Prentice Alvin is the third entry in The Tales of Alvin Maker, a fantasy epic chronicling the life of the titular Alvin. The third book deals with Alvin's experience as an apprentice magical smith. It also deals with his friend Stuart, an escaped black slave, and with their efforts to help Stuart evade slave hunters wielding powerful tracking magic. The novel dwells on themes of American individualism, the barbarity of slavery, and the essential dignity of human life.
Assassin's Apprentice is a fantasy novel, the first in the Farseer Trilogy, which tells the story of Fitz, a royal bastard who is selected by the King to train as an assassin. Fitz also possesses the Wit, a magical ability which allows him to bond telepathically with animals, a skill which is feared by society. The narrative follows Fitz's experiences as he grows from a child into a young man, chronicling his training and his quest to make a place for himself in the world as he navigates dangerous royal politics.
Different Seasons is a collection of four novellas exploring the themes of youth, life, and death. Although each story deals with a different subject-a young boy entranced by the tales of an old Nazi, an innocent man falsely imprisoned, a group of friends who set off on a journey to recover a dead body, and a woman who is determined to deliver her baby no matter what-they are all linked by their dark examination of mortality.