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The Gate Thief Audiobook

The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to The Lost Gate, best-selling author Orson Scott Card continues his fantastic tale of the mages of Westil, who live in exile on Earth.

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful.

On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates. And when he comes face-to-face with the mages who call themselves Bel and Ishtoreth, he will understand just why Loki closed the gates all those centuries ago.

©2013 Orson Scott Card (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc

What the Critics Say

"Card weaves another in a chain of satisfying, teenager-pleasing fantasies…. Card has a grand old time romping around in the fields of comparative religion while letting a feud worthy of the Hatfields and the McCoys unfold, with much tongue-in-cheek humor but a touch of gore, too." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Familiarity with The Lost Gate is useful, but not essential, as Card gives readers enough background to have at least a partial understanding of the world he’s created….Defined characters and a highly imaginative story. For the author’s fans, a must-read." (Booklist)

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    B. R. Jones los angeles, CA 05-01-13
    B. R. Jones los angeles, CA 05-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A Building Block. Sets up well for Book 3."
    What did you like best about The Gate Thief? What did you like least?

    So I loved the first book in this series - it was full of action, was set in a really interesting world, and the plotline moved at a quick clip - which is perhaps why I was so disappointed as I read this one. The plot just moved so... slow. And so much of it felt like artificial setup for something that happens later in the book, but that just didn't feel like it had the crescendo that the first book had.

    To be fair, after listening to the post-book message by Orson Scott Card himself, I fully understand WHY he wrote this book the way that he did - he's setting up for an epic Book 3 where all of the setup will pay off. I fully intend to pick up that book, but that still doesn't make me like this one any more. The teenage angst, sexual frustration, and laggard pace almost turned me to deleting the book from my phone... but plow through it, as I think we'll all rewarded in the next book of this series.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J Livingston, TX, United States 04-26-13
    J Livingston, TX, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Parts are incoherent, thin and seem hurried."

    I've known Scott personally for decades and have always enjoyed his books. The first book in this series started in a very entertaining manner. This second book is harder to follow and is not nearly as fleshed out as it needs to be. Scott's forward said he rewrote the original draft, but the book reads like he was trying to squeeze 2 books into 1 volume. Hopefully there will be a be a third book that fills in the blanks left in the 2nd book. Otherwise, typical OSC.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Luis LAREDO, TX, United States 04-22-13
    Luis LAREDO, TX, United States 04-22-13
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    "Average"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, if my friend has nothing else to do.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

    Yes, because he is very good. It's just that this book wasn't as good as "The lost gate". It's a total different rythm. It's like somebody else wrote it. I love the way he writes but the story was just too flat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he is in a trance and remember what Wad learned in Egypt. I liked the twist, but he didn't delivered at the end.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    For Orson, try to go the way you did in "the lost gate" especially the first part. It was VERY GOOD.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ross United States 04-22-13
    Ross United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Card puts alot of sexual tension into this book"

    Pros:
    - Good story
    - Easy to keep track of whats going on
    - Intriguing plot twists
    - Exceptional main character

    Cons:
    - Card does a lot of sexual (pre-pubescent) tension, not his thing
    - Weird / kiddy feel to the book

    Overall, card does a lot of kids books, so i kind of expected the cons, but it doesn't change the fact that the simplistic story and sexual tension is beyond weird for Cards writing.


    Good book though, highly recommend any Card fans to read it, overall 4/5.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 04-01-13
    Tango Texas 04-01-13
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    "Good enough to go for Book 3"

    Previous reviewers have done a good job at getting to the good/bad of this book and you and I both know that if you liked The Lost Gate, book 1 in this series, you will probably pick up Book 2 no matter what the reviews say. For what it is worth, I say "Go for it - Book 2 is good enough to expect that Book 3 could be great". It's not Ender, but what is? Poor Card will have to endure the comparison of all subsequent books to his masterpiece, but there are worse problems an author could have.

    I love Card's Ender, Alvin Maker, and Homecoming series' and Mithermages does have a likable young male protagonist in common with those older series'. Sadly, Mithermages is lacking ANY great young female protagonist to balance the story. There are some interesting adult women in the mix, but Card has oddly chosen to make almost all of the teenage girls in The Gate Thief a strange bunch of groupies fighting for a chance to have Danny's baby. Card gives some explanation of that in the afterword but I don't buy it - those girls are not interesting characters and they just don't ring true with me. The teenager dialog is especially awkward (borderline offensive) and the book would have been better without it.

    Both Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin do a fine job with narration, but I had a distinct preference for Rankin and really wish she had just narrated the whole book.The narration is divided by location - Rudnicki reads the sections that take place on Earth; Rankin reads the sections set in Westil. As much as I enjoy Rudnicki, he has one of the deepest voices I've ever heard and although he does a game job of voicing women, children, and adolescents, he really only sounds natural speaking for an adult man. Strangely, the only adult men with any significant dialog in the novel do almost all their speaking while in Westil, Rankin's sections of the book.

    I'm seeing more potential in the Mithermages series than the Pathfinder series so if you are jonesing for some OSC, you will probably get a decent fix from The Gate Thief.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 03-31-13
    Jason 03-31-13
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    "A Good Second Book"

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Newburgh, NY, United States 04-01-13
    Alicia Newburgh, NY, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Didn't live up to my expectations"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and No, I recommended the first book in the series to a friend and they loved it as well. I still have hopes that the series will get back on track and be as good as what hooked me the firs time around.


    What aspect of Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin ’s performance would you have changed?

    I think Stefan's voice is unusually deep and may not represent a young character like Danny North that well. His voice was sometimes monotone and I found myself thinknig of other things and not listening to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was good, but not great.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Milwaukie, OR, United States 03-21-13
    Justin Milwaukie, OR, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Set-up novel to what will be an Awesome third."

    OSC protagonists tend to have common themes, special young boys, Intelligent wise and insightful beyond their years. Most of this book the reader is following along with Danny making insights into the nature of Magery and its mechanics with the interactions between the "in-self" and "out-self". To me this rounds out the mechanics, leaving only the final revelation on the nature and origin of magic/the enemy missing. Meaning that the next book, rather than struggle through definitions of character and powers, the world will be set loose to the machinations of powerful mages to drive an action packed third novel.

    I've come to look forward to each Afterward from OSC. Many of his afterwards are explanations of thought processes he had while writing that make you feel connected to the writing process. The afterward explains the what I felt was a discontinuity between the first and second novel.

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    James Powderly, KY, United States 04-08-16
    James Powderly, KY, United States 04-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good 2nd Book"
    Any additional comments?

    Really like this series. Female narration is great, the male narrator is too robotic sometimes. Good story and good characters.

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    Richard Sacramento, CA, United States 03-04-16
    Richard Sacramento, CA, United States 03-04-16 Member Since 2011
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    "fun tail"

    the narrator was excellent. the story was convoluted but fun. A true bridge book. The next book should be interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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