By Orson Scott Card
Alvin Miller, a talented 7th son of a 7th son, makes use of his abilities as a Maker to aid create a brighter destiny for the United States, yet his activity is extra challenged through his historic enemy, the Unmaker, who plots to finish Alvin's lifestyles.
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There can never be a battle of Maker against Maker,” said Taleswapper. ” Calvin laughed. “That old wives' tale? About some supposed Unmaker? ” “I'm not surprised that you don't believe in the Unmaker,” said Taleswapper. “The first lie the Unmaker always tells is that he doesn't exist. ” asked Calvin. “Of course,” said Taleswapper. ” “Alvin would have healed me and strengthened me,” said Taleswapper. ” Calvin couldn't take any more of this. He kicked the man right in the face. He could feel Taleswapper's nose break under the ball of his foot; then the old man flopped back into the grass and lay there still.
Then she realized that the piles were of one continuous cloth, flowing off the top of one stack into the bottom of the next. How could there be a cloth so long? Why would anyone make it, instead of cutting it and sending it out to get something made from it? Why indeed. How foolish of her not to realize it at once. She knew this place. She hadn't visited it herself, but she had seen it through Alvin's heartfire years ago. He was still in Ta-Kumsaw's thrall in those days. The Red warrior took Alvin with him and brought him into his legend, so that those who now spoke of Alvin Smith the Finder-killer, or Alvin Smith and the golden plow, had once spoken of the same boy, little knowing it, when they spoke of the evil “Boy Renegado,” the white boy who went with Ta-Kumsaw in all his travels in the last year before his defeat at Fort Detroit.
The door slid shut– perhaps more abruptly than necessary– and the carriage took a wide turn out into the meadow. It had been dry these past few days, so the turn went smoothly, and soon they were going up the track that had made her so curious. The valley, when she saw it, was pretty, though there was nothing remarkable about its prettiness. Except for the rough woods at the crests of the surrounding hills, the whole valley was tamed, the trees all in the place where they were planted, the houses all built up to fit the ever-larger families that lived there.
Alvin Journeyman: The Tales of Alvin Maker IV by Orson Scott Card