3 out of 5 stars
This one is for the magic lovers. Good story. Kids will like it, and it begins a series.
It tells of a world where magic exists, and even the normal citizens know about magic.
In a land very similar to America, Eff is born a twin and thirteenth child. Her twin, Lan, is the seventh son of the seventh son and supposed to, not only be lucky, be a very talented. Whereas she is only supposed to bring bad luck and ruin to her family and her town.
Her parents decide to move the family out to the frontier; away from the extended family that never lets Eff forget that she will be the downfall of the family and should have been killed at birth.
Her dad takes a job as a professor of magic at a school that resides on the frontier border that is protected by magic. In fact, most settlements are protected by magic.
Here the adventure begins. In an America that might have existed if there were magic.
Good for age 10 and up.