- Gebundene Ausgabe: 378 Seiten
- Verlag: Frontier Magic (Hardcover); Auflage: 1 (August 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0545033446
- ISBN-13: 978-0545033442
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 13 - 17 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,8 x 15,2 x 22,2 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 308.476 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Far West (Frontier Magic (Hardcover)) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – August 2012
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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."
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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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This is a great finish to Wrede's series about Eff that happens in a reimagined late 1800s US West. Eff has gradually progressed in her self-acceptance and magic throughout the series, and comes to a solid, healthy place in this book at last. She was in a good spot in the last book, but this one deals with the last traces of doubt and hurt she has nagging her. The magical theories Wrede spins in this book are fascinating...at least to me. I can see how some may not like all the details that it goes into, but if that's the case you probably bailed on the series a book or two ago. This book feels like it really has two or three separate parts. There's the first half about research on the medusa lizard and the Adept's visit. And then there's the expedition section which is a journey/adventure in which we get to meet all sorts of strange new magical creatures. And in between there's more on Eff's family and romantic life. It isn't super fast paced, but I really enjoyed the book. Patricia Wrede's imagination is a thing of wonder. There's enough opening in the conclusion that if she got inspired, Wrede could add on to the series in the future, but it is satisfactorily concluded that I'd be ok with her stopping here (though I really hope she gets inspired).
Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. (It is mentioned that as the expedition goes on some of the men start to make more advances, but it doesn't go into any kind of detail what that means.) There are some human-animal encounters that go a bit badly. Some injuries are described, mostly it is just mentioned that someone is burned or didn't make it. No gory details.
"The Far West" takes us on an ambitious expedition into unknown territory... and also has Eff, our narrator, really coming into her strengths.
Eff is a twin. She's also the 13th child of her parents- seen by some as inherently unlucky/evil- and the twin of a 7th son of a 7th son, tradiotionally extremely powerful in magic. In #1 she got over that, mostly... and in 2 and 3 she's figuring out her own strengths, which enable her to do things that no one else can handle. Part of this is that she is independently-minded, and learned early to take things people tell her with a certain amount of salt.
It is also true that while her brother is quite powerful- he is also lacking in common sense and responsibility; for many years she provided these for him, because he was the star and she was probably a curse- or so many in her extended family said.
I can see readers not warming up to her, though I found her wonderful. She tends to the laconic; is not exuberantly emotive; and is very practical and responsible. I liked these. And i liked that as she grew and came into her own, she started being increasingly able to resist the pressures- subtle and obvious- that others tried to impose; this is an excellent lesson for most people, especially girls.
The story arc did end here. I rather hope Wrede re-visits the "Frontier Magic" world at some point, though, because I'd love to read more set in it. It's one of the most original alternative worlds that I've read recently.
Very recommended- but do start with #1!
The characters develop nicely, building on what has happened in previous books and moving forward to their individual destinies, and we have the introduction of some new and interesting ones. The different types of magic are very well portrayed, as well as Eff's own exploration of her abilities and special viewpoint. Eff also has to make some very serious choices about her future. Lan, William, Wash, Professors Torgeson and Ochiba are very much present and facing serious decisions and situations. New crisis and new creatures abound. And the conclusion wraps up very neatly, settling some old questions while creating new possibilities. While the book nicely wraps up things for the various characters, there is definitely room for more exploration beyond the "Far West".
Patricia Wrede is a greatly talented writer and storyteller, which this book highlights.
Characterization and interaction are the basis of the book, and they are excellent.