Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede

Title: The Thirteenth Child
Author: Patricia C. Wrede
Pages: 320
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: 3.5/5

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.
(From Amazon, the one from the book is a little too descriptive... spolier much?)


I liked this book, but you're probably wondering - then why such a low rating? For one reason, and one reason only. The aging, the book went from them being four to eighteen in one book. That's something I do not like. But the plot, writing, characters, and not to mention the subject were amazing. I loved reading about magic and the Old Western times. I can't stop to wonder if they'll be another book, if so, I can't wait(: I liked how Eff (short for Fransis) proved to everyone that she isn't as bad as everyone thinks she is, just because she's the thirteenth child. I loved how there was a supposed "bad" twin then a "good" twin. I liked the concept. But overall, I reccomend this book, it's great!

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