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The Crystal City - Orson Scott Card
The Crystal City
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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... show more
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 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.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780812564624 (0812564626)
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Series: Tales of Alvin Maker (#6)
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Pablos czytelnik
Pablos czytelnik rated it
0.5 Orson Scott Card - "Kryształowe Miasto"
Ostatni (jak na razie) tom przygód Alvina już tytułem informuje, że nasz bohater wreszcie założy/zbuduje/odnajdzie swoje wymarzone Kryształowe Miasto. Niestety tendencja spadkowa serii widoczna jest tu w całej okazałości, książka nie potrafi przykuć uwagi ani przez chwilę. Nie pomaga nawet stosunkow...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
Card is an extremely good writer, and his books are always a pleasure to read, but at times I did feel that the stories here occasionally suffered for being too allegorical, and too much about Card's ideas of morality.6th, and at the moment last volume: 'The Crystal City.' Starting out at an unoffic...
Saturdays in Books
Saturdays in Books rated it
1.0
Late in his career, Asimov tried to bridge the gaps and combine some of his series into a single, cohesive universe by writing new books that crossed characters and events between them. These were not nearly as good as his earlier works.Card has elected to go a different route with this one. Rather ...
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