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.
Carrying you right along and making you smile at the quips and characters dark humor. in my opinion the most interesting character is Wad.
I'm ordering the next book in the series.
Say something about yourself!
It was so well done, and it was a great story. I usually only listen during my commute, but I couldn't stop! I was listening every chance I had! I can't wait for the next book!
It reminded me of the Lighthouse Land by Adrian Mckinty, but better!
I love the sound of their voices.
I literally laughed out loud several times. I really don't usually do that. I did also get teary eyed a time or two.
Wonderful! A new favorite!
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 :)