Orson Scott Card – Heartfire

Posted December 29, 2010 by Kathy Davie in

Series: Tales of Alvin Maker, d5
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was the best one yet of the Tales of Alvin Maker series. Alvin’s off with Mike, Verily, and Arthur to explore the other regions on the North American continent where he runs into cries of witchcraft and ends up on trial while Peggy is doing her best for the abolitionist movement by confronting the Crown Colonies and their approach to slavery. Calvin is undecided as to how he wants to help/hurt Alvin and/or Peggy as he explores his return to his own side of the pond along with Honore Balzac.

A great quote: “My brain is a museum, but alas, I’m the only visitor, and even I am not terribly interested in the displays.

I really have to hand it to Card. He is an amazing writer between even knowing about tatting to the skill with which he writes dialog for ol’ country boys to slick lawyers to nobility. A real treat to read let alone the liberties he take with American history. it’s such fun to read Card’s take and see where it matches up and changes from our own particular reality.

I do like his main characters, Alvin and Peggy. They’re both powerful people who are very introspective and concerned with doing right. I like learning right along with them and trying to see if I can become a better person as well.

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