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Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede
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Mar 27, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from March 21 to 27, 2012

This is the sequel to The Thirteenth Child. It is the continuing adventures of Eff, as she joins academic exploration of the West beyond the Great Barrier that protects the East from beasts magical and natural found in the West. Added into the mix are the tension found in the Rationalist community that rejects magic, Lan's education back east, and a mysterious dig of extraordinarily detailed stone animals, not quite fossil but certainly not carved.

It was detailed and tedious. It read like Eff's journal of her life, which is fine if you are her child or grandchild and wonder what her life was like the year she was 18. Otherwise. . .it felt as aimless and random as life does at times. If I wanted to read that, I'd review my own journals. I expect more drama and direction in my escape reading.

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