Prentice Alvin (Tales of Alvin Maker #3)
The Tales of Alvin Maker series continues in volume three, Prentice Alvin. Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth, and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, else his destiny will be unfulf...more
Answer:...Both require you to manage your expectations and BE PREPARED.
Well, stupid toss-pot that I am, I broke the cardinal rule of sequels and went hopscotching headlong into this book with my mental gas mask safely stowed up on the top shelf behind the untouched can of “use your brain” spray.
And it happened...
...I got a stinging, gut-twisting case of "the sequels"...for ...more
As I read the Alvin Maker saga, I am worried the same thing may be happenening here. I'm not sure if I'd read this one before. There were moments in the story that I kept having an ...more
Prentice Alvin is the third book in Orson Scott Card’s TALES OF ALVIN MAKER. After the excitement in the last book, Red Prophet, when Alvin and his family experienced the Battle of Tippecanoe, Alvin is finally off to Hatrack River, where he was born, to begin his apprenticeship to Makepeace Smith, the blacksmith. He’s also hoping that Peggy, the Torch who watches over him, can help him figure out what it means to be a Maker because he’s h ...more
His philosophy seems to mingle religion and his personal views and sentiments. This philosophy doesn't seem to be presented as a fantasy philosophy, but as a real philosophy. This may be what is done in most books, but it feels far from reality, yet presented as truth. I can't reconcile it.
What's more, there ...more
Alvin has begun his "prenticeship" and though he comes to Hattrack river mostly to speak to the girl, Peggy, who, as a torch, had the ability to show him his futures and is likely the only person who can help him figure out how to be a real Maker, she flees before he even arrives.
This is a split st ...more
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 in ...more
He gets to know the Guester family as they mourn the sudden departure of their Torch daughter Peggy. Alvin comes there to see her and is brokenhearted to realize she left because of him. He apprentices under the blacksmith and learns the trade without using his knack.
The blacksmith takes advantage of Alvin's skill and keeps him longer than he should. This hurts Alvin's pride and he lashes out. The Unmake ...more
Meanwhile Alvin is taking school lessons in the evenings from the school teacher, Miss Larner. She is teaching him about atoms and how the world works. Alongside Alvin in his cl ...more
The stories in this book were very interesting. The adult nature of the villain and his work would prevent me from reading this book to the kids. In fact, I'd probably have them wait until they were at least 16 or so to read it themselves.
The parallels to Joseph Smith in this book seemed more ...more
This is Alvin from about 12-19 serving his apprenticeship as a blacksmith in Hatrack River. He's learning more about his "maker" powers. Very interesting perspective on creation ...more
This one kept me turning pages, but the main reason I ...more
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th ...more