I haven't read Card since I read Ender's Game. At first, I didn't think I would be interested in this book, however, when I downloaded the first chapter throurgh the Tor website I was pleasantly surprised. It was a quick paced book with a lot of fun characters. I also appreciate the wit that is inside it's pages.
The narrator was ok. I wasn't impressed.
One of the few books I bought this year that I did not finish listening to. I suggest that you listen to the sample before you purchase.
Orson Scott Card is a brilliant writer, but when you buy a Card book, you're not just buying a fiction story, you're buying an extra helping of religion, science, or philosophy. Or in the case of the ender's series, all three at once. This is a fact I just came to accept. While it's fascinating and entertaining to listen to an intellectual's thoughts on those subjects, I always ended up feeling like I spent more time reading the author's thesis on existence, physics, and human rights than immersing myself in a fantastical tale. Mithermages changes that.
Mithermages is a coming of age tale written realistically. The angst is there, but none of us were, at the age of 16, really still sitting around playing board games and eating candy (as J K Rowling would have you believe). Especially those of us who were thrust out into a harsh world without the shelter and resources of a loving family. Danny faces the same challenges we did, and makes the same stupid mistakes. This makes the book a hell of a lot more bearable than most coming of age tales.
What's more, he goes on to shatter several writing standards by taking a well-known concept (mythology, though most notably norse mythology), ripping it to shreds and rebuilding it for himself. We're used to people starting entirely from scratch with their fantasies, dropping in cookie-cutter magic systems and fantasy races that we've known and loved since the days of J.R.R. Tolkien. We're also used to people taking mythologies, adapting them to their own ideals, repainting them, and handing them back over. But never have I seen such a wondrous and fantastically creative magic system based off simplistic ideals implemented in current day real world. And on top of that, Card presents it with a stylish sci-fi flourish.
If your favorite aspect of Card's writing is the learning, this may not be the book for you. But if you're looking for the realistically gritty tale of a kid mage on the run, this is the book for you.
i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.
this is a great story but there is one part that lost me for a while.
other then that a nice story.
If you haven't read the Ender's Game saga and are starting your introduction to the writings of Orson Scott Card with The Lost Gate, this book should turn you into a bonafide fan. I couldn't stop listening and can't wait until the next book.
His magic system is brilliantly done and well incorporated into his signature coming-of-age epics. He has managed to explain fairytale-fantasy, mythology, religion, space-time continuum, and even the supernatural while somehow managing to seamlessly fold it into the everyday modern life of a 16 year old. Thirty-three years in the making - My hat goes off to one of my very favorite storytellers.
Although there were times when the characters would spend far too much time explaining the science of the magic in the book, or too much time explaining events, the story was still fascinating and showed Card is still a master story teller.
The plot was compelling and entertaining. The characters believable, with some exception to Danny's knowledge of the world and science.