Across the Great Barrier

Across the Great Barrier

Book - 2011
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In an alternate frontier America, Eff must travel beyond the Great Barrier and come to terms with her magic abilities--and those of her twin brother--to stop the newest threat encroaching on the settlers.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545033435
Branch Call Number: FICTION WREDE
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 14, 2016

I really enjoy Patricia Wrede's writing, particularly the strong female protagonist. The men are neither all love interests, nor all stupid or villains. Relationships develop organically with each person working to attain their own destiny. In some of the books, they end up falling in love, in others, they are colleagues. The main character here has always struggled with her magical abilities and thought she was "bad" at magic. The story hints that her magic is very powerful, but different from what is taught in her school. (I think of my own children who are very kinesthetic in learning style who struggle to sit through a regular school class.) I enjoy the juxtaposition of the "old west" with magic. The magical creatures that are still being discovered on the North American continent are well described.

Feb 21, 2014

Another great book in the series. This feels like perfect mixture of fantasy and alternate universe. It reminds me of a mix of Ursula Le Guin and Jasper Fforde.

Aug 05, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. One chapter just flowed into the next -- stayed up way too late reading it. Am definitely looking forward to the other books in the series.

Aug 26, 2012

This was a wonderful book! I am eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy!

Oct 25, 2011

The first book was interesting. This was less so, Im glad Im done w/it so I can move onto something I'll enjoy more! Just wasn't my thing for some reason. Sadly, there is room for a following book, I doubt I'll read it if there is another.

crystal_dark Oct 12, 2011

This was a great book with an intriguing plot and excellent details. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

Sep 05, 2011

Eff is the the thirteenth child born to her family. Folklore will tell you that she is cursed, doomed to bring bad luck to all around her. Her twin-brother Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son, which means he is more powerful and destined to do great things. Yet it was Eff who saved the settlements from the mirror bugs, so Eff is starting to think that maybe all that stuff about her been cursed is poppycock.

Lan has gone back East to study at a prestigious college and is pressuring Eff to follow him. Eff is not so sure about Lan's ideas. Instead she gets a job in the local college menagerie helping to care for the animals. But when an expedition is planned to document the impact of the mirror bugs beyond the Great Barrier, Eff gets assigned to help and finds herself involved in something far more shocking and dangerous than the mirror bugs.

A solid second book in her Frontier Magic series. I can not believe we have to wait two years for the next instalment.

norka2013 Aug 28, 2011

this book was not awesome. i read the first ten chapters (of 28) and i was so bored with it that i had to stop.


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Jun 19, 2013

You can’t force folks to have good sense, even if they’re family. Maybe especially then.

Jun 19, 2013

Everything that’s alive, and a lot of things that aren’t, has magic. Natural animals only have a tiny bit that doesn’t do them a lick of good, but they still have it. Even rocks and dirt have magic, most places

Jun 19, 2013

out here, it’s better safe than sorry, because generally speaking, too much of the time sorry means you’re dead.


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Nov 09, 2016

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