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The Lost Gate (Mithermages) by Orson Scott Card
Cover Artist: iStockphoto
Review by Meagen Voss
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765326577
Date: 04 January 2011 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Orson Scott Card likes to make his child characters grow up fast. And Danny North, the pre-teen hero of The Lost Gate, is no exception. It took more than three decades for Card to craft this story, and the result was a whimsical, yet serious, adventure that weaves together both the dangers of the adult world and the folly of youth.

From official release/information:

Product Description: This contemporary urban fantasy introduces the North family, a clan of mages in exile in our world, and their enemies who will do anything to keep them locked here.

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.

(Source: Tor Books)

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