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.
Orson Scott Card does it again. Excellent book, masterfully narrated by Stefan Rudnicki , Emily Janice Card. Bravo all, and thank you!
The problem with this book is that it's addictive; so don't start it if you have project to complete. I usually spend two or three weeks listening to books, but I did this in three days. Now I have to catch up on my work.
If you are looking for a book that is somewhere along the lines of harry potter, artimus fowl, or bartimeus, then this book is for you. I cant wait for the next one.
Like all of his novels, this is very well written and a pleasure to read. Both narrators are good and a pleasure to listen to.
Looking forward to the follow on story or stories.
This is an engaging story combining old world magic and mythical God engagements with human society. The story is enticing and I'm ready for the next in the series.
I was not so thrilled with the male voice, Stefan Rudnicki. A wonderful bass pitch, yet I felt he could have been more engaged and less concerned with precision reading. While pronunciation is important, please don't forget to also 'feel'. At times, his reading was almost monotone with precision.