By Orson Scott Card

Alvin Miller, a proficient 7th son of a 7th son, makes use of his talents as a Maker to aid create a brighter destiny for the USA, yet his job is additional challenged by way of his historic enemy, the Unmaker, who plots to finish Alvin's existence.

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How could I have missed such an opportunity to show what I can do? At once he turned and raced back through the forest, dodging the roots, skittering down a bank he had so eagerly climbed only moments before. But when, panting, he emerged into the meadow, the old man wasn't there, though bits of blood still clung to the grass and pooled where his head had lain. Not dead, then. He got up and walked, so he can't be dead. What a fool I was, thought Calvin. Of course I didn't kill him. I'm a Maker.

Foolish to have kept hoping that he'd ever get any love or help from Alvin. I worshipped him, that was my mistake, thought Calvin. It took this boneheaded old fool to show me the kind of contempt that people have for me. Always comparing me to Alvin, perfect Alvin, Alvin the Maker, Alvin the virtuous son. Alvin the hypocrite. He does with his power just what I want to do– only he's so subtle about it that people don't even realize he's controlling them. Tell us what to do, Alvin! Teach us how to Make, Alvin!

Damn but the old boy was quiet! Calvin had to remember to keep a watch out for people. Alvin did it without thinking, dammit, and Calvin could do it too if he could just remember to remember. “Heard you chuckling,” said Taleswapper. ” Calvin turned to face him. ” “And you lived in Philadelphia awhile, right? ” “Then how come you talk like a frontiersman? You know and I know that it's supposed to be 'a mill whose wheel doesn't turn,' but here you are talking bad grammar as if you never went to school but I know you did.

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