The Lost Gate is a spectacular book with a great set of characters and wonderful plot. It has characters who are highly realistic and a protagonist which almost any reader will like. The book's character development is out of this world, which provides a pleasurable balance between characters and plot. It is highly entertaining and the narration is fantastic, particularly the performance of Stefan Rudnicki.
Great story; believable characters the start of another great Epic. Nice twist on all the old myths. Instead of same ole we have been getting like Percy, Red Pyramid etc.
an enjoyable listen
The Hunger Games has a wild imagination and far out ideas but I think Card does it much better in this book!
Makes it feel like your listening to someone make up a tale and you really get involved
I wasn't able to but I surely would've if I could've
The use of gates can take the story anywhere and do anything...I'm looking forward to the next one in this series.
Its a good thing that I "read" this on audio book I am not sure I could pronounce everything. I really think there is a good series coming. The story is fractured but it all makes sense in the end. I liked it. It isn't brain surgery, but it is a good book. I will continue to "read" these as the next book is available on audio book.
I am a fan of Orson Scott, his Ender and Shadow of Ender series are some of my favorite books. This book did not disappoint and I will be reading the other books of the series. Similar to Ender, the Lost Gate tells the story of a young, strong character that is learning his past and future as a powerful mage with the ability to link points in time and space. At times the book is slow; however, the author and narrator are able to keep the reader interested because of the two distinct stories that intertwine towards the end. If you like Ender series with a fantasy twist, you will enjoy this novel.
As always, what really blows me away 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. This is the second book from Card within the space of three months and just like Pathfinder.
The Lost Gate is the first book of a new YA fantasy series centered around a young boy trying to learn how to control and utilise his powerful gifts (which is also just like Ender's Game and Seventh Son). While characters may seem very familiar, they have been placed in a world full of wonder and originality, and I have high expectations for future books in this series.
In typical Card fashion there are two stories going on in two different worlds at the same time waiting to converge, sometimes that can make it confusing but in the end it is all worth it! be ready I know you'll enjoy it if you like to think as all of Cards books make you do, think a lot. Great listen!
Regardless of the other reviews, listen to this book. Card doesn't disappoint. Maybe the main character was not the hero one would want, but he was in perfect keeping with the story. I found this book to be interesting and well written. And critics, who can write Enders game with every try? Give the author some leeway!!! I also liked the two voices in narration.
I have become a true Audible geek! After a year of picking up old Sci Fi, I finally broke out to become a true cross genre FANATIC & FAN!!
I love Stefan Rudnicki's reading!! And I really loved OSC's Ender series. Really hankering to hear Mr. Rudnicki reading again I picked up this book.
Starts slow. Hard to get into. Seems written like a fairytail, like the beginning of a modern mythology. And before I knew it, I am trying to put the far apart pieces together - getting confused... but lead along the path for the story.
I don't immediately like the main character, and I don't really like his first few friends, the people in the book. But along the way I started to see the beginnings of the connections, the broader picture. And the story is not just new mythology, or a young adult novel about a "magical" kid growing up. It is both and more: gripping, and intriguing, and adventurous, and mythical, and growing up, and... fun. Surprising fun.
And I can't wait for the next books - and bummed I have to wait ;)
Good job from both Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card - and wonderful development of the plot and characters from Mr. Card.