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Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede
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Jan 07, 12

bookshelves: sf-fantasy
Read in January, 2012

Sequel to 13th CHILD sends Eff across the river into magical territory several times for adventures, scientific research and to learn more about how her individual blend of magical abilities works. The plot sort of ambles, but Wrede has such a fluent storytelling style that I was drawn along and never felt impatient for things to get going. Unfortunately, she didn't spend enough (or any, so far as I can tell) time thinking about how to link a chance discovery involving some peculiar rocks with a later expedition to another part of the country that JUST HAPPENS to explain how those rocks were formed--so the whole book comes across as a set of discrete episodes rather than one integrated whole. Good enough, though, to entertain and to look forward to future volumes.
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