Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: The Gate Thief (Mither Mages, Book 2)
Author: Orson Scott Card
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
Length: 12 hours
Grade Reading Level: Ages 15+
Summary: Gatemage Danny North is the most powerful mage on earth and that puts him in a deadly dangerous position. He’s in the crosshairs of all the Families jockeying to either control him or kill him. Even his family seeks to do the same. Danny hatches an idea to help all the Families, but on his terms… in the process he makes a huge mistake and meets the mages that caused Loki to shut the Great Gates.
Wad (Loki) lost most of his gates to Danny in their fight and now he’s stuck on Westil. He’s got to figure out what to do now – does he call it quits or does he figure out how to get back in the game? After all he knows Bel and Ishtoreth better than Danny North.
The fates of the mages rest in the hands of the Gate Thief.
Why I started this book:
I read the first book in the series and anticipated the sequel. As for audiobooks, I love them!
- Danny North is a great character in many respects. I love that he successfully stole outselves of thirteen centuries of gatemages from Loki and then had to figure out how to adjust to the onslaught. Apparently trapped gates hate being trapped.
- World building while slow was necessary. In many places it was extremely interesting, if heavy on the narrative.
- Wad is also well crafted as a character. He’s selfish, whip-smart, and sneaky. Like Wad, I was surprised by Danny’s altruistic behavior at a certain point in the novel, but I was not surprised by Wad’s secondary reaction. I look forward to the next book.
- The ancillary characters (AKA Danny’s friends) do not add anything to the story. They are not fully fleshed out and there were plenty of times where I couldn’t believe Danny told them everything. Why are they his friends again? I’m sure it’s mentioned in the first book, but I truly couldn’t recall any true connections between Danny and these kids and none were developed in this book. In fact, write these characters out and the story still flows pretty well, if not better because they tend to bog it down.
- Also, his friends are too immature and unused to his history of the world. How can they be anything but a hindrance? I don’t particularly buy them as envoys. They lack tack.
- The female characters keep trying to have sex with Danny. There’s no emotional connection between Danny and these females. Also Danny pulls a big stupid around one in the latter half of the novel
Final Thoughts: Card’s explanation of how the story took shape is an interesting sidebar. It was highly entertaining and helps explain some things that felt a little shaky in the writing.
Rating: 3 Treasure Chests
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