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 wouldn't know, hadn't read the print version.
I liked Danny better.
The male voice was great. The female voice was good. Together, they weren't so good. The woman told the story in a more playful way and that character wasn't so playful and the male voice was a bit more serious and the character was not so serious. That being said, it is worth a buy and a listen. I'm looking forward to the Gate Thief. I would have much preferred one or the other. The change overs actually hurt my ears and jolted me out of the story.
Scott Card is one of my favourite writers, but while i will keep listening to the next book in the series, this does not have the pull that Enders Game or the Maker books.
GREAT READ. NARRATORS DO A MARVELOUS JOB RELATING CHARACTERS. HARD TO PUT DOWN. MUCH, MUCH BETTER THAN ENDERS GAME. STORY FLOWS. PERSONALITIES ARE CRISP. PLOT IS GREAT. MAKES YOU WISH THERE ARE MORE TO READ OF THE STORY!
I have read other books by Card. Have read them going back many years. This would make me tentative of any of his newer works. Nobody can say that Stefan Rudnicki isn't an excellent narrator. However, the female narrator (Card? Coincidence?? Doubt it) is about on a par with the majority of American female readers. For some reason they tend to make me think of the lady who reads to the preschoolers down at the public library. I find it offensive.
I will avoid Emily Janice Card at all costs.
I would start with removing the restroom scene. I would have believed at that point that the book was written for boys of a certain age, not that boys of that age are big readers. The book pretty much went downhill from there. In ten years of listening to Audible, I believe there have been only 3 or 4 books that I simply couldn't be bothered to finish. This makes one more. Perhaps it was written for adolescents. If so, I would love for Audible to indicate in big bold letters
I think Ender's Game will always be OSC best..both book, and audible performance. Ender's Shadow was great also, and all the remaining 'Ender' series were very good. This one really hooks you in from the start and keeps your interest. I had read the book before listening and enjoyed it, and was looking forward to reading the rest of this series by OSC, and was surprised to see this available so soon. I think it's his best since the original Ender book. I almost always like multiple performer books better than single narrated ones. That's my take on it ...enjoy!
Great all the way through to the last chapter, then its cut short, like the author forgot to include the last chaper. Infact it could have had a few more chapters. Waist of time, and frankly, it pissed me off.
I ended this book wanting more.....thats the best feeling. As long as the author comes out with another.
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This is part of a great story. It starts slow and leads right up to the very edge of a great chasm. Then, it pushes you in turns out the lights and goes home. Would that Mr. Card finished the story or at least found a better stopping point, the reader would be satisfied. As it is, I felt as if I was waiting for the ending to hit the printer. The performances on all Mr. Cards books are excellent.
Excellent book of urban fantasy. As always, from OSC, a thick and intricate plot with deep characters and an exciting story.
this is a book to read. i almost always enjoy reading his books. the system of magic in this world is interesting. though i like the whole story, Danny's behavours are a bit irritating to me. Wad's side got more attention than of Danny and i would like to read more of his. i look forward to reading a sequence soon.
"Don't Open the Gate"
I couldn't really get into this, and I'm sure a plot point where gates are opened that can teleport you to other locations, has been used in a Dean Koontz book.
A young boy jumps through said gates to evade his parents as it has been decreed that anyone born with his gate making abilities has to be killed. There was a whole subplot about Loki and other mystical folk, but I didn't really get it.
Haven't felt so much pure fun with a book for a long time. Go listen.
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