“With delicacy and insight, incorporating folk tales and folk magic with mountain lore and other authentic details, Orson Scott Card has evoked a vision of America as it might have been.” –Greensboro Tribune-Review
I love the Alvin Maker books. Even though how I imagine Alvin and how he currently looks on all covers are two distinct concepts. This is not one of those books were the guys are hulky and offer a once-in-a-lifetime romance to a swoony lady. This is a book about the hard truths of slavery in America – before the civil war that wrecked the country and took countless lives. This is the story of Peggy Smith as she tries to convince the king in exile, living in the appropriately named city of Camelot, to free the slaves.
This is the story about witch trials and the post-Salem mentality of priests and people. This is about law making and law breaking.
While it serves as an interlude to the Crystal City, this book can stand on its own and offer quite an accurate description of witchers, trials, torture methods and on the other end – life of a slave- without rage, without a name, without a heartfire.