Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself".
He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.
There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English - but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.
Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.
Orson Scott Card, a New York Times best-selling author, has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.
©2011 Orson Scott Card (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[T]his ambitious tale is well crafted, highly detailed, and pleasantly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)
I like the book, but at the end they made sure the main character had interactions in a high school environment as to have the drama of twilight or harry potter.
I enjoyed the development of an alternative world so nearly like our own, but with a secret set of rules most of us never see.
Card has created a whole new world here, and it's fascinating. If you liked Ender's Game and don't mind a bit of fantasy mixed in with your sci-fi, check this out.
Some might consider this a teen type book but for me it is both good for adults and older teens. The story line was different in the magic realm and also brings in the old GODS such as Odin and the descendants of others stuck on earth by Locke.
I'm an avid science fiction and fantasy reader. I study Chemical Engineering at the UofU and do photography on the side.
This is a great book. There's a few slow spots while the author is telling something of a parallel story, but getting past those, I love this book.
When the main character finally leaves his friend, the story takes a big turn.
Stefan Rudnicki may be my favorite narrator, he has the right tone and knows how to make subtle changes to his tone to communicate. Emily Card has a clear and precise manner of narrating, but lacks the depth the Stefan has.
When Danny find a new family.
The story is fine, although it feels a bit too scripted.
yes... the narration was excellent.
There wasn't one of those moments...
If you like Card, you will like this book.. But it is an extension of his previous work, rather than something truly new.
I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!
This audio listen was initially challenging to follow due to some character jargon/slang I didn't understand. Once I understood what was happening, it became a delightfully whimsical story filled with adventures and magic. Since I waited over two months to add my review, I truthfully don't remember much.
I read, I listen, I backpack, I game. When I'm not at work, of course! (At least not the backpacking...)
I picked up both this and Card's first book in the Pathfinder series and was immensely pleased by both of them. I'm very picky about my reading and even more so about my listening. The narration here is well done and the story.....well, Card isn't one for cut and paste jobbies. I'm a bit of a mythology fan and the inclusion and explanation for mythology as presented in this fiction was a delight. I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in series and MAY just have to pick it up for a read if it doesn't hit the airwaves fast enough!
Rich world, awesome characters all brought together in a great story. Truly enjoyed this book and will read more from this author.
it's a great start of a story, the magic system is interesting and keeps you thinking.
yes, similarly excellent reading
since it seems to stop just as the story gets going, uh..ya...
definitely a good read, just wish the next one was available.
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