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)
This book started out intriguing. I was excited to listen to it. Now I have come towards the end of the book to Loaf's point of view. This new narrator is extremely annoying and overly dramatic. I am having a hard time finishing the book because of this.
I enjoyed everything so far with the exception of the narrator reading Loaf's point of view. He is overly dramatic, pauses at the wrong spots, and speed reads through others.
As I'm listening to the book, and I'm not even half-way thru I'm thinking of the review I'm going to leave. I listen to escape, but the story was so pompous and full of itself in playing out every single time travel conundrum and EXPLAINING IT over and over, at a (no joke) snails pace, it's like watching ants build a sand pile. I felt trapped in my car.
I will not be listening to the next book in the series.
Don't switch narrators in the middle of the story! Not Brilliant, Brilliance Audio.
The Innkeeper and his wife really didn't need so much screen time.
Editor where art thou? Story could have been told in 5 hours. If there's an abridged version, get it.
For people who like Sci Fi and Orson Scott Card, this one isn't too bad. I'll probably continue the series for the simple avoidance of the nagging I would experience by not knowing what has happened to these characters.
However I started this book for one reason alone, Scott Brick. And it took over ten hours to get to him and I have a sneaky suspicion that it's going to be a short visit.
Would I recommend this book? Only if you like the author and the genre. People just starting out? Read Ender's Game first. Better to wade into the water vs throwing yourself into the deep end.
I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.
i actually really enjoyed this book and even bought book two. The story itself was fun and it wasnt slow paced. the whole time flow paradox thing is fun to think about and play around with and the characters are plenty likeable and there even a few twist and turns to keep everything interesting. All that being said, im just not excited about this book like i am about others and im giving three stars because of that. i like card and have read four of his books before this and ill read others as well. This is a fun fanatasy to fill some space between fantastic epics.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
This is a good book but not for everyone, its a fun book but it does take a great deal of concentration and patience. This is a warning from the past and I only had enough time to write this limited review. Good luck
While I was reading this book I kept thinking that Card had made another great series. His character development and story creation are as good as it always has been. I've read a couple of his other series and have enjoyed reading all of them. However, As I progress through the multitude of books he's written I get the impression that he really does not like humans as a species. In this series as in others it seems as if the only good people in his books are the main characters, everyone else is only out for themselves. There is not a single character in the story, aside from the main characters that could possibly be considered a good person.
Another thing I've noticed about Card's stories is his desire to have kids be the main characters. While in general I like this and it is always fun to watch as they continuously out-think the antagonists, it gets a bit repetitive. His protagonists are never truly in any danger they always have thought one step ahead and know exactly what to do to fix everything immediately.
Also his thing with children gets a bit illogical, children are not smarter than adults in the real world and having them be in Card's takes away from the realism of his stories. In their heads the readers know that, in the real world, it would be the adults who are in charge rather than the children despite whatever gifts the children might have.
In general however, all the problems I've mentioned have been ones that I only notice after the book was done, while I was reading I enjoyed all the different aspects of the book and liked how much detail he went into in terms of the paradoxes involved in time-travel. Card is clearly a very good writer who can create worlds that no one else has thought of.
i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.
I gave this 4 stars. witch is vary good.
and Stefan Rudnicki is a good Narrater.
Orson Scott Card is one of the top 2 writers I like.
I think most would like this story.
read the reviews and try the simple that helps.
a sci-fi and magic story mix.
I leave the story review to others.
if you do like the first book then get them all.
I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.
This is a good enough story. I am someone who read "Enders' Game" when it was first published and so keep trying with Orson Scott Card. But I'm afraid he is one of those people whose first book was his best.
Having said that, this is a decent story and it may be worth reading more of the series to see where he goes with it. It is a slight twist on other speculation about the effects of time travel plus it brings in some Asimov-like questions about the ethics of "robots" and the like. Beyond that, it is basic fantasy stuff - orphan kids, magical powers, mixed group of friends allied against the world.....
If you enjoy science fiction stories about other worlds or alternate realities you will also enjoy the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card. You might also like Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher, or Insignia, by S.J. Kincaid.
Rigg is a pathfinder; he sees the paths of all living creatures. To him these paths look like signature brush strokes left on the ground where people walked, and these paths stretch back through time for thousands of years. His father has helped him cultivate this unique ability his whole life; his father also made sure he was skilled in logic and reasoning. Rigg cannot see a use for some of his education; he and his father are hunters and trappers in the forest after all, when will he ever need to know the language of the nobility?
When Rigg’s father dies in an accident on one of their hunting trips, his life suddenly changes. Rigg’s past is not as simple as he believed, in fact the world itself might not be what everyone thinks. Rigg and a friend from the village find themselves on a journey full of danger and mystery where time does not always behave the way we are accustomed.
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!
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