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Thirteen Orphans

(The first book in the Breaking the Wall series)
A novel by

As evocative and moving as Charles de Lint's Newford books, with the youthful protagonists and exciting action of Mercedes Lackey's fantasies, Thirteen Orphans makes our world today as excitingly strange and unfamiliar as any fantasy realm . . .and grants readers a glimpse of a fantasy world founded by ancient Chinese lore and magic.

As far as college freshman Brenda Morris knows, there is only one Earth and magic exists only in fairy tales.

Brenda is wrong.

A father-daughter weekend turns into a nightmare when Brenda's father is magically attacked before her eyes. Brenda soon learns that her ancestors once lived in world of smoke and shadows, of magic and secrets.

When that world's Emperor was overthrown, the Thirteen Orphans fled to our earth and hid their magic system in the game of mah-jong. Each Orphan represents an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. Brenda's father is the Rat. And her polished, former child-star aunt, Pearl - that eminent lady is the Tiger.

Only a handful of Orphans remain to stand against their enemies. The Tiger, the Rooster, the Dog, the Rabbit . . . and Brenda Morris. Not quite the Rat, but not quite human either.

Genre: Fantasy

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Used availability for Jane M Lindskold's Thirteen Orphans

Hardback Editions

October 2008 : USA Hardback

Title: Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall)
Author(s): Jane Lindskold
ISBN: 0-7653-1700-1 / 978-0-7653-1700-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall)
Author(s): Jane Lindskold
ISBN: 0-7653-5621-X / 978-0-7653-5621-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU