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Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1 | [Orson Scott Card]

Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard, and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the award-winning Ender's Game comes the unforgettable story of young Alvin Maker, the seventh son of a seventh son.

Born into an alternative frontier America, where life is hard and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

Don't miss the sequel to this book, Red Prophet.

©1987 Orson Scott Card; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 1988

"A tribute to the art of storytelling, this is highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"Seventh Son begins what may be a significant recasting in fantasy terms of the tall tale of America." (Washington Post Book World)
"A consistently gripping tale featuring solid historical research and a keen understanding of religious experience. Another major effort by a world-class talent. Highly recommended." (Booklist)

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    Amazon Customer 03-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Orson is amazing"

    I love where he can take your mind listening and reading these books like this and Ender

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    Joshua Killeen 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected"

    To be honest, this was a good story. I was really torn between getting it three stars or four stars. I guess I made the mistake of setting my expectations based on the movie trailer that I had seen before reading the book. The main issue I had, would be the confusing performances by the difference narrators. it seems that throughout the book, different characters would be read by different artists at different points in time. To be it became a little confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ross 03-09-15
    Ross 03-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Hearty and satisfying storytelling"

    Well written with vibrant poetry, an undercurrent of vision and a deep understanding of humanity and the essences that move it.

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    alexander 02-24-15
    alexander 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it! loved it!"

    great story, Orison really has an abilety to right a story with ritch content. I realy recomend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. 02-17-15
    D. 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprising enjoyable"

    One of the narrators read way to fast. It was like he was racing to get his words out the fastest. That took away from the book for me but considering I accidentally purchased this book, I was pleasantly surprised. I was searching for a book with the same name by a different author and chose this book by mistake. I have now added the other titles in this series to my wish list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    malcolm 02-12-15
    malcolm 02-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hooked"

    Story had me from the start. The slight twist on history lets you slip right in to the storyline as if you already know the characters. Excellent listen.

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    charles LAWTON, OK, United States 02-05-15
    charles LAWTON, OK, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great start"

    Great start to an amazing series. I read the books years ago when I heard about the movie remake I figured I had to read the book again.

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    William Colorado 01-30-15
    William Colorado 01-30-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Very slow going"
    What would have made Seventh Son better?

    I became an OSC fan beginning with the Ender-verse. I've read/listened to all books in that series as well as Mithermages and enjoyed them all. But this book is so slow to gain traction. And the ah shucks way it is written make this very hard to listen to. I won't be going any further in this series


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    Salvatore 12-09-14
    Salvatore 12-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great first book."

    A neat magic system that Card uses, in similar or exact forms, in other books - but it's a good one. And, gotta love the voice work. On to the next! There is a next, right?

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    Lorian Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-05-14
    Lorian Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for me"
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    This was very interesting and had good character development, like most of Card's books, but it was just too much drama for me. If you don't like drama, violence or significant swings in your mood, this might not be the book for you. If you don't mind those things it is pretty good. It has an interesting premise and strong characters.

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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    4/9/09
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    "Almost 4-star."

    I couldn't quite give this a four-star, but it almost made it and I do recommend it. This is the first book of a series of seven (unsurprisingly!), and it introduces a wealth of great storylines that will be carried forward in subsequent books, but unfortunately closes none. In this sense it is a little disappointing - some series, such as the Ender series by the same author have self-contained books that one can read and have a full experience, with closure. With Seventh Son, there is a sense that one is going to have to read the whole series, which is no great toil as this book was a good read, but personally I would have liked the choice to see what I thought of a self-contained book and decide to move on to the next. The book is very well read by multiple narrators, all of whom are excellent. All in all, this is a promising, interesting story but if you decide to read this, please be aware that you are buying one seventh of a considerably larger book. After all my moaning, I will be Audible-ing the next in the series - 'Red Prophet'!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    1/12/15
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    "Nothing really happens"

    I really wanted to like this as I didn't like the last one of his I read, but adored "The Lost Boys".

    Sadly, and for a relatively long production, nothing much happened. A seventh son of a seventh son is born, he seems to be in danger all the time, but manages to escape deadly harm, the end.

    Hopefully, the other chapters in this story contain more excitement.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jinty
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    "Don't bother !!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No idea..


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    Realising it was book one of seven !! However that's why it was so boring.. Yawn !


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance might you have changed?

    The Scottish Minister's accent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't use a credit on this one, fortunately I got it for sale price ..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    BirminghamUnited Kingdom
    9/18/10
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    "The tale draws you in almost against your will"

    Played this on a long, long car journey back from France and it kept the kids and the grown-ups all quiet - I wasn't even allowed to consult the sat nav without being sshhh-ed down. Well written, good characters and above all a story that both warms and chills the heart. I would very much recommend this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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