Monday, September 17, 2007

Flora Segunda

Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog
by Ysabeau S. Wilce

Flora Nemain Fyrdraaca ov Fyrdraaca lives in a rundown house with eleven thousand rooms (but only one working toilet), her mad father, five gazehounds, and no Butler. He was banished, you see, by Flora’s authoritative mother, Commanding General of the Warlord’s army. One day, in a hurry, Flora decides to take Crackpot Hall’s temperamental Elevator to the second floor instead of the very long staircase, but it doesn’t let her off at the expected destination. Instead it takes her to the Bibliotheca Mayor, where Flora finds a faded boy who turns out to be Valefor, the magickal banished Butler himself. He only needs a bit of Flora’s Anima, her magical essence, to become well—and then he could return to his Butler duties and Flora would never again have to do chores. But the sly Butler isn’t telling her everything, and Flora is getting herself into more than she knows. Soon she must go on a long journey...or lose her life.
The beginning may be a little hard for you to get into, but persevere; once Flora discovers Valefor things start to pick up, and Flora Segunda becomes a unique and fast-paced story. It’s a terrific mix of fantasy and adventure, and by the middle I was flying through it and by the end I was wishing that the next book in the series was out NOW.
Visit the author or grab a copy of the Califa Police Gazette to find out more about the forthcoming Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room).

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