I absolutely love the Tales of Alvin Maker! It's easy to engage with and like the characters. Scott-Card really makes them come alive.
I read the first books in the series years ago but parts of them stayed with me so I decided to re-read them all and finally read the last book - The Crystal City
I was very disappointed. It feels as though the author was working to a strict deadline and was just churning out words to make up the numbers. Whilst all the characters are still there, the story seems almost perfunctory without any of the usual descriptive prose that makes the rest of the series so enjoyable. It's more like just a PLAN for a book than the novel itself