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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.
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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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By Paul from Washington on 07-28-12

Story OK, Narration Mixed

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am a huge OSC fan, having read/listened to many books. This story is not as strong or mature as most stories. Feels half polished. The majority of the narration is good, but the second half of the book sees some narrator changes that are inconsistent and one chapter is downright annoying enough that I stopped playback 4 times. At times I felt like I was listening to Treasure Island. I wish the story and narration was as polished as the excellent Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow on Audible.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Theories about causality and time travel.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Changes in the actual narrator and voicing were very inconsistent in the second half. It detracted from the character development and caused me to pause playback several times.

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By DJM on 01-06-11

Entertaining and Irritating.

I find myself very conflicted about this book. I like Card and consider him to be a good author. His premise is interesting and entertaining. However, as an audio experience, this book was often irritating. Much of the dialogue throughout is extremely pedantic . For example, if one character says that the people of a town are unfriendly, another character will point out that they haven???t met everyone. If someone suggested that the light goes out in a refrigerator when you shut the door, another will point out that, unless you are inside the refrigerator, you really don???t know. If I was reading the book, I???d probably tend to scan a lot of the dialogue. Audio makes you listen to every irritating exchange. I slogged through it to the end. The ending was okay, but I am not interested in what happens in the next book and will not listen to this book again. I don???t recommend it.

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By Inga on 02-06-11

Truly enjoyable

A truly enjoyable listen! The plot develops very cleverly, leaving the listener intrigued all the way at what is to come next. The personalities of the main characters are many-faceted and described with much detail. A very enjoyable 'twist' was the subplot at the beginning of each new chapter: in the beginning I kept wondering what it had to do with the whole story. But as the book unfolds the history of the planet Garden as well as the true nature of Rigg's gift and the relationship with his 'father' becomes clear. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book, and whether Rigg and his friends manage to unite all 'wallfolds'...

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By Ben on 03-19-11

Love it

one of his many best works. card creates yet another masterpeice

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Kindle Customer on 07-11-17

Some voices were awful, and the plot got stupid

The main voice actor is really good, but when the book switches to secondary characters POV, and a different narrator takes over it just gets awful.

The overall plot is good, but the delivery was clunky as the book progresses. If I hear how weak the princess is (she can barely walk 100m without falling down in exhaustion) one more time I will scream. The character's gift requires her to walk constantly - hours upon hours each day - yet she can't walk 100m. I was rolling my eyes. This was the beginning of the sucky bit. The author didn't know what to do with a girl (luckily there are only two others in the book), so he went with weak and helpless, it culminated in a clumsy "are we friends, but you are 16 and I am only 11, and girls can't be older" bit of dialogue that made me want to vomit.

Huge parts of the characters were poorly written. The plot itself was good, he character development was woeful.

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