Alvin Journeyman by Orson Scott Card

Review by Matthew Urick

I could synopsize the plot, but it is not the most important thing about this book. The fourth book of the Alvin Maker series is best summarized as a reunion of old friends. We who have read the first three books have been waiting about seven years for Card to bring us word about them.

Just about every major character from the first three books makes an appearance, although some of the bad guys are seen only through the end results of their behind-the-scenes plottings. A few more characters are introduced with one of them to become a major player as the series goes on. By the end of the book, Alvin is ready to go on to new vistas. I'm ready to go with him. I just hope the wait isn't too long this time.

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