(1989) is an alternate history
novel by Orson Scott Card
. It is the third book in Card's The Tales of Alvin Maker
series and is about Alvin Miller, the Seventh son of a seventh son
. Prentice Alvin
won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1990, was nominated for the Nebula Award
for Best Novel in 1989, and the Hugo Award
for Best Novel in 1990.
After being released from his time with Ta-Kumsaw
, an Indian leader who taught Alvin the ways of Indian
people, the young boy sets out to start his apprenticeship as a Smith in the town where he was born.
While there he meets a young half-black boy by the name of Arthur Stuart, the son of a slave and a slave-owner who has been adopted by the owners of the local guesthouse.
Another new friend comes in the form of Miss Margaret Larner, who he later discovers to be the "torch" who helped him to be born so many years ago, and with whom he has been strangely linked since that day.
Eventually, Alvin is forced into helping Arthur to escape some slave-hunters, something that requires him to slightly change Arthur's DNA
enough to prevent the hunters' knacks from identifying the runaway child.Alvin also creates a plow of living gold, which is bestowed with magical properties, as his journeyman piece to release himself from his apprenticeship as a Smith (and... Read More