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 loved the idea, I was fascinated with wad, I just felt the audience this book was designed for was a very narrow male adolescent audience. With such a scope of well thought out worlds and clever storytelling; the underbelly subjects stole the story from being enjoyed by myself or my son at this time.
If it had been in paperback form I wouldn't have got past the thievery, the breast and sex fascinations of the 13 year old. Which would have been a loss as it had parts to the story I really enjoyed, there is definitely potential. Hopefully the second book Danny's character will mature a bit.
The young mage running away and then going to WalMart.
The Golden Acorn but more adult/
Look out Lightning Theif here come the Norse crew.
I see it has a high rating on other sites and if you're into it, great. But for me, I didn't get the "outer self" etc and before long it just sounded like rambling.
The jacket description sounded interesting, but as I started the story, it sounded as if the characters are not corporeal...but energy?
Too fantasy based for my personal taste.
Love books, reading or listening, wine and quiet evenings by the fire. Mystery's, paranormal, history and biographies.
Since I love Stefan Rudnicki's voice, I often look for books he has narrated. While doing that I found this fun coming of age magic user book. I am so glad it did. I also discovered Emily Janice Card - now I watch for books she has read. What a great way to find Authors I have not read before. We live in a very rural area and have no book stores nearby, the closest is 2 hours away. So we depend on our Library and the internet. I have listened to other books by Orson Scott Card since finding this one.
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.
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