But when Danny finally does manifest is ability, it is unfortunately not a cause for celebration. For Danny is a stratagem, which is considered even worse than darker, and if any of the Families were to learn of him, then he would be immediately killed.So Danny flees the family compound to make his own way in the world, at least until he learns to control his rare gift and hopefully reopen a gate between Immaterial (Earth) and Wisest. It won’t be easy though. Not only does he face the ordinary dangers of a teenager trying to survive on his own in America, while hiding from mages who would kill him on sight, but there is also the mysterious Gate Thief, who seems determined to keep all gates testily closed by striping stratagems of all their power.
ANALYSIS: The Lost Gate introduces readers tot magic system that is over thirty years in the making and, in the author’s own words, would explain everything: “Elves and fairies, ancient mythical gods of every Indo-European culture, ghosts and poltergeists, werewolves and trolls and solemn, seven-league boots and mountains that move, talking trees and invisible peopleвЂ?all would be contained within it. ” The concept behind the magic system is fairly simple.There is Earth, or Immaterial as it is called by the mages, and then there is the planet Wisest, home of the mages, which includes mages of every kind: beasties, appellants, stonemason, games, fireman’s, et cetera.
Connecting the two worlds are what are known as Great Gates. By passing through a Great Gate, a mage’s power was “magnified a hundred times” turning the mages of Wisest into gods when they came to Immaterial. Unfortunately, Loki sealed off all of the Great Gates in 632 a.
D. , and because of his actions, gate magic became forbidden. And without gate magic, no more Great Gates loud be created.So now, over thirteen and a half centuries later, the ‘gods’ of Immaterial have become a faint shadow of their former selves. From this setup, readers are treated to two storyline in The Lost Gate. The first concerns Danny North, a thirteen-year-old boy who believes he is a darkerвЂ?a mage with no magical talentвЂ?only to discover that he is actually a powerful, but forbidden stratagem. From here, the novel follows Danny as he attempts to make it on his own in the drowsierвЂ? Families who would either kill him or use him, learning to live among the druthers thou arousing suspicion, and figuring out how to control his gate making abilities.