I did enjoy this story, and I am looking forward to book 2! It is well worth the read, even if it does pale next to Ender's Game. But just about any young male hero will pale compared to Ender (or Bean)! I was caught up in this story of Danny and his powerless, dangerous situation at the very start. The transforation of Danny of a kid fearing death to the smartmouth actor at Walmart and again at the Library of Congress did not quite hold true, even though both scenes were hilarious! And sometimes his vocabulary was just too, too genius considering the bare-bones upbringing he had that included lack of extensive, independent computer access. I know it was all part and parcel of being an emergent GateMage, but still, it seemed chunky, and like a data-dump at times. The changing around to a parallel story througout the book really worked for me. I loved the character Wad in the other universe! He too is an emergent Mage. I have high hopes for book 2 continuing the story along ... and I want to see Loki!
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. If you have read and liked the Alvin Maker series, you will like this one as well.
There was a comfortable familiarity to it because of the voice actors. I've put many enjoyable hours into the Ender audiobooks and these two voices were the same actors (or were very similar - I have not checked the names).
The scene in the National Library (Is that what it's called?). I really enjoyed the parts where he was discovering new capabilities.
Switching voices makes a very nice way to transition to different characters. The voice actors are good at what they do and the transitions were smooth and because of the different gender/actor much more obvious than would otherwise be.
The boy who wasn't there...
The "magic system" is quite unique (in my experience). And it was a very nice change. I've read a lot of fantasy and it was nice feeling like I was discovering something new again. I'm not sure I've felt that way about a new fantasy novel in a very long time. I eagerly await the next installment in the series.
It moved along well, stayed interesting and had good characters, and was unpredictable.
The early Alvin Maker series felt a lot like this book.
No one character really stands out for me. They were all good.
A good listen that I'm sure I'll come back to several more times.
The realization that he was indeed special.
An ability to put the listener in the places described.
A boy and his gift.
The Story kept me on the edge of my earphones! Could not wait to listen
The whole story. Not just one point.
I like the book, but at the end they made sure the main character had interactions in a high school environment as to have the drama of twilight or harry potter.
I enjoyed the development of an alternative world so nearly like our own, but with a secret set of rules most of us never see.
Card has created a whole new world here, and it's fascinating. If you liked Ender's Game and don't mind a bit of fantasy mixed in with your sci-fi, check this out.
Some might consider this a teen type book but for me it is both good for adults and older teens. The story line was different in the magic realm and also brings in the old GODS such as Odin and the descendants of others stuck on earth by Locke.