- Hardcover: 344 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press (15 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780545033428
- ISBN-13: 978-0545033428
- ASIN: 054503342X
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,968,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 15 Apr 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Specifically, Patricia C Wrede's latest book is a unique fantasy set in an alternate world where dragons, mammoths and stray patches of magic stream across the United States (here called "Columbia"). While Wrede doesn't fully flesh out her cast or her alternate history, "Thirteenth Child" is a solid little merge of wagons-and-cabins frontier stories and exceptional magic.
Lan was born a seventh son of a seventh son, a natural for magic. But his sister Eff was born a thirteenth child, which popular superstition says will inevitably be evil and bring bad luck -- and her relatives take every chance to torment her about it.
Fortunately their parents decide to move all the children still living with them out west, to a small university. Over the years, Eff has problems other than her status as a "thirteenth" -- the Rationalists, who avoid all magic; the steam dragons that fly overhead; and some nasty encounters with fellow students. And Eff starts learning from the kindly Miss Ochiba, who introduces her to Aphrikan and Hijero-Cathayan magic.
But Eff's family is thrown into chaos when one of her sisters causes a massive scandal. And when a strange plague of grubs and insects (which once destroyed an entire settler town) threaten to destroy all the settlements in the west, Eff accompanies a research team to the Rationalist town. But not only are the insects all over the place, they seem to be impossible to eradicate with magic. Can a thirteenth child hope to save the settlements?Read more ›
Her twin, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son, or a double-seven, and is supposed to have great magical talent, in a good way, and luck that makes everyone in awe of him.
This story tells of their growing up, from Eff's point of view, and the challenges they face.
This story started off really well. I loved reading about Eff, Lan, and their magic. I liked reading about how they grew up and how much magic was involved in their lives. But then towards the end it started talking about these bugs that sucked up the magic, and that was the whole plot of the story at the end.
It kind of turned me off to the story, but overall it was well-written and something different in the YA fantasy world.
Reviewed by: Andrea
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Genuinely enjoyable - good characters with distinctive voices and personalities. The setting and story line work well. Definitely worth reading, as are the others in the series.Published 22 months ago by Sammy
Brilliant and engrossing coming of age story. And the inclusion of land grant colleges made this fellow Carleton grad smile. :)Published 23 months ago by Jennie
I enjoyed this so much and hope that it turns into a series- I really want to know how the sister who marries a non-magic user will cope- and how her children will cope with the... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2011 by Loki