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.
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This book is well written. It's an interesting story with well drawn characters. The main character is a boy who is going through his 'coming of age' learnings and mishaps. As a 13 yr old, he is the typical flippant, disrespectful, inquisitive child of that age. He does mature and learn as the book progresses and reaches the point (at 16) where he can be considered a thoughtful young man.
So why my lukewarm rating?
* The story got hugely bogged down in Card's need (desire?) to ensure that the reader/listener understood the nature and origin of the mages and their magical abilities. Slowed the pacing of the storyline to a slow crawl in several sections.
* S Rudnicki is an excellent narrator and voice actor. He is a 5 star reader. E J Card is by contrast very hard to listen to. She sounds untrained and awkward -- the transitions between the 2 narrators serves to underscore that vast difference in their talent level.
* Although the story was nicely wrapped up at the end, it is clearly a beginning of a series. Not really satisfying as a standalone book.
I should have anticipated this. Ender's Game (probably OSC's best known and most beloved story) never stirred me. I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. My reaction to Lost Gate is no different. If you loved Ender's Game, then this book is for you. Personally, I won't continue in this series.
Its a great story. I must admit to being a bit of a Card fan, i just like his writing style.He has built another interesting universe here, i can't wait for book 3.
Stefan Rudnicki is the man, him and Marc Thompson are truly just amazing narrators, I'm well pleased that Stefan seems to be on every Card book. Truly a pleasure!