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Shadows in Flight (The Shadow Saga Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Orson Scott Card
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Book Description

Ender's Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel...

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten--a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth's history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders--the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship's colony.

Shadows in Flight is the fifth novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series.

Books In This Series (4 Books)
Complete Series

  • Editorial Reviews Review

    A Reading Guide for Ender's Game.


    Ender's Series: Ender Wiggin: The finest general the world could hope to find or breed.

    The following Ender's Series titles are listed in order: Ender's Game, Ender In Exile, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind.

    Ender's Shadow Series: Parallel storylines to Ender’s Game from Bean: Ender’s right hand, his strategist, and his friend.

    The following Ender's Shadow Series titles are listed in order: Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Shadows in Flight.

    The First Formic War Series: One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. These are the stories of the First Formic War.

    Earth Unaware, Earth Afire.

    Ender Novellas

    A War of Gifts, First Meetings.

    The Authorized Ender Companion: A complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things, and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe.


    "Card's latest installment in his Shadow subseries…does a superlative job of dramatically portraying the maturing process of child into adult…. Card makes the important point that there's always more than one side to every issue. Fans will marvel at how subtly he has prepared for the clever resolution."  --Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Shadow of the Giant

    Shadow of the Giant is a fitting and satisfying continuation to the Ender series, although it is not a conclusion. Card...seems to indicate that he will at some point return to follow Bean's family and the other Battle School Children as they expand throughout the galaxy.”  --SF

    “Once again, Card keeps the action, danger, and intrigue levels high...paves the way for further Ender-Bean developments; and leaves his readers eagerly awaiting them.”  --Booklist on Shadow Puppets

    Product Details

    • File Size: 438 KB
    • Print Length: 305 pages
    • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
    • Sold by: Macmillan
    • Language: English
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    174 of 179 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars "Enhanced"? Try "ABRIDGED". April 8, 2012
    By ClayJar
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Well, what do you know! They've finally released the real book! I downloaded the sample and compared it to "Enhanced" version. The current Kindle version, "Length: 305 pages (Contains Real Page Numbers)", is no longer the older "Enhanced" hack job. Make sure the page doesn't say "enhanced edition", and make sure it says it contains real page numbers, and you should (at long last) be all set. For your convenience, direct links:

    Good: Shadows in Flight (The Shadow Series)
    Yuck: Shadows in Flight, enhanced edition (The Shadow Series)

    -- Original review of "enhanced edition" --

    The "enhanced edition" does have two short vignettes added in (about seven paperback pages of text, total -- 13 paragraphs in chapter three, and 34 paragraphs in chapter nine), and there are a few pictures. What the publisher isn't telling you, however, is that it's been abridged out the wazoo. I took a word count on the full text, and it would be somewhere in the 75 to (generously) 90 page range in a standard paperback. You only get one third of the story when you get the "enhanced edition".

    Out of morbid curiosity (apparently in a temporary masochistic fugue), I read the "enhanced edition". It is as if they took the story, ground it to a fine texture, centrifuged it, and then killed off anything left living in it with a shot of ammonia. Yes, the "enhanced edition" is the finely textured ground beef of the Enderverse, or to use the popular term, this heavily abridged "enhanced edition" is pink slime.
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    93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Please note that there are TWO versions of this book August 10, 2012
    Many of the negative reviews here are written about the "Enhanced" ebook version of the book.

    The enhanced version is roughly a THIRD the size of the full book (I finished it in under an hour) although it does include a few extras that Card has added at the end regarding Petra, it is nowhere near as fully articulated or good a read as the full version. I really have no idea why they would edit out so much and then charge people for it.

    The unabridged version is still not as long as any of the books from the series (I finished it in about 3 hours) but it's still a pretty good read. You learn a lot more about the Formics than the other books have touched upon and you really feel a sense of sibling camaraderie from Bean's children.

    The ending is a bit too perfect in my mind however as everything wraps up oh so neatly - I was hoping the organic alien species would play more a role with the Anton's Key, but it ultimately was the best choice: the next book will only delve into the next generation of child geniuses instead of falling back to old characters.

    It's been a long time since I've been back in the Enderverse, and this book doesn't dissappoint.

