Thirteenth Child, April 2009
This is a trilogy narrated by Eff Rothmer,
the "thirteenth child" of the first book.
Book One covers her childhood, from the
age of five (when her parents move west
to the edge of the expanding U.S.
frontier) to shortly after her eighteenth
Growing up in Mill City, Eff is constantly
aware of the settlers heading west to
homestead the dangerous lands on the far
side of the Mammoth River. For in her
world, Columbus discovered a New World
populated solely by dangerous wildlife,
both natural and magical.
Only modern magic has made colonization
possible, and while steam dragons,
mammoths, spectral bears, saber-tooth
cats, and other deadly animals have been
cleared out of the eastern states, they are
still a formidable obstacle in the unsettled
territories of the West.
Eff and her siblings, like everyone else,
learn traditional magic at school, but even
with all Lan's power behind it, traditional
magic won't be enough when new threats
begin moving in from the unexplored
regions of the Far West.
Across the Great Barrier
Book Two of the Frontier Magic trilogy.
Eff is back in Mill city, while her powerful
twin Lan and her best friend William are
off to school in the East. Things look to be
fairly quiet for a while. Then Eff is asked to
accompany a new professor doing a
survey of the wildlife in settlement
territory, west of the Great Barrier Spell.
Traveling through settlement territory, Eff
and Professor Aldis Torgeson face
obstacles ranging from the aggressive
wildlife to the varying attitudes of the
settlers themselves. The survey takes
them out to the very edge of the settled
areas, bringing new discoveries, new
friends, and new challenges.
Map of Mill City and
North Columbia Reference Map
The Far West
The final book of the Frontier Magic
The discoveries that Eff and her
friends made out in settlement
territory didn't end when they got
back to Mill City. More revelations
follow, and the Frontier Management
Department decides to send an
expedition to the Rocky Mountains to
settle, once and for all, just what is
out there. The only trouble is, no one
who's ever gone all the way to the
Rockies has ever come back!