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Prentice Alvin (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1989
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“A tribute to the art of storytelling. . . highly recommended.” ―Library Journal
“Card has uncovered a rich vein of folklore and magic here, to which his assured handling of old time religion and manifest love of children is admirably suited: an appealing and intriguing effort.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A beguiling book. . . 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
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Top Customer Reviews
As with RED PROPHET, the first 40 or so pages introduces the reader to faraway events that nonetheless are to have great effects on Alvin's life. Having shown the turmoil of the Native Americans under the westward migration of White settlers, Card now turns to America's other suffering people, the Black slaves in the Crown Colonies and Appalachee, and a slave owner who receives terrible instructions from Alvin's archenemy, the Unmaker. Alvin may have caught a glimpse of his destiny as a Maker from Tenskwa-Tawa in RED PROPHET, but in PRENTICE ALVIN he comes to learn exactly how to harness his knack and how he will eventually build the Crystal City.
While I enjoy this series, I found PRENTICE ALVIN to be a low point. Alvin arrives in Hatrack River seeming like a normal 11 year-old boy, but you'd think his year-long adventure with Ta-Kumsaw in RED PROPHET, who took him from Lake Superior to Florida and everywhere in between, would have made more of a mark. And while the novel can be read speedily, it still seems too long and full of awkward meditations. The violent ending and unveiling of Peggy also seems unbelievable.
Nonetheless, these form no reason for me to not recommend The Tales of Alvin Maker, I find this an immensely entertaining series and PRENTICE ALVIN has its place.
I would like to warn potential readers though to stay away from the "Kindle Edition, November 30, 2009" version of the book as it is full of annoying typos.
This is a split story for most of the duration, flickering from Alvin on one side, to Peggy on the other, and converging near the end. Alvin's apprenticeship is very interesting, but it is Peggy's story I'm really starting to enjoy more. Peggy is a torch - someone with the knack to see futures in the heartfires of folk, and her own future is intertwined with Alvin's. But when she sees that her own future is a loveless one if she waits for Alvin to arrive, she does the unthinkable - she runs away, to find a way to at least have love for Alvin, if not love from him. Her determination to thwart her own gifts of futuresight is a joy to read, and her strength of character - somewhat rare for female characters in a lot of fantasy works - is a nice change. Very enjoyable.
So is where the tale ends, with a bit more magic than usual, and a set-up for the next story that I'm glad I didn't have to wait years for - like all the other folk who've been reading this series since book one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Third in the Series and maintains the standards of the first two volumes. Alternate US history and characters are very interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JC
I read this book last month sometime, or tried to. I didn't finish. I'm sure someone will like it tho. Good luck.Published 2 months ago by Julia K. Slater
This order was a gift. The recipient is a follower of theses books and was very pleased with these volumes.Published 4 months ago by David in Conroe TX
I was hooked from the first book! I fell in love with both Alvin and Peggy. A must read for anyone!Published 8 months ago by RealTemptation
My enjoyment of this series grows with every chapter! Eleven more words are required for this to post. Thanks Amazon.Published 9 months ago by corey fix
Enjoyable, just a little slow moving. Not a lot of progress in Alvins quest to build the Crystal City!Published 12 months ago by Karl Darcy
A good series by OSC and my song loved the books. I recommend this to many readers for a series.Published 13 months ago by Dj Voodooman
I expected this to be a series of books that youth could read, but found the storyline moving into totally unacceptable directions.
I have discontinued reading. Read more