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Flora's Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce
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Jan 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, fantasy, young-adult-fiction, mages-wizards, magic, borrowed-from-the-library
Read from August 29 to September 08, 2010

** spoiler alert ** In this sequel to Flora Segunda, Flora still aspires to be a ranger – like her hero, Nini Mo. And the first step is to find a competent teacher to help her learn more Gramatica (magical words/language/spells). In her efforts to find a teacher, Flora discovers that Califa is in danger of being shaken out of existence by an entity trapped in the form of a giant squid, the Loliga. She enlists the help of Lord Axacaya, who brings her to meet the Loliga, and tells her the only way to free it is to discover how it was created in the first place. Flora will have to brave the hospitality of the denizen of Bilskinir (Paimon) yet again in order to steal Georgiana Hadraada’s diary. The theft is not as straightforward as Flora expects, and she’s pulled back in time, where she meets the girl who will one day become her mother. And it’s not the woman who has been playing the role as long as Flora can remember. This revelation, along with several others, shows Flora that Axacaya cannot be trusted. But regardless of his betrayal, Flora must somehow find a way to outsmart death, free the Loliga, save her best friend Udo from greed and vanity (and an enchanted pair of boots), and Califa from destruction. It’s a lot for one girl to tackle, but she does – with aplomb!

This started out a bit slow (blah blah blah, recap, blah blah), but once the story gets going it’s non-stop intrigue and action (very, very exciting). Lots of surprising twists – particularly Flora’s true identity and parentage – and a nice ending that wraps up this particular storyline, but leaves one eagerly anticipating a sequel (Tiny Doom – Flora’s actual mother – maybe not dead after all??). Flora’s one of those inept, but surprisingly (clumsily) competent heroines. She gets the job done, even though she’s not entirely sure what she’s doing. I liked this one even better than the first.

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