The Lost Gate

The Lost Gate

Book - 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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765326577
0765326574
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 25 cm.

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sat7
Jun 04, 2016

Incredible respect for this author. I believe this book is a best work yet explaining everything from poltergeist to all mythical gods - truly a work of art and excellent read. Best of all, so far, it's a trilogy -

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Marge2015
May 17, 2016

Picked it up because of the author, read about 1/3. Flimsy and not well thought out, just not my cup of tea.

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ecifani
Jun 14, 2013

I thought this was about something else..

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jydez
May 26, 2012

Another great book by Card, a setting based on the application of the old myths to our day, I'm thinking with bit of a scifi twist to it. This sets the stage for the coming of age of a talented young boy with a uniquely troubled background who has to decide whether to follow the old ways or overcome the prejudices and temptations of his heritage.
In reference to an earlier review, I do have to take exception. Trying to claim this book as anti-gay does a disservice to all. The incident referred to would have to be stretched to the breaking point and even then it wouldn't come close. What Card DOES do is portray in those moments the immaturity and juvenile humor of youths and teens in strange surroundings from varied backgrounds (including abuse) BUT that is not what the story is about.

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Silverfox
Mar 26, 2012

Just finished this book but will have to read it again because if it is anti-gay I surely missed it.

On the other hand just because you are parnoid doesn't mean that someone isn't out to get you.

That last was for Brenda's benefit.

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naruto12
Jan 15, 2012

it is very good

malach Dec 21, 2011

Available at Battery Park

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BrendaStarr
Dec 06, 2011

Most wonderful way to pass a rainy day- until the anti-gay slant comes up and destroys the concentration. It was completely gratuatious and didn't figure in plot at all, except as an author statement. Too bad.

daymakerdave Aug 25, 2011

Easy reading. Fun and light. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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walkermom
Jun 18, 2011

Very good book, trying to keep liking OSC despite his (anti-gay) politics... but this book is excellent, especially if you have ever played the game "Portal".

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May 06, 2013

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Jan 15, 2012

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LudditeLord Sep 29, 2011

Danny knew that he needed to grow up into a man who doesn't just survive, but deserves to.

LudditeLord Sep 27, 2011

"He would know everything that was going on in the castle, yet everyone would ignore or despise him."

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