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Across the Great Barrier: Frontier Magic, Book 2 | [Patricia C. Wrede]

Across the Great Barrier: Frontier Magic, Book 2

Eff is riding west, away from the safety of the frontier city she's always known.... Eff could be a powerful magician if she wanted to. Except she's not sure she wants that kind of responsibility. Everyone keeps waiting for her to do something amazing - or to fail in a spectacular way. Worse, her twin brother, Lan, a powerful double seventh son, is jealous of all the attention she's been getting. Even as Eff protests that she's just an ordinary girl, she's asked to travel past the Barrier Spell with one of the new professors at her father's school. The land west of the Barrier is full of dangers, both magical and wild. Eff will need to use all her strength - magical and otherwise - to come safely back home.
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times number-one best-selling author Patricia C. Wrede, the second in the series of magic on the western frontier.

Eff is riding west, away from the safety of the frontier city she's always known.... Eff could be a powerful magician if she wanted to. Except she's not sure she wants that kind of responsibility. Everyone keeps waiting for her to do something amazing - or to fail in a spectacular way. Worse, her twin brother, Lan, a powerful double seventh son, is jealous of all the attention she's been getting.

Even as Eff protests that she's just an ordinary girl, she's asked to travel past the Barrier Spell with one of the new professors at her father's school. The land west of the Barrier is full of dangers, both magical and wild. Eff will need to use all her strength - magical and otherwise - to come safely back home.

With wit, magic, and a touch of good pioneer sense, Patricia C. Wrede once again weaves a fantastic tale of the very wild west.

©2011 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    David A. Jones Carrollton, TX USA 06-20-14
    David A. Jones Carrollton, TX USA 06-20-14 Member Since 2013

    I LOVE HISTORY!!!

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    "Another excellent book by Patricia C. Wrede"
    Where does Across the Great Barrier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I truly enjoy Patricia's ability to create characters and situations that are easy to imagine and her writing style flows so nicely. I am looking forward to the last installment of this story line!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley E Orcutt 02-06-15
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    "Great read!!"

    loved this series, sorry to see it end :(. Loved the strength and depth of the characters and the story itself was just a good storry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam IN 01-27-15
    Adam IN 01-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good story"
    Where does Across the Great Barrier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    contiued from the first book, good stroy line. enjoyable light-hearted read


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    very animated reader. enjoyed listening


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    none

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "More magical western awesomeness."
    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda Ronconi's performance is stellar, as it was in the last book. She captures the character of Eff in a great way, and her performance of all the characters is exemplary.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I practically did, in fact.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the first book a bit better, I think, since it covered so much ground in such a short amount of time. This book slows things down a lot. That said, they are in the meat of the story now, so some may prefer the pacing of this book to the last one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela C. Southern CA 06-02-14
    Angela C. Southern CA 06-02-14
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    "Great, simply great!"
    What made the experience of listening to Across the Great Barrier the most enjoyable?

    Amanda Ronconi has the greatest voice. She reads at the perfect tempo, never sounds bored. She has a broad range of voices for different characters. I love listening to her. I never have to speed up or slow down the program to compensate for poor meter as I do in some other stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eff is the main character but I like Wash and Prof. Torgensen the best. They are both main characters who add spice to the story. Both are helping to shape Eff far more than her parents are.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It is just as great as the other ones. It might even be a bit better. She has to make a far greater range of accents in this one than in some of her other stories.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Here there be Dragons.


    Any additional comments?

    This story reminds me of the old maps where there is "Here there be Dragons" written in spots no one has explored in the past. In this story, there really are dragons, and a wide range of other magical beasts that cause problems for new settlers.

    There is vibrancy in this story that makes it really come to life, I imagine this story will become a cult type of book much like some of the other books have over the years. It is right up there with the Harry Potter series, the Nancy Drew books, the Little House books. Yes, it really is "that good". My only complaint is that I wish the books were longer and I wish there were more of them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erin - Audible Jersey City, NJ 07-30-13
    Erin - Audible Jersey City, NJ 07-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Nothing I love more than a well-rounded character and intense plot.

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    "Three cheers for Eff!"

    Three cheers for Eff! She is brave. Very brave.

    Again, these books are a little slow, much like the lumbering traveling over prairie lands in the frontier times, but I like it. It's nice to not feel so rushed during a book.

    Amanda Ronconi continues to be an excellent narrator.

    I'm looking forward to Book 3! I heard there's more William, and I missed him!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan Peabody, MA, USA 05-16-15
    Meghan Peabody, MA, USA 05-16-15
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    "Thrills, chills and adventure"

    This book took my daughters imagination and increased her curiosity magnified it. Making her make educated guesses what would happen next.

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    Katrina MUNDELEIN, IL, United States 03-25-15
    Katrina MUNDELEIN, IL, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sophomore slumo"
    What made the experience of listening to Across the Great Barrier the most enjoyable?

    My prior investment to the characters. The narrator was the same, and that was key.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The plot wasn't as good as the first book, but I'll read the next one.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest any Wrede works to any parent with a girl child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 10-29-14
    Barbara 10-29-14

    A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.

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    "An Early Western Adventure Story with Magic"
    If you could sum up Across the Great Barrier in three words, what would they be?

    adventure
    fantasy
    PG


    What other book might you compare Across the Great Barrier to and why?

    Lord of the Rings. Has a component of magic and adventure. Also has a tragedy in the story. This story is an alternate history with magical fantasy throughout.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The story is told by Eff which Amanda Roconi is able to do.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Fantasy on the Western Frontier.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry 08-07-14
    Sherry 08-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Frontier magic serious awesome"
    Would you listen to Across the Great Barrier again? Why?

    Loved all 3 books in this series. It never got boring, always wanted to hear more. Still want more after hearing all 3 books. Loved it. Give us more!


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What can I say; other than she makes it feel real. She is without a doubt my favorite narrator thus far. And I have listened to many. Thanks and keep them coming.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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