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.
"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)
This is a very satisfying start of a series, but don't listen to it unless you are prepared to commit to the full series. I really enjoyed the universe that was created in this book that took peices of American history and wove in a unique folklore and magic.
I think Seventh Son does a great job introducing the listeners to this world, but does not make a satisfying listen on its own. The story has no real conclusion. It just ends the the obvious foresight that this book, by itself, is not a story, but just an introduction.
I have listened to multiple book narrated by Scott Brick and Gabrielle de Cuir and they always do a great job telling the story. This book is no exception.
I always greatly enjoy author commentary after listening to a story. Card's afterward is enjoyable (if not slightly spoiler-ish) and I think it did an excellent job propelling my desire to listen to the next book.
I really like Orson Scott Card books. REALLY lilke them. But this one just never seemed to go anywhere. Most of the characters are not likable and you don't really care what happens to them. I will probably read the next one for the same reason I picked up this one.....to see what the hype is about. I certainly didn't find my answer in this book.
The country, down-home, salt-of-the earth vibe of this book got too dull for me to plow through the end. I got about 3/4 of the way through before realizing nothing could possibly happen to these characters that I would care about, and I set it aside. I guess this story takes place in an alternate history, but I did not see why that was necessary. Writing about magic of fire, water, air and earth is just plain lazy, and made it sound like the plot of a video game. Making Christians into stuffy, narrow-minded enemies of magic is not new either. There is a person in this story called "tale-swapper" and guess what -- he swaps stories with people. Yawn. I guess this book is in the fantasy category, but it isn't very fantastical. Skip it.
Step up the pace. The characters were wooden, the dialog was hokey...just didn't like this book.
I enjoyed both the print version and the audio. It was fun to listen to this after having read it several years ago.
Reverend Thrower I felt was performed very well. I was more intrigued by his motives as I listened -- much more so than when I read the book. I may have been that the first time I read it I was more intent on Alvin and Tale Swapper and this time I thought more about this character.
The book moves so very slowly. I gave it ample time to pick up, but this was one seriously boring book. I gave up.
I am a Mystery person all the way. Really enjoy Mystery's with humor.
I would not listen to this one again, but I for sure listen to the next one, if there is a Next one.
I have to say this book is different than others, most of my experience is that this type of people would not be as excepted as this family was. I am glad, but it was not what I would consider typical.
No specific favorites, all is interesting. I do wish the ending didn't leave me hanging. I hope that means there will be another book.
I enjoyed this book in sections better than all at one sitting. Had to have time to process.
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