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Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1) (original 1987; edition 1993)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812533054, Mass Market Paperback)
From the author of Ender’s Game, an unforgettable story about young Alvin Maker: the seventh son of a seventh son. Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with the power. He must learn to use his gift wisely. But dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.
(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 02 Jan 2013 12:56:14 -0500)
Using the lore and folk magic of the men and women who helped settle a continent and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate frontier America where folk magic works, and has colored the entire history of the colonies. It is into this world, amid the deep wood where the Red Man still holds sway, that a very special child is born ...
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