#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.
This book had no plot. It was like someone narrating a girl's diary. She's self-pitying, with little to no growth. This story had so much potential, but fell flat. I kept listening & checking which chapter I was on thinking that the story just HAD to pick up at some point. Blah. I will not be listening to the rest of the series. Narrator was ok. Her attempt at doing character voices was just that - an attempt. Most all of the male adults had the same voice, and none of the voices were being done consistently.
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
I have listened to all the books in this series and they are great!!! Amanda Ronconi is stellar!!!
Every book is the series is worth the credit! I would recommend listening in order.
This is a story of a pioneer girl (Ef) in a fictional country similar to America but with magic. Magical creatures and pioneers that learn and use magic.
Ef is a strong girl and I really liked her. This is a YA series that is a great adult listen!
Let me start by saying I was never a big fan of the show Little House on the Prairie and this book definitely follows a storyline like the show I love Amanda Ronconi and bought because of her and she did a good job with the reading. It's the story, or lack thereof, as there it has no substance, or interesting characters. After forcing myself to try and get through it for days I finally stopped and deleted from my library.
The world that Patricia Wrede creates is fascinating. I love the revisionist history and the exciting circumstances. I love the character of Eff's struggle to find her own positive identity despite being told from a young age that she's destined to be evil. I was deeply invested in her journey.
Amanda Ronconi really captured the spirit of Eff. Her delivery really helped me get invested in the character. In addition, she does a GREAT job of voicing all of the different characters.
I haven't read the print version of this book, but I do get the impression that I missed some of the background information as a result. A lot of this universe deals with alternate history, and I feel like actually reading it would have allowed me to pick up on some of it a little more easily. For example, I didn't realize that the country is called the United States of Columbia until towards the end of the book, despite the fact that it was mentioned several times before then. I feel like there were a lot of examples where this happened. I'll still be listening to the audiobooks, however, since I really like Amanda Ronconi's performance.
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It is above average for fictional works.
I liked how the author told a classic western story and added the component of magic.
Eff, the thirteenth child. This book is Eff's story.
I found the book amusing. The author also used names in this fiction that are found in American History, but not always used in the "historical" manner.
This book is an alternate history. Is a cross between Lord of the Rings and classic western story;
Interesting characters, creative blend of existing and imaginary.
The main character and the many different kinds of magic. Who knew?
She has the ability to give each character their own voice. Easy to listen to and understand who is speaking.
Nope. But I ended up buy and listening to all 3 stories one after the other.
If Ms. Wrede does not make this a longer series, I will be seriously annoyed with her.
The narration was so awful on this book that I could not finish the book, so I do not know if I would read ( listen ) to another of her books. The premise sounded so interesting that I was seduced into buying the book. I tried three times to listen to it but the voice used for the little sister was so nasal that I finally gave up.
The narration, I just couldn't get passed it.
Very unpleasant,nasal,high pitched voice used for the sister who was the first person narrator of the story.
I was really sorry that I had spent my money for this book, when. I could have been listening to something I would have enjoyed.
Too bad I didn't listen to this before I purchased it.
This book sounded from the synopsis and the rave reviews like it was going to be so great, but partway through, I caught myself continuously checking the 'time remaining', first to see if I could figure out if/when actual plot might happen and eventually to see how much longer I was going to have to suffer. Basically, the book drags on and on without any change whatsoever to any of the characters (main or otherwise) or any important plot.
I suppose it's trying to be a coming-of-age story about Eff, but as a character she doesn't grow at all. From the start of the novel (where she's the world's most precocious five year old...I mean really, has the author met many five year olds??) to the end (Eff is 18 then), neither her inner dialogue or her actions nor her interactions with others change in any way shape or form. Sure it's sort of about her getting over being a 13th child, but since she's the only one who gives a hoot about that fact after the first few chapters, it's hard to see it as a major influence in her life. Maybe if the bullying and whatnot had continued when they moved west, I could see it more, but it's mostly abandoned through the book.
My other major problem with the book was the author's cavalier attitude towards background. There were a lot of weird historical changes that were completely unnecessary to the plot (like changing it from North America to North Columbia) and weren't explained in terms of including magic into history. Whenever I see this sort of thing in books, it just makes me think that the author was too lazy to do proper research and so just changed a few things in order to claim that any rational historical criticism can't apply. Frankly, I hadn't reviewed the plot summary before I started the book and for the first few chapters I had no idea if it was taking place in 1800 or 1950.
This author does not understand that repetition does get old. Wow
The performance & story was ok it was just her repeating and only caring about her being the 13th child that sucked big time.
After the first 4 times I would stop talking about her 13th child crap unless the story actually changed a bit from it.
This book had so many things going for it but somehow just didn't connect. I found the main characters rather annoying. The world created was quite interesting...the creatures were fascinating, but the people were just oblivious. The book didn't work for me.
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