As I said earlier in the day, I’m sorry about how late this is. Classes and life in general have been kind of crazy lately. Enjoy!
I’ve been a fan of Orson Scott Card’s since I first picked up Ender’s Game back in seventh grade, so when I got a chance to read The Lost Gate I jumped on it. It’s a great mix of the mythic and the modern day, very similar to some of Neil Gaiman’s books.
Danny’s the odd man out in his family, a mage with no magic among gods with no worshipers. A drekka with no place in the North complex. That is, until the day when he discovers that he’s a gatemage and his world becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse. Gatemages are killed as soon as they are discovered among the families with exception to the weakest of the weak, those who can sense gates but not make or use them. Danny is neither weak nor willing to die, so he runs to save his own life and to give himself a chance at learning about his powers. We see Danny grow up, meet new people, and learn what it means to be human.
As I said back at the beginning I’m a big fan of Card’s Ender series of books, and it looks like I’ll be a fan of this series as well. Danny is a trickster hero who relies on his brains to stay out of trouble. He avoids direct confrontation, preferring to misdirect an opponent to taking them on alone. Like Ender before him, Danny worries about becoming a monster due to some of the choices he makes. It could’ve gotten a little tiresome, but Card uses Danny’s self doubts to make him a more human figure in comparison to the casual monstrosities of his family and some of the humans that me meets. I like that Card doesn’t write down to his audience, he seems to expect them to keep up with him, this is a habit I tend to find terribly lacking in current young adult literature. This is a series that I would start buying for my younger cousins as well as for myself. That said, my one complaint is how quickly Danny mastered his magic. It seemed kind of like in a super hero comic where the hero gets new powers just as they need them or, failing that, right before they need them. Over all, I give The Lost Gate a five out of five.