Shadow Puppets (Ender's Shadow Series #3)

Shadow Puppets (Ender's Shadow Series #3)

by Orson Scott Card

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Shadow Puppets (Ender's Shadow Series #3) by Orson Scott Card

Bestselling author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth and The Shadow Series.

Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless, brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, the two will reshape our future.

Shadow Puppets is the continuing story of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth.


Ender series

Ender’s Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind / Ender in Exile / Children of the Fleet

Ender’s Shadow series

Ender’s Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets / Shadow of the Giant / Shadows in Flight

The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)

Earth Unaware / Earth Afire / Earth Awakens

The Second Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)

The Swarm / The Hive

Ender novellas

A War of Gifts / First Meetings

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765340054
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/16/2003
Series: Ender's Shadow Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 140,443
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers".

Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 — the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.

The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.

Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.


Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington


B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

Read an Excerpt

Bean stood on the grass where two assault choppers were waiting for his men to board. Today the mission was a dangerous one — to penetrate Chinese air space and intercept a small convoy transporting a prisoner from Beijing toward the interior. Everything depended on secrecy, surprise, and the extraordinarily accurate information the Hegemon, Peter Wiggin, had been receiving from inside China in the past few months.

Bean wished he knew the source of the intelligence, because his life and the lives of his men depended on it. The accuracy up to now could easily have been a set-up. Even though "Hegemon" was essentially an empty title now, since most of the world's population resided in countries that had withdrawn their recognition of the authority of the office, Peter Wiggin had been using Bean's soldiers well. They were a constant irritant to the newly expansionist China, inserting themselves here and there at exactly the moment most calculated to disrupt the confidence of the Chinese leadership.

The patrol boat that suddenly disappears, the helicopter that goes down, the spy operation that is abruptly rolled up, blinding the Chinese intelligence service in yet another country — officially the Chinese hadn't even accused the Hegemon of any involvement in such incidents, but that only meant that they didn't want to give any publicity to the Hegemon, didn't want to boost his reputation or prestige among those who feared China in these years since the conquest of India and Indochina. They almost certainly knew who was the source of their woes.

Indeed, they probably gave Bean's little force the credit for problems that were actually the ordinary accidents of life. The death of the foreign minister of a heart attack in Washington DC only minutes before meeting with the U.S. President — they might really think Peter Wiggin's reach was that long, or that he thought the Chinese foreign minister, a party hack, was worth assassinating.

And the fact that a devastating drought was in its second year in India, forcing the Chinese either to buy food on the open market or allow relief workers from Europe and the Americas into the newly captured and still rebellious subcontinent — maybe they even imagined that Peter Wiggin could control the monsoon rains.

Bean had no such illusions. Peter Wiggin had all kinds of contacts throughout the world, a collection of informants that was gradually turning into a serious network of spies, but as far as Bean could tell, Peter was still just playing a game. Oh, Peter thought it was real enough, but he had never seen what happened in the real world. He had never seen people die as a result of his orders.

Bean had, and it was not a game.

He heard his men approaching. He knew without looking that they were very close, for even here, in supposedly safe territory — an advance staging area in the mountains of Mindanao in the Philippines — they moved as silently as possible. But he also knew that he had heard them before they expected him to, for his senses had always been unusually keen. Not the physical sense organs — his ears were quite ordinary — but the ability of his brain to recognize even the slightest variation from the ambient sound. That's why he raised a hand in greeting to men who were only just emerging from the forest behind him.

He could hear the changes in their breathing — sighs, almost-silent chuckles — that told him they recognized that he had caught them again. As if it were a grownup game of Mother-May-I, and Bean always seemed to have eyes in the back of his head.

Suriyawong came up beside him as the men filed by in two columns to board the choppers, heavily laden for the mission ahead.

"Sir," said Suriyawong.

That made Bean turn. Suriyawong never called him "sir."

His second-in-command, a Thai only a few years older than Bean, was now half a head shorter. He saluted Bean, and then turned toward the forest he had just come from.

When Bean turned to face the same direction, he saw Peter Wiggin, the Hegemon of Earth, the brother of Ender Wiggin who saved the world from the formic invasion only a few years before —Peter Wiggin, the conniver and gamesman. What was he playing at now?

"I hope you aren't insane enough to be coming along on this mission," said Bean.

"What a cheery greeting," said Peter. "That is a gun in your pocket, so I guess you aren't happy to see me."

Bean hated Peter most when Peter tried to banter. So he said nothing. Waited.

