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Ender's Shadow

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Ender's Shadow

Ender Wiggin: Shadow Saga, Book 1

A PARALLEL NOVEL TO ENDER'S GAME

From the author of Ender's Game, the Hugo and Nebula award-winning, million-copy bestseller, comes the parallel novel, Ender's Shadow. In the first book, child-hero Ender Wiggin battles a deadly alien race and wins. But Ender wasn't the only child in his Battle School. There was also Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist and his friend, the only one who was with him in the final battle. Now Card tells Bean's whole story, while expanding and complementing the earlier tale. A definitive work from the writer The Seattle Times called a master storyteller.

A PARALLEL NOVEL TO ENDER'S GAME

From the author of Ender's Game, the Hugo and Nebula award-winning, million-copy bestseller, comes the parallel novel, Ender's Shadow. In the first book, child-hero Ender Wiggin battles a deadly alien race and wins. But Ender wasn't the only child in his Battle School. There was also Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist and his friend, the only one who was with him in the final battle. Now Card tells Bean's whole story, while expanding and complementing the earlier tale. A definitive work from the writer The Seattle Times called a master storyteller.

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  • International bestselling author, Orson Scott Card, won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards two years in a row (1986 and 1987). He is thus far the recipient of four Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards, one World Fantasy Award, and four Locus Awards, among others, and is the author of more than twenty novels including Enchantment and volumes 1-5 of the Tales of Alvin Maker: Seventh Son, Red Prophet, Prentice Alvin, Alvin Journeyman, and Heartfire. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his family.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 4, 1999
    You can't step into the same river twice, but Card has gracefully dipped twice into the same inkwell--once for Ender's Game and again for this stand-alone "parallel novel." The course readers will follow this time is of the superhuman child Bean. Raised on streets ruled by starving children's gangs, he was too weak, at age four, to hold peanuts in his hand, but ingenious enough to trick the other children into civilizing themselves--and to keep himself alive. When his genius and uncanny understanding of individuals' motivations are discovered, he is sent to Battle School, where children learn to command fleets for the war with the alien Buggers--the smallest kid ever to do so. Bean is not as perfect as Ender Wiggin--hero of the Ender Quartet, begun with Ender's Game and concluded with Children of the Mind--but he becomes Ender's ally. Though Bean is cold at first, the kind of child who weighs the costs of hugging the nun who saved him from the streets, he wants to understand the respect and love that Ender wields. Thus, Bean's story is twofold: he learns to be a soldier, and to be human. Devotees of the Ender saga will delight in the revelations about the formation of Ender's Dragon army and about the last of Ender's games. Though newcomers to the series may miss many of the novel's points, the wonders of Battle School and flashsuits and children's armies should keep them turning pages. As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic yet hopeful, wondrous and strange.

  • AudioFile Magazine This parallel novel to ENDER'S GAME explores the character of Bean, Ender's friend. From the streets of Rotterdam to Command School, the ingenious, albeit small, Bean must strategize against the invading buggers while staying ahead of threatening rivals. The story is delivered by a full cast, including Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, and Stefan Rudnicki. Brick's light, sincere voice provides Bean's view, which is balanced by Rudnicki's thundering voice as the stern Commander Graft. Music segues between each section seem misplaced, and conversations at the beginning of each chapter sometimes run too fast. However, the overall sound quality and voice continuity make up for these small distractions. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine
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