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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    RKR Georgia 07-11-09
    RKR Georgia 07-11-09 Member Since 2007

    Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

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    "Great story, could have been a better production"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 04-16-09
    Trish 04-16-09 Member Since 2015

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    "How did this spawn an entire series?"

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dan APO, NY, USA 05-15-07
    Dan APO, NY, USA 05-15-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Yawn"

    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.

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    Rubin 07-24-07
    Rubin 07-24-07 Member Since 2015
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    "The series starts good with this one"

    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.

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Michael West Valley City, UT, United States 01-29-08
    Michael West Valley City, UT, United States 01-29-08 Member Since 2012
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    "good book but..."

    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.

    6 of 16 people found this review helpful

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