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Fly Trap

(Fly by Night #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,515 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Having barely escaped the revolution they had a huge (if accidental) part in causing, sharp-eyed orphan Mosca Mye; her guard goose, Saracen; and their sometimes-loyal companion, the con man Eponymous Clent, must start anew.

All too quickly, they find themselves embroiled in fresh schemes and twisting politics as they are trapped in Toll, an odd town that changes its entire
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2010)
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Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: someone willing to take a YA chance
Recommended to carol. by: me! such good taste!
Troubles again! Unfortunately, Mosca Mye, Eponymous Clent and the goose Saracen have run into so many complications with their latest scheme that they’ve run through the first, second, and third back-up plans.

“Quaternary plan!’ gasped Clent. ‘Creative panic!'”

But at least Saracen is on their side, although Mosca needs to be cautioned by Clent against unleashing the power of the goose. “‘Be it even so, now is the time for calm calculation… and not for sending your web-footed apocalypse on a
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mosca Mye, Eponymous Clent, and "winged warzone" Saracen are good at what they do. They're in the business of Stretching the Truth and Then Running Like Hell. Mosca and Clent, whose principal love is the spoken and written word, like to use one word too many. And we all know that using one word too many is dangerous; it makes quick the clamping of the shackle, it makes swift the dagger in the night. It causes cities to catch fire and to tumble into revolution.

Running from the trail of
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As I see it, reviewing a sequel is a peculiar enterprise. One can hardly review a book without suggesting to the reader that they read the previous novel as well. And in the rare case where the sequel is better than its predecessor, one’s positive review is sort of moot if it seems as though it’s recommending the first book in any way. This is my convoluted way of saying that I don’t like reviewing them. Heck, I don’t even like to even read sequels half the time. Usually when I do I simply get ...more
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Wow. What to say? I thought this might well have been better than Fly-by-Night, though it's a tough call. While I missed the coffeehouses of the original (among the coolest settings I've ever read), Toll was astonishing. The relationship between Mosca and Mr Clent is also just as wonderfully depicted, and it's nice to see them that bit closer to admitting their mutual trust (in as much as either of them can trust or be trusted!) and affection (well-mixed with constant exasperation!). The new ...more
Yay, I was looking forward to this, and it was just as good, if not even better than I hoped.

The second adventure of Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent, and it is IMO standalone-ish, the references to past events is just so to explain the relationship between characters and the worldbuilding essentials are very flawlessly introduced. It is also IMO better written than Fly by Night (which I already liked very much), the pace is better, the plot so marvelously tight, less meandering, the setting even
Pam Baddeley
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Twilight Robbery, apparently titled Fly Trap in the USA, is a long and complex tale set in an alternative Eighteenth century/early Victorian England. I was reminded very early on of Joan Aiken's series for children published in the 1960s and 1970s set in a similar alternative world and centred around a streetwise orphan named Dido Twite, and wonder if it is the author's homage to that.

The main character, a 12-year-old girl named Mosca Mye, is a scrawny, streetwise orphaned urchin with a
Debbie Gascoyne
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, 2012
This was great fun. I liked it better than Fly By Night, if only because I liked Mosca Mye better, and thought that the relationship between her and Eponymous Clent was being developed in interesting ways. I also liked the whole concept of the city of Toll and the way it was divided into Day and Night. And I so much love the goose. He is a force to be reckoned with. I feel certain there will be more about these characters, and I look forward to it.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Twilight Robbery/Fly Trap , the sequel to the excellent Fly By Night is a Shiny Beacon of Hope in the middle of a rather dreary week here at The Book Smugglers’ HQ.

A few months after leaving Mandelion, Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent (as well as the murderous Goose Saracen) are on the run again. Unfortunately for the three amigos, Clent’s past shenanigans (lies!cons!theft!) prevent them from going anywhere near any of the towns nearby. Their chosen destination for the time being is a place called
Katy Mulvaney
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed Fly By Night tremendously, but it was even more fun to see Hardinge really let LOOSE with this world without having to do so much laborious world-building. Normally the world-building is my favorite part of elaborate fantasy novels as well conceived as the Fracture Realm, and I miss the radicals of Mandelion more every time the characters mentioned them and their floating coffeehouses of dissent and mannerly revolution. Not
Homicidal pet goose is a magical phrase to me. It pretty much guarantees I will pick up a book, given my affinity for crotchety characters. Y’all Fly Trap (Twilight Robbery in the UK) by Frances Hardinge is a door stopper, clocking in at 584 pages but reads faster than books half it’s size. It’s the sequel to Fly By Night but you don’t need to have read that to appreciate Fly Trap. Personally, I did NOT read Fly By Night and got through Fly Trap just fine.

