The Yazoo Queen (Tales of Alvin Maker #5b)

The Yazoo Queen by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Once again Alvin Maker interacts with various historical individuals in the alternate history/fantasy version of our world in this tale written by Orson Scott Card. On a journey via steamboat, the titular vessel, to New Orleans Alvin and his apprentice Arthur travel as master and servant on a mission from his pregnant wife about something to do with her abolition efforts.

What Alvin and Arthur find on the steamboat is something completely different, a possible conspiracy to fight the Mexica with black guides for the paramilitary force; though for the half-Black Arthur it’s more about freeing the 12 men in chains that stopping a war. What complicates matters is a ne’er-do-well by the name of Jim Bowie who seems to know who Alvin actually is, but things only come to a head when Alvin, Arthur, and Bowie rescue a raft on which Abe Lincoln and Cuz Johnson are taking down river.

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