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)
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!
This is an enjoyable story. I really cared about the characters. Immediately purchased the 2nd book when I finished this one.
A Traveling Listener
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.
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.
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.
The narrators do a great job giving voice to the characters.
My teenage daughter also loved the book and it's fun to listen to the same thing and be able to talk about it.
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.
At various times author got too cute (or camp) about the conflicts in time travel.
The time travel premise was interesting.
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.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
I enjoyed the multiple view points of events as they unfolded in the book.
Crossing the wall
Crossing the wall
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.
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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