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Red Prophet: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Volume II (Red Prophet: The Tales of Alvin Maker #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  14,021 ratings  ·  340 reviews
Come here to the magical America that might have been, and marvel as the tale of Alvin Maker unfolds. The seventh son of a seventh son is a boy of mysterious powers, and he is waking to the mysteries of the land and its own chosen people.

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ebook, 320 pages
Published November 30th 2009 by Tor Books (first published 1988)
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. A very unique, original fantasy (or alterniative history SF if you prefer) by one of the best writers around. Set in an alternative United States of the 19th century, this is a truly American fantasy tale. Wildly inventive and beautifully written. Highly Recommended.

Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1989)
Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1989)
Winner: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1989)
Nominee: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Litera...more
Aaron
Sep 11, 2007 Aaron rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of "noble savage" cliches
It's a shame that there are so few good alternate history books that I have been able to find. This one, Red Prophet is a prime example. The second part in the popular Alvin Maker series, it explores an alternate early 19th century America in which Oliver Cromwell's Puritanical revolution succeeded in the long run and frontier folk magic works.
So far, so good. I really enjoy the historical details that went into this work, the stories that get slipped in about Benjamin Franklin, George Washing...more
Michael
In a lot of ways, this feels like the second half of a longer novel that should have been paired with "Seventh Son."

"Seventh Son" establishes the character of Alvin Miller, Jr. and the fact that he's the seventh son of a seventh son. "Red Prophet" expands the alternative history of the universe Card is creating, including a lot of time spent on the politics of the universe. Card also spends some time setting up the rules by which his fantasy will play during the rest of the series (or so I pres...more
Werner
Jul 15, 2009 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, and alternate-world fans
Card continues, in this second installment of his Alvin Maker series, to exhibit the same literary artistry that was evident in the first volume, Seventh Son (see my review of that title). There is no slackening of his excellent prose, credible characterization, and strong world- building. Where the first book revolved around Alvin and his family, however, this one finds him caught up in major events in his world.

In our world, the leaders of Native American resistance to White expansion in the O...more
James
It's a strange thing, but I've owned a copy of this book since my university days, and I'd obviously assumed that I'd read the book having previously rated it. However, once I came to read it again I realised that I'd not read it before at all. Quite why I'd managed to own an entire trilogy for nearly twenty years without reading beyond the first one is a mystery.

Red Prophet is the second in the original Alvin Maker trilogy – like Piers Anthony it seems that Card struggles to put a lid on a goo...more
Megan
Awww...I was really excited to like this series since the 1st book was pretty great, but this book left me madder than hell. I think one star should reflect that I HATED IT.

One reviewer noted that The Alvin Maker series is a thinly veiled version of Joseph Smith's journey in America. I had heard that Card was a Mormon, but not knowing enough about Mormonism, I had never detected any sort of particular religious connotation in his writing. I was also surprised that a supposedly Christian sect (I...more
Dave Seah
I liked the first book the Alvin Maker series, Seventh Son well enough for its folksy look at a young alternative America, filled with homespun magic knacks and big families dreaming even bigger of a better life. In Red Prophet, we get to see the flipside of the white man's knackery compared to those of the red man. It's a fascinating portrait of good versus evil, drawn along the fault lines of selfishness, ambition, misplaced good intentions, ignorance, and principle. The characters in the book...more
Joy
Read RED PROPHET for Alvin, his growing up, his kindness, and his family. Don't read it for the division between Reds and Whites. In Card's fantasy America, Reds are connected with the land as part of one body. They feel it and it supports them. Whites poison the land wherever they spread. Alvin accompanies Red general Ta-Kumsaw in a war against the Whites, a war which the Red Prophet understands will lead to the best solution possible for all the people living in North America.

Two good elements...more
Kat  Hooper
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Red Prophet is the second book in Orson Scott Card’s THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER, an alternate history set in a frontier America in which folk magic is real. In the first book, Seventh Son, we were introduced to the main protagonist of the series, Alvin Miller who, because he’s the seventh son of a seventh son, is a gifted healer. We meet Alvin as a baby and follow him into boyhood. At the end of the story he has a vision of a shin...more
Renée Johnson
I adored Seventh Son, but so far, Red Prophet has yet to catch my attention. It's likely that the horrific stereotyping and bigotry oozing from every page has something to do with it.
Luisa
Wow this story is just getting better! It is incredibly interesting to see the way the 'reds' did things, so different than the way that the 'whites' did... So much pain and suffering, all because of a few. I am very curious about the 'visitor', and the little hints that the book leaves behind. I absolutely adore Taleswapper more and more. Alvin is just adorable and I'm happy to see his evolution as a character. One more awesome thing is how it inserts historical characters and contexts, and mix...more
Material Lives
This book is so terrible that I cannot fathom how anyone not only finishes it but gives it anything more than 1 star. I love OSC's Ender and Bean series, but this book is poorly written, poorly researched, and poorly edited. Card has admitted that he can't be bothered to keep track of his plots and characters, and so his other series are always overrun with errors and inconsistencies, and his lack of interest in research is apparent in this silly work of "historical"fiction. What historical fict...more
Peter
I was pretty disappointed with this book. The first book in the series was a decent enough book, with focus on some average frontier settlers and some interesting happenings among them. The second book tried to leap onto a much broader stage and failed. Focusing on major historical figures far more than on real people, turning them into loathsome creatures with nothing to recommend them. I find it difficult to relate to anybody in this book because no common sense is shown by any of them. Everyo...more
Catherine
At first I didn't like it because of how racist the author seems to be against "The Reds." But that's because the characters are. The author is clearly on the side of the Native Americans in this story. And he doesn't portray them as bad or all good.

