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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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    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!

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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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    Kjersti 10-13-12
    Kjersti 10-13-12
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    "A great alternate universe to 19th century America"
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    This is a very interesting book, with good characters (the stereotypical witch-haters are unfortunately all too believable) and a nice twist to the historical past. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to listening to the next book.

    The readers are very good, but the switches between who's reading isn't always consistent. The story's told from different perspectives, so the reader changes when the point of view changes. Sometimes you get two readers having a dialogue, but it's annoying when you in the next chapter *don't* get the dialogue (maybe because it's a too small part of the chapter for there to be two readers present, I don't know) and you have to "get used to" a new voice for one of the characters. This, I think, is not a problem caused by the readers, but by the people deciding which chapters should be read by whom.

    But this is not something that should put you off the book in itself, especially if you like historical fantasy in the first place.

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    Josh Maher Casper, WY United States 08-11-12
    Josh Maher Casper, WY United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great series start, but doesn't stand on it's own"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    suzybertussi United States 04-26-11
    suzybertussi United States 04-26-11 Member Since 2015

    With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.

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    "Strange--even for Orson Scott Card"

    I am an avid fan of Card, and this story was interesting, but did not reel me in quite like Ender's Game or Pathfinder. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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