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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (581 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mithermages Series Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781455192182
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When Runnel, a friendless peasant from a village so humble that money is a new concept, leaves his mountain valley, he is completely unaware of his magical talents. Seeking his fortune, he stumbles into a centuries-old feud when he travels to Mitherhome, the city of the water mages. He accepts a servant’s position in the household of the sole stone mage permitted within the city walls, and there his untapped magical talents and his fascination with his master’s abilities are a predictably dangerous combination. Soon, without meaning to, he complicates and endangers the lives of everyone he has come to know and care about, for when it comes to magic, there are rules and laws, and the untrained mage-to-be must be careful not to tap into deep forces and ancient enmities. Otherwise, other people might end up paying the price for his mistakes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dreamy prose and intricate world-building…Card’s obvious familiarity with his world and its enthralling history…makes for a pleasant…interlude.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Judging from Stonefather, it seems we’re about to receive another American fantasy classic from Card.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 2/20/2014

    " The story started off great, but then felt hurried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 2/11/2014

    " I actually enjoyed this far more than the Mithermages novel I read. I would prefer to read about this world rather than the mages in our world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/9/2014

    " Card does most of his characterization through dialog, and he's a master at it. This is a great story about how a young man, innocent of the ways of the world, goes about doing his honest best and making important changes. It's not very long, but it tells an exciting story, and is, apparently, a lead-in for a new series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cale | 2/4/2014

    " Sometimes it's hard to separate an author from his works. I'm not a big fan of Card's beliefs and statements in public. But you know what? He's an amazing writer and world builder. This novella is testament to that - in a little over 100 pages he has created a fascinating new world that stands apart from his others (Ender Saga, Prentice Alvin, Songs of Earth, etc.). The idea of battle between stone magic and water magic played through a city and history makes for a rich mythology that is discovered through the protagonist Runnel's eyes in an organic way. It tells a complete story but leaves so much space for new tales that I'm anxious to discover more of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/29/2014

    " I just want to say that I LOVE Orson Scott Card who in my book is a genius of creativity and imagination. I have read many of his books and none of them are anything similar to the other, and they are all so incredibly creative and outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/22/2014

    " Having already read The Lost Gate, which I loved, I was excited to find this novella that set up some of the magic system used in the new Mithermage series. It wasn't as in depth as a full-length Card novel is, but true to form, the novella did a very good job at exploring some aspects of magery that were not touched on in The Lost Gate. Some parts of the story were a bit raw, trying to set up plot in too few pages, but these were minor hiccups in an overall very good short story. I love how Card used the growth of the character to teach the reader more about how this world works. I can't wait for more in the Mithermage series to come out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2014

    " Very short but oddly intriguing. I found myself thinking about the book after I put it down half way through and came back quickly to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lotusgirl | 1/20/2014

    " This was really so charming. Now I want to read the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Dysart | 1/5/2014

    " Awsome Awsome Awsome totally Awsome Read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 9/19/2013

    " Great little short story. I hope he ends up actually publishing the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathie | 8/6/2013

    " I like the worlds Orson creates. This book seemed to be a warm up for Lost Gates, which I like a bit more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 7/16/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book but it only gets a 3 instead of a 4 because it's too dang short. It takes me longer to fall in love with a book or its characters. This one was over before I really got the chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erinn | 7/12/2013

    " As always, Orson Scott Card is the best. I wish this book was longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/8/2013

    " Novella. Too short. I'd like to read more about this world. The cover says it's the same world as the "upcoming" Mithermages series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 3/23/2013

    " We listened to this on our trip and it was engaging enough ton pass away the hours. Even Anna enjoyed listening. The plot was somewhat predictable but the story was well told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Hyland | 3/10/2013

    " another short story i listened to. story about people who worship and are mages in different things. a stonefather is a master of stone and can make it like living stone. the story is about the conflict between stone and water in a city. nice little story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/12/2013

    " A nice short read. Great story and an intriguing world! Looking forward to the series based on it to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/6/2012

    " Good book and easy to follow. Very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Short | 7/18/2012

    " I found this to be a fairly engaging short story. There isn't a lot of background and the story isn't terribly complex but as this was precursor to the Lost Gate (which I haven't read yet), it seems to a fine introduction to that world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 7/15/2012

    " Short story prelude to the MitherMages series? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne Ross | 7/2/2012

    " Listened to on audio book. A short fantasy story about a young boy with unknowing power over stone. Enjoyable and attention-keeping! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/5/2012

    " I found this MitherMages novella much more interesting than The Lost Gate. I think I just liked the principle character more. He was less Card-ish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ken | 8/14/2011

    " This was a silly, simple, uncharacteristically boring book for Card.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitchell | 7/16/2011

    " Simple quick read in the Lost Gate universe. Too bad that this universe is not just a collection of short stories. 4 of 5. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carissa | 5/18/2011

    " If, as a writer, you have the tendency to over-exposit the obvious, you should never, under any circumstances, narrate from multiple characters' perspectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Schatz | 5/18/2011

    " Interesting. Didn't realize it was book 1 of a series. Still couldn't tell you the conversations between Ram and the computers or when Rigg & Umbo discussed their talents. Good Story, well told, and adventurous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting and intelligent book. At least it has the appearance of being smart which amounted to the same thing for me. Clean, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judyrichard | 5/8/2011

    " Really good book although I still don't understand the ships!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 5/6/2011

    " Start of a new series. Science fiction with (mind magic??). Suitable for teens as well as adults. Not as good as the Ender series but definitely worth reading once or twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tahlia | 5/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Its the type of fiction I most enjoy. However, toward the end of the book it started dragging. Also, the wrap-up was kind of anti-climatic for me and left a lot of unanswered questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/4/2011

    " I was a little confused at the start of this book, but upon getting into I realized that was kind of the point. it will be interesting to see where the author goes for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 4/30/2011

    " I am still reading this, but I am still in love with it! Rigg is my favorite character. It's a GREAT book, though I am actually not reading it on my nook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 4/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. In the acknowledgements in the end, Card hinted at future books and I do hope there is a sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 4/27/2011

    " This book was amazing. Mr. Card's storytelling is second to none. The way he blends different timelines is seamless. Can't wait for the next in the series! "

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