Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Far West by Patricia C. Wrede
Eff has grown over the last two books and in the third installment of the series, she is headed back into the wild west with her brother, best friend, mentors and others. The expedition hopes to discover more about the wildlife and the dangers/benefits to the settlements beyond the Great Barrier. The book still moves along slowly with rare moments of action. A touch of romance weaves through the final book but doesn't really blossom until almost the very end. Once again, the author literally saves all the "bests" for last. I will say that more is explained about the magical token Eff wears around her neck. I did enjoy learning more about the different types of magic woven into the necklace. The romance between Eff and one member of the expedition party is very subtle and sweet. The epilogue gives a subtle hint that we might see more of Eff, Lan and William in further stories. All in all an okay series for teens who enjoy a bit of western and a whole lot of detail.