"The Lost Gate" by Orson Scott Card
"The Lost Gate" is the first book in the Mithermages series by Orson Scott Card. It is a wizard, fayish-Greek gods type fantasy. By that I mean Orson is talking about "gods" yet these gods are living the lives of fay. In my mind they were just fay.
I did not read this novel but listened to it via audio download from my library. I think if I had read it I might have found it boring. Listening was far more appealing.
I'm not a pedifile, but have you ever fallen in love with a juvenile character in a novel? I thought both Wad and Danny had the right stuff. Though calling Danny a "man" of fiction might be pushing it.
I could see parts of this novel might be accused of being a repeat of previous themes; esp the young unloved boy discovers he's a mage. I have not read enough fantasy to get burned out on any themes yet. I personally loved this story because I loved the lead character! I can really envision him growing into a suavy, handsome man. In that context I stayed riveted. My biggest complaint is that there is no sequel and it left on a to-be-continued sort of note. It's depressing not to know what happens next.
Rating of 3. I am more impressed with this book than what my rating allows. The low rating is because it's a series with only one book in it. Future novels could increase or decrease this rating based on how they add substance to the 1st book.