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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1 . Adequate
Posted June 08, 2012 by Moore , AlbuquerqueFantasy and Sci-fi are two terms that get bandied around together a lot, but they are drastically different from each other.
Personal feelings aside for Card, The Lost Gate is a good book with that fell apart near the end. The part about explaining where all the mythological gods came from is interesting, but there is really no driving force for the character. The main character, Danny North, is supposed to be running for his life, but the entire book has very little chase to it, to the point where it just seems kind of paranoid. The end was very anti-climactic.
It's harsh but true; Card is excellent at science fiction, but in fantasy he just doesn't grip me that well. Lots of loose ends, hopefully the book did well enough to warrant a sequel that gets released.
2 . Superb!
Posted January 11, 2011 by Kevin , MaitlandOne of the better books I've read in a long time. Couldn't put it down.
January 01, 2011
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