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Frontier Magic is a trilogy of YoungAdult novels by Creator/PatriciaCWrede. The books are:
* ThirteenthChild
* Literature/AcrossTheGreatBarrier
* TheFarWest

They tell the ComingOfAgeStory of Eff Rothmer, a supposedly [[ThirteenIsUnlucky unlucky thirteenth child]], and her twin brother, Lan, a [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh son of a seventh son]]. They and their family live out on the edge of the relatively safe part of the [[IstanbulNotConstantinople United States of Columbia]], watching as every year more and more people brave the dangerous wildlife to [[SettlingTheFrontier settle the frontier]].

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!! This series provides examples of:
%% * ActionGirl
%% * AllThereInTheManual
* AerithAndBob: The names of the baby Medusa Lizards in the 3rd book are Sthenno, Euryale and Fred.
* AlternateHistory: Its fairly clear that while we are on Earth history has not progressed quite the same way. For instance there are no Native Americans.
* AntiMagicalFaction: The Society of Progressive Rationalists
%% * AsYouKnow
* AwesomeYetPractical: The Great Barrier Spell, even though no one can figure out how to do it again.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Cathayan magic works by pooling the magical energies of dozens of mages and channeling them through a single adept. This allows for phenomenal feats of magic like leveling mountains or damming rivers, but it's kind of useless when you just want to light the cookfire.
* BadassFamily: The Rothmers
* BadassNormal: William Graham is this by the third book, compared to Eff and Lan. Brant is a more typical example, as he doesn't even use magic, but still managed to save a dozen people from certain death.
* BatOutOfHell: Daybats
* BoringButPractical: Avrupan magic may not be quite as impressive as Afrikan or Cathayan, but it is the king of useful little spells like making heavy things lighter or speeding up travel or lighting a fire.
%% * BewareTheNiceOnes
* CantCatchUp: Everyone with regards to Lan, but particularly Eff.
%% * ChekhovsGun
%% * CloserToEarth
* CrypticallyUnhelpfulAnswer: Miss Ochiba has built her teaching career on these. Incredibly, it works.
* DownerBeginning: Poor Eff
* DreamingTheTruth: Eff has some.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: Or, rather, Exotic Magic Supremacy. Avrupan magic is never as effective as Aphrikan or Hijero-Cathayan.
%% * ExpositionBreak
%% * EyeOfNewt
%% * FantasticRacism
%% * FantasyCounterpartCulture
* FeministFantasy
* FirstPersonPerspective
%% * {{Foreshadowing}}
* FriendlyRivalry: Lan and William have this going on and off.
%% * FunctionalMagic
%% * TheGift
%% * GovernmentAgencyOfFiction
%% * HappilyMarried
%% * HighTurnoverRate
%% * HumansAdvanceSwiftly
* InHarmonyWithNature: Aphrikan magic
%% * IstanbulNotConstantinople
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Almost all of the women in the story.
%% * KudzuPlot
* MagicalNegro: Miss Ochiba
* MagicalSeventhSon: Both Eff's father and her brother Lan. Eff is a Magical Seventh Daughter.
* MagicIsAMonsterMagnet: For the mirror bugs
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Since seventh sons are powerful, many families have numerous children in pursuit of one
%% * MrExposition
* MultiethnicName: Maryann Ochiba
%% * NoAntagonist
* NonMaliciousMonster: All of them, really. None of the monsters from the West are interested in anything other than survival.
* NumerologicalMotif: Seventh sons and thirteenth children
* OnlyKnownByInitials: Eff is actually short for Francine.
* ThePatriarch: Professor Rothmer when the family is in Mill City. Back in Helvan Shores, it's his father.
* PrehistoricMonster: Wooly mammoths and rhinoceros
* RiverOfInsanity: The Far West functions as this, as very few people who venture out beyond the Great Plains ever coming back, and none manage to keep their sanity.
* SettlingTheFrontier: A large part of the setting
* SpiritedYoungLady: Eff, among others.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Why her extended family hates Eff
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Eff does this at least once in every book.
* UnableToSupportAWife: Quite yet, explains Roger.
* WickedWeasel: Swarming weasels
* WildWilderness
%% * WiseBeyondTheirYears
%% * WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility
* WorldOfActionGirls: Eff, Miss Ochiba and Prof Torgeson are just a few. Eff even says that the farther west you get, the less people care about what you are than what you can do.
* WizardingSchool: Avrupan magic is a standard school subject from age 10. At the University level all the schools mentioned seem to be exclusively wizards schools.
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