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The Far West (Frontier Magic Series #3)
     

The Far West (Frontier Magic Series #3)

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by Patricia C. Wrede
 

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede, the fantastic conclusion to her tale of magic on the western frontier. Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows.

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede, the fantastic conclusion to her tale of magic on the western frontier. Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows. When the government forms an expedition to map the Far West, Eff has the opportunity to travel farther than anyone in the world. With Lan, William, Professor Torgeson, Wash, and Professor Ochiba, Eff finds that nothing on the wild frontier is as they expected. There are strange findings in their research, a long prarie winter spent in too-close quarters, and more new species, magical and otherwise, dangerous and benign, than they ever expected to find. And then spring comes, and the explorers realize how tenuous life near the Great Barrier Spell may be if they don't find a way to stop a magical flood in a hurry. Eff's unique way of viewing magic has saved the settlers time and again, but this time all of Columbia is at stake if she should fail.

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Praise for Thirteenth Child:

“I plunged in and couldn't put it down until I finished. It's a fascinating adventure in an America where an 'unlucky' thirteenth child finds her own magic on a frontier where the dragons and the mammoths play.” – Tamora Pierce

[star] “Effortless…The culminating adventure of this volume ties up Eff's coming-of-age with a frontier-style bow while leaving her poised for more adventures–many more, readers will hope.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Fantasy readers looking for a great new series to get wrapped up into will appreciate and enjoy Wrede's cast of characters and all the implications magic holds with them.”
– www.teenreads.com

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—In this third instalment in the series, Eff, who is working with Professor Torgeson and trying to keep the frontier safe from the mortally dangerous medusa lizards, is chosen to go on an expedition to the far West. This carries significant danger not only because of the medusa lizards, which, of course, turn living creatures to stone, but also because of other magical creatures as well. During this trip, Eff develops as a magician and learns to control her magic in new ways. With the same attention to character and setting as the previous entries, the pace in this alternate history/fantasy is measured and deliberate. A slight touch of romance between Eff and a couple of suitors leavens the narrative. There is an interesting mix of 19th-century formality with a relative equality for women, which makes Eff more of a contemporary character, notwithstanding her sense of decorum around men. Despite the numerous historical references-to Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War-which place the story firmly in the 1800s, Wrede sticks with her curious choice of a frontier empty of indigenous human inhabitants, even south of the U.S. border. Quite apart from any other concerns, this results in a strange flatness in the picture she paints of the frontier, and the emptiness of the land echoes back into the story. Nonetheless, fans of the series will enjoy this novel.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545512695
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Frontier Magic Series , #3
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
119,885
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Patricia C. Wrede is the universally acclaimed author of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles series, including Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons, as well as other novels, including Mairelon the Magician, The Magician's Ward, and, with Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery and Cecelia, The Grand Tour, and The Mislaid Magician. She lives in Minnesota.

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The Far West 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I keep reading this turbulent trilology. The history of it is so perfect for this. I also loved the fact that its not just save the day, miss.eff is also a growing lady and has romance issues. The best of all worlds.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This trilogy is one of my favorite new reads of 2012. Patricia Wrede's worlduilding skills have clearly reached a new height. The setting is vivid and compelling. It is also refreshing to read a deeply developed character in a fantasy setting where the main thrust of the plot is not Saving The World. It is of vital importance to the protagonist and captured my attention instantly, but it's no epic. In conclusion, will read many more times. Highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters can be one-dimensional, yetvthatbdoes not interfere with the enjoyabilty (of this book or the other two). Very good for a light read. Don't expect too much depth & you should be entertained.
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Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! This book was a great ending to the Frontier Magic Trilogy. The book had a great plot line that grabbed my attention and kept me intrigued throughout the book. I also loved watching all the interactions between al