Read the rest of my review here
Cara M
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It took me far too long to finish such an amazing book, but this morning I hit the fulcrum and couldn't stop. It is a perfect sequel to Fly-By-Night, and is so impossibly smart and hard and real and funny that I'm always bewildered that it ends up in the juvenile section when it's more mature and well-thought out than most books for adults.
As always it starts with small people with small problems that become not-quite-heroes, affecting the fates of cities. And there are no better
Kate Forsyth
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frances Hardinge is one of the most unusual and inventive writers of children’s fantasy today. I loved her first book, Fly by Night, which featured the adventures of the feisty, foul-mouthed Mosca Mye and her bad-tempered goose. Mosca and her goose, Saracen, are back in Twilight Robbery, this time getting themselves into trouble in the strange and perilous town of Toll-by-Day ... which is a very different place at night. A brilliant, fresh, funny and right-minded fantasy for reads 12+, this is ...more
Blabby Gabi
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series... (I know I say that a lot but IMEAN IT this time) It’s an entire world that you enter as soon as you open these pages:) You have to focus so you don’t miss anything! Saracean the goose is my favorite They are BIG books but I just love them:) I definitely recommend to ANYONE who loves a bit of historical/fairytale/intriguing fiction:) Mosca Mye is the main character and she is such a complex girl! The plot twists catch you off guard like all good plot twists should:) “Read ...more
The good: We're back to the delightful and resourceful band of characters (and water fowls, or Winged Warzones, if you like) in yet another daring and despair-ridden adventure!
The language is still juicy, metaphors fitting, character growth evident, plot ever-moving and the banter gloriously fun.

The bad: Still, it was dragged in the beginning and the plot was not as seamless as in the first book.

The ugly: Zip, nada, zilch.

Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-ya
Sequel to FLY BY NIGHT, and that should be 'nuff said. Hardinge shows a real gift for crafting oddball but pointedly cogent societies, and here she does it again with the town of Toll---a strange double settlement of prosperous burghers who are only out after dawn, and impoverished, fear-ridden, despised residents allowed to come out after dusk. Her central characters are richly imagined too---but once again she doesn't give that wonderfully homicidal goose Saracen enough page time!
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middlegrade, 2011
Mosca Mye, Saracen and Eponymous Clent remain my all-time favorites. I loved this book to bits--the language is just so delicious I wanted to read it aloud to everyone I met.

But perhaps the best part (especially to this reader, who hadn't even realized that there was going to be a SECOND book starring Miss Mosca Mye) was the hint at the end that we may even be treated to another Mosca adventure.

I live in hope.
“Just between you and me,” Mosca whispered, “radicalism is all about walkin’ on the grass.” (Fly Trap, 337)

Reading Frances Hardinge’s books are a dangerous proposition. I recommend them to everyone aged 10 and up. In Lost Conspiracy there is colonialism, cannibalism, and genocide. In Fly By Night there is religious/political terrorism, atheism, and book burning. In Fly By Night’s sequel Fly Trap there is more oppression, at least one decapitation, a lot of theft and lying, and the return of “the
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Move over, Becky Sharp, you've just been hip-checked off the winner's podium as literature's champion bad girl. Mosca Mye rules, with her homicidal pet Goose Saracen and her insatiable love of words, from thieves cant to the most orotund speeches made by her sometime friend, Eponymous Clent. If possible - and of course it's possible - this second book in the Mosca Mye story is better than the first. Here's just one of the witty lines by Frances Hardinge, long may she write: "Her ears twitched. ...more
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids and adults

While reading Fly Trap, I was struck by how fantasy, in all its many forms and for any given age group, just might be the most fun one can have as a reader. Who can ever forget their first reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Children of the Amulet? Portals to other worlds, strange creatures, and odd twists of time are such lovely flights of imagination in which not everything has to make sense. Always there is the delicious thrill of evil lurking, and always a hero or heroine
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This is my original review written in 2012.

