The Lost Gate

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Macmillan, Jan 4, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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.



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User Review  - CherieDooryard - LibraryThing

Just once, JUST ONCE, I would like to read an engrossing fantasy novel that is something other than a set up for a series. I enjoyed this about 5/6ths of the way through, until it became clear that ... Read full review

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User Review  - GSB68 - LibraryThing

It's a little bit Percy Jackson meets American Gods. For me things just seemed to flow along too easy for Danny even if that perfectly fits the characters magical gifts. Danny just seems to float ... Read full review

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Contents

Drekka
11
The Greek Girl
37
The Man in the Tree
58
Shoplifter
68
The Gate Thief
83
Fistalk
98
Stones House
122
Safe Room
150
Veevee
242
Public Gate
258
The Queens Squirrel
272
Warden
283
Birthday Present
289
The Father of Trick
306
Rope Climb
310
Locks
329

Orphans
164
Inside Man
176
Servant of Spacetime
206
The Queens Hero
227
Great Gate
344
Justice
355
Gatefather
369
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.

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