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* {{Kuudere}}: Peggy when she first appears in the second book.


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* SugarAndIcePersonality: Peggy when she first appears in the second book.


* ItAmusedMe: Why did Calvin advise William Henry Harrison how to become president just to kill him when he did it? beacuse he could.

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* ItAmusedMe: Why did Calvin advise William Henry Harrison how to become president just to kill him when he did it? beacuse because he could.

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* ItAmusedMe: Why did Calvin advise William Henry Harrison how to become president just to kill him when he did it? beacuse he could.


* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, Creator/WilliamBlake, several [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Founding Fathers]], Daniel Webster, Daniel Boone, Aaron Burr, [[WarOf1812 Tecumseh]] (Ta-kumsaw), Tenskwatawa, and so many others.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, Creator/WilliamBlake, several [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Founding Fathers]], Daniel Webster, Daniel Boone, Aaron Burr, [[WarOf1812 [[UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 Tecumseh]] (Ta-kumsaw), Tenskwatawa, and so many others.


Born into all this is Alvin Miller (later Alvin Smith, and eventually Alvin Maker), a [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh-son-of-a-seventh-son]] and {{Expy}} of Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon Church), a young child with tremendous powers, destined to be a [[MessianicArchetype Maker]], the first one for almost [[{{Jesus}} two thousand years]]. Able to bend metal, heal cancer, and many other abilities, he desires to learn how to control his abilities and help the world, aided by Peggy Larner, a girl with the ability to see people's thoughts, past, and future. Their primary goal is to build the Crystal City, a mysterious city of Makers shown to Alvin in a vision.

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Born into all this is Alvin Miller (later Alvin Smith, and eventually Alvin Maker), a [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh-son-of-a-seventh-son]] and {{Expy}} of Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon Church), a young child with tremendous powers, destined to be a [[MessianicArchetype Maker]], the first one for almost [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} two thousand years]]. Able to bend metal, heal cancer, and many other abilities, he desires to learn how to control his abilities and help the world, aided by Peggy Larner, a girl with the ability to see people's thoughts, past, and future. Their primary goal is to build the Crystal City, a mysterious city of Makers shown to Alvin in a vision.

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* VisionQuest: In ''Seventh Son'', young Alvin receives a mysterious visit from the "whiskey-Red" Lolla-Wossiky. In the next book, ''Red Prophet'', we find out that Lolla-Wossiky was on his vision quest, and Alvin was his spirit animal; the encounter transforms Lolla-Wossiky into the prophet Tenskwa-Tawa.

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* GodTest: ''Red Prophet'', some Indian hecklers demand that the one-eyed prophet Tenskwa-Tawa prove his powers by restoring his missing eye. The prophet rebukes them, and reveals the supernatural visions he receives through the missing eye--and ends up making new converts.

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* AmericaIsStillAColony: The series splits the difference, with portions of colonial America splitting away as a reduced United States, another portion remaining a colony of a republican England where the Restoration never occurred, and a third part being claimed by the exiled [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfStuart House of Stuart]].


* AuthorTract: It can seem like this, depending on how much you know about {{Orson Scott Card}}'s [[{{UsefulNotes/Mormonism}} Mormon]] faith, which the series' mythology heavily draws from. Some of the later books get a bit preachy, but if you don't know what to look for it's much easier to ignore and appreciate the tale for its own sake.

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* AuthorTract: It can seem like this, depending on how much you know about {{Orson Orson Scott Card}}'s Card's [[{{UsefulNotes/Mormonism}} Mormon]] faith, which the series' mythology heavily draws from. Some of the later books get a bit preachy, but if you don't know what to look for it's much easier to ignore and appreciate the tale for its own sake.


A series of Fantasy/Alternate History books written by the talented {{Creator/Orson Scott Card}}, set a little bit after the American Revolutionary War, in a world where supernatural powers are a fact of life. {{In Spite of a Nail}}, however, history hasn't really diverged that much. There is a still a United States of America growing and racism still grows up in the South. However, this USA is much smaller, since the lower half of the Eastern Seaboard is the Crown Colonies, the government in exile of the House of Stuart. Up north is New England, still a colony of a republican England where the Restoration never occurred, and utterly opposed to "witchery", even though supernatural powers are very much real in this world. Meanwhile, out West, a mountain-based rebel group led by [[UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Tom Jefferson]] fights to keep the independent state of Appalachee free from the Crown.

