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)
I like the concept of the storyline, but the frequent and overly detailed dissertations on the mechanics of space time manipulation bogged down the flow of the story. I could not maintain a consistent level of interest
I also feel cheated after investing so much time and dragging my way through the story only to find an incomplete ending. I did not know this book was part of a series, but even if I had, I still expect the majority of the loose ends to be tied up and major problems to be solved by the end of a book.
All of this amounts to me being annoyed enough that I will probably not continue with the rest of the series.
My over all review is on the final book of the Pathfinder trilogy. Each book I have their own desperate rating and I'm the final book I have my final opinion of the series.
Husband, father of 2, and a software developer moving slowly and unsteadily into management. I love reading, especially fiction & history
I love the story and the paradox inducing time travel arguments made me laugh out loud. The narrators are great, really lending a flavor to the characters
Card successfully uses his tried-and-true recipe from enders game characters to create another set of youthful characters.
Card takes the subject of time travel merges it with science fiction space travel and uses the fantasy world themes with an excellent mix.
I found the use of multiple narrators not a hindrance but an excellent tool for showing the different characters internal voices.
reader of books
This was a pretty good book. If you have read OSC before and like how he develops characters and plot then I think you will find this book being a typical Card book. Easy read and I only found a couple of difficult spots which I will touch on below after the spoiler warning. I know this is the first of a trilogy and overall I though the pacing was good but the ending was a little jarring for me. I will be reading the next one soon if not next.
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Ok. I found the back story of colonization and the mishap through time pretty cool. I assume it was intended that the reader figure it out pretty quickly but it was still interesting and I looked forward to that part of the story at the beginning of every chapter.
I did find some of the time jumping difficult to follow once or twice and I am still not sure why the kids had the capabilities they had. I hope to figure it out better in the next book.
This story has tons of heart.....great listen
Rig was the heart of the book and he really is soul searching his way thru
All were done excellent
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