Yes, I would change the ending and some over the character development decisions. Everything felt solid up until halfway in the book. It has good story and good twists, however I feel the development was all over the place after the middle. Many of the story lines suddenly were concluded quite abruptly, as if he changed his plan and edited them off.
There seems to be two controversial topics going on her, sex and religion. The sex seemed slightly out of place, a bit irrelevant. It felt quite similar to the world ending in the background and the writer concentrating on describing the process of picking chewing gum at the store.
The religion topic was well done, it tries to reconcile our world with the world of magic, but if you are a religious person, ask yourself if you can tolerate criticism to your beliefs. If you can't, I suggest you stay away from this book.
Yes, I've read many and he does fine work.
Narration was quite good for me, however the changes on narrators for the same characters was off putting. I kept trying to associate the change of narrator with some event that made that character different.
A follow up is coming and its definitely needed. The story could be left here but after building such an intricate world and lore, it would be a shame to not expand it further.
I listened to the first book only two weeks before this one and it flowed nicely from book to book. This is one of those book series that is one large story and not true series. The story line picks up where The Lost Gate left off and continues on nicely and end with me looking for the next part of the download.
If you liked The Lost Gate you will like this one too.
The reading and narration is good as is the story however book one and book two seem like they should really be one book as the story kind of ends where if feels like it should begin.
I would have had one or the other narrate the entire book. Again, i felt that two narrators was unnecessary for this story and was probably only done b/c Emily Rankin is OSC's daughter. I would have preferred if she narrated the entire book as her voice was much more adaptable to the wide range of young characters.
This was a pretty great follow up to The Lost Gate, although i think that book is a better story overall. The Gate Thief had very interesting aspects to it and some unexpected twists but generally it was a straightforward story line. Since this is a book targeted at teenagers, that isn't a 'con' for this book. However,I felt the sense of 'wonder' was much greater in the first book whereas this book focused a little too much on explanations w/o continuing to build up intrigue. Don't misunderstand though, i have to know how it ends so i'm eagerly awaiting the final volume.
That said, I really appreciated the Afterward, read by the author himself, and i will listen to that part alone several times.
Middle School Teacher / Proud Nerd
Excellent Hero's Journey
Danny is the obvious choice as the tale centers on him.
Sefan's gental booming voice and Emily's melodic tones make this series even more addictive. I've become a huge fan of Sefan's over the last year. Emily is one of two exceptions to my dislike of female readers. She and the author's daughter are the only female readers I've come across that do not have that painfully sharp quality that many others with higher voices tend to have.
I listened to this book in 2 sittings... but only because I made myself get some sleep! Great series. Great reading. Great author.
I cannot wait until the next installment! These first two Mithermage novels have been really wonderful to listen to on my ride to and from work each day (and often after my drive)!!!
I'm waiting for book 3. This is a great story and well told.
I'm a cynical, mean, judgemental, quick to condemn, cranky old man. I loved this book.
It's fresh, energetic and exciting.
If you didn't like it, OSC must owe you money.
Sure!! I must say that Orson Scott card was my introduction to Science fiction and he never disappoints. Well written!!
The team of Orson Scott Card and Stephan Rudnicki blasts another one out of the park with _The Gate Thief_. A richly layered world, an even richer background of history/myth/legend, and a tie-in with the real world that left my spine shivering. Card's ability to create realistic, believable characters is surpassed only by his ability to craft an exquisite story and world into which his characters can come to life and thrive. In this second installment into his Mithermages series, we learn more about the incredibly detailed mythos he has populated his story with: gate mages, man mages, demons, gods, and the one person who stands between them all: a sixteen year old boy who strives to be a good man, but faces the trials of any other adolescent kid, along with having to save two worlds AND deal with an overbearing family. Poor guy really can't catch a break. Let me also take a moment to say, I really like Danny's adherence to a moral code, despite the pressures of society, his own hormones, and several willing and attractive young women. Such strength is rarely found in fiction, and ought to be applauded.
Also surprisingly, for me, one of the best parts of the book was the afterword, read by the author. He speaks of the difficulties inherent in crafting stories, especially stories with broad, sweeping arcs to them, and in speaking of his own troubles with this book (written and released late due to his need to extensively revise it), it gives amateur writers several key hints as to how to go about making the best novel possible. I'm looking forward with great anticipation to his next release.
I like magical realism.
I liked The Lost Gate, but did not love it. The Gate Thief satisfied all the qualities I thought the former lacked. Gate Thief was interesting and had very few parts that moved too slowly. In Lost Gate, I found the chapters about Wad boring and sometimes difficult to finish, but this book made their relevance clear. I especially liked the development of Danny in his social relationships, especially who he can and cannot trust.
Until the last chapter of the book, I found Wad's acknowledgment of Danny's superiority in power and character to be promising as an opportunity for development in his character. The last chapter showed me!
The biggest thing that this book had that the first lacked was a definite enemy, rather than a vague notion of families that may or may not kill Danny.
Details about gate magery and man magery were especially fun.
Love, deceit, dualism.
OH! It was when Danny, when he thought he had completely lost the battle, turns around and.....hey wait! I can't tell you that, it would give away too much. I guess you'll have to read it to find out.
I can't say I had a favorite because all the characters were really well done. I mean Stefan Rudnicki cannot do bad.
I went to bed with my ipod set to go off after 15 mins. After doing this another four times I decided to try for 1 hour. The ipod shuts off right in the middle of an epic sentence, so I of course had to turn it on to find out what happened. Honestly, I gave up trying to sleep at 2am and just finished listening to the whole book. Good thing it was a weekend.