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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
Orson Scott Card tells great stories. But this recording picked a horrible reader for the character of Reverend Thrower. The semi-dramatized nature of the recording works well for the tale, but the actor who portrays the Thrower chapters can't decide if he wants to use a Scottish burr or not.
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.
In the Afterwards the author says that this story was originally supposed to be a trilogy but he is now making it seven books with the last one being multi-thousand pages. I think he should have stuck with his original plan. The story line is plodding and you can only hear about the colonial life so much before you want to scream to get on with it.
I might have finished this story line if it were a trilogy but thinking of having to listen to six more books meandering along is more than I can take.
I liked this one, but after I moved on to the 2nd and 3rd....I don't know.
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.
I have been a fan of OSC since I first listened to the book Enders Game. From there I listened to the rest of that series, now after this book as well I'm of the opinion OSC is a religious author. I wish he would right fantasy or science fiction and simply leave out "Religion". I find it humorous that in his books with the religion he writes in it that he shows those supporting it and others saying its not right to force upon others the beliefs or religion of those that practice or beliefs said topic. But yet in writing his stories he does exactly that which he writes isn't correct. Oh well just a thougt.... Still OSC is capable of writing a entertaining and enjoyable story as he has proved time and again, just be warned that you must keep an open mind when reading it or it could easily offend.
More of a western than a fantasy novel
The narration was good but It could not make the story more interesting
I will probably have to listen to this book again before I can give are better review.
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'!
"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.
"Don't bother !!"
Realising it was book one of seven !! However that's why it was so boring.. Yawn !
The Scottish Minister's accent.
Don't use a credit on this one, fortunately I got it for sale price ..
"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.
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