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Alvin Journeyman by Orson Scott Card
Book DescriptionNow a grown man and a journeyman smith, Alvin has returned to his family in the town of Vigor Church. He will share in the isolation, work as a blacksmith, and try to teach anyone who wishes to learn the knack of being a Maker. For Alvin has had a vision of the Crystal City he will build, and he knows that he cannot build it alone. But he has left behind in Hatrack River enemies as well as true friends. His ancient foe, the Unmaker, whose cruel whispers and deadly plots have threatened Alvin's life at every turn, has found new hands to do his work of destruction. More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841490298
(178mm x 108mm x mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Orson Scott Card
Gatefather, Paperback (November 2016)View all books by Orson Scott Card
Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born in nearly 2000 years. Families of Westil have had a treaty that required the death of any Gate Mage. The wars between the Families had been terrible, until they realised it was their survival in question. A Gate Mage would give his Family a terrible advantage over all the others, and reignite the wars.
US Kirkus Review » Fourth in Card's alternate-world series (Prentice Alvin, 1989, etc.) where magic works (people have "knacks") and continental North America is divided among a small United States, English and Dutch colonies, New England, and inviolable Red territory beyond the Mizzipy River. The year is 1820. Alvin the Smith, having crafted a living, gold plow, has settled down to teach others the art of Making - his own brand of creative, holistic, sharing-caring magic; his constant companion is the former slave boy Arthur Stuart. Meanwhile, Alvin's envious, contemptuous brother, Calvin, sails for France, where he hopes to learn from the Emperor Napoleon how to rule the world. Later, in Hatrack River, Alvin is arrested, accused by his vindictive former master, Makepeace Smith, of stealing the gold that he used for the plow, and also of murdering a slave-finder sent to recapture young Arthur. Slowly a conspiracy with wide political implications is revealed, but helping Alvin will be brilliant English lawyer Verily Cooper (he has the knack of fitting things together, and fled England where "witchery" earns a death sentence) and "torch" Peggy Lamer (she can see possible futures, and her relationship with Alvin has blown hot and cold for years). Calvin, returning to the US, murders President Harrison, allowing Andrew Jackson to take over. After such a lengthy recess, Card hasn't quite managed to emulate the spontaneous charm and folksy appeal of the preceding volumes. Comes close, though. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card is the award-winning author of the Ender saga, the Alvin Maker series and the Homecoming series. He lives with his wife and three children in the US.
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