The Harp of Imach Thyssel

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Lyra #3
by Patricia C. Wrede
Ebook, 308 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Best book in the Lyra series so far. I actually found myself wanting to read more, unlike the previous books where I just kind of slogged through.

I am not sure why the change in attitude for me. On the surface, this was in the EXACT same vein as the others. It strikes me more as an Andre Norton book than a Wrede book.

I enjoyed it and now have a slightly better outlook for the final books in the series.

Shadow Magic

Shadow Magic
Lyra #1
by Patricia C. Wrede
Ebook, 256 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This reminded me of Andre Norton’s older writings. It was dry, straight forward telling of an atypical fantasy.

Nothing really was bad, but it didn’t draw me in, or make me laugh, or make me go “wow” like most of Wrede’s stuff. I think this was her older series, so it is to be expected.

I’ll be reading more in this series, but I’m not really excited about that fact 🙂

The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years Later

The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years Later
Cecelia & Kate #3
Patricia Wrede
3 stars
328 pages

The third in the series. Once again in letter form between Cecily and Kate. This time there are also letters between their husbands.

About the railroads in England and how they are affecting the ley lines of magic. Turns out there is a big huge magic spell surrounding England that makes invaders settle in and become part of the culture.

This one just didn’t get my attention like the first 2 did. Glad I read it, but satisfied with just owning the first 2.

Thirteenth Child


Thirteenth Child

Frontier Magic #1

Patricia Wrede

4 stars

344 pages



Wrede turns her hand to the Americas, and specifically the Frontiers. Taking place in the mid 1800’s, this is about a girl, whose brother is the 7th son of a seventh son, and she is the 13th child.

Grows up thinking she is somehow bad because of being unlucky number 13, until the family moves west to help expand a college town. This is the pioneer story, like Caddy Woodlawn or Laura Ingals Wilder, with magic. This story ends with Eff, the girl, saving some pioneers by using a non-conventional way with some magic in dealing with some magical bugs. Sounds kind of funny, but this was a good book and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series as it comes out.