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A series of Fantasy/Alternate History books written by the talented {{Creator/Orson Scott Card}}, set a little bit after the American Revolutionary War, in a world where supernatural powers are a fact of life. {{In Spite of a Nail}}, however, history hasn't really diverged that much. There is a still a United States of America growing and racism still grows up in the South. However, this USA is much smaller, since the lower half of the Eastern Seaboard is the Crown Colonies, the government in exile of the House of Stuart. Up north is New England, still a colony of a republican England where the Restoration never occurred, and utterly opposed to "witchery", even though supernatural powers are very much real in this world. Meanwhile, out West, a mountain-based rebel group led by [[UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Tom Jefferson]] fights to keep the independent state of Appalachee free from the Crown.


* CoversAlwaysLie: The first edition cover of ''Seventh Son'' (seen above) depicts [[TheObiWan Taleswapper]] as a long-haired, bearded [[LordOfTheRings Gandalf-esque]] figure, even though he's explicitly described as bald in the books. And, y'know... he's a fictionalized version of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/00/William_Blake_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg/220px-William_Blake_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg this guy]].

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The first edition cover of ''Seventh Son'' (seen above) depicts [[TheObiWan Taleswapper]] Taleswapper as a long-haired, bearded [[LordOfTheRings Gandalf-esque]] figure, even though he's explicitly described as bald in the books. And, y'know... he's a fictionalized version of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/00/William_Blake_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg/220px-William_Blake_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg this guy]].


A series of Fantasy/Alternate History books written by the talented {{Creator/Orson Scott Card}}, set a little bit after the American Revolutionary War, in a world where supernatural powers are a fact of life. {{In Spite of a Nail}}, however, history hasn't really diverged that much. There is a still a United States of America growing and racism still grows up in the South. However, this USA is much smaller, since the lower half of the Eastern Seaboard is the Crown Colonies, the government in exile of the House of Stuart. Up north is New England, still a colony of a republican England where the Restoration never occurred, and utterly opposed to "witchery", even though supernatural powers are very much real in this world. Meanwhile, out West, a mountain-based rebel group led by [[ThomasJefferson Tom Jefferson]] fights to keep the independent state of Appalachee free from the Crown.

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A series of Fantasy/Alternate History books written by the talented {{Creator/Orson Scott Card}}, set a little bit after the American Revolutionary War, in a world where supernatural powers are a fact of life. {{In Spite of a Nail}}, however, history hasn't really diverged that much. There is a still a United States of America growing and racism still grows up in the South. However, this USA is much smaller, since the lower half of the Eastern Seaboard is the Crown Colonies, the government in exile of the House of Stuart. Up north is New England, still a colony of a republican England where the Restoration never occurred, and utterly opposed to "witchery", even though supernatural powers are very much real in this world. Meanwhile, out West, a mountain-based rebel group led by [[ThomasJefferson [[UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Tom Jefferson]] fights to keep the independent state of Appalachee free from the Crown.


* SmallRoleBigImpact: Lolla-Wossiky in ''Seventh Son'', before he becomes an AscendedExtra in the next book. He only appears in the flesh in one scene, and doesn't even have any lines, but he gives Alvin a series of visions that proves integral to his growth as a Maker.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Lolla-Wossiky in ''Seventh Son'', before he becomes an AscendedExtra in the next book. He only appears in the flesh in one scene, and doesn't even have any lines, but he gives Alvin a series of visions that proves integral to his growth as a Maker.


* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Done more subtly than most examples, but definitely present. In this world, many prominent figures from our history apparently owe their success to supernatural "Knacks", but they're such a natural part of this world that no one finds this particularly noteworthy. Creator/WilliamBlake got his poetic vision from his prophetic abilities, NapoleonBonaparte rose to prominence as a commander because of his supernatural knack for making people obey him, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenskwatawa Tenskwatawa]] won the Shawnee's respect because he was a genuinely powerful prophet and Earth wizard.

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Done more subtly than most examples, but definitely present. In this world, many prominent figures from our history apparently owe their success to supernatural "Knacks", but they're such a natural part of this world that no one finds this particularly noteworthy. Creator/WilliamBlake got his poetic vision from his prophetic abilities, NapoleonBonaparte UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte rose to prominence as a commander because of his supernatural knack for making people obey him, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenskwatawa Tenskwatawa]] won the Shawnee's respect because he was a genuinely powerful prophet and Earth wizard.

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* ComesGreatResponsibility: Early in ''Seventh Son'', after Lolla-Wossiky shows Alvin how Alvin misused his knack to betray cockroaches to their deaths, Alvin takes a solemn oath never to use his power for personal gain. Later in the book, Taleswapper convinces Alvin that he can still use his power to save his own life, as long as he takes a second oath to devote his life to fighting the Unmaker.

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