I love the whole Alvin Maker series. This book continues the story with Alvin bringing former slaves and others to what will become The Crystal City. If you've read the other books, this one will not disappoint.
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.
6th, and at the moment last volume: 'The Crystal City.' Starting out at an unofficial orphanage for mixed-race children, Alvin unwittingly, by trying to help a sick woman, causes a plague of yellow fever, and ends up getting run out of town. Taking the orphans with him, and then meeting a voodoo queen, La Tia, Alvin somehow finds himself at the head of an 'army' of escaped slaves, freeing more as they make their way north, seeking a place to live free. Of course, these could be the citizens of Alvin's dream of a perfect city. And Abe Lincoln, a genial shopkeeper, will do what he can to help. Meanwhile, Calvin goes off with some decidedly not-nice men to conquer Mexico and kill everyone there - which seems to be OK, as they do human sacrifice. At the end, it is made overly clear that Alvin's vision is about the Mormon Tabernacle, which is a bit annoying.
The entire series of Alvin Maker is great. I would highly recomend starting with vol. 1 and reading them in order, though each can be read seperately.
didn't like it quite as much as the other Alvin maker books.
I hear there is a book 7 on the way. I think the series needs it
Last book in the Alvin Maker series, where we finally see the city of Makers.