Alvin returns to his birthplace to become the blacksmith's apprentice and also to learn--hopefully with the help of the Torch-girl--to be a Maker.
"A tribute to the art of storytelling. . . highly recommended."-"Library Journal"
"Card has uncovered a rich vein of folklore and magic here, to which his assured handling of old time religion and manifest love of children is admirably suited: an appealing and intriguing effort."-"Kirkus Reviews"
"A beguiling book. . . robust but reflective blend of folktale, history, parable and personal testimony, pioneer narrative. The series promises to be a story of deep delight."--"Publishers Weekly"