The depth of the mystery and intrigue kept me listening for hours at a time. Danny and his friends are all very deep and complex and no one is innocent or completely evil.
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.