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Publisher's Summary

The saga of Alvin Maker, set in an alternative version of the American frontier country, continues, in a tale full of folklore and magic.

Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, or else his destiny will be unfulfilled.

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©1989 Orson Scott Card (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The most important work of American fantasy since Stephen Donaldson's original Thomas covenant trilogy." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"A beguiling book...[a] robust but reflective blend of folktale, history, parable and personal-testimony pioneer narrative. The series promises to be a story of deep delight." (Publishers Weekly)
"Card's epic tale of a magical, alternate America demonstrates his skill in graceful storytelling. Recommended, along with Seventh Son and Red Prophet, for most fantasy collections." (Library Journal)

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 13-09-2020

Alvin just seems too tentative about everything

Prentice Alvin is Orson Scott Card's third installment in the Tales of Alvin Maker series. Alvin has finally made it to his apprenticeship at the same time Peggy, the torch has skipped town for the big city. The other development is the appearance of a mixed race child that Peggy's parent take responsibility to raise. Alvin learns his trade, faces off with the unmaker and vows for a life of nonviolence going forward. Peggy meanwhile is obtaining an education and eventually returns in disguise to Hatrack as the school marm. Finders eventually track down (finding is a knack) the child and while Alvin along with some help, saves the day, he makes enough enemies in the meantime, that he returns to Vigor Church which also leaves him feeling alone.

While the story is engaging and compelling, there's too much stereotype and caricature. The 'city folk' are all phony. The Southerners are simple and stupid and easily corrupted by the unmaker to perform vile acts as if by religious dictum. Characters tend to be either completely good or completely evil. There's also an extreme amount of excessive introspective rumination that results in overthinking everything that becomes, 'he thinks that I think that he thinks that she thinks...'

The narration is well done in terms of character rendition, but the corn-fed accents can get tiresome.

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  • Mitchell
  • 19-02-2013

Fun story with a great cast!

Story is a little slower then the first two books but has some big character building moments for Alvin. Card does a good job of letting the reader/listener learn with Alvin and see that he dosen't know everything right from the get go. He helps paint him as more then just a normal straight laced hero type character he makes some bad calls and even spiteful ones but they really help develop the character.

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  • Danny Moody
  • 17-04-2021

Most Intense Maker Yet

I appreciated the tactful manner that this book addresses and portrays serious topics such as rape and racism. This entire series is written about a time in America where things were very different than today. I like that the MC appears to be more enlightened than many of the time. The story is engaging and makes me want to continue in the series. Card always gets great audio performances for his books.

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  • Emma
  • 21-06-2014

Weird but addictive

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This series is super weird, but somehow just leaves me wanting more every time. Excellent reading of this strange tale by a great cast.

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  • B.Y. McCray
  • 18-06-2021

two

that's the second book and I had to fight through that one too it's the hate in it that this is so ugly in the bad part about it a lot of it's true I know it's fiction but a lot of that has happened the hate part magic and front law that's another story but the hate was definitely there

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  • Kipp Sorensen
  • 02-06-2021

Fun Read- Can't wait for more

Fun, fast read while hiking. Excited to continue on in the series. Highly suggest it.

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  • per erik loeff
  • 22-05-2021

I

Don't) like different narrators, I often find it hard to understand who is talking. Maybe a little harsh because they do it proper here, change narrator when point of view changes. So basically :
Go Alvin!

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  • Larry
  • 16-12-2020

With writting this good it only just does matter..

... what the story is, and it is, good story telling I mean.
This is book two after "Seventh Son" of a seventh son. In the first years of the nineteenth century Alvin Miller is born an infant destened to have a knack for whatever catches his attention, he can just do it like a four year old mastering the grand piano. Not just the common stuff, but hands on healing, sixth senses etc.
This writting, this storytelling, is Classics quality writing.
- Thank You Orson

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  • Eveangel
  • 14-12-2020

Part 3

I have to say, I love the characters of this story. I love the little boy Author, I loved almost every word the young kid said. Gloriously written, and excellently read. Thanks on both counts.

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  • Rachel Meyers
  • 14-03-2019

Such a great listen

I absolutely love this series. it has always been one of my favorites. All the narrators do a wonderful job of bringing to the story to life. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Sara
  • 10-08-2009

A good continuation of the series

Not quite the action of "Red Prophet", but still a good read if you have read its two predecessors. The story was a bit slower than Red Prophet but it still keeps you interested and there is a romantic element slowly being introduced to the story now which adds an extra dimension. If you enjoyed the first two books then this one will not let you down. The narration and sound quality are excellent as usual.

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