Marie H. reviewed Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, Bk 1) on
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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.
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!
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.
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.
Patricia A. reviewed Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, Bk 1) on
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!!