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#1 NYT bestselling 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.


With wit and wonder, #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion in an amazing new trilogy about the use of magic in the Wild West.

About 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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Crystal_Dark, August 6, 2013 (view all comments by Crystal_Dark)
This was a really fun book and looks like a great series. Patricia C. Wrede is a wonderful author who is really good at giving descriptions and helping the reader get into the minds of her characters. I look forward to seeing what happens next.
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Sarah MacQueen, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by Sarah MacQueen)
In an alternate, but very recognizable, frontier America, Eff is born the unlucky 13th child in her family. At least, she's unlucky according to Avrupan (European) magic. When her family moves out to the true western frontier, she learns about Aphrikan and Hijero-Cathayan (African and Eastern) magic, where 13 isn't unlucky at all.
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emmejo, June 7, 2011 (view all comments by emmejo)
Eff is a thirteenth child, which according to superstition means she is bad luck and inclined towards evil. Her twin brother on the other hand, is the seventh son of a seventh son and will supposedly be talented at magic. Both children have heavy expectations hanging over their head from birth, but Eff's is much more unpleasant. As a small child she is constantly faced with people's fear of her, so when her family announces that they are moving to the frontier so her father can work in a small, rural collage, Eff finds it hard to be sad. It's a chance for a new beginning, one where no one needs to know about the doom hanging over her. But keeping it a secret might be harder than she expected, particularly as her magical abilities grow and won't do what other children's do.

This story is quite introspective at times and deals with a lot of complicated issues of society's expectations, which I found interesting and rare in a children's book. It has a slower pace than most children's fantasy and is character-based rather than plot-based. The writing is rather simplified for ease of reading by its young audience, but typically doesn't feel condescending.

One interesting thing that I know a lot of reviewers have commented on is the odd nonexistence of the Native Americans in this book. Perhaps this was done on purpose, maybe to make this alternate American frontier seem more inhospitable, but if so I think the author should have addressed it briefly. A simple line where one of the children ask why no people have lived out here would suffice. As it is, it seems more that the author forgot about these people.

This book is a little bit like Little House on the Prairie with magic, and I certainly found it an interesting read despite being older than its intended audience.
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Wrede, Patricia C
Scholastic Paperbacks
Wrede, Patricia C.
Fantasy & Magic
Historical - United States - General
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
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Mass Market Paperbound
Frontier Magic
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8 x 5.25 in
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