"Julian Delphiki, there's been a change of plans," said Peter.

Calling him by his full name, as if he were Bean's father. Well, Bean had a father — even if he didn't know he had one until after the war was over, and they told him that Nikolai Delphiki wasn't just his friend, he was his brother. But having a father and mother show up when you're eleven isn't the same as growing up with them. No one had called Bean "Julian Delphiki" when he was little. No one had called him anything at all, until they tauntingly called him Bean on the streets of Rotterdam.

Table of Contents

1. Petra11
2. Bean23
3. Message in a Bottle33
4. Custody47
5. Ambition59
6. Code75
7. Going Public95
8. Bread Van107
9. Communing with the Dead131
10. Brothers in Arms159
11. Bangkok183
12. Islamabad197
13. Warnings211
14. Hyderabad239
15. Murder267
16. Treachery289
17. On a Bridge301
18. Satyagraha317
19. Rescue331

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Shadow Puppets (Ender's Shadow Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shadow Puppets is a good book. Not as good as Shadow of the Hegemon. The book gets way too mushy and lovey dovey at times. Card spends an exorbident amount of time with Petra trying to convince Bean that he should impregnate her, and just when you think Bean is going to put his foot down for good, he is persuaded by an old man who, in a way, helped to create him. Durring Bean's persuasion to have children, it seems as if Card is preaching to people that thier only as good as their progeny, and are nothing if they do not bequeath upon the earth their offspring. The rest of the book is very good, bordering on excellent, with the exception that Card should have expanded on Virlomi's and Suri's roles. They were so important in Shadow of the Hegemon, and then they took such a back seat position. A must read for Card fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Early on while reading 'Shadow Puppets,' the 7th volume in the Ender series (even if Ender never actually appears within its pages), I started thinking that Orson Scott Card had written what would have been called, in the old days, a potboiler. But in contemporary terms it might be closer to the mark to think that Uncle Orson has started putting Geoffrey, Emily, and Zina through college. I also assumed that following up on 'Ender's Shadow' and 'Shadow of the Hegemon,' this latest novel would complete the 'Bean Trilogy' and resolve the conflict between Bean and Achilles. However, this is something that 'Shadow Puppets' does and does not do. Certainly that is one of the threads of the this novel, as is the mortality of Bean's existence, his relationship with Petra, and Peter's efforts as Hegemon to stave off further Chinese incursions around the globe. But although we keep returning to Bean and Petra I never really get the feeling they are the true focus of the story. There are are a lot more players this time around in Uncle Orson's story, and actually the ones I found most interesting where John Paul and Theresa Wiggin, who finally prove to us once and for all where their three mega-children got their talents and abilities. Card worries in his afterward that he was making too many previous minor characters (i.e., battle school veterans) more prominent in this story, but I actually found that to be one of the better things about 'Shadow Puppets'; I especially liked Virlomi's simple but effective way of creating a spirit of resistance in India. Ultimately, I found 'Shadow Puppets' intriguing. Card finished writing this novel during the war in Afghanistan and his thoughts on what Islam might look like in the future and the honorable way to fight a war are quite interesting. This underscores Card's strength as a writer, that even when it seems he is telling a story in which not much happens, he still offers food for thought. There is a lot in here about families and familial relationships.The books ends with a bang, if you will, instead of a whimper, but it is not a big bang, which is certainly in keeping with Card's tendency toward underplayed conclusions: the ending is never the big moment you have been awaiting, but rather with how you live with the aftermath of the big moment once it is done. Granted, this is the least of the novels in the Ender series, and a minor effort from Card all things considered. But we are still talking Uncle Orson here, and even in his lesser works he never totally disappoints his readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate to have to write a review for this book but I feel it is necessary. I have been a fan of Orson Scott Card for years and have ready everything that he has written. Unfortunately this book is a serious disappointment in both plot and, more pointedly, in dialogue. As the Battle School children are getting older they sound more and more like spolied children. Card should focus on his 'genius child' theme and avoid the children as they grow up, and should certainly avoid trying to write romance in any way shape or form. His moralization sounds weak and his characters are no longer believeable.Of course, even with this book being a bomb and it looking like the entire series has fizzled out, I still would recommend reading this book if you have gotten this far in the series. You wont like it, but how could you avoid reading it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found that I couldn't really connect with the characters much at all in this book; something I've never been able to not do in Mr. Card's novels. I think if he had fleshed out the story more it would have been a much better book. Instead it feels rushed and not on the same level as Ender's Shadow or Shadow of the Hegemon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shadow Puppets has once again provided a compelling read for Ender fans, especially those who enjoy the Bean/Petra pairing. Any romantic will enjoy the couple's early bantering and later romance (which is extremely PG-rated). However, there are some problems, for example, I agree that Virlomi and Suri should have been used more- OSC opens a new plotline with Suri's infatuation with Virlomi and never carries it through. On the other hand, the political aspects of the book are interesting and do not so much take a negative view of China but show that any nation, no matter its history or prestiege, can become an aggressor in certain circumstances. A brilliant touch is Peter's relationship with his parents being strengthened and Peter's subsequent change- for the first time Peter Wiggin shows the ability to unite the world, (with his parents support). All in all, an addition that deserves a place on the shelf, if not with Ender's Game itself, then certainly with Ender's Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shadow Puppets is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone. The plotline is good and there is the underlying Bean and Petra line. The subplot is almost more interesting than the real plot, but the climax more that makes up for the lack of action. If you're a fan of fast paced, action-packed books don't read this. If you enjoy a more intellectual read every now and then and enjoy being forced to think about what you are reading then get in your car right now and pick up this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While in my opinion, OSC has taken a step backwards while writing the Shadow books (a parallel series to Ender's Game, and its sequels), I found this book very interesting. I didn't like Shadow of the Hegemon (the 2nd book in the Bean saga) very much, I found this one to fix everything that was wrong in it. Shadow of the Hegemon, was flawed because the premise behind the story seemed so unbelievable. In a real world, a character such as Achilles would not be able to manipulate the world as he did in Shadow of the Hegemon. He wouldn't be able to even get a meeting with a high ranking official. Shadow Puppets however, revolves around greed, and how ones greed can come up to hurt that individual. Greed is a very real situation, and its common in governments around the world, so the premise itself for Shadow Puppets, was already an improvement over Shadow of the Hegemon. The improvements of course, did not stop there. This book included everything you come to expect from a book from Orson Scott Card, internal struggle, dealing with death, dealing with change, and most of all getting to know yourself (something we all are constantly doing). I've read complaints about Bean and Petra 'growing up too fast', but I think that these people fail to realize how much dealing with death changes a person. There isn't a person out there, who has gone un-touched by death, nor is there a person who was unchanged by their experiences. Shadow Puppets was a great book, and a great improvement over Shadow of the Hegemon (which was still a good book). If you are a fan of Card's this is a must read. If you are a fan of sci fi in general, this is a good read. But most of all, if you enjoy fast moving, but deep stories, this book is for you. While its not as deep as Ender's Game (or any of its sequels) there are still passages that make one think. I highly reccomend this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ender Wiggins led the victory over the Formics, but his brother Peter is named the Hegemon, leader of the waning worldwide government, a victim of its own success. Peter learns that the Chinese are afraid and weary of his rival Achilles, who has helped them expand their boundaries. They incarcerate the dangerous Achilles, but Peter rescues his enemy only to realize rather quickly that his foe is crazier, deadlier, and more devious than he imagined. Achilles takes power from Peter.

