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4.01 out of 54.01 out of 54.01 out of 54.01 out of 54.01 out of 5 4.01 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tales of Alvin Maker Series Release Date:
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Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Card has created an alternate frontier America; a world where a particular kind of magic really works and where that magic has colored the entire history of the colonies. Charms and beseechings, hexes and potions, all have a place in the lives of the people of this world. “Knacks” abound: dowsers find water, sparks set fires, blacksmiths speak to their iron, the second sight warns of dangers to come, and a torch can read the heart-fire of anyone within reach. It is into this world, in a roadhouse on the track westward, amid the deep wood where the Red man still holds sway, that a very special child is born.

Young Alvin is the seventh son of a seventh son, born while his six brothers all still lived. Such a birth is a powerful magic; such a boy is destined to become something great—perhaps even a Maker. But no Maker has been born for many a century, and there is no lore to tell how the Maker’s knack works. At the age of six Alvin doesn’t seem to have any special talent at all, unless it’s the knack he has of working with stone and wood, crafting tools and ornaments; unless it’s his ability to paint a hex just right; unless it’s the way he has with animals…

Yes, Alvin is something special; and even in the loving safety of his home, dark forces reach out to destroy him. Something will do anything to keep Alvin from growing up.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We are talking about the most important work of American fantasy since Stephen Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant trilogy.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • Seventh Son begins what may be a significant recasting in fantasy terms of the tall tale of America.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “The book uses a collection of narrative voices to tell this intriguing tale, each of which is presented by a star narrator. They pass the story among themselves seamlessly…the narrators make the characters vivid and move the plot along smoothly.”


  • “A tribute to the art of storytelling, this is highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “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.”


  • “Truly marvelous and beautiful.”


  • “In Seventh Son Card achieves the near-miracle of bringing something new to fantasy.”


  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winner of the 1988 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • A 1988 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1988 Mythopoeic Award
  • A 1988 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendy | 5/12/2011

    " I have a knake.. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by LS | 4/27/2011

    " Interesting enough to read. Not much excitement yet though, but nice all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roger | 4/25/2011

    " great series, original story in my opinion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nachillo | 4/23/2011

    " Interesting and intriguing first chapters. Hadn't read stories by Orson Scott Card of this kind, had read only Ender's, but this is a wonderful narrative. "

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