The Lost Gate is the start of an enthralling new series penned by Orson Scott Card. It takes place in his Mithermages universe, which has previously been the setting of a few short stories. Magic users who can influence animals, plants, fire, stone, or other items are grouped in large Families, warring for power.
This is the story of Danny North, a drekka, useless to his family, who soon discovers that he is something much more. With his newfound power comes great dangers that he must overcome in order to survive. Those who know his true power seek either to kill him or use him for his power.
In this heart-gripping story, Danny, thirteen, runs away from his Family. He meets many people in his travels, some friends, some enemies. While Danny himself cannot trust the people around him, we also cannot trust Danny. As the not yet grown Danny struggles to survive in an unfamiliar world, he meets many people who will test his integrity and his morality.
I enjoyed this book immensely and would highly recommend it. A sequel, The Gate Thief, is released March 19, 2013, and I, for one, will keep an eye out for it.