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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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  • GEORGE
  • DICKSON, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 04-13-12

I'm glad I've taken physics

While this book was great and amazing, there was a lot to wrap your head around. Orson Scott Card did an amazing job diving into the world of thoretical physics. Not just the use of physic theories or laws but also the way to think while learning or applying the subject. By the end of the book he has set you up to think differently which makes you expects certain results. I found it amazing that a book could get me to figure and reason the same way the character did. The only draw back is by the end you're expecting and already know whats going to happen.
This book was beautifully written leading me to write my only review of a book i felt deserved a complement. If i had to find fault with this production, it would not be with Orson scott card. I would fault the producers for using multiple narrators. One would have been sufficient and the switch is difficult to handle.

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Great book...

Interested premise, with two interwoven stories/timelines. Looking for the next book in this series. One of my favorite authors.

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Great book, I can't wait for the sequel!

As for the readers, I believe that any of them could have carried the story on their own, but I hate it when they switch the reader mid-book. It changes the feel of the characters, which is sometimes disconcerting; even the differences in pronunciation of names gets annoying.

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  • Anne
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 11-27-11

good, not his best...and not just for the YA crowd

A good story...similar to but not nearly as good as The Lost Gate........or try the Lost Boys- a very different OSC...a beautifully written tale of a family's love, loss and faith. Why are there no films of his books?

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  • Randall
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 10-04-11

Fantastic New Series

I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait for the next ones to come out. It is an interesting sci-fi/fantasy book, which has an interesting take on time travel. It was such an exciting listen, I couldn't put it down.

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  • Greg
  • Barellan Point,Queensland, Australia
  • 09-07-11

Good story

Would you listen to Pathfinder again? Why?

I am looking forward to the next rendition of this novel as I think the story line is traveling in an interesting direction.

Would you recommend Pathfinder to your friends? Why or why not?

It is a good yarn so far full of intrigue, politics and drama.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Great performance

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

unfortunately I was unable to listen in one sitting but the more i listened the more I wanted.

Any additional comments?

Look forward to the next edition.

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Awsome!

I was grabbed by the story from the begining and couldn't stop listeing. To say that OSC gives new dimension to writing may be cliche but the maze of time jumping gave a very new and original feel. I loved this audio book and can't wait til book 2. Adding this to your library is for certain a great choice!!

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Multiple narrators make for an interesting book.

Having multiple narrators is an interesting study in how a different reader in an audio book can really change your perceptions of the characters and the story. In some cases I found the switch from on narrator to another jarring to my perceptions of the characters that the narrator was reading. It was interesting but did not take away from the book too much since each narrator was talented.

The book itself is a treasure. It's strange and unique and I love it.

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  • Charles
  • Des Moines, IA, United States
  • 05-20-11

Pathfinder

One of the best Sci Fi books I have encountered in a long time. A must read.

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  • Dan
  • Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States
  • 05-07-11

Awesome characters

You won't be dissapointed. You will only want more. I was taken aback by the alternating narrators at first, but then it made sense, different voices for the different points of view. Very nice.