Book Reviews of Seventh Son (Alvin Maker, Bk 1)

Seventh Son (Alvin Maker, Bk 1)
Seventh Son - Alvin Maker, Bk 1
Author: Orson Scott Card
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780812533057
ISBN-10: 0812533054
Publication Date: 6/15/1993
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 181 ratings
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Book Type: Paperback
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It was an imaginative alternative history of the early states. I liked the integration of magic, the alternate place names, and the concepts presented.
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A fast, enjoyable re-read of a novel with a unique premise. I only wish Card would write the last book in the series already. First in a series; sequels include Red Prophet, Prentice Alvin, Alvin Journeyman, Heartfire, and The Crystal City.
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Generally a good series by Orson Scott Card. Enough of the writing that makes him unique to pull you through the series. Start with "Ender's Game" if you have never read Orson Scott Card.
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From Publishers Weekly
From the award-winning Ender's Game on, each of Card's last three novels has featured a secular saint, less a character than a catalyst to galvanize those around him into reexamining the thorny moral tangles in which they live. This first volume of the Tales of Alvin Maker introduces young Alvin Miller Jr., the seventh son of a seventh son, who lives on the frontier of an alternate early 19th century America, where folk magic such as faith healing and second sight really works. While Alvin embarks on his mythic struggle against the Unmaker of all things, he is watched over by a flesh and blood guardian angel; he is pursued by the rigid, zealous Reverend Thrower; and he is guided by the wandering Taleswapper, William Blake. This beguiling book recalls Robert Penn Warren in its robust but reflective blend of folktale, history, parable and personal testimony, pioneer narrative. The series promises to be (in Warren's phrase) a "story of deep delight."
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This is one of my all-time favorite books. Its a nice short novel, but extremely entertaining. A very interesting concept, handled by an extremely talented writer. Card is awesome with character development. You feel for and with each character. Seriously, you should be reading this right now!
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The first book in the Alvin Maker series. A young child of extreme potential is born. But who will claim him, the forces of evil or good? And which does his father really belong to? Great read.
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Somewhat of an alt history book as if what would happen if folk tales were real. I won't detail this as it's an older book and reviewed a lot. I read this many years ago and am reading the series again. I find it worth it.

I enjoy the Am. Indian remedys and some of the old magic, if you will. Worth the time if you enjoy these types of books.
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I loved "Ender's Game", and I thought I would try another book by Orson Scott Card. "Seventh Son," which is the first in a series, is good, but not as good as "Ender's Game." Card creates an alternate frontier history for America, where folk magic is part of everyday life. The main character is the seventh son of a seventh son, which automatically gives him special magical powers. It is interesting to watch magic intertwined with the frontier we all think of as down-to-earth and conventionally religious.
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Very interesting book. Grips you but leaves you wishing the moralizing had been toned down a bit
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Easily one of the best books I've ever read.
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It turned out to be a good book. But the beginning was very slow because the author had to explain the history and set up the story. Can't wait to read the next book and see the movie next year.
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When this series was first published starting in 1987, I picked it up immediately. Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors. I read the first 3 books in the series, but then sort of lost track somehow. By the time I realized all the books had been written I couldn't justify buying them all. (Long story, don't ask.) But I always kept this series on my mind's bookshelf, wanting to have it in reality. When I found it here, on Paperback Swap, I was really excited, so I got the whole series. Then I was afraid maybe they wouldn't be as good somehow, maybe I had changed and I'd be disappointed. I just finished this book, Seventh Son. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!! This series is still absolutely fantastic! Thank you, Orson!!
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This is the first in Card's 'Alvin Maker' series.
It takes place in an alternate Colonial America (one where Washington got beheaded for treason). The 'alternate history' elements, however, are incidental - the story itself has to do with one young boy, Alvin Jr, who's a seventh son of a seventh son, and has unusual powers, even in a large family who don't think that 'supernatural' powers are that unusual. Alvin swears, at a very young age, not to use his power for evil or selfish reasons - but nonetheless, there seems to be some power bent on his destruction.
The book focuses more on moral and ethical dilemmas than on action - but it never failed to hold my interest. It also did a very good job of portraying religious people of varying beliefs without ever getting 'preachy' - although one might say that Card definitely says, here, that people can be good without being perfect, and that the righteous can also be mistaken.
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Excellent setting, wonderful concept. Some predictability, but still a great read.
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I love O. S. Card. This book takes you to Frontier American before the Civil War. There knacks and homely magic are respected and used to make a difference in the world. This is the beginning of one of his best series.
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I think this one is the best of the Tales. It's all downhill from here!
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Using the lore and dreams of the men and women who helped settle a continent and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate frontier America where folk magic works and has colored the entire history of the colonies. Into this world a child with a powerful destiny is born.
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Card brings to building this world in a cast of well wrought characters formidble scholarship in history, religion, folklore.
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This is the first book in Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series.

It's a wonderful alternate history series, and I highly recommend it.
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Card creates an alternate frontier history for America, where folk magic is part of everyday life. The main character is the seventh son of a seventh son, which automatically gives him special magical powers. Card ties together the magic, an alternate American frontier history, certain Indian religious beliefs and his own inimitable story telling to make a marvelous fantasy/adventure story in the saga of Alvin Maker.
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This whole series is excellent! This is book 1 of the story of Alvin which takes place in an alternate version of early America. The American frontier elements combined with magic make this a cross between a western novel and a fantasy. Very unique!
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Just as good as Ender's Game. I wish this series would get more accolades-it's VERY good.
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Using the lore and folk magic of the men and women who helped settle a continent and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them. Orson Scott Card has created an alternate frontier America where folk magic works, and has colored the entire history of the colonies. It is into this world, amid the deep wood where the Red Man still holds sway, that a very special child is born...
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In the Alvin Maker series, Card has created a fascinating alternative history for colonial/post-colonial North America. The religious tension adds depth to the story, as Alvin has to contend both with the real Satan---the "Unmaker" and misguided human fanaticism.
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"Using the lore and folk magic of the men and women who helped settle a continent and beliefs of the tribes who were here beforethem, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate frontier America where folk magic works, and has colored the entire history of the colonies. It is into this world, amid the deep wood where the Red Man still holds sway, that a very special child is born..."
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From Publishers Weekly
From the award-winning Ender's Game on, each of Card's last three novels has featured a secular saint, less a character than a catalyst to galvanize those around him into reexamining the thorny moral tangles in which they live. This first volume of the Tales of Alvin Maker introduces young Alvin Miller Jr., the seventh son of a seventh son, who lives on the frontier of an alternate early 19th century America, where folk magic such as faith healing and second sight really works. While Alvin embarks on his mythic struggle against the Unmaker of all things, he is watched over by a flesh and blood guardian angel; he is pursued by the rigid, zealous Reverend Thrower; and he is guided by the wandering Taleswapper, William Blake. This beguiling book recalls Robert Penn Warren in its robust but reflective blend of folktale, history, parable and personal testimony, pioneer narrative. The series promises to be (in Warren's phrase) a "story of deep delight."
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1st in 5 book series.
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good read
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A good tale filled with magic
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Classic Orson Scott Card.