By Orson Scott Card
Alvin Miller, a talented 7th son of a 7th son, makes use of his abilities as a Maker to assist create a brighter destiny for the US, yet his job is extra challenged via his old enemy, the Unmaker, who plots to finish Alvin's existence.
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No, he just set his heart on one knack when he was a boy, and all his life that seemed to him the only knack worth having and since he never got it (he thinks) why then he must not have no knack at all. And don't pretend you don't know what knack– it was he wanted, because he practically slaps you in the face with it whenever he talks for long. He wanted the knack of prophecy. That's why he's always been so powerful jealous of Peggy Larner, because she's a torch and from childhood on she saw all the possible futures of people's lives, and while that's not the same thing as knowing the future– the way things will actually happen instead of how they might happen– it's pretty close.
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? His brutal sisters? I think of them as the four horses of the apocalypse. The boy is war. ” “You speak metaphorically, I hope,” said Peggy. “I hope not,” said Becca. ” . “Why would your sister have brought me here? ” “You're the judge,” said Becca. “I found a purple thread of justice in the loom, and it was you.
But from the dirt on the boy's face and the rage in the eyes of the red-faced girls, these could not be the spirits of the dead. ” cried Peggy, waving. The boy, startled, looked at her. That pause was his undoing, for the girls caught up to him and fell to pummeling him with much enthusiasm; his answer was to holler with equal vigor, cursing them roundly. Peggy didn't know them, but had little doubt that the boy, in the fashion of all boys, had done some miserable mischief which outraged the girls– his sisters?
Alvin Journeyman: The Tales of Alvin Maker IV by Orson Scott Card