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The much-anticipated third installment in Card's New York Times best-selling Mithermages series
Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2,000 years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible until at last they realized it was their own survival in question. But a Gate Mage, one who could build a Great Gate back to Westil, would give his own family a terrible advantage over all the others and reignite the wars. So it was decided that they all had to die. And if the families didn't kill them, the Gate Thief would - that mysterious mage who destroyed every Great Gate, along with the Gate Mage who created it, before it could be opened between Earth and Westil.
But Danny survived. And Danny battled the Gate Thief - and won.
What he didn't know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates - and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.
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By Dorothy Evans on 11-06-15

Cheap Ending

I was hoping the ending to the trilogy would flabbergasting, yet it was an utter disappointment. The Author wrote and extraordinary tale so detailed and entangled; the plot and the climax were abosultely complex and amazing, but it seems he wrote more than he could digest. Sudden mediocre endings to unfinished entaglements is out right atriscious.

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By Amazon Customer on 11-05-15

A terrible end to a great start.

fairly rushed and everything is tied up too neatly and quickly. no character climax to speak of. all the troubles in the worlds are wished away. and the ending reminds me of bugs bunny "that's all folks!"

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By Mark on 11-03-15

"Waste of time"

I liked the first two books but this was terrible, what a waste of time. This story had no plot. I'm going to ask amazon for my money back.

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By S. Gray on 06-01-16

Too much exposition.

Struggled with this last book. The lead character has become too powerful and spends much off-the-wall book discussing some ancient pseudo-theology.

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By Amy on 10-27-16

A disappointing series conclusion

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I loved the first two books in this series and expected a wonderful finale. Instead I was astounded at the blatant sexism that continuously painted women as inherently dangerous vixens that incite lust in men and which the men must constantly guard against.<br/><br/>The story starts off well enough but then morphs into a very thinly disguised and somewhat tedious account of Latter-Day Saint / Mormon doctrine around the origins of the heavens, earth, the gift of free will and the origin of Satan and his minions. Some LDS readers or those without knowledge of the church doctrine may enjoy the story more.

Has Gatefather put you off other books in this genre?

Gate father has not put me off other books in this genre, but is has put me of chasing up further writings by Orson Scott Card, despite enjoying some of this other books. I felt disappointed at what I feel was his need to preach the his Church's doctrine in such a tedious was as to compromise the quality of what has otherwise been a wonderful journey.

Have you listened to any of Emily Rankin and Stefan Rudnicki ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The narration was wonderful and went a huge way to partially redeeming the book. I've thoroughly enjoyed all narration by Emily Rankin and Stefan Rudnicki. I'd search specifically for books that they've worked on.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The redeeming qualities are the quality of the narration, and despite LDS gospel parallels, it gives some interesting takes on Greco-Roman mythology.

Any additional comments?

If you've enjoyed the first two books then you might want to give this a go because it does tie up a story that is otherwise incomplete. I just wouldn't expect the same degree of movement and intrigue that the first two provided.

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