Thirteenth ChildBook - 2009/04/15
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"There are always people in any group who will go along with authority only so long as authority agrees with their opinions," Papa said.
"And sometimes that's not such a bad thing," Wash commented. Mr. Lewis and Papa both gave him startled looks, but he just smiled. "It all depends on the authority and the opinions, doesn't it?"
“He pushed his glasses up on his nose and gave me a sidelong look, the one that meant he was so sure you were wrong that he could just wait and let you find out for yourself the hard way.”
“This is the most important lesson you must learn about magic," Miss Ochiba went on. "There are many ways of seeing. Each has an element of truth, but none is the whole truth. If you limit yourselves to one way of seeing, one truth, you will limit your power. You will also place limits on the kinds of spells you can cast, as well as their strength. To be a good magician, you must see in many ways. You must be flexible. You must be willing to learn from different sources. And you must always remember that the truths you see are incomplete.”
― Patricia C. Wrede, Thirteenth Child
Lan was madder than a wet cat. That was where he’d found the energy to lift William twenty feet high and hold him there; he was feeding the magic with his anger. He’d used up a good part of his mad by then, but he was still mad enough that the angry part of him didn’t really _want_ William to come down safe. He wasn’t just fighting to hold William up. He was fighting himself, too.
Once when a spell went wrong, it punched a hole the shape of a duck in every pane of glass in every west-facing window in every building for three blocks around the magic lab, in spite of all the shields and mufflers they had up.
Suddenly I saw a full-grown steam dragon burst up off the side of the mountain. It tore through the sky like it was running from Judgment Day, and passed overhead without even pausing to consider what a tasty meal my horse and I would make.
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Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent -- and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. (From Goodreads))
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