demonstrating that people have multiple internal realities that do not necessarily consciously know each other.  This part of the discussion of self-to-self is most blatantly covered by the revealing of the nature of Mithermage souls and gatefather/manmage powers, which are both gained from fragmenting pieces of the self.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    WORTH THE WAIT!!!

    I do LOVE Orson Scott Card. I have been patiently waiting for this book and was definitely not disappointed. This book takes off right where the first book left off, so it is pretty important that you read the fist one before this (The Lost Gate).

    This is a great fantasy series. I would not suggest for very young readers, as it does deal with some issues of sex (Danny's new God-like status has seemed to accentuate his attractiveness to the opposite sex). So, I would suggest this for high school age kids and up.

    I have been reading Mr. Card's books for years. This is a great new series from him. I hated waiting for so long for this addition to the series, but after reading the note from Mr. Card about wanting (no, needing) perfection for this series, I do understand. Thank you Mr. Card for that. I hope we won't have to wait so long for the next installment.

    -- SPeeD

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Nice use of some borrowed lore but otherwise, a kid's fantasy

    The storyline, by necessity I suppose, had the protagonist unbelievably (and knowingly) stumble towards actively risking world destruction. The stupidity made me want to abandon reading it, if that were in my nature.

    The weaving of biblical and even more ancient lore into a believable logic of "Ka" and "Ba" redeemed the poor storyline.

    An (actual) good writer could make this into another cult-hit and blockbuster movie, but as it stands, it's very so-so work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Awfullll!

    Orson scott card's other books were much better. The way he has danny's friends act is absurd and innapropriate. The ending to this book does not make me enthusiastic for the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    The ending was lame

    Lame ending

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Totally Unsatisfying

    Have you ever read a book from which someone had ripped out the last chapter? Well then you will know how I feel after I 'finished' the Gate Thief. There is nothing wrong with ending a book on a cliff-hanger; but the author at least needs to wrap up a few loose-ends to make you feel it was worth buying the book. My advice is skip this one and wait until the 3rd book in the series is published before you spend your hard earned money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    I do not understand

    I have read almost every book of his. All have been very well thought out, and well written, yet this one was messy, and seemed very choppy in the storyline. I found myself bored in thd middle of the book. It seemed like Card really tried to peice it together in the end, but it still did not really leave a good taste inmy mouth. He introduced, and developed his characters very well, but the complete product in the plotline fell shot. I expect more from him. The third book better be amazing. I appreciate him trying to rewrite the book, and no doubt made it better then it would have been, but I feel it still ruined the QUALITY of this books final product. I also feel like he drifted from time to time. Inconsistencies were found multiple times. Oh well, this series has great petential, lets see how Card finishes it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    This is the second book in a trilogy and as such it does quite a

    This is the second book in a trilogy and as such it does quite a bit of character building, and fact finding by the characters. However that said it was engrossing from beginning to end. Cannot wait fir the third book.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    I've read most of Mr. Card's books. Everything from Treason on.

    I've read most of Mr. Card's books. Everything from Treason on. I skipped the bible wives stuff and the Red Prophet stuff. But other than that I've read almost everything by him. I was looking forward to this book for a while. And I'm sorely disappointed. It's predictable, it's puerile, the story is uninteresting, and he spends a lot of time making Danny almost saint-like in his non-violence and non-reaction to betrayal, injustice, and antagonism from his family. I'm at a loss to adequately explain just how bad this book is. I don't leave much feedback (if any) and I certainly wouldn't have thought I'd be leaving negative feedback on one of my favorite authors of over 20 years. But this book... it's garbage. It has poor dialogue. Poor plot management. Inconsistencies that jarred me out of my willing suspension of disbelief. And it effectively made me dislike the protagonist's active lack of participation in his own life not to mention the unrealistic focus on him "just wanting to attend highschool". Ugh. Card can do better. He has. This was drivel and I want my money back.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Fantastic

    I love Orson Scott Card! The first book in the series was fantastic and I've been eagerly awaiting this one. It's totally worth the wait.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can't wait until the next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Although I enjoyed this book, I did have my issues with it. Firs

    Although I enjoyed this book, I did have my issues with it. First and foremost was that Card doesn't seem to understand young women, or women of any kind at all. It is evident in how he has Danny's female high school friends act. They practically beg Danny to put a baby in them because they want a "god's baby." And when Danny is "going to war" he implies that women want a baby in them when their man is going to war, it just their nature. It's ridiculous. As a young female I'm appalled. I don't know anyone in there right mind who would feel that way. Just because someone is in a position of power does not mean that women are throwing themselves at them. I'm offended by the way he develops his female characters, it's like they aren't really humans in the same sense that men are. He really seems to put them below others whether by making them weak willed and begging for male attention or by making them manipulative, conniving, and power hungry. Other then that he doesn't put much character development into them. It's almost as though he doesn't think there are any truly "strong" women.

    Otherwise a lot of the issues I had with the book have already been mentioned. He didn't tie up the book very well and I don't think everything was well thought out. However, I understand that it must be extremely hard to write a book and keep everything in check and make sure you have thought of everything. I just wished that he actually respected women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Great Direction!

    I really liked the blend of SciFi elements in a mainly fantasy nonvel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Decent sequel

    Not as good as the first book but still pretty good.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    JUVENILE WRITING

    Slightly better than 'The Lost Gate', but that is not the quality of writing I expected from Mr. Card.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Darkness

    Leaning against a tall oak tree, she let her hand rest against the hilt of her knife. Her eyes went wide at every sound, her heart baically stopping, and a gasp escaping her mouth each and every time. Not too long after Vlad had left, a figure stepped into the slight clearing. But it wasn't him.

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