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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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    Angela C. Southern CA 06-02-14
    Angela C. Southern CA 06-02-14 Member Since 2015
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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 3 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 2 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 1 people found this review helpful
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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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey Lamoine, ME, United States 07-09-13
    Kelsey Lamoine, ME, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2011

    A nocturnal artist listening long into the lonely night in a South Boston warehouse.

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    "Here there be excellent magical creatures!"

    If you love magical creatures, this is the book for you!
    This fantasy novel has a refreshing, new setting that artfully melds familiar American frontier history with how it might have been different if magic had been a part of it. The narrator, a young woman growing up and finding her place on the magical frontier, is earthy, believable, and satisfying for the heard-that-read-that jaded fantasy listener. She isn't a heroine on the rails to fame; she doesn't get bogged down by romance, and she discovers the answers to the problems she encounters on pace with the listener. You won't be mentally screaming, "Agh the solution is so obvious! When will the author let the characters figure this out and move along?" while listening to this tale.
    The author put thorough and logical thought into her world and its many original fantastical creatures, seamlessly blending the ordinary and the magical. Wrede weaves a story arch that seems to be following the theme of how the entry of humans into any system creates far-reaching consequences without beating the listener over the head with it or detracting from the interest and flow of the plot.
    My only complaint would be that it's too short! I kept finding more chores to do so that I could keep on listening, and downloaded this sequel right after finishing the first installment of the series. I'm excitedly waiting for my next credit to download the third book.

    2 of 3 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.

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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

    0 of 0 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.

    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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