I couldn't quite give this a four-star, but it almost made it and I do recommend it. This is the first book of a series of seven (unsurprisingly!), a..Show More »nd it introduces a wealth of great storylines that will be carried forward in subsequent books, but unfortunately closes none. In this sense it is a little disappointing - some series, such as the Ender series by the same author have self-contained books that one can read and have a full experience, with closure. With Seventh Son, there is a sense that one is going to have to read the whole series, which is no great toil as this book was a good read, but personally I would have liked the choice to see what I thought of a self-contained book and decide to move on to the next. The book is very well read by multiple narrators, all of whom are excellent. All in all, this is a promising, interesting story but if you decide to read this, please be aware that you are buying one seventh of a considerably larger book. After all my moaning, I will be Audible-ing the next in the series - 'Red Prophet'!
This book is a step up from the first book of the series, "Seventh Son". Whereas the first book seemed to be setting the groundwork for the series an..Show More »d relating Alvin Makers origins, this book contained more story in its own right and was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. As with all OSC books, the atmosphere and feel of the book is beautifully crafted so you feel immersed in the alternative world. This is assisted by the excellent narration by a great team. This series is shaping up to be of comparable standard to the Enders Series. Highly recommended.
Not quite the action of "Red Prophet", but still a good read if you have read its two predecessors. The story was a bit slower than Red Prophet but i..Show More »t still keeps you interested and there is a romantic element slowly being introduced to the story now which adds an extra dimension. If you enjoyed the first two books then this one will not let you down. The narration and sound quality are excellent as usual.
Although I enjoyed this book, it did drag considerably in places. There is no big plot structure in this book and quite a bit of it is a continuation..Show More » of the 'Golden Plough' storyline from the previous book - fine, it's a sequel, but each of the previous books had a distinct story and this worked well. This one seemed a bit sketchy on plot, the only exception being Calvin (the evil younger brother) and his exploits abroad - with Napoleon?! Although a Journeyman, Alvin went absolutely nowhere.
I enjoy all the authors books, and this one did a good enough job, but it is only for his real fans, or those that are determined to finish the series whatever. At the rate the storyline is winding down, by the last book we will be reading about Alvin doing his laundry, completing a crossword and the occasional bathroom break. Jazz it up OSC!!
This Audible presentation of Card's Alvin series is a triumph. It is centred around the premise that innate skills can manifest as magical 'knacks' th..Show More »at can change the world. This is no 'twee' story however as it raises issues of prejudice, slavery and religion in a context that grabs the listener's attention and leaves them wanting more. I have read most of Card's bibliography but listening to these stories provides a new opportunity to enjoy this master story-teller at his best.