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Seventh Son

(1987)
(The first book in the Tales of Alvin Maker series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
1988 Hugo Award for Best Novel (nominee)
1988 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
1988 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award
1988 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee)

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."
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Card has exceeded his own high standards ... The man's versatility makes him unique." - Anne McCaffrey


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