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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455182961
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Enter the city of Hart’s Hope in the realm of Burland, ruled by gods both powerful and indifferent, riddled with sorcery and revenge. The city was captured by a rebellious lord, Palicrovol, who overthrew the cruel king, Nasilee, hated by his people. And Palicrovol, too, was cruel, as befitted a king. He took the mantle of kinghood by forcing Asineth, now queen by her father’s death, to marry him, raping her to consummate the marriage.

But by letting her live after her humiliation, he proved he was not cruel enough to rule. She lived to bear a daughter, to return from exile, and to retake the throne of Hart’s Hope. Then she, in turn, sent Palicrovol into exile to breed a son who would, in the name of the gods, take back the kingdom from its cruel queen.

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  • “A fantastic tapestry woven around wholly believable characters.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/26/2011

    " Actually I read an Italian translation from Urania Fantasy (no ISBN - that was 1988/1989)... the sci-fi translations of this company weren't so good, so I'm afraid the one I read doesn't honor "Uncle Orson". Will have to read it again in original version! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conquistadora | 1/23/2011

    " I wanted it to continue, I hoped there would be at least another chapter when I had only afew pages left. All out a good read, and still a faithful OSC fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sierra | 1/16/2011

    " I usually really enjoy Orson Scott Card, but found this book just a little too strange for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/16/2010

    " Read it in the mid/early 2000s. Don't remember much except that I liked it, and that it was set in a the old pagan times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 8/23/2010

    " What a great read. I will be reading more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 8/10/2010

    " Not one of Card's more well known or talked about books but absolutely one of his best. Beautiful, gripping, haunting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 8/6/2010

    " This book was totally psycho. Definitely my least favorite Card book to date. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cmuberti | 7/31/2010

    " god, did I hate this book. I read it for a scifi class when I was a freshman in college. It was an example of 'fantasy' for the class. I've never read OSC since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 5/23/2010

    " This book stay with you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 4/26/2010

    " An acceptable fantasy novel. Card does better with the Alvin Maker series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marita | 3/22/2010

    " This was an impulse pick from the library audio shelves. Boy was this gross!! And I thought Card would be a safe pick! One of the most hateful, bloody and base book I have come across for a long time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Naomi | 3/2/2010

    " I generally like books by Orson Scott Card, but I am having a hard time with this one. I just can't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/10/2010

    " I never really got into the Ender's series by this author but this book really is wonderful and totally under read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/7/2010

    " I liked it, hence the three stars. Pacing was a bit off at times, but the characters were interesting and the world/mythology was intriguing. Strong language and imagery, but they worked thematically. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrators

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.