The Far West

The Far West

eBook - 2012
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When the unlucky magical twin Eff joins an expedition to map the Far West, she endures a long prairie winter and encounters with previously unknown creatures before realizing the importance of ending a magical flood.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545512695
0545512697
Branch Call Number: EBOOK J OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (378 pages)

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geolatin
Jun 23, 2016

This was the best book of the 3 in this series and a very satisfactory ending to the story. I really like these characters and would be interested in reading of their further adventures, if Ms. Wrede were to write them.

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ShamaBole
Jan 25, 2014

Unfortunately boring, pedestrian and predictable

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tocch101
Jan 08, 2014

As per usual, Patrcia Wrede has written an enchanting story about coming of age and following your own path. One of the most enjoyable books I've read lately.

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Dec 09, 2012

I agree. Patricia Wrede is an awesome writer. I really liked how this book is in the course of years, both mundane (or as mundane as Eff's life can be) or not for the main character. The whole expedition itself was very, very entertaining and it was all writen expertly. I think that, yeah, it is a great ending for this trilogy. I loved the world and the great idea of the west, unexplored; dangerous; and impossible to forget. Eff's marrage was slightly sudden if you did not read the first books, and I think that could have been slightly better, but all in all this book made me feel like I was there and all the feelings Eff felt towards things also made her an interesting person with a point of view.

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Quondame
Oct 15, 2012

Though not quite so engrossing as the first two, it is an interesting conclusion, with a steady build up.

crystal_dark Aug 28, 2012

I loved this book! This book was a great ending to the Frontier Magic Trilogy. The book had a great plot line that grabbed my attention and kept me intrigued throughout the book. I also loved watching all the interactions between all the characters as well as seeing how everything turns out.

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geolatin
Jun 17, 2016

It was right to think about what everyone else would think and how they'd feel about my decision, but it wasn't right for me to let that change my mind. Page 162

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geolatin
Jun 17, 2016

It's a hard thing to walk away from what you know, even when you're positive you're heading for something better.

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andreareads
Jul 03, 2013

I felt the warm, sleepy magic in the ground, dusted with a spring urgency where sap was moving in the roots of the grasses and in the seeds that were just sprouting. There were a few short, bright prickles like a scattering of sparks from a fire, and I knew that if I bent to look for them I would find the tiny, pointed shoots of yarrow or pasqueflower just breaking through the earth under the dry, flattened remains of last year’s grass. The air sparkled with our travel protection spells;

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andreareads
Jul 03, 2013

I believe you like the idea of me and of being married more than you like the actual me.

crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

“Sometimes I couldn't help thinking that the unluckiest thing about being the thirteenth child was having all those older brothers and sisters telling me what to do.”
― The Far West, Pg. 30

crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

“It took us most of the morning to put together the letter she sent to the Frontier Management Department, and I learned a lot about how to be frigidly polite and still leave somebody feeling like they'd been spanked.”
― Patricia C. Wrede, The Far West

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crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

Frontier Magic #3: Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows. When the government forms an expedition to map the Far West, Eff has the opportunity to travel farther than anyone in the world. With Lan, William, Professor Torgeson, Wash, and Professor Ochiba, Eff finds that nothing on the wild frontier is as they expected. There are strange findings in their research, a long prarie winter spent in too-close quarters, and more new species, magical and otherwise, dangerous and benign, than they ever expected to find. And then spring comes, and the explorers realize how tenuous life near the Great Barrier Spell may be if they don't find a way to stop a magical flood in a hurry. Eff's unique way of viewing magic has saved the settlers time and again, but this time all of Columbia is at stake if she should fail. (From Goodreads)

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