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)
Yes, because I love OSC writing and this seems to be the beginning of a great book series.
Yes.... WRITE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE
The first half (reader) and entire story was wonderful. It kept you guessing (as all Card's books) and getting to know each person in the story.
Starting in Chapter 9 a new reader takes over. He was SO so so so bad I felt sick. The tempo, the voice, the rhyme and persona of the story hits a brick wal because of this one flaw. His voice sounds like a frog sick from smoking in his death throws. - I wish I was kidding or even smiling, but it's that bad.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
Having read the print versions of Card's book so far listening to the Audio version was a uinique experience. I read the summary and went in thinking that this would be an ok read but I had the impression that Pathfinder wouldn't be one of the author's better works. Boy was I wrong.
The lack of predictability. Often in a story I can glean at least a direction things are headed. In this book, from chapter to chapter, the story ended up nowhere near the place I'd expect it to be. Orson Scott Card has a very creative mind and an ability to take you places you'd never think were possible. This book is a prime example of that magic.
Sometimes the suspense. In the past I've found myself reading faster just to get through a particularly exciting part of the book but with a narration the flow is more measured and well, suspensgful.
Yes. This was one of the rare books you don't want to put down.
Jazz Cat's Mom
There are many Orson Scott Card books that I really love, but not so much this one. The writing is excellent, of course, the characters were well-developed, and the plot was interesting. The time-travel aspect of the story was a key element, which was explained in some detail . . . over and over again. Much of the book was devoted to the characters discussing and thinking about how and why their particular time-travel events came to be, and how each character's particular "powers" were related to all the powers of all the other characters. I think OSC had a very good idea of how his theories were applied, but it was simply muddled for me. I would have enjoyed the book more if it had been much shorter and simply assumed that in this universe, time-travel happened, here's how, and the result. I did listen to all of the book and may even read the sequel (ending left open for that), since I did enjoy the performance and liked the characters and now want to know what becomes of them. Hopefully, all the set-up has been done in book 1 and the story will move along at a faster pace.
The theories of time travel and space folding are distinct from any other book I've read. I was very captiviated throughout the adventure.
There was room left for a possible series. I hope this becomes a series.
Very entertaining book.
I personally enjoyed the ending. Particularily the escape from his 'imprisonment'.
The narrators do a great job brining this story to life.
Great original idea for a story. Well written. But a very inconsistent performance by multiple performers. Some were well done, but one was so overly pronunciated it pulled me out of the story.
Would have better been read myself
I enjoyed 'The Lost Gate' much much more than this story, which was interesting, great characters, well narrated, a good way to pass the time, but just not quite enough 'there' was there for me to give it the full 4 stars.
I would read any sequel to this book, as this book sort of gives the impression of being the 'warm up' for a long series.
I think that having characters who can time-travel works against the dramatic pacing of any book and OSC comes as close as possible to making it work. I almost had the feeling like I was listening to the world's best, and longest shaggy dog tale.
A truly enjoyable listen! The plot develops very cleverly, leaving the listener intrigued all the way at what is to come next. The personalities of the main characters are many-faceted and described with much detail. A very enjoyable 'twist' was the subplot at the beginning of each new chapter: in the beginning I kept wondering what it had to do with the whole story. But as the book unfolds the history of the planet Garden as well as the true nature of Rigg's gift and the relationship with his 'father' becomes clear. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book, and whether Rigg and his friends manage to unite all 'wallfolds'...
one of his many best works. card creates yet another masterpeice
"A typically-OSC series starter - promising"
This is Orson Scott Card doing what he does best - the first book in a new series. It has a cast of good characters and the story was engaging. It holds plenty of promise for the books to come, although that's not typically what OSC does best (e.g. the Alvin, Ender and Homecoming series all start off excellent or good and trail off). Hoping this series and the Mithermage series change that trend. They both have promise.
"It ended too soon!"
Please write some more, I want to know what happens next to these fascinating characters!
"please stop discussing it and get on with it!"
This book has a good story in it if only the author would let it out. Every single possible outcome has to be debated, either with the other protagonists, or if they're not there with oneself. I was ready to scream at times. Further more, although the main character is meant to have been intensively educated by his father I still could not accept that he was a young teenager. His father must have excised every bit of the child from him and left a rather dull young man.
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