I loved the mythology of it all.
Um...in the title is says book 1, so I do believe there is already at least one to follow.
I didn't know he wrote the Ender series. I chose this book on a whim and enjoyed it, though I'm not in a hurry to read anymore of the series.
Danny should have a Mage in good fortune too. He makes moral and good decisions especially for someone coming from his background. His home life didn't break his spirit or make him mean. Some of his actions could have been disastrous if not for good fortune and allowing good people into his life. Yet everyone seems to want to kill him or use him. He allows himself6 to be used, to his own ends and asserts himself to get what he needs. Cool and resourceful, he is multigifted, evidently born to a purpose.
I slogged through this one and have zero interest in the rest of the series. I love fantasy novels, magic and complex worlds and this would have been great, if it had not been for the fact that the author forces you to endure the story through the lens of an obnoxiously angsty teenage boy. We get it. Danny is an angsty and sexually inexperienced teenage boy. If Orson Scott Card had stopped cramming this fact my face for two seconds, I may have enjoyed the book. Unfortunately, it was written as though Card was afraid that his readers may be idiots and, unless reminded incessantly by bratty remarks (which were frankly unbelievable) and boyish sexual references, we might completely forget all previously established character traits, such as his age. So glad it's over.
I was very disappointed in all the swearing. I enjoyed the story and world of magic created by the author, but will not be able to recommend it to my friends or my children because of the use of offensive words so often through the story.
Loved it. This is the first sci-fi/mythology/ fantasy book I have ever read but wow, what a riveting story! I enjoy how the author incorporated the story of the Westilians with present day Earth and can't wait to read the second book! The narration was flawless and I liked that there were 2 different narrators, each for different storylines.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It was easy to get lost in and I finished it in what seemed like no time at all.
It's a light read, although it (like so many of Scott Card's books) deals with heavier subjects like abuse, poverty and even murder.
Really, I've been a fan of Orson Scott Card's ever since I read Ender's Game. This book might not be as intelligent as tjat one, but this is just as intriguing: an exiting new world with huden powers, believable, multi-dimensional characters, and with almost philosophical questions such as "the nature of space-time"... you just want to delve in deeper and deeper.
I can't wait to read the sequels...
This is definitely one of the better takes on Norse mythology fiction!
If you're not willing to put up with the fantastic and the ridiculous, this book is not for you. The premise has been explored by other recent authors, but the universe's system and mechanics are very compelling. You will want the characters to keep rooting them out. The narrators do a fine job in the voices, inflections, and pacing of the characters. The male narrator takes a bit of time to get used to as he expresses the inner monologues of a twelve year old boy with a voice that sounds more like it should be coming from a dark thundercloud with an edict from on high.