Book Review: The Lost Gate by: Orson Scott Card



Publish Date:
January 4, 2011

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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.

Review: In The Lost Gate, Mr. Card has created wonderfully interesting characters which make the book so hard to put down. When you reach the inevitable end, it’s clear that there is so much more story to tell. It definitely stands on its own, but it could be the start of a great new series in the vein of the Ender series. The premise of the book and the universe in which it’s set are very unique and intriguing. This is a great book and I highly recommend this as an addition to the genre of innovative fantasy!!

Mithermages series: The Lost Gate (1), The Gate Thief (2)


  1. I just received a copy of this myself and I am so excited to read it! You have me even more intrigued now :).

  2. I saw this in the store yesterday. I didn't look at it. but it seem intriguing. Great review :)


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