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The Ender series books are great and some of my favorites. I am not that big of a fan of the Maker series. This book falls in between. An interesting tie to ancient mythology in modern day. Limited action, but entertaining. Narration typical of other OSC novels. Still debating if I want to get the 2nd book, reviews seem questionable.
Orson Scott Card writes one very good book, then keeps on putting out progressively worse books as part of the series until he completely plays it out. I have unfortunately gotten sucked into buying second and third books in several of his series.
The narrator is OK but his voice is a little tiresome by the end of the book (minor criticism). The Gate Thief character's actions in the story don't make much sense as the character plays out through the series. Book series uses a kind of classic ploy - the simplistic unselfish fairly clueless good guy versus the selfish, clever and jaded bad guy. This whole dynamic is such a standard thing used in sooo many books by so many authors, Yawn! Orson Scott Card takes a good story idea and applies very standard, almost mechanical formulas or rules to writing the story - I think this is the reason he tends to write one good book followed by a number of more and more predictable books in the series.
A more mature writing style. This story is clearly written for a young adult audience.
Absolutely not. I love the genre, I just struggled to get through this book. I kept hoping it would get better, and it didn't.
Their lack of vocal diversification for different characters.
I do not recommend this book for adults. The story is fun but absolutely geared towards a pre-teen or young adult audience. I cringed through so many plot points hoping the writing would get better, but it didn't. Plus, the story focuses so much on the build-up that the author almost completely ignores the climactic scenes! The most important part of the story is covered in less than half a chapter, and leaves the reader feeling underwhelmed.
Interestingly, I read this book then read "Jumper," a story about a similarly talented young man who can teleport. The differences between the two are huge, but the basic premise is that Card's character is much more likable and upbeat, while the boy in Jumper wallows in self-pity. Not fair comparison, I guess, but its why I like Card's world and all its deeper characters and races and classes rather than Jumper's freak teleporter in the middle of the mundane. My 14yo loves this book and book 2. Neither of us can wait for the next one to be available!
I like. Both Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice card do a great job. Sometimes Emily gets a bit distorted. I think the gain was just a bit too high, and so sometimes it hurt my ears a bit.
Moving to book 2 :)
interesting blend of a hidden world and the modern world. The inclusion of various teen afflictions and affectations is pretty funny but the concept of the magic working on the elements is way more believable that the whole spell / potter / hogwarts thing.
Here magic is an extension of the natural world and our connection to it which I love.
Great performance and way more enjoyable than the ender performance which has far too many people performing it.
Wow. Card has created a vivid world that drags you in.
It's hard not to fall for Danny. He's such a sweet kid.
I'm pretty open to most books of the genre, this book really goes absolutely nowhere & really has not one redeaming quality! I never rate things bad, but this one goes far above & beyond bad!
This is a really well written story with so much depth and such a unique twist over most fantasy.
I love the connection between the modern world and the mither world.
Vivi was a really great character and I enjoyed her but I think my favorite was Danny.
I couldn't put it down it was absolutely fun to listen too.
The book had choppy feel to it. No were near the writing in his other books, esp. Enders game. Skip this one.