Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card's latest novel The Lost Gate, book one of the Mither Mages trilogy, features a number of figures from Norse mythology. The publisher's website has sketchy information on the plot (after the jump), but the trailer for the book (below) is told from Loki's perspective.

The Lost Gate 
Mither Mages (Volume 1 of 3)
Orson Scott Card

Tor Books, 1/4/2011
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2657-7, ISBN10: 0-7653-2657-4,
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages

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.

ORSON SCOTT CARD is the author of the international bestsellers Shadow of the Giant, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender's Shadow, and of the beloved classic of science fiction, Ender's Game, as well as the acclaimed fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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