Widely being touted as an "astounding urban fantasy," this story fleshes out a shared universe that Card had halfheartedly constructed some 30+ years ago. Now better conceived, he writes of godlike beings that share our planet who are in reality space-time manipulators that are exiled due to have lost their "gates" to their own world. Danny North is one of those beings in an isolated Appalachian restricted compound where he is denigrated as an untalented, powerless child. However, he is the first in many generations to actually have the gate magic, which all other Westillian Mages have sworn to eradicate.
Danny finds himself on the run only to discover that Mages are active on Earth and even complicit with the despised native humans. Meanwhile, on the home planet Westil itself, the loss of the gates mean an entirely different political balance has emerged among the gifted families. In fact, smaller gifts--although ignored-- may be more important than the more recognized powers. Danny comes to terms with his powers and his present predicaments as does "Wad" on Westil, but neither have come to the end of their adventures. I'm looking forward to another of this series where the magic is entwined with quantum physics. Check catalog for availability.
Submitted by Leah @ Wisconsin Talking Book & Braille Library