Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede

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Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede

I enjoyed the dynamics of the large, extended family portrayed inPatricia Wrede’s story, Thirteenth Child by . Wrede did a great job of allowing the characters to grow within the story. More than the protagonist changed because of their individual challenges, therefore, allowing unexpected reactions by characters.

Patricia Wrede’s Heroine

Wrede takes us to an alternate Earth where magicians use magic to protect pioneer homesteads and frontier towns from mammoths, saber tooth tigers, steam dragons and magical mirror bugs.  Threats loom large, but their society finds ways of managing them, until, of course, they cann’t.

Eff is a wonderful female lead. Her twin, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. With this position, he is given great prestige. Eff is the thirteenth child born to a family of fourteen. She is bad luck. While her magical powers are strong, they’ve been uncontrollable and she is discouraged from using them. 

Patricia Wrede’s Frontier Magic series

Thirteenth Child is the first in the series, where Eff ventures into frontier America to help her people. Although this is the first book, it stands on its own well.

As a fun reference Ask History covers “What’s so unlucky about the number thirteen?” on their web site.

My Rating four-stars

Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. WredeThirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1) by Patricia C. Wrede
Series: Frontier Magic #1
Published by Scholastic on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 344
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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.