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Pathfinder: Book 1 | [Orson Scott Card]

Pathfinder: Book 1

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.
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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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Ryanne wappingers falls, NY, USA 02-11-13
    Ryanne wappingers falls, NY, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW! This was AMAZING and totally unexpected."

    Wow! This was not a novel. This was a RIDE! I have never read Orson Scott Card before and was very pleasantly surprised. The plot, story line, flow and performance meshed beautiful. This book flows like a well played musical. It did start a little slow, but thats just to keep you from getting WHIP LASH. I loved the characters and at certain points in this book, they (the characters) moved me to tears.

    If I could change anything about this novel, it would be the length. I wish it was longer. I felt that a little more detail would have been effective in lengthing the book. I can see this being made into a movie but I think the characters would call for several unknowns and or newbies coming to the acting world.

    Did I say I loved this story? I did? Well I'm saying it again. I loved this story!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    vicki lebanon, tn, United States 02-11-13
    vicki lebanon, tn, United States 02-11-13
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    "Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about Pathfinder?

    This is an enjoyable story. I really cared about the characters. Immediately purchased the 2nd book when I finished this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    p 02-10-13
    p 02-10-13 Member Since 2014

    A Traveling Listener

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    "So So So So So So So So Tedius"

    I usually love Card and have read most of what he has published. It was a surprise to find myself hoping for the book to end. While parts of the book were interesting, many more were long-winded postulations as to the nature of paradox and time flow. I began to feel that I needed to find a rabbit hole myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Mona ValeAustralia 02-08-13
    James Mona ValeAustralia 02-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Another brilliant story by the master of sci-fi"

    Orson you are a genius! Brilliant time travel science paradigms back by a great story.
    Like Ender, we have punchy characters developing throughout the narrative. A great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Silver Spring, MD, United States 02-01-13
    Crystal Silver Spring, MD, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really enjoyed this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Pathfinder the most enjoyable?

    The story really captured my attention and kept me interested. I enjoyed the fact that it was a science fiction story set in a time that in many ways resembled much earlier history on earth.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators do a great job giving voice to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    My teenage daughter also loved the book and it's fun to listen to the same thing and be able to talk about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley MURRAY, UT, United States 01-30-13
    Ashley MURRAY, UT, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really fun read."

    I really enjoyed this book. I was it full of fun si-fi concepts. Time travel, space travel, evolution... etc. I would totally recommend this for anyone but especially young adults. I found my self laughing out loud on many occasions and deep in thought. I love Orson Scott Cards style of telling a story.

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    12-24-12
    12-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Ender's Game"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    At various times author got too cute (or camp) about the conflicts in time travel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time travel premise was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the work of Orson Scott Card, particularly the Ender's Game series. I wasn't captured by The Pathfinder as I was with Ender's Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 12-13-12
    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Ex-military high school math teacher.

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    "Interesting, but flawed"
    What did you love best about Pathfinder?

    I enjoyed the multiple view points of events as they unfolded in the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pathfinder?

    Crossing the wall


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Crossing the wall


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author purposefully violates many of the accepted rules of time travel, which I found to be distracting, but overall the book caries a tone much like the Tales of the Otori series which I enjoyed. Pathfinder however was predictable in most cases and I am lacking any series interest in reading the second book in the series because I feel like I already know what will happen.

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    Matt Lagrotte 12-11-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Great story, great performance"
    What did you love best about Pathfinder?

    I've always been a fan of Scott's work. I couldn't stop with the Ender series, and now the Pathfinder series, to bad there are only 2 books in the series available right now. I'm sure i will listen to the rest of this series.


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    Teresa Tully 12-11-12
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    "Great beginning!"

    Took me a while to put the two story lines together- which is what makes this series great! Can't wait to listen to Book Two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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