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)
This story is really engaging, even for those that don't usually read sci-fi/fantasy. The narration is excellent.
I loved this book so much I considered not listening to the last few chapters so I would have something to look forward to when I got home from work.
Nothing can ruin a great book like a bad narrator. Emily Janice Card somehow managed to catch her breathing in on every part of her narrations. Unfortunately, this book is far from great so bad narration just digs the grave for this unoriginal fantasy drivel. The whole idea of an 'outself' ... a little too similar to the demon souls of the Golden Compass series of books.
Then at the end we get an extra bit of OSC patting himself on the back for this horrible book. This will be my last purchase of work by Card.
I'm about 1/4 of the way through and bored to death. My best way to describe it is a "Walmart version of Harry Potter". I am 32 and it could be I am a bit to old for this writing style, I am not sure. Normally I love fantasy and science fiction (like Harry Potter) but this audiobook has been very disappointing. I am going to finish it though and update this review.
This book was a poor rip off of 'American Gods' & 'Harry Potter'. The main character is mostly just annoying, and I wish they'd stop getting Stefan Rudnicki to narrate Card's novels as his voice pulls you out of the story rather than keeping you in it. I've been getting more and more into sci-fi fantasy novels lately, but in this one the details are just ridiculous.
All that said, it is for the most part an engaging, if somewhat annoying listen, and in spite of myself I will probably listen to the sequel.
i'd read the Ender Game books by this author and really loved them. This is a compltely different concept- part mythology and modern day wizard. I enjoyed it but wasn't nearly as good as the Ender game books.
Story line sucks. Poorly written. Waste of money.
Very poorly written. Too many sexual references.
Narrators not very good.
Too many to mention and I haven't finished the book, don't think I will.
Don't waste your time or money.
I wish I didn't like this book now that I know what a brainwashed idiot the author is. Sigh... I think after this I must boycott the author so that he isn't getting any more of this 99 %ers money.
This book which was mediocre to begin with now has the distinction of coming from the pen of a complete and total anti-gay, anti-Obama, complete racist and insane jerk. I don't want a single penny of mine going to the line the pockets of Orson Scott Card who must be clinically insane.
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