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Twelve Fair Kingdoms (Ozark Trilogy #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The answer to a Challenge
is a Quest,
and if you want to stop Mischief
then Magic is best!
Paperback, 195 pages
Published March 1st 1983 by Berkley (first published 1981)
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Nov 14, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ozarkers, girls named Responsible
Suzette Haden Elgin's Ozark Trilogy is a strange beast of the kind published back in the cheap paperback era of the 80s, but which is far too odd and niche to be published today. It's a straightforward cross of science fiction and fantasy with both elements handwaved all to hell and gone by an author who's far more interested in worldbuilding and storytelling than worrying about whether anything makes sense.

The Planet Ozark was settled a thousand years ago by folks from the Ozarks who were so di
Oct 30, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chris by: Goodreads - that recommend page works
The world building in this book is awesome. Responsible of Brightwater must go on a quest. She must be careful of Grannies. She must be careful of her magic. She must be careful of flying mules because they lack powder rooms.

While the plot could use a tend more development, this is a very, very, clever fantasy and modern fairy tale. It is rather a very magical book.
Sep 21, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens and adults
Twelve Fair Kingdoms begins the Ozark Trilogy, a space/fantasy set in a universe where 12 Ozark families left earth to establish for themselves a righteous society based on individualism, respect for privacy, and magic. There's Common Sense magic, Granny magic, Hifalutin magic, and Formalisms & Transformations, with each being performed by a class set up within society. Ozark society is highly paternalistic, yet with a delightful subversive twist to it.

The book is told in first person, and R
Timothy Boyd
An OK fantasy/SiFi series. Recommended
Jun 29, 2011 Holdouttrout rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into this book, but I fell in love with Responsible and her practical response to her adventures and to the Grannys she met along her way. I liked that she was a flawed character, but that she was also smart and willing to accept the consequences of the mistakes she made. Plus, the worldbuilding is unique, funny, and fascinating.
Sep 16, 2007 Kimba rated it really liked it
I remembered reading the book in my youth and wanted to see how it held up. Pretty darn well!

It involves a group of 12 families that have left old earth (in about 2012) because they are disgusted with what has become of humanity and what is has wrought on the Earth -- pollution, chemicals and poison in the soil, gmo's, the works (keep in mind this was written in the late '70's/early 80's). They take to the skies and find a new home (far from other humans). Love it!

Oh, did I mention they are all
May 22, 2016 Janet rated it liked it
An odd reading experience - the world building was good, lots of originality and interesting settings. But the plot had me puzzled. I never could figure out why Responsible went on her quest, what her actual role was, (some kind of leader) and how she got so good at magic when women aren't supposed to.
Arlene Allen
Jun 16, 2010 Arlene Allen rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
i don't remember much about this book but it's unique setting - the Ozarks as a mystical kingdom. To this day, this is different and original.
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Suzette Haden Elgin was an American science fiction author. She founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and is considered an important figure in the field of science fiction constructed languages. Elgin was also a linguist; she published non-fiction, of which the best-known is the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense series.

Born in 1936 in Missouri, Elgin attended the University of California
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