The Far WestBook - 2012
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It was right to think about what everyone else would think and how they'd feel about my decision, but it wasn't right for me to let that change my mind. Page 162
It's a hard thing to walk away from what you know, even when you're positive you're heading for something better.
I felt the warm, sleepy magic in the ground, dusted with a spring urgency where sap was moving in the roots of the grasses and in the seeds that were just sprouting. There were a few short, bright prickles like a scattering of sparks from a fire, and I knew that if I bent to look for them I would find the tiny, pointed shoots of yarrow or pasqueflower just breaking through the earth under the dry, flattened remains of last year’s grass. The air sparkled with our travel protection spells;
I believe you like the idea of me and of being married more than you like the actual me.
“Sometimes I couldn't help thinking that the unluckiest thing about being the thirteenth child was having all those older brothers and sisters telling me what to do.”
― The Far West, Pg. 30
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Frontier Magic #3: Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows. When the government forms an expedition to map the Far West, Eff has the opportunity to travel farther than anyone in the world. With Lan, William, Professor Torgeson, Wash, and Professor Ochiba, Eff finds that nothing on the wild frontier is as they expected. There are strange findings in their research, a long prarie winter spent in too-close quarters, and more new species, magical and otherwise, dangerous and benign, than they ever expected to find. And then spring comes, and the explorers realize how tenuous life near the Great Barrier Spell may be if they don't find a way to stop a magical flood in a hurry. Eff's unique way of viewing magic has saved the settlers time and again, but this time all of Columbia is at stake if she should fail. (From Goodreads)
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