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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • brenden
  • LAKE RIDGE, VA, United States
  • 12-11-12

Couldn't make it past Chapter 5

What disappointed you about Pathfinder?

A childs style story, just plain silly. No complexity, almost like a Mother Goose story for young teens.

Has Pathfinder turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

The preformance was probably fine the story line and character's were just so lame I could't get past it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pathfinder?

All of them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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no ending

You should be warned that this is a book to get you to buy another book and another book. I so was not expecting it to just stop. I actually looked at my player to see if something was wrong with it and the author came on to talk about it. A long 17 hours to end there.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • MASON, OH, United States
  • 01-13-11

Thank You OSC

I have always been a huge fan of Orson Scott Card's writing style, he writes his books like he intends them to be read out loud. The Ender Series is by far his best work (Speaker for the Dead takes the cake), but this story is so unique and enthralling that I could not stop listening. I usually sit and multi-task while I listen to my book, doing homework, working, driving etc. but this book I would stop other things and just sit and listen. OSC did a fantastic job creating another whole new universe and magic system, and plays around with the laws of time travel. Nothing is too confusing, which is rare for a Time travel book. My final word: Well done Orson Scott Card, This book is a keeper for my audio folder as well as my shelf.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • HAZEL PARK, MI, United States
  • 12-14-10

Great Sci Fi Book

A great book with a VERY interesting plot. The narrators did a great job telling a complex story. For most of the book you don't understand what two completely different stories have to do with each other. One story is set in future, the other is about a Teenager's journey in a primitive time. I found the "journey" in finding out what two stories had to do with each other very interesting. "Pathfinder: Book I" sure set up an interesting series that I look forward to "reading".

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Rodolphe
  • valdor, Quebec, Canada
  • 11-29-10

good all around

First, the narrators are extremely pleasant ; they are the same as the series. Second, Orson Scott Card is as mind-blowing as always ; pooling Earth's ressources to build colonization ships, folds in space-time continuum, pushing Sci-fi's limits in order to reach the fantasy genre.
It's a mix between Homecoming Saga and Ender's Saga. 17hrs well spent.

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • JD
  • 12-21-10

Brilliant. Madeleine L'Engle would be jealous.

Card is a master, and this new series can testify to that. Card mixes sci-fi/ fantasy with philosophy and physics so neatly that you'll walk away feeling refreshingly challenged. This is no cliche adventure tale, although there *is* adventure and suspense, of course. It *is* Orson Scott Card we're talking about, here.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jesse
  • LAKEWOOD, WA, United States
  • 02-24-11

Easy to predict, yet a great read...or listen...

I'm a huge OSC fan, and Pathfinder has seriously whetted my appetite for the following books in this series. Some may feel that this book is a bit too predictable...which it is. But looking at the book from the end, it seems an elaborate set-up for the rest of the series. OSC has created this really neat world with all it's very interesting complexities, but the explanation of it all takes a lot of set-up.


I will say that it took me a while to straiten out the different stories that run through the book. At first it was a bit confusing, but it works itself out. I really enjoyed the different narrators narrating from the different perspectives. It gave the book some nice flavor. I just wish Scott Brick had a greater roll in the narration. Stefan Rudnicki's voice takes a bit to ease into, but I found that I always welcomed his narration when the story switched back to his perspective.


I can't wait for Book 2!

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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great

a few differences in voice in the same charachters from time to time but nothing hard to keep track of.

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  • Lanny
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 07-22-17

i am sick of time travel

if you like time travel then you will like this book. he is an excellent writer, I have just become sickening tired of time travel stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Suspense & but empty and confusing

I came away disappointed and scratching my head. The story didn't make sense and ended poorly. The only thing I liked about the book was the main characters. The plot was stupid. It wasn't for me. I enjoyed the parts about the special abilities the main characters had but the story seemed incomplete which is part of why it left me frustrated. I will not listen to any more books in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful