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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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    Carolynn Cedar City, UT, United States 07-01-12
    Carolynn Cedar City, UT, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    I will probably have to listen to this book again before I can give are better review.

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    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-03-12
    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.

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    "An entertaining look at the history of America"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it does a great job of tying facts into a historical fiction.


    Would you recommend Seventh Son to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think they would enjoy some of the parodies to real history.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different personalities.


    Could you see Seventh Son being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't think anyone would want to make this into a movie.


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    zach Peoria, AZ, United States 04-30-12
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    I would pass on this one. I rarely stop after book 1 of series. This will be one of those times.

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    Sullivan Merriam, KS, United States 09-06-11
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    I read this series some years ago and loved it. The story is well told in this audio book and I
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    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
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    this is a weird one and not well written. the plot is too far fetched. the manor of speech of the characters is unsettling to the mood of the story. hard to recommend this one.

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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 12-30-07
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    Another good book from Mr. Card. If you like his works your going to like this series.

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