The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card


Author: Orson Scott Card

Title: The Lost Gate

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 378

Geographical Setting: U.S.A.

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: Mitherages, vol. 1

Plot Summary:  14 centuries after Loki closed the gates between Westil and Mittlegard (earth), the Families of mages that were once revered as gods have lost much of their power.  Danny North, a member of the same Family as Thor and Loki, is unwanted and believed to be a drekka (a member of the Family with no power).  Danny realizes that he is a Gate Mage and he is in more danger than he ever knew because the Families have sworn an oath to kill all Gate Mages.  He escapes his family compound and embarks on an adventure among ordinary humans.  As he deals with the Family, the mysterious Gate Thief, and the problems faced by ordinary teens with no place to call home, he discovers his true destiny.

Subject Headings:  Magic; Mythology; Contemporary America; Urban Fantasy; Fantasy

Appeal Terms: measured, magical, detailed, lifelike, multiple points of view, recognizable, series, strong secondary characters, well-developed, world-building, imaginative, mythic references, contemporary, accessible, descriptive magical elements

3 terms that best describe this book: magical, world-building, recognizable

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

  1. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.  Campbell’s study of the phenomenal existence of the mythological Hero found throughout the world.  The Lost Gate is full of references to gods and myths from different cultural groups.
  2. The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic Colum.  Here is a retelling of the traditional Nordic myths featuring Odin, Thor, and Loki who are also characters in The Lost Gate.
  3. Don’t Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in human History but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis.  An excellent guide to the mythological themes and characters found throughout The Lost Gate.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. An exploration of the sleeping gods and myths that were brought to America by Europeans immigrants and their desire to return to power.
  2. Jumper by Steven Gould.  Davy, a young man who shares Danny North’s ability to teleport, is being chased by those who want to kill him because of his ability.
  3. Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier. The first of Sage of the Light Isles series that follows a Wolfskin warrior in the service of Thor who goes in search of glory for himself and his people.

Name: Mike Monahan


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