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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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loved it! loved it!

great story, Orison really has an abilety to right a story with ritch content. I realy recomend this book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • D.
  • 02-17-15

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!

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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

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Jason
  • Thornhill, ON, Canada
  • 08-10-13

Not up to OSC's standards

I've read most of Card's book starting with Ender's Game when I was in high school, and usually find his work hard to put down.

Seventh son though feels like a lower class of book. Card usually writes very deep, compelling characters you can't help but care about. Everyone in this book was flat, 2-dimensional and I felt like I couldn't care less about them.

The story is painfully long with no flow, it jumps around with long tedious passages that don't mesh, don't form a story, and don't make sense. I know I wouldn't be continuing the series because I'm left just not caring what comes next.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sullivan
  • Merriam, KS, United States
  • 09-06-11

Love this story

I read this series some years ago and loved it. The story is well told in this audio book and I
am enjoying listening to it over and over again.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful