"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
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.
I would have given this book an additional star if it wasn't for the terrible art on the cover. I was embarrassed to read this novel in public. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by tommy z
Although this is arguably the best book in the series since the first one, the ending leaves you wanting more and yet still feeling satisfied. 4.5 stars.Published on July 7 2003 by Emily J. Jensen
Having looked forward to this installment of the Alvin series for a long time, I was quite disappointed when reading the short and seemingly pointless result. Read morePublished on May 20 2003
This is a very good Alvin book. It seems a little watered down, but plenty happens in these pages. Alvin is journeying with his friends, but not with his wife. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2002 by Howard S. Shubs
This the an excellent series. I have had quite a hard time putting them down, however, since I have read them from start to finish I have found quite a few Red Herrings. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by Mike
Once again, we visit the alternate America of 150 years ago that Card created, where history has taken some odd turns, partly because of talents called "knacks. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2001 by Sharron Albert
It's a good fast read. Nothing major happens in this book as far as advancing the overall story.
By the way, according to Card's website (hatrack. Read more