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Flora's Dare [Hardcover]

Ysabeau S. Wilce
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Sept. 1 2008 The Tygers of Wrath Series

Flora Fyrdraaca wants nothing more than to be a ranger, and for that she must master the magickal—and dangerous—language of Gramatica. But before she can find the ideal teacher, her aspirations are put to the test. Would a true ranger be intimidated by a tentacle that reaches for her from the depths of a toilet? Be daunted by her best friend’s transformation into a notorious outlaw, thanks to a pair of sparkly stolen boots? Be cowed by the revelation that only she can rescue the city of Califa from the violent earthquakes that threaten its survival?
            Never. Saving her city and her best friend are the least a Girl of Spirit can do—yet what Flora doesn’t expect are the life-altering revelations she learns about her family and herself.


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Praise for Flora's Dare

Winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

"Wilce creates a fantastic and unique world. . . . Guaranteed thrills, chills, and amazing revelations."—VOYA

* "This fresh and funky setting is rich with glorious costumes, innovative language and tantalizing glimpses of history."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Never loses its sense of fun."—Booklist

 

Praise for Flora Segunda

"Highly original, strange and amusing ...treats young readers with respect."—Diana Wynne Jones

* "A thoroughly original magical world marks this witty debut...Tantalizingly, the open-ended conclusion hints there might be more to come from this compelling and funny heroine."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Like [Philip] Pullman’s Lyra Silvertongue or [Terry] Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching, Flora Fyrdraaca is a descendant of Jo March rather than a fainting beauty who needs rescuing."—The New York Times Book Review

 

Praise for Flora's Fury

"[A] thrilling, bizarre ride."--The Horn Book

"Readers return to our heroine at a pivotal moment in her growth . . . Flora fans will love old mysteries solved."--Kirkus Reviews

"Offers some enjoyable twists . . . fans of Flora will not be disappointed."--VOYA, 3Q 2P J S "A charming conclusion to a fine fantasy series."--Booklist

About the Author

Ysabeau S. Wilce is the author of Flora Segunda, Flora's Dare, and Flora's Fury, and she has also published work in Asimov's Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Tiptree Award, and Flora's Dare won the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Trained as a military historian, she claims to have turned to fiction when the truth no longer compared favorably to the shining lies of her imagination. She lives in San Francisco with her family. Visit her website at www.yswilce.com.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Flora Segunda Rides Again! Sept. 8 2010
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Flora's Dare, by Ysabeau S. Wilce, is the sequel to Flora Segunda, which I read some years ago and enjoyed. Flora lives in an alternate world where magic works, the Aztecs rule client city-states in America, and Flora's town, Califa, is essentially a magical San Francisco (having lived there for many years, I had fun identifying which structures were the basis for which homes in the book). Flora is more determined than ever to become a Ranger like her heroine, Nini Mo, but that means she has to learn Gramatica, the language of magic, and there are few potential teachers available to her. In the process of seeking someone to mentor her, Flora learns that the earthquakes menacing Califa are the result of the thrashings of a giant captive squid, which will destroy the city if no one can stop it. And of course, nobody can stop it, except for Flora that is - if only she can escape from her bedroom, where her father has locked her in.... The ending of this book makes it clear that the series is not finished yet, which is a good thing; Flora is a Girl of Spirit and her bumbling adventures are both entertaining and at times a bit scary. In this installment, she learns much more about, well, everything than she ever thought she'd know, and she finds that the people around her are not always who she thinks they are. A bit of a wild ride, but tons of fun! Recommended - but read the first novel first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Nov. 13 2008
Format:Hardcover
Flora Fydraaca is one busy young lady.

Between her search for a Gramatica instructor, dealing with the fallout of her best friend Udo's moneymaking schemes in the bounty-hunting biz, elder sister Idden's desertion from Califa's military, discovering and thwarting the source of a series of deadly earthquakes threatening the city, a freshly sober and keenly aware father, a burgeoning crush on Califa's greatest living magickal adept and old Fydraaca family enemy Lord Axacaya, tentacles accosting her in public bathrooms, family secrets, assassination attempts, and inadequate sartorial resources - it's a wonder the girl has time to breathe.

