Thirteenth Child : Frontier Magic

  • by Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
  • Series: Frontier Magic
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times best-selling 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.

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Origional, interesting & unexpected

If you could sum up Thirteenth Child in three words, what would they be?

Magical Alternate America


What was one of the most memorable moments of Thirteenth Child?

They were all pretty memorable, the main characters magical development, the alternate world & the alternate world's creatures were what had me hooked & that obviously was the whole book :)


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Totally, Imhad to stop because I was so exhausted I was feeling sick & it turns out I was seconds away from the end of the book. I basically listened to the whole thing in one day


Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of alternate histories or of steampunk or even Urban Fantasy I'm pretty sure you are going to like this. Setting it on the frontier means rhat it isn't really any of those genres but it feels like all of them & is amazingly well done. I wouldn't be surprised if this book inspires a whole genre of magic on the frontier alternate history book.

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- susan

A great adventure

What did you like most about Thirteenth Child?

I had completely forgotten about this series, Patricia C. Wrede was one of my favourite authors as a teenager and it was great to be immersed in a new series of hers [though it's a few years before I got to listen to it]


What was one of the most memorable moments of Thirteenth Child?

Eff finding a place she could become herself and not the Thirteenth Child, seeing her character develop over this book.


Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Completely didn't realise that I have listened to other audible titles from Amanda, a good narrator and picks up the frontier dialect with ease.


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- Kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios