The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

Although it does have second-book-in-a-trilogy syndrome, clever structure prevents the reader from caring too much.


Columbian Magic

The Far West by Patricia C. Wrede


First Look:

It’s fairly inoffensive, as these things go.  At least she’s dressed for pioneer camping in the cold, and not in some evening gown.

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When the government forms an expedition to map the Far West, Eff has the opportunity to travel farther than anyone in the world. With twin Lan, William, Professor Torgeson, Wash, and Professor Ochiba, she finds that nothing on the wild frontier is as they expected. There are strange findings in their research, a long prairie winter spent in too-close quarters, and more new species, magical and otherwise, dangerous and benign, than they ever expected to find.

When spring comes, the explorers realize how tenuous life near the Great Barrier Spell must stop a magical flood in a hurry. Eff’s unique way of viewing magic has saved the settlers time and again, now all of Columbia is at risk. Continue reading