Orson Scott Card basically wrote a trilogy of "Ender does fantasy", using his usual themes of a mistreated, ultra talented, boy learning to trust people, taking control of his power, and becoming more or less benevolently all-powerful. He also, as usual, depicts all women as either weak, bitchy, sex-crazed, or single-mindedly out to become pregnant. It's easy to tell that Card is from a fringe religion that tends to cause repression.... it comes out in most of his plots. The performance is good and the book is superficially entertaining most of the time.
While I enjoyed the first book more. Knowing that it is a 3 part series this book gave me all that I could want in a mid journey read. Characters were great and so happy to find another scifi/fantasy book that I can really get into!
I think I'm done with Orson Scot Card. I'm a fan of Endor's Game, of course, but the more books this guy writes, the less he seems to get edited, and its really really starting to show.
These books have next to no plot. I knew I was done when we spend the majority of a chapter discussing how to attach a gate to a moving object. I tried to go back three times to try and get through it, but Orson just drones on and on about NOTHING RELEVANT TO THE BOOK! I'm sorry for yelling, I'm just extremely frustrated.
I loved this book more than the first in the series. It was rich and enthralling with scenes like "how did he work this out". A brilliant writer. Must be a word mage or a gate mage with their gift for language!!
Before anything the reader is great but I am pretty sure this is the same reader for all of Card's books. I won't bore with a long review but I will simply say the pace slowed and was filled with too much filler that does nothing to advance the story. I felt you can ignore half the book and still get the point of how the story is advancing.
I am not sure I will download the 3rd book. I do know it won't be downloaded any time soon if I do download it.
I love the history tied in to this magical tale. The 2 main characters are unpredictable and Danny North is a man to cheer for. Sometimes when I start an audio book I will go back to it every now and then. There are a few series that I literally want to stop living my life (good thing I can listen to books at work!) because I need to know what happens next and this series is one of them. This is an incredible series, do you're self a favor and listen to it!