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 loved the story, really enjoyed it from start to finish. I can only assume that this was done on purpose but the chapters from the perspective of different characters were done by different narrators, I can understand why this choice was made however I feel like they didn't collaborate with each other at all during the process. This minor issues does take away from the story, the changes in tones of voice used to narrate Loaf in particular was the most difficult to ignore.
Would still recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good adventure.
The only thing that kept me listening was my belief in the author. And just when I thought I was wrong, my faith was rewarded. If you are a fan, stick with it, all will be revealed. If you are not a fan, truthfully, I don't think this is the book to start with. That said, looking forward to the next one.
I enjoyed this book and will download the other two in the series. I just feel at some points in the book there is some excessive rambling that's not needed.
I'm a retired mental health professional now I make jewelry while listening to audio books. I live in the NW corner of the contenent.
I probably would not listen to this book a second time because I do not usually read science fiction. If this is scifi then I didn't know how much I like it.
This was definitely a parallel universe. I liked the characters and enjoyed the suspense.
Orson loves to get inside your head. He loves to tinker with our thoughts and shares what the characters are thinking and the arguments they have inside their own heads. Sometimes I get annoyed and need a break from these arguments and reasoning's, but they are what make them so awesome.
The Ender Series I think is a good match. Different, but very much like Orson's typical "inside your head" thought processes.
They are all stellar narrators. I enjoyed Rigg and Umbow but loved the other characters too. Bravo to the director and whomever selected this cast of narrators. Always hits a winning group with Orson's books.
Extremem? Hm... I don't want to give anything away. There were times where I laughed out loud, sometimes I was annoyed and nervous. Cry... no, that's reserved for books like Little Women.
I'm on the second in the series, but I have to say I need breaks from Orson's books because he digs so deep into the human psyche and I just need to recoup from all that "thinking" that he does in his books.
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.
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