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)
The plot is fantastic and the voice of Stefan and Emily is superb! It`s a very good start on the series! I especially liked the explanation of how the gate magic worked! Good, very good!!
When Danny took of his underwear in front of the police! Moment of a life time!!
They where amazing and fantastic! They gave life to all the characters in a very special and good way. Amazing...
Definitely yes! YES YES YES!! I was up all night listening to this!!
Next one please!! ^^
I did enjoy this story, and I am looking forward to book 2! It is well worth the read, even if it does pale next to Ender's Game. But just about any young male hero will pale compared to Ender (or Bean)! I was caught up in this story of Danny and his powerless, dangerous situation at the very start. The transforation of Danny of a kid fearing death to the smartmouth actor at Walmart and again at the Library of Congress did not quite hold true, even though both scenes were hilarious! And sometimes his vocabulary was just too, too genius considering the bare-bones upbringing he had that included lack of extensive, independent computer access. I know it was all part and parcel of being an emergent GateMage, but still, it seemed chunky, and like a data-dump at times. The changing around to a parallel story througout the book really worked for me. I loved the character Wad in the other universe! He too is an emergent Mage. I have high hopes for book 2 continuing the story along ... and I want to see Loki!
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. If you have read and liked the Alvin Maker series, you will like this one as well.
There was a comfortable familiarity to it because of the voice actors. I've put many enjoyable hours into the Ender audiobooks and these two voices were the same actors (or were very similar - I have not checked the names).
The scene in the National Library (Is that what it's called?). I really enjoyed the parts where he was discovering new capabilities.
Switching voices makes a very nice way to transition to different characters. The voice actors are good at what they do and the transitions were smooth and because of the different gender/actor much more obvious than would otherwise be.
The boy who wasn't there...
The "magic system" is quite unique (in my experience). And it was a very nice change. I've read a lot of fantasy and it was nice feeling like I was discovering something new again. I'm not sure I've felt that way about a new fantasy novel in a very long time. I eagerly await the next installment in the series.
It moved along well, stayed interesting and had good characters, and was unpredictable.
The early Alvin Maker series felt a lot like this book.
No one character really stands out for me. They were all good.
A good listen that I'm sure I'll come back to several more times.
The realization that he was indeed special.
An ability to put the listener in the places described.
A boy and his gift.
The Story kept me on the edge of my earphones! Could not wait to listen
The whole story. Not just one point.
I like the book, but at the end they made sure the main character had interactions in a high school environment as to have the drama of twilight or harry potter.
I enjoyed the development of an alternative world so nearly like our own, but with a secret set of rules most of us never see.
Card has created a whole new world here, and it's fascinating. If you liked Ender's Game and don't mind a bit of fantasy mixed in with your sci-fi, check this out.
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