    To get the full experience, please read the UNABRIDGED version first and possibly purchase the enhanced version for the Petra extras (they only add up to about 1-2 pages tho.)
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    51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars OSC really dropped the ball on this one January 18, 2012
    By Cinn
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    Let me start out this review by saying I am a BIG fan of Orson Scott card. I was totally hooked to this series ever since having to read Ender's Game for 8th grade English more than a decade ago. So with that said, it pains me to write that this book must have been written over a weekend while OSC was hungover or feeling lazy. There was so much room in this story to lengthen and expound on...well, everything, that it only goes to further emphasize the lack of effort on OSC's part.

    I closed the book feeling more than unsatisfied. I would have given a 2-star rating(I don't like it) but bumped it up to a 3-star rating(It's OK) just because it was nice to get an update on Bean and his kids. OSC, you let down your fans with this one.

    /edit - I have to change my rating to two stars. I just can't in good conscious give it three.
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    80 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars In a Word: Underwhelming January 18, 2012
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    Underwhelming and unsatisfied. Where the previous entries in the Shadow/Ender series really left you hooked and, most importantly, emotionally involved in Bean and the characters this book kind of just seemed more of a rush job to tie up loose ends. This is a shame as Bean is such a deep, multi-layered character, as well as his biological background. OSC could have expanded on the development of Bean's children to present a different scenario for what a hyper-intelligent being (no pun intended) like Bean could have been had he grown up in different scenarios.

    It's nice to have another addition to the series, but I kind of wish we didn't as now the canon has been set and OSC won't have another chance to give Bean the ending that he (and us, as readers) deserved.

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    94 of 114 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 22, 2012
    By Mike
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    As a long time fan of the Ender Series, this book acts like a well-aimed kick to the gut. The brilliant character development and engaging plot lines found in Card's earlier novels are thrown aside in favor of following three annoying and lifeless children as they proceed to do little of anything interesting at all. The book is short, and it does nothing to try to hide it. On top of this, it takes a well-loved and incredibly deep character (Bean) from previous books and relegates him to a sad and bitter side-show.

    I've been waiting for this book for a long time, back before Ender in Exile had been pushed as a stop-gap to hold us over. It's incredibly disappointing to see one of my most highly anticipated books fall so heavily on its face. Long time Ender fans will buy the book anyway, as would I, simply on the power of the previous entries in the series, but if this were a fresh title I doubt it would have ever even been published.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
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    Legumites - Buggers - Speaker For the Dead - all in the same story. Were a few stretches in this one in my opinion but still enjoyed the story and am hoping as I read more of the... Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars I can't get enough
    Why would we believe that we could destroy a star faring species with one known planet. Why would a higher intelligence share everything with Ender?
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    What will happen to these kids?
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A new take
    Orson changed how we think about everything with this book. I always found Bean to be such am engaging character. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Scott Cartwright
    4.0 out of 5 stars Buy used OSC has great stories and nothing else from what I have seen.
    Love the shadow series, OSCard is a real dick but I love his stories so its great to pick them up used.
    Published 24 days ago by Jose
    4.0 out of 5 stars smart, and intricate dystopian fantasy world
    The series creates a colorful, smart, and intricate dystopian fantasy world. Card's books are escapism into the far corners of the Universe and even beyond. Read more
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    I really like the Orson Scott Cards books.
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    I love the books of this author. Full stop.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    A perfect followup with your favorite Enderverse character.
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    More About the Author

    Orson Scott Card is the bestselling author best known for the classic Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and other novels in the Ender universe. Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature, from the American Library Association. Card has written sixty-one books, assorted plays, comics, and essays and newspaper columns. His work has won multiple awards, including back-to-back wins of the Hugo and the Nebula Awards-the only author to have done so in consecutive years. His titles have also landed on 'best of' lists and been adopted by cities, universities and libraries for reading programs. The Ender novels have inspired a Marvel Comics series, a forthcoming video game from Chair Entertainment, and pre-production on a film version. A highly anticipated The Authorized Ender Companion, written by Jake Black, is also forthcoming.Card offers writing workshops from time to time and occasionally teaches writing and literature at universities.Orson Scott Card currently lives with his family in Greensboro, NC.

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