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 additional challenged by way of his historic enemy, the Unmaker, who plots to finish Alvin's existence.
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Becca, the weaver who held the threads of all the lives in the White man's lands in North America. The woman at the loom looked up. “I didn't want you here,” she said softly. “Nor did I plan to come,” said Peggy. “The truth is, I had forgotten you. ” “I'm supposed to slip your mind. " “Ta-Kumsaw? ” Becca snorted. ” That was Ta-Kumsaw's White name. “Don't quibble with me,” said Peggy. “Something called me here. ” “My untalented sister. ” Aunt Becca, the children had called the weaver. ” “The murderous little boy who kills squirrels for sport?
As a child she would have given much not to know what the children her age thought of her, the fear they had of her, the loathing because of her strangeness, because of the hushed way their parents talked of her. Oh, she would have been glad not to know the secrets of the men and women around her. Curiosity was its own punishment, when you were sure of finding the answer to your question. So the very fact that she felt curious about, of all things, rutted track in the low hills of northern Appalachee– that was the most curious thing of all.
So as I pick up my tale again that's the day I choose to start with, mostly because I can tell you from experience that nothing interesting happened during those long months when Alvin was still trying to teach a bunch of plain folks how to be a Maker like him instead of… well, all in time. Let's just say that while some of you are bound to criticize me for not telling all of Alvin's lessons about Makering and every single boring moment of every class he held trying to teach fish to hop, I can promise you that leaving out those days from my tale is an act of charity.