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Heartfire (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 5) by…

Heartfire (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 5) (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Heartfire (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 5)
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tor Fantasy (1999), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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Heartfire by Orson Scott Card (1998)

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This book feels as if it spends as much time with Margaret and Calvin (in separate storylines) as with Alvin. That's one of my favorite parts about it. Another aspect I like is how their storylines combined are a love story--not the long-distance romance I focused on in my adolescence, but a story about familial love. The two characters don't get along with each other but work together for a main cause that helps Alvin.

Unfortunately, that cause is to maintain the status quo in the British Crown Colonies (The South).

Alvin is meanwhile preoccupied with witch trials. I liked seeing What Could Have Been there, even as it's a painful reminder of What Was. ( )
  aspirit | Jun 10, 2019 |
A good ending, imo, to the Alvin Maker series. Alvin has gathered a group of people with knacks who believe in the Crystal City like he does. But the book ends as they are setting out. Card does not make the mistake of actually showing the Making of the City, for that will be Heaven on Earth, and no man knows how to accurately write that out. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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.

In the 5th volume, 'Heartfire' Alvin marries Peggy, the schoolteacher. All I have to say is, I'm not sure what Card is trying to get at here, but he seems to have a peculiar idea of marriage. Basically, they get together, conceive a child, and run off to totally separate parts of the country both doing their own political thing. Alvin can 'see' Peggy from afar, but no actual romantic love is portrayed in the story AT ALL. Very odd. Anyway, most of the story here, again, is a courtroom drama. This time, Alvin, his lawyer, Verily Cooper, Arthur Stuart, and John James Audubon (yes, the famous naturalist, here portrayed as a caricature of the French - it's kinda weird), encounter a young woman who suspects that she herself may be a witch. Of course, she accuses Alvin and his friends of witchcraft. But when the witch-hunter comes, she finds herself accused as well. Alvin feels the need to stick around and save her from herself. The judge in the case is John Adams (not, here, a President), and meanwhile, Calvin is hanging out with Balzac (the author). And yes, the gratuitous appearances of historical figures was annoying me (but that's just me). ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This story presents an interesting juxtaposition of witchcraft trials in the North, and the evils of slavery in the South. ( )
  delta351 | Nov 10, 2013 |
An interesting but not terribly remarkably addition to the series. ( )
  Snukes | Jun 14, 2013 |
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To Mark and Margaret,
for whom all heartfires
burn bright
First words
Arthur Stuart stood at the window of the taxidermy shop, rapt.
She soon learned that the library was the better teacher, for the authors of the books were helpless to shut her out because of her sex. Having put their best knowledge into print, they had to endure the ignominy of having a woman read it and understand it. . . .

They all looked thoughtful. Except Arthur Stuart. "So what are you going to do to her?" he demanded. "She ain't done nothing wrong."

"She hain't done nothing," said Mike Fink.

Arthur looked at the river rat like he was crazy. "How can you correct me? You're even wronger than I was!"

"You left out the h in hain't."

“Trouble?” said Verily. “I’ve been stupefied with boredom in New England. Everything’s so peaceful here. Everything runs smoothly, most disputes are settled peacefully, neighbors pretty much get along, people are happy an extraordinary proportion of the time. I’m a lawyer, for heaven’s sake! I was about to lose my mind!”

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812509242, Mass Market Paperback)

Peggy is a Torch, able to see the fire burning in each person's heart. She can follow the paths of each person's future, and know each person's most intimate secrets. From the moment of Alvin Maker's birth, when the Unmaker first strove to kill him, she has protected him.

Now they are married, and Peggy is a part of Alvin's heart as well as his life.

But Alvin's destiny has taken them on separate journeys. Alvin has gone north into New England, where knacks are considered witchcraft, and their use is punished with death.

Peggy has been drawn south, to the British Crown Colonies and the court of King Arthur Stuart in exile. For she has seen a terrible future bloom in the heartfires of every person in America, a future of war and destruction. One slender path exists that leads through the bloodshed, and it is Peggy's quest to set the world on the path to peace.

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While Alvin Maker travels in New England, his new wife Peggy Guester attempts to use her powers to prevent bloodshed by traveling to the court of King Arthur Stuart in the British Crown Colonies, where she must confront Alvin's brother Calvin.

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