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.
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It was a good follow-up to Thirteenth Child. It's not quite top of the pile, because I've listened to some of my top favourite authors' books, but it was a solid book.
That's the thing about this series... it isn't about big memorable moments. It's about characters and relationships and growing into talent.
At first (in the first book) I found her accent disconcerting, but when I got attuned to it I got to like it. She pitched the voices and accents beautifully.
No, but it kept me happily entertained. By the way I do NOT want to cry over books. I want to be entertained.
I think I liked this one more than Book 1, possibly because Eff was older and a bit less obsessed with being a 13th child.
"Another excellent book by Patricia C. Wrede"
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!
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.
contiued from the first book, good stroy line. enjoyable light-hearted read
very animated reader. enjoyed listening
"More magical western awesomeness."
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.
Absolutely. I practically did, in fact.
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.
"Great, simply great!"
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.
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.
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.
Here there be Dragons.
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.
"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!
"This is a lesser copy of the first book."
The plot is similar to the first book. There are some interesting moments, but overall it's a little tedious at times.
"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.
My prior investment to the characters. The narrator was the same, and that was key.
The plot wasn't as good as the first book, but I'll read the next one.
I would suggest any Wrede works to any parent with a girl child.
"An Early Western Adventure Story with Magic"
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.
The story is told by Eff which Amanda Roconi is able to do.
Fantasy on the Western Frontier.
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