The Crystal City (Alvin Maker Series #6)

The Crystal City (Alvin Maker Series #6)

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The Crystal City (Alvin Maker Series #6) by Orson Scott Card, Stefan Rudnicki, M. E. Willis

Using the lore and the folk-magic of the men and women who settled North America, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate world where magic works, and where that magic has colored the entire history of the colonies. Charms and beseechings, hexes and potions, all have a place in the lives of the people of this world. Dowsers find water, the second sight warns of dangers to come, and a torch can read a person's future -- or their heart. In this world where "knacks" abound, Alvin, the seventh son of a seventh son, is a very special man indeed. He's a Maker; he has the knack of understanding how things are put together, how to create them, repair them, keep them whole, or tear them down. He can heal hearts as well as bones, he can build a house, he can calm the waters or blow up a storm. And he can teach his knack to others, to the measure of their own talent. Alvin has been trying to avert the terrible war that his wife, Peggy, a torch of extraordinary power, has seen down the life-lines of every American. Now she has sent him down the Mizzippy to the city of New Orleans, or Nueva Barcelona as they call it under Spanish occupation. Alvin doesn't know exactly why he's there, but when he and his brother-in-law, Arthur Stuart, find lodgings with a family of abolitionists who know Peggy, he suspects he'll find out soon. But Nueva Barcelona is about to experience a plague, and Alvin's efforts to protect his friends by keeping them healthy will create more danger than he could ever have suspected. And in saving the poor people of the city, Alvin will be put to the greatest test of his life -- a test that will draw on all his power. For the time has come for him to turn to his old friend Tenskwa-Tawa, the Red Prophet who controls the lands to the west of the Mizzippy. Now Alvin must take the first steps on the road to the Crystal City that was shown to him in a vision so long ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792734130
Publisher: AudioGO
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Series: Alvin Maker Series , #6
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 7.23(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

Born in Richland, Washington in 1951, Orson Scott Card grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He lived in Brazil for two years as an unpaid missionary for the Mormon Church and received degrees from Brigham Young University (1975) and the University of Utah (1981). The author of numerous books, Card was the first writer to receive both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel two years in a row, first for Ender's Game and then for the sequel Speaker for the Dead. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

Stefan Rudnicki was born in Poland and now resides in Studio City, California. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, and has participated in more than a thousand as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He is a recipient of multiple Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as a Grammy Award as an audiobook producer. Along with casts of other narrators, Stefan has read a number of Orson Scott Card's best-selling science fiction novels, published by Macmillan Audio. In reviewing the 20th anniversary edition audiobook of Card’s Ender's Game, Publishers Weekly stated, "Card's phenomenal emotional depth comes through in the quiet, carefully paced speech of each performer...In particular, Rudnicki, with his lulling, sonorous voice, does a fine job articulating Ender's inner struggle between the kind, peaceful boy he wants to be and the savage, violent actions he is frequently forced to take. This is a wonderful way to experience Card's best-known and most celebrated work, both for longtime fans and for newcomers."

 

M.E. Willis is a performing member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has read a range of audiobooks, including several Earphones Award winners. His credits include Walter Mosley's Bad Boy Brawly Brown, Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short, Orson Scott Card's The Crystal City, and Ben Bova's The Rock Rats.

Hometown:

Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington

Education:

B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

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The Crystal City (Alvin Maker Series #6) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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This was a major letdown compared with the other books in the series• The author referenced major plot points that he never wrote about• Consequently, it was as though half the book was missing• Card might as well have added a disclaimer saying: "I couldn't push back the deadline for this book anymore, and so I churned this out• It seems pretty clear, atleast to me that he's running out of ideas for and interest in this series•
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great but it seems to have a few incosistancies (sorry can't spell) with the peevious book.
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