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Alvin Journeyman (Alvin Maker, Bk 4)
Alvin Journeyman - Alvin Maker, Bk 4
Author: Orson Scott Card
Alvin is a Maker, the first to be born in a century. — Now a grown man and a journeyman smith, Alvin has returned to his family in the town of Vigor Church. He will share in their isolation, work as a blacksmith, and try to teach anyone who wishes to learn the knack of being a Maker. For Alvin has had a vision of the Crystal City he will build, a...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812509236
ISBN-10: 0812509234
Publication Date: 9/15/1996
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 154 ratings
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Card is an extremely good writer, and his books are always a pleasure to read, but at times I did feel that the stories here occasionally suffered for being too allegorical, and too much about Card's ideas of morality.

In the 4th book, 'Alvin Journeyman' Alvin tries to strike out on his own, with his visions of creating a 'Crystal City' (kinda like Augustine's City of God?) before him... however, he is accused, falsely, of theft, and his concepts of justice impel him to sit in jail and face charges, even though his powers mean that he doesn't have to. Too much of the book is really spent in courtroom drama, and Alvin begins to really just seem annoyingly 'moral.' As a foil, the character of his younger brother Calvin is drawn - Calvin also has quite a lot of magic powers, but none of Alvin's desire to use them only for good - he kinda rides a line between being amoral and actively malicious.
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For some reason, I didn't like this book as much as the others...dunno why.
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This is a favorite in the fantasy genre. Alvin is a magical man with a vision of building a crystal city. He has an evil enemy which helps to make his modest hero image work well.
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