In "The Lost Gate", Orson Scott Card of _Ender's_Game_ fame shows that he's again capable of handling the fantasy genre (as he did in the Alvin Maker series), but this time does so in the modern world. It's enjoyable to consider the "what if"s of magic in the modern world, as can be found by other authors (as in Butcher's Dresden Files and Rowling's Harry Potter). Unlike most other such series', Card's Mithermages series has the premise that magic has been fading, both here, and in a sister world.
There are a lot of similarities between this book and other works, but that makes the adventure no less fun. The performances in this book by Rudnicki and Card's daughter help to bring the worlds to life--Rudnicki and his voice handle Earth well, while Card does a great job with the fantastic world of Westil.
It took a bit of time to get into this book, but I enjoyed the story and yet another look at this imagining of the gods on earth today. (I've been reading/listening to a lot of these of late, including Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearne.)
The dual story line is intriguing (Danny North in the present and another character in another world/time). It's a good coming-of-age fantasy with some imaginative touches, and I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story in the next book in the series.
The narrators do a very good job and make the story even more enjoyable.
The magic system presented was pretty easy to understand and appreciate. Seems almost perfect for a role playing game.
Hard to say. I liked Wad, but probably my favorite was Danny. He was very easy to identify with.
The fact that I can drive while reading and not put other people in danger was best. ;)
Book was great. But I believe that OSC must have too many projects on the go. He takes forever to continue any series. Thie book was release to audio a year and a half ago and there has been no indication that book #2 is in the making.
I would wait for book 2 to appear before starting this series.
I listen while i work. So i have 8 hrs a day :)
This ranks in the top 5, though i only have 10 audio books lol.
Danny was by far a favorite in the book. I find that O.S.C. has a tendency to create main characters with these amazing abilities/ talents that always end up shocking people. Ender and Bean with knowledge and I.Q., Rig with his powers, and now Danny. You can't help but hope for that shock when you realize his greatness. You want the main character to show off and be great. O.S.C. is one of the few authors i have found that has the ability to allow this to happen with out it feeling forced. With other authors it feels forced and corny, but with O.S.C. you seem to always want more. You almost feel let down when the characters stop showing off.
My favorite scene was when you made the realization that wad was actually Loki. In my head i kept thinking that Wad was Danny some how.
When the story unfolded it created a nice little twist.
I listened to it in 3 sittings while at work. I really couldn't manage to turn it off.
I cannot wait for the next book.
I already have recommended this book to many people.
Love how OSC brought fantasy to present day life. This story was above and beyond my expectations.
Danny... Because OSC made me love him.
I love just closing my eyes and imagine the story playing out. It is so much more enjoyable to listen to the story then read it.
If I had the time I would have.
I started this book after reading the entire Enderverse along with Pathfinder which is by the way another great book.
I would have to place the following books as equally best books ever:
I picked this book up because of the Author. He also wrote the Enders Game Series. Again not disappointed. This is a great Fantasy Series that takes place in a magical land that has been hidden from the modern day Society. i will stop there cause i don't want to give anything away. The narraters are great and the story they get to tell is very intresting. The books length is good and you really wana cheer for the main charcter danny to do well. Worth the credit.
Liked this book very much but was disappointed that there was no sequel available as this is clearly not the end. Still worth listening to.
Yes! I cant wait for the next one, the story is so captivating and the actors voices really bring the story to life.
The style is similar to Peter V Brett's The Painted Man in the way the story unfolds from different characters perspectives.
I loved the story of Wad, it was interesting how his character unfolded.
I absolutely laughed out loud.
When Danny explains why he calls Marion & Leslie Silverman, Mom and Dad.
Leslie Silverman - I love cows and to find her heart beast are cows was just awsome. Loved Danny and Wad too, but thats just because they are the main characters.
Both - You will have to listen to find out which and when.
Listen - Starts out with lots of info and some may think it a little slow, but it gets good and then just keeps getting better.