But it still isn't done very well. I particularly disliked the way that they think of themselves as "reds" even though that's a derogatory term and apparently think in the same choppy English they speak--even an Indian that is absolutely fluent in E...more
Lia
I had a hard time at the beginning of this book. But once I really got into it a couple of chapters, I really liked it. It's very Fictional History, but has a great story to tell. And for all you LDS readers out there. It's got a lot of BOM stories going on. I thought some of that was funny (even though I don't think he intended it to be).

I'll probably go back and read Seventh Son again because it's been so long. If I'm going to read the series I want to make sure I'm clear on the story line.
Cynthia
If I hadn't read book #1 and wasn't already intrigued with the storyline of Alvin I would have stopped reading this book. It turned out to be good in the end but OSCard did we really need the first 40 pages to be the most BORING conversation ever between two evil men? I kept saying, what about Alvin? I need to know what's happening to Alvin!!

But I did like the storyline about the Native Americans and reading about their magical powers, especially over the land. On to book #3!
Christina
I generally enjoy the heck out of this author so this was a real disappointment. Two stars is generous. The racial dividers in this story are awful to the point of ridiculous. What's worse is that characters that I genuinely enjoyed in the first book are twisted so that they fit in to said racial divisions for story purposes. Not a very enjoyable read for me.
Ron
Three and a half. More action and a native American perspective is added, but Alvin's character becomes a foil for the alternative history lesson. And sometimes it seemed like a history lesson.
June
Jun 28, 2008 June rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not sure
Recommended to June by: Elissa
Shelves: magic
Parts of this I really enjoyed, other times I put it down and left it for a while. I have a harder time with alternative history fiction. I also wonder how Native Americans would react to it.
Tom
These books are amazing. Orson Scott Card, wow. To think I was disappointed at the beginning of the first book because it wasn't based in space or the future.
Dan
I liked this one better than the first book. Probably because the ratio of questions answered to questions asked was higher. Certainly there are still a lot of open questions and story elements that I'm sure will be addressed in the subsequent volumes, but, unlike book 1, this actually felt like a complete story from beginning to end.

This book addresses questions of European/Native America interactions in the fictional American West of the early 1800's. My daughter's librarian said she didn't l...more
Graham Bradley
My review from http://grahamchops.blogspot.com/2009/...

(Reviewed the first two books in the series)

This series by Card is another winner. It's an historical fantasy about the Miller family in America, in the early 1800s. To people of the LDS faith, it's clear that the story smacks of Joseph Smith's life in his teens, as Card borrows several anecdotes and elements from Smith's life and tweaks them to fit the Miller family--for example, being visited thrice in the night by a spirit, or surviving a...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This the second book in the Tales of Alvin Maker, although I think enough background is given, some even repeated from a different point of view, it could stand alone. It's a fantasy set in an alternate history America--which is a lot of what made it so fun. Things seem to have split off from our Timeline at least by the time of the English Civil War. There's a Lord Protector and Crown Colonies in 1800--but also a United States. Benjamin Franklin was reputed a wizard, George Washington was behea...more
Deanna
I think this is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've read this book, but the first time it's been available by audio download. It was very well read, with multiple readers, unusual in this industry. The Alvin Maker series is a fictional twisting of early American history with echoes of several characters and incidents from the Book of Mormon, the life of Joseph Smith, and several other things that LDS readers may recognize from our history. Early American characters and places pop up in different p...more
Althea Ann
The second in the Alvin Maker series.
Similar to what Card did in the 'Ender' series, this book starts off covering a lot of the same time period and events as the previous book, but taken from a different character's perspective. It also ventures further into 'alternate history' territory (and boy is it alternate!)
It's about the well-known Native American leader Tecumseh, and his brother Tenskwatawa, who was known as a prophet. (all true).
I have to say that I think the book would have worked bet...more
Jeni
Awesome book! It didn't grab me as quickly and as completely as the first Alvin Maker book did, but it was still really really good! Red Prophet delved into some pretty complicated and controversial ideas that weren't really as prevalent in the first book though, and that was something that I could really get behind. I loved especially, how Wells shows that all too often widespread yet downplayed discrimination that the "red man" felt towards the "white man". I also really thought it was unique...more
Luckngrace
I love Orson Scott Card's work. I just discovered him a few months ago and have already read 3 of the Alvin Maker Series. These books are a what-if story that presents an alternate history of the early 1800s USA that adds in paranormal gifts and Indian culture. The Red Prophet explores the pain and desperation American Indians faced as the white men conspired to annihilate all the red men. In The Red Prophet they experienced this as a dying of the land. The forests no longer spoke, the ground no...more
Sherri
Sep 24, 2012 Sherri rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sherri by: sherri.reid@comcast.net
In book 2 of Tales of Alvin Maker, we find Alvin and his brother Measure captured by Harrison's evil plot to start a war with the Reds (Indians). Harrison captures them so that Alvin's family and neighbors will believe that the Reds captured and killed Alvin and his brother. Once Harrison has convinced Alvin and Measure's family and town of this by using Measure's dead body as evidence, he knows he can start a war with the Reds and kill them all.

Alvin goes with Ta-Kumsaw the great Indian warrior...more
Doug Cannon
I have been on a Card kick lately. Since I began reading the first book in this series to my kids, I promised them I would not read ahead. Well, I never intended reading them more than the first book anyway, so I read this one completely before we finished the first. I missed out on a couple things I needed to know, but all-in-all, it worked out well. It is a very enjoyable book.

Alvin performs a lot more magic in this book and it's much more interesting that way. The reverend Thrower and others...more
Jennifer
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
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
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