Seventh Son The Tales of Alvin Maker, Volume I

Alvin Maker

Orson Scott Card

Tor Fantasy



Mass Market Paperbound

256 Pages



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From the author of Ender's Game comes this unforgettable fantasy novel drawing on the legends, beliefs, customs, practices, and rites of the men and women who settled the North American continent—and of the tribes who were here before them. This is the story of young Alvin Maker: the seventh son of a seventh son.

Born into an alternative frontier America where life is naturally difficult and fierce—but folk magic is real—Alvin learns early on that he has been given the power. He must learn to use his gift wisely, but dark forces are arrayed against him. Soon Alvin discovers that only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

Seventh Son is the first novel in the Tales of Alvin Maker series.


Praise for Seventh Son

"There is something deeply heart-wrenching about an America come true, even if it is only a dream, a fantasy novel. [This] first volume of The Tales of Alvin Maker is sharp and clean and bracing."—The Washington Post Book World

"Card brings to building this world and his large cast of well-wrought characters formidable scholarship in history, religion, and folklore. He also brings to it his maturing command of the English language . . . We are talking about the most important work of American fantasy since Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant trilogy."—Chicago Sun-Times

"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

"Captures the essence of a world where folk magic abounds. A tribute to the art of storytelling."—Library Journal

"This beguiling book recalls Robert Penn Warren in its robust blend of folktale, history, parable, personal testimony, and pioneer narrative."—Publishers Weekly

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SEVENTH SON (Chapter 1: Bloody Mary)
LITTLE PEGGY WAS VERY CAREFUL with the eggs. She rooted her hand through the straw till her fingers bumped something hard and heavy. She gave no never mind to the chicken drips. After all, when folk with babies...

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  • Orson Scott Card

  • Orson Scott Card won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best SF novel two years consecutively—for Ender's Game and its sequel, Speaker for the Dead—in 1986 and 1987. Born in Richland, Washington, he currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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