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Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
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Mar 09, 2010

really liked it
Recommended for: anyone; those interested in Mormon history; a must-read for OSC fans
Read in December, 2010

Pretty awesome book. I love the overall premise. Rather than creating an entirely new world as a setting for this fantasy novel, instead, Card sets this story in an alternate past -- an alternate past of the emerging United States.

This was the first fantasy novel I've read by Card. It was similar to Card's sci-fi in that it wasn't overly fantastical; but maybe that is just his knack for making things that would appear out-of-the-ordinary seem normal and everyday.

It's obvious that Card patterned Alvin's life after that of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. Alvin has visions; he's misunderstood by the local religious devouts; the book's climax refers to a very specific even in Joseph Smith's life. I'm interested to see how Alvin's life parallels Joseph Smith's throughout the rest of the series.

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