Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.
Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent... or forfeit control of his destiny.
©2010 Orson Scott Card (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"The implications of the boys' power to manipulate the past unfold cleverly…, feeding into the Machiavellian political intrigue for a pulse-pounding climax….Card's many fans will be thrilled by this return to his literary roots.” (Kirkus)
Most interesting and entertaining read I've had from Card in a while. The gist of the ending of this story was pretty predictable but I didn't mind. This story was pretty much about "getting there" from the beginning. I'm not wild about the theory of time Card opted to work with--and it proved to be pretty confusing in places--but the decision to go with a theory that is not "the usual" was, overall, a positive. In some ways, the story would have worked better as a magic-driven story rather than as a science-driven story. The intricacies of how time-manipulation work reminded me of some of the more complex magic systems in fantasy fiction. You need multiple volumes to sort it out.
Thoughts on the readers:
The one section from Loaf's point of view: overly theatrical. Dial it down a notch.
Otherwise, the reading was quite good. I don't see the need for multiple readers--any one good reader could have done the entire book just fine.
I felt this book was fairly slow moving, without any reason to be slow moving. Once Card got around to giving you the information at about halfway through the book the rest became immediately obvious. This made it a bit of slog to get through the rest.
The individual readers were good but the constant switching I found to be a distraction.
There are some interesting ideas about time travel. The characters diverge from some of the standard archetypes which was refreshing and depending on how the later books are reviewed I may try the next book.
If you're looking for an Orson Scott Card book, try Ender's Game or Empire first.
I would absolutely listen again.... So many twists and turns and intricacies---and they're all worth understanding.
Midwest, USA native.
In the top 10 of my library list!
I started this book not knowing what to expect and found myself diving into it! I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for book 2! I will buy it as soon as it is out.
I really liked the story and the concept was very good and the performance was excellenct however the characters need honing or more of a challenge as they seem invincible.
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Orson Scott Card is both blessed and cursed with being able to write books about very gifted children better than anyone I know. It is a blessing because with few exceptions his books are very good.
The negative is that his stories are reminiscent of each other, even when they have different settings and genres. Pathfinder is more fantasy (at least in the first book) than science fiction or dystopian. There are two storylines that do not quite merge in this book. I assume that we will learn more in future books.
What I think is happening is that a colony ship from Earth (the first one) had something unexpected happen when they tried to move through a fold in space. Instead of jumping something odd happened. We really do not know for sure what happened through most of the book.
The majority of the book concerns a boy of 13. He can see the paths of people and animals. He knows where they go and how long since they have passed. He knows what or who it was that passed through the space.
Early in the book his father dies. He is told to find his sister (that he didn’t know he had and that he has a mother, again that he thought was dead).
The rest of the book is the story of a very bright and very well trained boy learn to interact with a world that he was trained for, but did not actually know. He had grown up as a hunter and trapper on the very edge of society. But to find his sister he most travel to the capital and experience what he has only heard about.
Along the way he finds a friend that also has a gift. Together they have the power to change the world.
Of course there is conflict, and danger, and intrigue. And there are other characters that give their lives or at least are willing to.
Reading this has made me want to go back and read about Ender Wiggins. Ender is the classic Orson Scott Card character. This was very good and I really did enjoy it. But what it made me want to do was read about my favorite Card character. The rest of the series is not out yet. So I don’t know how it will turn out. But it has potential.
There were multiple voices and not all of them were as successful as others. But it has Stefan Rudnicki and he is my favorite reader and the producer of all of Orson Scott Card’s audiobooks.
The plot line
The unraveling of the unusual plot line and, the rest could become a spoiler..
As sense of being there
This was a fascinating book and I can't wait to read the sequel. The technical aspects were a bit hard to understand but I could pretty much figure it all out. I do not consider this great literature, but the compelling story and the concept of humanity's development was engaging. Hard to put down and my husband is now reading it and liking it.
the story was an interesting idea and the voices weren't distracting, although the changing narrators were a little annoying because i got used to one set of voices and then had to figure everyone out again
the main character was my favorite because the book gave him the most sympathy and relatability
with one of the narrators it was log, with the other narrator it was the girl character
Occasionally I will stray, but I mostly stick to fantasy and sci-fi. J.K. Rowling, Terry Goodkind, and Orson Scott Card are among my favorites.
This was another compelling story by Card about a boy with a gift. I really enjoyed listening to this book but had some trouble following the magic. It got a little confusing as more characters were introduced with different abilities. Card does not really just explain how the magic works, but rather explains the theories of the characters about how it works. So, it becomes a bit of a game trying to piece together the theories to really get a handle on what is happening. Nonetheless it is a wonderful story and I'm stoked about the next one in the series.
I came to this book right after finishing the Ender's Game Series and the Ender's Shadow Series. I was certian finding another Series/Story with Characters as awesome as Ender and Bean would be next to impossible. However Card really pulled this one off!
If you Loved Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. Then I see no reason you would not love this.
It is in no way the same story or characters however a new story and new characters that are just as awesome.
I would put pathfinder in it's own class.
Wouldn't know until I read it.
certain parts make me laugh and gasp
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