Heartfire (Tales of Alvin Maker #5)
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...more
Though not quite as up to snuff as the other books in the Alvin Maker series to date, this one wins praise for paying as much attention to Verily Cooper and Peggy the Torch as it does to Alvin and Calvin themselves.
Peggy is taking on slavery, trying to use her gift to see the possible futures of pe ...more
Calvin is more and more trouble, but I still have a bit of faith on the kid coming around. Who knows right? :)
I loved the part with the slaves. Incredibly interesting idea, and also, the part about witchcraft was great. I really like Verily Cooper :D
The suddenly slow pace of Alvin Journeyman continues in this novel. Alvin continues to be a complete and utter martyr whenever the opportunity presents itself and spends a lot of time being resigned about the fact that he HAS TO build the Crystal City because it's a thing to do and not because it's something he really WANTS to do. He is unrecognizable from the Alvin of the first two books and not in a remotely good way.
Peggy continues her single woman crusade against sla ...more
It ought to be rated a two, or maybe even one one, except that Card is such an extraordinary storyteller.
Just read and enjoy.
Peggy is trying to meet the King of the Crown Colonies so she can talk to him about abolition. The slaves are docile and it took her a while to figure out why.
When the slaves arrive, they put part of their soul/heartfire into a knotted rope and those are held elsewhere. Calvin gets his heartfire stuck there and he ends up letting all of the souls loose.
This is a ...more
In the 5th volume, 'Heartfire' Alvin marries Peggy, the schoolteacher. All I have to say is, I'm not sure what Card is trying to get at here, but he seems to have a peculiar idea of marriage. Basically, they get together, conceive a child, and run off to totally separate parts of t ...more
Alvin and his group of friends travel into the country of New England to get some answers about the Crystal City Alvin wants to build. This is dangerous as New England is known for its laws against practicing witches. While Alvin isn't a witch, he knows that the powers he ho ...more
I can understand how people would not like these books separately but they should really be consumed in 2 volumes, books 1-3 and 4-6. Maybe I am alone in my enjoyment of philosophical debate in novels, but I think the Orson Scott Card writes these debates masterfully.
Para alguien que no conoce mucho sobre la historia de América y, en concreto, de EEUU es una manera muy fácil de ir cogiendo una idea aunque esté claro que los hechos no pudieron darse como tal. Sin embargo, dentro de la historia funciona y le da un buen marco en el que moverse.
Yes and no.
Yes, the story actually moves the overall plot arc forward a bit. But it also suffers from the same criticism I head of "Alvin Journeyman"--too much time spent philosophizing about the current state of things or having debates that don't really do much in terms of plot progression or character revelation.
I get it, already....Calvin ...more
There is one critical scene in the book when I actually appreciated all the pontification (again, see my review of the previous book) and was anxiously awaiting a satisfying conclusion to a great argument. However, Card abruptly and prematurely ends the scene as the hero decides he has more pressing matters elsewhere and just walks out.
I got the distinct impression that Card couldn't come up with a sat ...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