The Gate Thief

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Macmillan, Mar 19, 2013 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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.

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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.
 

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Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novelEnder's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novelEnder's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers".

Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue ofThe Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue ofAnalog.

The novel-length version ofEnder's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Card was born in Washington state, 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, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning withSeventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels likePastwatch andHart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers likeEmpire and historical novels like the monumentalSaints and the religious novelsSarah andRachel andLeah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate,Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.


Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

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