The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
(Mither Mages)

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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.

 

About Orson Scott Card

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Orson Scott Card is the author of numerous bestselling novels and the first writer to receive both the Hugo and Nebula awards two years in a row; first for Ender’s Game and then for the sequel, Speaker for the Dead. He lives with his wife and children in North Carolina.
 
Published January 4, 2011 by Tor Books. 464 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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The Norths of Virginia are one of many clans of mages who have been trapped for centuries in Mittelgard (Earth) after a powerful enemy closed the magical gates to their homeworld, Westil.

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I’ve read many books with characters from many religions and haven’t encountered this much negativity from readers as this book generated.

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Spokane Public Library is holding a competition for the best Teen novels - nominated and voted upon by the teens who read them - with the winner to be announced for Teen Read Week October 16-22.

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One of the nice things is that you get frequent breaks from Danny to see a secondary story play out in parallel--that of an ancient gatemage hiding and surviving in a medieval society, trying to recover his lost memories.

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THE LOST GATE introduces an interesting teen hero in Danny North, and the Mither Mages series seems destined to be greeted with the same success as his prior series.

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The author of Ender’s Game launches another fantasy series about young people with special abilities, but this latest book seems cut from a familiar template.

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(Notice how nobody ever writes a series about a young boy with an amazing knack for toilet cleaning and tax reform?) The spin Card adds does enough to make the tale distinct, and in its best moments, The Lost Gate captures the excitement and dread of having all the power in the world, but no clea...

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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...

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Fantasy Faction

I'm having a hell of a time getting through it for my "official" review due at the beginning of next month...

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Fantasy Faction

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.

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I often wonder when authors start new series whether they had the idea for the specific plot first and fill in the details of the surrounding world and mythology next, or the opposite, creating the world and mythology first and then figuring out a story that fits into ...

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Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them.

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