Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

This guest post is by Heidi Angell, author of Creative Exercises to Inspire and Royal Prince Vince. For more on Heidi, visit her website at

 Genre: Science Fiction

Synposis: This is sort of two stories interwoven, but seemingly separate until the very end. The main story follows a young boy named Rigg who was raised as a trapper by his father. His father is his educator and teaches him much more than what Rigg thinks is important to be a trapper. When his father dies in the forest, Rigg's life is sent on a new journey in which he learns why his father taught him all the lessons he had taught. This part of the tale feels more like fantasy, taking place in the past. Rigg has "special powers" and stumbles upon others who have special powers as well. The world they live in, Garden, is a pre-indsutrial revolutionized society, and he spends a lot of time walking.

The second story being told, follows Ram, a pilot on a starship sent to colonize other worlds. This is a much smaller bit of the story, usually only a page or two at the beginning of some chapters. It seems to have no relevance to Rigg's story and is much more clearly sci-fi in nature.  When the two stories converge, a whole new respect for Card's writing is achieved!

Review: Another brilliant, multifaceted story that Card shares with us. The only thing I didn't like about it was that I started it shortly after reading Lost Gate, hoping that it was a sequel. Sometimes it is not clear through the course of the story when a book is a sequel for Card. Discarding the second story, I really was thinking it might be a sort of prequel to Lost gate. It has nothing to do with Lost Gate. As long as you know that going in, I can't imagine there being any complaints! I now have second books to two series to anticipate!!

Author: Orson Scott Card is a prolific author and college professor. Most famous for writing the Ender series, (which is currently being made into a movie!) he has also created several brilliant fantasy stories including the Alvin Maker Series. The author of over thirty novels, Card is also a professor at Southern Virginia University, has written many articles for several different magazines and newspapers,  writes critiques and offers writing lessons on his website. He lives with his family in Raleigh, NC.  To learn more about Card, visit his official web page at

Rating **** four out of five stars

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