Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself".
He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.
There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English - but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.
Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.
Orson Scott Card, a New York Times best-selling author, has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.
©2011 Orson Scott Card (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[T]his ambitious tale is well crafted, highly detailed, and pleasantly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)
I read, I listen, I backpack, I game. When I'm not at work, of course! (At least not the backpacking...)
I picked up both this and Card's first book in the Pathfinder series and was immensely pleased by both of them. I'm very picky about my reading and even more so about my listening. The narration here is well done and the story.....well, Card isn't one for cut and paste jobbies. I'm a bit of a mythology fan and the inclusion and explanation for mythology as presented in this fiction was a delight. I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in series and MAY just have to pick it up for a read if it doesn't hit the airwaves fast enough!
Rich world, awesome characters all brought together in a great story. Truly enjoyed this book and will read more from this author.
it's a great start of a story, the magic system is interesting and keeps you thinking.
yes, similarly excellent reading
since it seems to stop just as the story gets going, uh..ya...
definitely a good read, just wish the next one was available.
This one is near the top. Unlike many fantasy books, this one creates a believable, modern world mixture of magic and reality. How does having magical superpowers change your morals and responsibilities? Especially when you're a teenager, outcast from society and your family, who are you actually loyal to?
Danny North is so much fun as the teenager who wants to have a normal life, and date girls, while gating himself around the multiverse.
THe scene where he is shoplifting at Walmart is hilarious.
Sometimes I'm reluctant to start a series when the rest of the books aren't available yet, but this one stands on its own.
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:
"Don't Open the Gate"
I couldn't really get into this, and I'm sure a plot point where gates are opened that can teleport you to other locations, has been used in a Dean Koontz book.
A young boy jumps through said gates to evade his parents as it has been decreed that anyone born with his gate making abilities has to be killed. There was a whole subplot about Loki and other mystical folk, but I didn't really get it.
Haven't felt so much pure fun with a book for a long time. Go listen.
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