Peter¿s strongest ally Bean leaves to start a family with Petra before he dies, which is sooner than later. Bean and Petra agree that their children will not carry Anton's Key in their genes, as that is what is causing Bean¿s premature death. However, Achilles has his own plans for these unborn offsprings that include speeding up the deaths of the parents.

SHADOW PUPPETS is an interesting side installment in the Ender¿s Earth series though the title character is not the prime player as this novel focuses on Peter, Bean, and Petra. The story line is loaded with action and philosophy with Orson Scott Card contemplating the relationships between parents and children, among siblings, friends, and lovers, and amidst major religions. Though at times pontificating over the need of servicing one¿s community, the latest entry in this popular series proves the author still holds four aces when it comes to engaging the reader.

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trekbody on LibraryThing 12 days ago
Probably not really as good as the other books in the series, but your investment in the characters so far elevates this still good novel.
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5 Stars
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Kiss hand then post this on three seperate books then look under your pillow
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This is a fantastic book with an ending that I've wanted to see for a long time. :D
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I dont know if i should read... Someone commented on what petra was trying for bean to do and... i dont know. Rest of series was AWESOME(x10000) but... need help :please respond. BTW the 5 stars is for the rest of the series if you havent read ender's game-read it!(its very moving!) :)
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You should it is moving and you would be missing out if you have read the Ender's Game series and not this book =]
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Big_Stu53 More than 1 year ago
Read the Ender's Game series first