Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, or else his destiny will be unfulfilled.
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©1989 Orson Scott Card; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"The most important work of American fantasy since Stephen Donaldson's original Thomas covenant trilogy." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"A beguiling book...[a] robust but reflective blend of folktale, history, parable and personal-testimony pioneer narrative. The series promises to be a story of deep delight." (Publishers Weekly)
"Card's epic tale of a magical, alternate America demonstrates his skill in graceful storytelling. Recommended, along with Seventh Son and Red Prophet, for most fantasy collections." (Library Journal)
This series is super weird, but somehow just leaves me wanting more every time. Excellent reading of this strange tale by a great cast.
Story is a little slower then the first two books but has some big character building moments for Alvin. Card does a good job of letting the reader/listener learn with Alvin and see that he dosen't know everything right from the get go. He helps paint him as more then just a normal straight laced hero type character he makes some bad calls and even spiteful ones but they really help develop the character.
I have listened to several books by Scott Card, I am a fantasy junkie.
this series sounded promising when I started book one, but with each book I wonder if I should continue. The books get more and more preachy
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
The journey Alvin has to take, and the friends he makes along the way.
Yes, because of the look at life in the 1800s.
The different nuances and personalities of the characters.
Yes, and it has one, so we're good.
I absolutely love all of Card's works, but so far, the Tales of Alvin are my favorite. I devour every word and marvel at how this seemingly living story could have possibly come from the mind and imagination of a man. I can't wait to find out how Alvin's world comes together! Excellent read.
Enjoyed this book even though it seems to mix witchcraft with Christianity. And there is only one minister, he is a sicko! But I still like the story. Love the character development in this one. C
I know this is fiction and loosely based on some american history. Being an african american, it is kind of hard to listen to the imaginative world where it's ok to slaughter, rape, kill, and sell people to delevope the west. Even though I know those things happened.
It's still clasic Card. You decide.
"A good continuation of the series"
Not quite the action of "Red Prophet", but still a good read if you have read its two predecessors. The story was a bit slower than Red Prophet but it still keeps you interested and there is a romantic element slowly being introduced to the story now which adds an extra dimension. If you enjoyed the first two books then this one will not let you down. The narration and sound quality are excellent as usual.
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