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The Crystal City (Alvin Maker Series #6)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The plot advances (finally)

The Alvin Maker series is one of Orson Scott Card's best works, and the latest volume, The Crystal City, maintains the high quality of the rest of the series. The storyline, set in an alternate history 19th century America, revolves around Alvin, a 'Maker' with God-lik...
The Alvin Maker series is one of Orson Scott Card's best works, and the latest volume, The Crystal City, maintains the high quality of the rest of the series. The storyline, set in an alternate history 19th century America, revolves around Alvin, a 'Maker' with God-like powers. Card lays on the Biblical references thick, but they aren't offensive, even to a devoted atheist like me. The Crystal City features many characters from previous episodes, as well as historical figures we will all easily recognize (you won't have to read far to find Abe Lincoln), as Alvin tries to lead slaves from their captivity in Egypt, er, Louisiana (what did I tell you about the biblical references?). After books four and five in the Alvin series seemed to get sidetracked from the main storyline (Alvin's dream of building a crystal city), the plot gets back on track, as you can plainly tell from the title alone. I thought the last two episodes of the Alvin series were a little too dry, with characters that spent too much time talking and not enough doing (or making, if you will). Although some of the characters in The Crystal City also tend to run on, at least the story moves along briskly enough. Card breathes life into his frontier America setting, where everyone has a magic-like 'knack,' and he populates the tale with interesting characters. Card's prose even mirrors the era he portrays in an almost Twain-like manner. I recommend this book highly, although it is not as good as the first three in the series (but better than the fourth and fifth). You should read them all, because none of it will make much sense without the rest of the storyline.

posted by Anonymous on March 8, 2005

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Nearly three hundred pages in, and I'm wondering where the book

Nearly three hundred pages in, and I'm wondering where the book went that should have come between the fifth and this one. The unexplained plot reversals and familiarity with and reference to previously un-introduced characters is distracting, to say the least.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    The plot advances (finally)

    The Alvin Maker series is one of Orson Scott Card's best works, and the latest volume, The Crystal City, maintains the high quality of the rest of the series. The storyline, set in an alternate history 19th century America, revolves around Alvin, a 'Maker' with God-like powers. Card lays on the Biblical references thick, but they aren't offensive, even to a devoted atheist like me. The Crystal City features many characters from previous episodes, as well as historical figures we will all easily recognize (you won't have to read far to find Abe Lincoln), as Alvin tries to lead slaves from their captivity in Egypt, er, Louisiana (what did I tell you about the biblical references?). After books four and five in the Alvin series seemed to get sidetracked from the main storyline (Alvin's dream of building a crystal city), the plot gets back on track, as you can plainly tell from the title alone. I thought the last two episodes of the Alvin series were a little too dry, with characters that spent too much time talking and not enough doing (or making, if you will). Although some of the characters in The Crystal City also tend to run on, at least the story moves along briskly enough. Card breathes life into his frontier America setting, where everyone has a magic-like 'knack,' and he populates the tale with interesting characters. Card's prose even mirrors the era he portrays in an almost Twain-like manner. I recommend this book highly, although it is not as good as the first three in the series (but better than the fourth and fifth). You should read them all, because none of it will make much sense without the rest of the storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Great Addition to the Alvin Maker Series

    I read all the Alvin Maker books this last Christmas break and found this one a great addition to the series. Finally the Crystal City is formed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    card does it again

    a truly phenominal book with an in depth look at Alvin's character, I love the guy, a well rounded book that shows the authors morman background and beliefs. Altogether a truly fascinating book with heroes and villans and a wonderful plot

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