Heartfire: Tales of Alvin maker, book 5 Paperback – 5 Apr 2001
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The most important work of American fantasy since Stephen Donaldson's original Thomas Covenant trilogy. (CHICAGO SUNTIMES)
History, legend, magic, dreams: Card stirs them into a rich brew with a remarkably authentic flavour (LOCUS)
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We keep losing the thread of why he's wandering and have to be reminded occasionally of his aim.
OK, there were some nice touches in there, Audobon & Balzac especially, but I thought the trial was a bit too glib - I reckon that the pro-slavery contingent would have just taken over and had a hanging there & then in real life.
But, if Alvin really is the second coming - I guess that makes it all OK.
Enough of picky - the book is a good, flowing read, as most of the Alvin series are - Card is a master story-teller, dragging you into the soul of his characters, willing you to keep reading.... ****
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This book starts with newlyweds Alvin and Peggy separated with no real explanation given, Peggy has gone south to try and stop the coming war caused by slavery, and Alvin finds himself on trial - AGAIN. Basically an anti-slavery rant, the characters talk incessantly and nothing happens. Too boring for words.
There is another book after this one, can this series possibly get any worse?
Sorry, I don't lie about books.
I am, without a doubt, a fan of Orson Scott Card's growing library, but there are times I lose interest and put them aside. I have a large library of books, and there are times when I go back and find one I put down earlier, but pick it up and find it's interesting. Frame of mind makes a difference.
So, when I give you a review, I do it in all honesty.