#1 New York Times best-selling author Pat Wrede returns to Scholastic with an amazing new trilogy about the use of magic in the wild, wild west.
Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.
With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
©2009 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Eff struggles to find her place while seeking to limit the damage she might cause, what with being the thirteenth child born to her family and the older twin to her brother Lan, a seventh son of a seventh son. Everyone knows, after all, that Double Sevens are both lucky and powerful natural magicians, while thirteenth children are bad luck to have around and certain to go bad. But in trying to control the curse she fears lies on her, is Eff likely to destroy her own considerable magic power?
Far from the prejudice shown by her father's family back east, Eff finds Mill City on the Mammoth River to offer far more acceptance than she'd known as a small child. And as she grows she becomes increasingly fascinated by the lands west of the Great Divide where a powerful magic boundary runs along the river, keeping creatures such as mammoths and wooly rhinos, sphinxes and ice dragons west of the mixed spells set up to protect the settled lands. In this alternate United States, after all, magic is a real source of power; and it is both respected and necessary for those who wish to settle in the plains west of the river. Or, is it as necessary as is commonly believed?
Patricia Wrede has written a fascinating first volume in what promises to be an entertaining and thought-provoking series of a girl growing up on the leading edge of a growing nation in which magic is a common feature of life. Perhaps inspired equally by Laura Ingals Wilder, J.K. Rowling, and Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series. Narration is good, but could be better, I think.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I'm sort of damning with faint praise. This was a perfectly pleasant read. It's a child's viewpoint, and it never really transcends that in a way that grabbed me. Nice premise. I'd like to see the next in the series just to see if a more adult character would have more substance.
There was a lot to like about this book. I enjoyed the folksy language, the unusual animals, and the alternate historical timeline that is referenced throughout the book.
I would recommend this book. I read a review that said it was like Harry Potter and Little House on the Prairie. I would agree with that. It is an interesting story about a young girl growing up in a magical society on the frontier.
My favorite scene may have been when Eff finally stood up to her awful Uncle.
Look out Laura Ingalls, there's a new girl on the frontier.
The characters were flat and this felt more like a first draft outline than a finalized story. About 10 more drafts would have made this a good story. Really very little happened to the characters that made me root for them.
Nope... but I won't be listening to anything by this author.
Narrator was ok, but not one of the better speakers. Her attempt at character voices were half-hearted at best.
The concept of a 13th born child witch was a great idea and could have really been a great story. It was the reason I bought the book
I really tried with this story. I plowed through it thinking that the story telling had to get better. the trails of a child must get deeper as she grew up... but by the end of the book I felt like I was cheated out of 10 hours of my life.
So many missed story opportunities were glossed over and the major trials that would shape a young girl were, again, glossed over. The writing and story telling were the weakest I have heard. Something you would expect from freshman English... not something that Audible would have in their collection.
Have you heard of the 7th son of the 7th son? What about the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter? What about the 13th child? Is this child doomed to be evil? This is the story of the 13th child.
This is a wonderful story and I enjoyed it very much, and I hope that you will too.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I enjoy Amanda Ronconi's performance. She does an excellent job with her characters. The characters are very interesting. Overall, I enjoyed the story. I wish the author had put in a little more about her alternate world. She should have made it more dis similar or given a little more background. The little information she gives is scattered throughout. That makes it difficult to picture the world she has created. This alternate world is set on North America that is occupied by woolly mammoths, saber cats, dragons and other plants and animals. Some are magical, some are not. I did not hear anywhere if there was a native human population on north or south continents. The country is refered to as Columbia. I could not figure out if this was because of the country or Columbus. Settlers showed up, killed off anything considered dangerous and then begin reshaping the country as they think fit. Conflict is listed among 3 different schools of magic. But nothing is really clarified about why there is conflict. I hope any sequels fill in some information gaps.
If you like westerns and fantasy this is a great series.
Told from a point of view so like Tell Sackett, I was hooked.
Magic is a fact of life and some people and animals can use it.
Not a Dungeons & Dragons style story.
Only 3 books in the series, well worth every cent or credit.
Between work and school I don't have much time to read but I love my audible book on my 1 hr commute everyday. I love Audible!!
I read a review for this book that said it was like Little House on the Prairie meets Harry Potter and I agree. I loved the book right from the start! I wish there were more books in this series.
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I truly appreciate this writer but sometimes the store got a little to slow. Hope to hear more in the future.
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