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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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    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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    joshua EP Pasadena, CA 02-27-16
    joshua EP Pasadena, CA 02-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "To much sex"

    I've read a fair amount of Cards other books and I thought they were good but this book had a lot more teen angst and sex than it needed. The storyline and magic system are pretty cool but get clouded over by a girl throwing herself at the main character every five minutes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thea 01-14-16
    thea 01-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing happens"

    Listened to the first and was interested in the mythology etc. Found much of the first book set up and so was hopeful that this book would have more character & plot development.

    Most of the time is spent explaining the inner thoughts of a teenage boy and they're neither unusual or interesting. While there's some time spent explaining captivating premises of how these worlds work, they still haven't really gone anywhere. Nothing much happens. Far less, even, than in the first book. In fact, much of this book was spent explaining and slowly resolving what happened in the last book until the last few pages.

    Relatively flat characters. Hardly any plot. Nothing takes place to be swept up in.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucas J. 11-23-15
    Lucas J. 11-23-15
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    "-WARNING- You might not want to start this series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gate Thief the most enjoyable?

    Narrated very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I got sucked into this series from the first book and couldn't wait for the second or third. This one was not disappointing at all. However the third book killed the entire series.

    -----SPOILER ALERT-----
    Card played into the same messed up reality of going to heaven and back as he did in Xenocide. A bunch of intelligences that are unorganized and just waiting to be put into...... whatever. I hated it when he did it in Xenocide and I hated it when he did it in Gate Father. Ender's game and the shadow series luckily could stand on their own but, what he did in Gate Father killed the entire story by changing the whole narrative. I returned all three and won't be reading any of the offshoots. So extremely bummed me out because I loved the first two. The crap part of it all is that this book leaves you hanging so you have to read the third. I would suggest not even starting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer KAYSVILLE, UT, United States 11-07-15
    Amazon Customer KAYSVILLE, UT, United States 11-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun enough but gets weird"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    To my friends I definitely recommended the Gate Thief because it was so interesting but this one got really weird when it starts into the "sexual awakening" of Danny it got very religious and really jarring at some points.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    Mostly how Card handled Danny's sexual thoughts and responses. The whole 'the only person who can touch me there is my wife' bit was jarring and annoying. The plot as well was weaker than the previous book. Though that may be because this is the middle book and has to be a build up to the climax of the 3rd book


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin ’s performance did you like?

    They both have good performances though Rudnicki isn't the best with doing different voices for characters.


    Do you think The Gate Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Obviously this is the middle book of a series and you are left with a 'cliffhanger'


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't as motivated to listen to this one as I was with the first. I powered on through the first one in a day where as this took me several weeks of procrastinating to finish. The plot just wasn't as interesting or original.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D G Placone 10-08-15
    D G Placone 10-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Impressive"

    Well worth the listen for the Afterword alone, where Card offers great insight into his writing process and his theory of world development. Unsurprisingly, those two things stand as the strength of this series: tight writing and an expansive, fully explored magical universe. Enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Brown 09-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Best wait for the next one."

    Great story and performance from a great author, but I am getting tired of the publishers that want to string out a story into multiple books. Probably pure greed. story ending was explained in detail, so it could end with loose strings ready to be pulled into the next book. why not wait for Mr. Card to finish the story, which is clear it is ourlined, then publish one large book. Oh I see, this way you can string me along an get me to buy 3 or 4 books instead of 1. I have read many of these series and normally the 4th or so books start stinking. I hardly ever finish them after that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy McMahon 06-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to believe but who really knows."

    I've always enjoyed Cards books and this one was no exception. The characters were believable and you came to know them. Hal the sort of crazy one was my favorite with Hermia a close second.
    I really can't put into words how much I enjoyed the book and his other Lost Gate. Now all I'm waiting for is the third one he talks about at the end.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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