Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker #1)
Using the lore and folk magic of the men and women who helped settle a continent and 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 away, that a very special child is born...
As the books cover says, Orson Scott Cards Seventh Son is a story about an America that might have been, but more importantly, it is about one remarkable boy. Thanks to the dying heroics of his oldest brother, Alvin Miller is born the seventh son of a seventh son, which gives him some remarkable powers that are beyond his understanding. In the first few years of his childhood in early America, Alvin miraculously survives numerous potential disasters. It soon becomes clear to Taleswapper, a traveling storyteller, that Alvins powers have attracted the attention of a dark power that desperately wants the boy dead.
Seventh Son is a great book for lovers of both historical and fantasy fiction. It is the first book of Cards Alvin Maker series, a story that will end with most readers rushing to the library to check out its sequel, Red Prophet.