The Gate Thief
In this sequel to The Lost Gate, bestselling author Orson Scott Card continues his fantastic tale of the Mages of Westil who live in exile on Earth in The Gate Thief, a novel of the Mither Mages.
Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of thirteen 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.
And 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 still must somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North.
For when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took the responsibility for the Great Gates. And when he comes face-to-face with the mages who call themselves Bel and Ishtoreth, he will come to understand just why Loki closed the gates all those centuries ago.
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Fantastic read start to finish. I always enjoy Card's work and this is no exception.
After reading many of the reviews, I was a little bit worried about this second entry in the Mither Mages series. Fortunately, I loved the book! It continues the same feel and overall narrative style of the first book while expanding on the world and systems of magic created for the series.
I particularly liked learning more about Wad (Loki) and the Belmage. I feel like these were the strongest parts of the book. The portions with Danny attempting to attend high school still bored me a bit, but I understand why OSC went this route.
Overall, we learned a lot more about the world, the magic systems, and what abilities the Great Gates can bestow. Unfortunately, the book ends very quickly and I was left wanting more. The book ends on what TV fans would call one hell of a cliffhanger and I presume it will be a while before we get the end to the story of Danny North.
I would love to see a continuation of this series in an offshoot once the trilogy is completed. Something like what happened with Bean in the Ender series. I think the system and world he has built are engaging and interesting, but could use a more intriguing character base. Danny and Wad are the only characters I care to read about (and mainly just their interactions with one another) aside from possibly the Belmage.