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3.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 5 3.16 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tales of Alvin Maker Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188925
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Peggy is a Torch, able to see the fire burning in each person’s heart. She can follow the paths of each person’s future, and know each person’s most intimate secrets. From the moment of Alvin Maker’s birth, when the Unmaker first strove to kill him, she has protected him. Now they are married, and Peggy is a part of Alvin’s heart as well as his life. But Alvin’s destiny has taken them on separate journeys. Alvin has gone north into New England, where knacks are considered witchcraft and their use is punished with death. Peggy has been drawn south, to the British Crown Colonies and the court of King Arthur Stuart in exile. For she has seen a terrible future bloom in the heartfires of every person in America, a future of war and destruction. One slender path exists that leads through the bloodshed, and it is Peggy’s quest to set the world on the path to peace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With delicacy and insight, incorporating folk tales and folk magic with mountain lore and other authentic details, Orson Scott Card has evoked a vision of America as it might have been.”

    Greensboro Tribune-Review

  • “Card’s antebellum settings, dialogue, and historical figures seem authentic and thoroughly researched, and, as always, he offers excellent differentiation of characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The fifth installment of Card’s popular Tales of Alvin Maker series exhibits the same homespun charm of its predecessors and belongs in most fantasy collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Alvin and Peggy’s adventures are set against an intriguing backdrop of what America might have been…Card is a consummate storyteller able to create a believable world peopled with strong, solid characters.”

    VOYA

  • “One more absorbing entry in this brilliantly conceived and fetchingly rendered series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoyed this book more than any other in the series since Seventh Son. I enjoy the courtroom drama Mr. Card cooked up. I'm a little concerned that he insists on dragging as many famous people into his alternate history as possible. Also, the beginnings of reconciliation between Alvin and Calvin is very good to see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trent | 2/2/2014

    " The maps inside the front and back covers now make more sense as the story branches out widely to include new people, new places and new powers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Hyland | 2/1/2014

    " i really enjoyed the alvin maker series. I may have to buy these for my library. i think reading them would be more enjoyable than listening although listening was great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 1/25/2014

    " We learn more about the rest of "America" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/14/2014

    " I read this book not realizing that it was part of a series. But I still loved the sci-fi ideas injected into American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander Sprague | 1/13/2014

    " This book seems to spend a lot of time talking about things I really do not care to much about. It does not focus on the characters as much, instead introducing a few that seemed to be scrapped from another story. Altogether very good though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/9/2014

    " Another good book in the series. Not my favorite of the bunch, but still great writing and storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 1/1/2014

    " Still good, but there is a certain repetition of plot devices that kind of mars this installment. Count on more character development of our main players, as opposed to suspense of plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/1/2014

    " Alvin landed himself in the middle of some witch trials in this book. It was interesting to learn about the craziness that surrounded those. Another good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 nathaniel | 12/28/2013

    " End was ok, but overall the book did little to move the series along. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew | 12/25/2013

    " What dreck. I tried to get through this, just for the sake of finishing the series, but I can't make myself go any further. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 12/11/2013

    " This series has gotten better and better, so much so that I read this book within a 24 hour period. That is not bad considering I have a very active toddler. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 12/4/2013

    " I was disappointed in this book. It really just feels like Orson changed the locale and a few characters but just repeated the plot line from Journeyman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/2/2013

    " I loved every one of the Alvin Maker series and have reread them many times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 11/26/2013

    " The next in the series of the Seventh Son. Alternate history. I keep reading because I hate to stop in the middle of the series, but it is not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Radnor | 5/9/2013

    " Alvin Maker series: US history around the time of Tecumseh, assumes magic is real, mountain spells work, and the Louisiana purchase never happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 4/21/2013

    " Great book! Stupid cover! This is NOT a "romance novel." Don't let the cover and title fool you. This book, along with the other Alvin Maker books, don't have the feel and magic of most fantasy novels, but they are still compelling and are written well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christian | 3/8/2013

    " Way to crap on your own series, Orson. This book is a blank to me, except that it went beyond boring me--it made me just not care anymore about the entire series. Crystal city? Whatever, man. Good for you if you build it. Or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephannestacey Stacey | 12/26/2012

    " Little irritated, and glad in the same sentence. I thought this was the final book and found that it wasn't. Weird pregnancy. Unique look on slavery. Looking forward to reading book 6. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Jensen | 11/4/2012

    " I'd give it 3.5 stars. I think this the weakest in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 3/28/2012

    " This book started out a little slow but really picked up at the end. Again, it delt with American History and this time it touched on the subject of witch trials in Boston. Very good book and worth the read even as a stand alone book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andra | 9/27/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but not as much as some others in the series. In the first books, comparing Alvin's story with Joseph Smith's life was really fun, but now it's getting a little old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 6/28/2011

    " Still an enjoyable series, but I liked the first few books better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 5/11/2011

    " I read this a few years ago and I'm still disappointed . . . Just look at the cover. Some of the earlier books in this series were excellent, but this one was just not good. I kept reading, though, hoping there would be something worthwhile. It just didn't get any better. Sad, sad . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/21/2011

    " The story is winding down and I still can't figure out how it's going to end. This makes me happy. One book left to go and this book makes you want to read it immediately afterward. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug Cannon | 5/1/2010

    " Excellent story, excellent book. Nothing terribly moving about the book, just a good book with a good story. The parallels to J.S. are humorous and interesting to see, but not a big part of the story. I will read the 6th book too, I have enjoyed the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DiDi | 4/7/2010

    " My least favorite in the series. Really went off in some different directions. Struggles for the main characters were resolved too easily, too much talk, no enough action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 1/12/2010

    " I like the characters. Interesting story. Things keep moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 11/14/2009

    " While I really liked the novel this is based on and like graphic novels in general, there something about the execution of this that put me off. I found the special Ender related bonus story at the end far more engaging and gave my rating a third star just for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/5/2009

    " pretty good! I look forward to reading the actual BOOK, though, instead of just comics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Galen | 9/26/2008

    " friggin awesome story, need to read novel, the book is very imaginative and I love the way that magic is real and history is an unveiling of alternate existences. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.