the narrator was excellent. the story was convoluted but fun. A true bridge book. The next book should be interesting.
I've read a fair amount of Cards other books and I thought they were good but this book had a lot more teen angst and sex than it needed. The storyline and magic system are pretty cool but get clouded over by a girl throwing herself at the main character every five minutes.
Listened to the first and was interested in the mythology etc. Found much of the first book set up and so was hopeful that this book would have more character & plot development.
Most of the time is spent explaining the inner thoughts of a teenage boy and they're neither unusual or interesting. While there's some time spent explaining captivating premises of how these worlds work, they still haven't really gone anywhere. Nothing much happens. Far less, even, than in the first book. In fact, much of this book was spent explaining and slowly resolving what happened in the last book until the last few pages.
Relatively flat characters. Hardly any plot. Nothing takes place to be swept up in.
Narrated very well.
I got sucked into this series from the first book and couldn't wait for the second or third. This one was not disappointing at all. However the third book killed the entire series.
Card played into the same messed up reality of going to heaven and back as he did in Xenocide. A bunch of intelligences that are unorganized and just waiting to be put into...... whatever. I hated it when he did it in Xenocide and I hated it when he did it in Gate Father. Ender's game and the shadow series luckily could stand on their own but, what he did in Gate Father killed the entire story by changing the whole narrative. I returned all three and won't be reading any of the offshoots. So extremely bummed me out because I loved the first two. The crap part of it all is that this book leaves you hanging so you have to read the third. I would suggest not even starting.
To my friends I definitely recommended the Gate Thief because it was so interesting but this one got really weird when it starts into the "sexual awakening" of Danny it got very religious and really jarring at some points.
Mostly how Card handled Danny's sexual thoughts and responses. The whole 'the only person who can touch me there is my wife' bit was jarring and annoying. The plot as well was weaker than the previous book. Though that may be because this is the middle book and has to be a build up to the climax of the 3rd book
They both have good performances though Rudnicki isn't the best with doing different voices for characters.
Obviously this is the middle book of a series and you are left with a 'cliffhanger'
I wasn't as motivated to listen to this one as I was with the first. I powered on through the first one in a day where as this took me several weeks of procrastinating to finish. The plot just wasn't as interesting or original.
Well worth the listen for the Afterword alone, where Card offers great insight into his writing process and his theory of world development. Unsurprisingly, those two things stand as the strength of this series: tight writing and an expansive, fully explored magical universe. Enjoy.
Great story and performance from a great author, but I am getting tired of the publishers that want to string out a story into multiple books. Probably pure greed. story ending was explained in detail, so it could end with loose strings ready to be pulled into the next book. why not wait for Mr. Card to finish the story, which is clear it is ourlined, then publish one large book. Oh I see, this way you can string me along an get me to buy 3 or 4 books instead of 1. I have read many of these series and normally the 4th or so books start stinking. I hardly ever finish them after that.
I've always enjoyed Cards books and this one was no exception. The characters were believable and you came to know them. Hal the sort of crazy one was my favorite with Hermia a close second.
I really can't put into words how much I enjoyed the book and his other Lost Gate. Now all I'm waiting for is the third one he talks about at the end.
Mystic of the Real
As usual, Orson Scott Card did it again! This is a masterpiece, and I look forward to the next book!