Let me just start by stating something very obvious to anyone who has ever discussed literature in any degree with me: Orson Scott Card is my favorite author. I like a higher percentage of his stories than any other author that I love. Now, the last few novels have been somewhat dissapointing (ever since "Magic Street"), but I just saw that he has a new novel coming out and the storyline sounds promising. Here's the synopsis from his website:
"A powerful secret. A dangerous path.
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. "
It finally sounds like the conflicted moral and ethical dilemmas that Card truly excels at are back. His short stories have kept true ("Keeper of Dreams", a collection of many of his short stories, has all of the raw thought and energy that his earlier stories had that changed the way I view things), but he didn't seem able to sustain that through a lenthier story. I just hope this can live up to a higher expectation.