Mosca Mye is back in this sequel to Fly By Night. She (along with Saracen) and Clent are on the run. They're not wanted in Mandelion anymore and neither is Clent's poetry. They've had to beg, borrow and steal what little they can to survive making many enemies along the way. Mandelion is still in a state of rebellion and trade with other locations is prohibited, so money is not easy for the fugitives to come by. It seems that there's only one place open
Eva Mitnick
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, fantasy
In Fly Trap (sequel to Fly by Night), the town of Toll is really two towns in one - Toll-by-day and Toll-by-night. At dusk, the citizens of daytime Toll scurry into their homes and bolt their doors, not daring to come out until dawn. In fact, they couldn't even if they wanted to - their doors have been locked from the outside as well, and entire facades of buildings shifted so that the daylight doors are blocked while the night-time doors are revealed. Then it's time for the the nightlings to ...more
Shanshad Whelan
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There are few authors that can leave me with no idea what the story is going to be and how it will go. Most stories generally have a framework that takes me all of a chapter to recognize--not that I mind. But I can't do it with Hardinge's work beyond the most basic recognition of a con artist caper story. I never know what's going to happen or how the characters will react. Hardinge keeps me reading with no ground under me to expect: I'm running hard to keep up with Mosca and Clent as surprised ...more
Khairul Hezry
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Very well written and with lots of twists and turns in what is essentially a 'rescue a kidnapped damsel' storyline. The world of Mosca Mye has been compared to Pratchett's Discworld and that's no bad thing. Both have created worlds that resemble pre-Industrial Revolution Britain and both authors have a way with words (although Pratchett leans more towards irreverent humour and puns).

This is the first time I've read anything by this author and though Twilight Robbery (called Fly Trap in the US)
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is set in a sort of Alternative Dickensian realm with a complicated system of house gods that governs everyday life. It's the story of a pleasingly obstreperous twelve-year-old orphan girl called Mosca Mye, who has a cranky pet goose and who works for a travelling poet/spy/conman called Eponymous Clent. On the run from the sinister Guild of Locksmiths, they find themselves stuck in a strange little town called Toll-by-Day, which has a hidden shadow town called Toll-by-Night. What follows is ...more
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Wow, I loved this book. I am still giddy thinking about it. Fly Trap is crazy. In a really, really good way, though. The plot was smart and clever and completely over-the-top. I loved how it added to the first book's worldbuilding, too. From the moment I opened it, saw the chapter titles, and realized she would be talking more about the Beloved, I was hooked. The explanation of that world's belief system was one of my favorite parts of the first book. Also: the writing is still fantastic and ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Mye and Clent are grifters, petty conmen, always working the angles. Now they're broke, made to leave Mandelion after fomenting revolution, and trying to stay away from the people who are trying to kill them. But they're the good guys, and something is seriously wrong in the town of Toll. There's a huge cast of characters, double crosses, triple crosses, twists, turns, confusion on every side. Can a clever twelve-year-old make everything come right when everyone is against her? Of course she ...more
Mylisa Larsen
I always read Frances Hardinge's Mosca Mye books with deep authorial envy. How does she do that? How does she write about such grim things and still make you laugh? How does she create people like Mosca and Eponymous and Saracen? How does she come up with these worlds that she creates? How does she twist and turn and twist and flip and tie it all up at the end? Kudos.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-the-fcpl
Oh my gosh this was HILARIOUS
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love the cover of the book and the imaginary stories, so many twists and turns..
Mosca is one of my most favourite characters ever: the girl who has great desire for book, adventerous, courage and a deeply warm heart. Together, Mosca, Clent, and the goose overcame all obstacles (sometimes with cunning tricks).
The world in this book is covered with charming words: names of god, the ways Frances depicted and narrated.
Although i have not read Fly by night (this book is the sequel) i still felt in
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, ya, adventure
This book is an excellent sequel to Fly by Night. It's immediately gripping and thrilling from start to finish. This is an extremely unique, fabulous and beautifully written duology and everyone everywhere should read it right now. Amazingly developed characters, magnificent story and shocking yet amazing plot twists.
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Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and the two things inspired her to write strange, magical stories from an early age. She studied English at Oxford University and now lives in Oxford, England.

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“I generally find,' Clent murmured after a pause, 'that it is best to treat borrowed time the same way as borrowed money. Spend it with panache, and try to be somewhere else when it runs out.'

'And when we get found, Mr. Clent, when the creditors and bailiffs come after us and it's payment time...'

'...then we borrow more, madam, at a higher interest. We embark on a wilder gamble, make a bigger promise, tell a braver story, devise a more intricate lie, sell the hides of imaginary dragons to desperate men, climb to even higher and more precarious ground...and later, of course, our fall and catastrophe will be all the worse, but later will be our watchword, Mosca. We have nothing else - but we can at least make later later.”
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