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In this middling sequel to The Lost Gate, Card connects Egyptian myth with his "literalizing of Indo-European gods" to create Danny North, the 16-year-old incarnation of the messenger/trickster god Thoth-Mercury-Hermes-Loki. Danny masquerades as an ordinary teen but is the son of the Norse gods Odin and Gerd. He's just coming into his full powers as a gate mage when some of the old gods set out to kill him. He's also so filled with "innate goodness" that he can fend off all the hot girls who want him and subdue his own adolescent hormones. Naturally, he takes on the task of saving Earth and defeating the forces of evil through a heroic act that's devoid of real consequences. Card's afterword reveals his struggles with clarifying his unusual and highly complicated world-building, but only the most devoted readers will have sympathy for these creative problems. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The sequel to The Lost Gate (2010) finds teenager Danny North confronting the consequences of his actions at the end of that book. He's rendered the being formerly known as Loki virtually powerless, having taken most of Loki's gates wormholes in spacetime that link places that are separated by vast distances and created the Great Gate, allowing people to pass back and forth between Earth and Westil, the home world of the former gods now living on Earth as (mostly) ordinary people. But is Danny a hero, or has he opened a door that will allow an even more powerful being to slip through and reignite an ancient war that could wipe out humanity entirely? And can Danny really trust that the enemy he vanquished in The Lost Gate is now his willing ally? Familiarity with The Lost Gate is useful, but not essential, as Card gives readers enough background to have at least a partial understanding of the world he's created. Like the first book, this one's a bit talky in places, but it boasts defined characters and a highly imaginative story. For the author's fans, a must-read. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As one of the biggrst names in science fiction, Card has a built-in audience clamoring for more.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist