Across the Great Barrier (Frontier Magic Series #2)

Across the Great Barrier (Frontier Magic Series #2)

by Patricia C. Wrede

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From New York Times #1 bestselling 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545033466
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Series: Frontier Magic Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 286,586
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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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Across the Great Barrier 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Continuing on with the story from the thirteenth child hope a third book comes out soon!
Lizzie27 More than 1 year ago
I love this book and it's prequel the Thirteenth Child. I love the way the author incorporated magic into American history. I'd recommend this book series to anyone who loves fantasy.
Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
This was a great book with an intriguing plot and excellent details. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous 11 months ago
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kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story continues Thirteenth Child and follows it closely in time. Lan is away at a magical college back East and Eff is finishing Upper School and thinking about her future. She decides that she wants to continue working with Professor Jeffries and the menagerie at the Northern Plains College. Her real goal is to explore the land beyond the Great Barrier Spell. She also gets a chance to meet Professor Torgeson from Vinland and work with her. When an expedition is arranged to go out and collect samples from the lands beyond the Great Barrier, Eff is able to go along as Professor Torgeson's assistant. She becomes even more fascinated with the plants and animals in the unexplored West. Guiding the expedition is Wash Morris who is a circuit riding magician and a student of Aphrikan magic. Eff has known him since she was a student. She has been studying Aphrikan magic since she was in fourth grade. Her knowledge of Aphrikan magic was what helped her develop a way to stop the mirror bugs before they did even more damage to the settlements in Thirteenth Child. Eff isn't very good at Avrupan magic unless she is combining it with Aphrikan. In fact her spells have a tendency to fizzle out or explode!While they are on their expedition, they are asked to find out why a creek has stopped flowing near one of the settlements. They discover that an landslide has blocked the creek. Wash does a complicated bit of Aphrikan magic to get the creek flowing again and Professor Torgeson and Eff discover some strange rocks. They look like fossilized animals. When they bring some of them back to the college to study the find creates a frenzy. Everyone has a theory about what they are and everyone wants a sample.A new expedition to collect more of the strange rocks is being organized and Eff is ready to go when the family receives word that Lan has been in a terrible magical accident. Eff, along with her father and mother, travel for 2 and 1/2 days on the train to get to Lan. The rest of the family gathers too. The doctors and doctor magicians aren't able to help him. Eff quietly looks at him with her Aphrikan magic and unkinks his magic. Eff doesn't mention her role in Lan's recovery. Lan does recover but is feeling guilty that his teacher died and other students were injured. He is determined to give up the study of magic and come back home to Mill City.They arrive back in time to join the rock gathering expedition and discover that it is some sort of unknown magical creature that is turning animals into stone. Lan and Eff have to work together and use all their strengths when the newly named Medusa Lizard threatens the expedition and the settlements.This was another great episode in the Frontier Magic series. Eff is growing to know who she is and what she wants out of life and so is Lan. The world Wrede builds is a fascinating one with lots of wonderful new creatures. I only wish that William would have made an appearance in this story beyond being someone with whom Eff exchanges letters. Maybe we'll get a chance to catch up with what he is learning a Triskelion University in the final book of this trilogy - The Far West.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eff Rothmer is all grown up now, and working in the menagerie at North Plains College. She jumps at the chance to accompany a new professor on a scientific expedition in the settled territories across the Mammoth River, investigating how plants are recovering from the grub infestation.Eff is coming into her own here, with new confidence in her abilities and a growing sense of her place in the world. There is much less about her family. Like the first book, this is fairly low-key; except in the last few chapters, there is little action, but plenty of interest for those who don't require pulse-pounding plotting.
omnia_mutantur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Holy crap. This is an awesome book.Patricia Wrede's always been one of my favorites and this is no exception.Wild West, with magic, sort of. A plucky heroine, an awesome bestiary and some wicked clever historical references. (President John Sergeant, which I had to look up).
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's hard to pick a genre for this one - it's fantasy, it's a Western, and it's alternate history. In this book, Lewis and Clark died mysteriously, probably killed by woolly mammoths or a steam dragon. The Civil War took place 30 years earlier, without Abraham Lincoln. And magic is common and studied in universities.Which brings us to the setting in this book, the second in the Frontier Magic series. Eff Rothmer lives near the Great Barrier, where her father is a teacher at a university designed to help the settlers who are farming the Great Plains. The Great Barrier is a giant spell, put in place years ago and tied to the Mammoth (Mississippi) River. It keeps magical wildlife out of the settled country.Eff has powerful magic of her own, but it's unreliable. She can't seem to learn things the way her twin does. Her magic works differently. And in this book, she gets a chance to try it out, because she's done with school and ready to start her career as a naturalist. She signs up with an expedition to chart wildlife across the Great Barrier. It's fascinating and dangerous, and it makes for fun reading. Highly recommended, but start with the first one, The Thirteenth Child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thorugholy enjoyed it!
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The book is truly remarkable with its vivid language and excellent character development. I found it difficult to put the book down and there was never a dull or boring moment. Fans of this trilogy are sure to fall in love with Eff all over again as she struggles and grows in this unforgettable coming-of-age story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEWARE!!! This is a book that will take your breath away! Aweasome book! Five stars!
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