At least this time around, Crackpot Manor's one and only accessible potty is up and running...

There is so much going on in FLORA'S DARE that it's by no means an overstatement to call the book a fantasy fiction lover's treasure trove. Author Ysabeau S. Wilce has done a remarkable job creating and populating Flora's world with multiple, complex plots and subplots, and plenty of intriguing information to keep readers coming back for more.

I deeply appreciated the level of sophistication Ms. Wilce has invested in the creation of Flora's world. She easily juggles plot threads without causing any confusion to the reader. By building the backstory of Flora's friends, family, adversaries, and the heroine herself into the narrative, she has created a series that will sustain itself over a number of books, striking the perfect balance between a compelling story and characters that are quirky yet deeply flawed.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable? Aug. 31 2008
By Erika L. Hamerquist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Maybe I should stop right there, with a one-word review. It's not easy to describe a novel that defies comparison to anything else I've ever read in nearly half a century of bookwormery, nor seen, dreamt or even imagined. Ysabeau Wilce's stories are always a weird and wonderful concoction of woolly West and court manners, mosh pits and magic mansions, humor and gore, and Flora's Dare (etc.) is a worthy follow-up to the first book in the series, Flora Segunda (etc.). I had just finished the YA bestseller Twilight when I read this, and wow, what a perfect antidote! You won't find anything insipid about the characters, the plot or the writing style in Flora's Dare. Instead be prepared for a strangely spiced dish that leaves you craving more.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Jan. 22 2009
By Diana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed Flora Segunda's world a great deal - very very inventive - but the plot arc suffered from inaction and lack of focus for most of the first half. The second half was much better, but the ending disappointed--felt stapled on. So when I heard Flora's Dare had come out, I wasn't too interested. Then a friend urged me to buy it, saying it was better than the first, so I searched it out. I have to say, before I go on, how very disappointed I am in the lack of marketing and visibility for this wonderfully inventive, enjoyable, creative book, worthy of Diana Wynne Jones' stamp of approval on the back--Indeed the author is the ONLY YA fantasy author writing now that I know of who has the potential to be a worthy successor to the amazing Diana Wynne Jones. I went to buy this book at the Strand, a huge, famous bookstore in NYC--and not only were they out (!), but the knowledgable staff knew nothing of the book! Why oh why is garbage promoted and this inventive creation invisible???? It's true that this book also suffers from lack of focus in the beginning--the first 100 pages or so could have been cut completely, and the book should have started at the party scene; any information such as the giant squid tentacles could have been introduced via short backstory. This is more the fault of the editor. But please hang in there, if you get a bit impatient at the slow pace of the beginning. It's a really good book, and I'm picky. For those who like intelligent creative fantasy, with a very well thought out world, strong characters, and (after page 100 or so), a strong plot with twists and turns, this is definitely very strongly recommended. And SPREAD THE WORD!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this gutsy girl Dec 26 2008
By Tina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Okay, as a rule, I don't really read all that much fantasy, so it was with mild reluctance that I started reading this one. As of page 2, I was hooked. Flora's Dare is a little gem of a fantasy/fiction book that brings to light a strong, daring, brave, intelligent and absolutely fun heroine with the name of Flora. I am a big fan of ANY book that makes its main character a strong female - even though she is obviously aimed at a younger audience - which is just fine with me. I love that the message in this book is a powerful one - Yes, a girl can be strong, brave, intelligent and fun!!!! As far as I am concerned that is a message that cannot be passed along at a young enough age.

I discovered that this is actually the second book in the series (I am going to buy the first book for sure). In Flora's Dare, Flora has alot to deal with - she needs to figure out a new language and for this she needs a special instructor. She has to deal with Udo's schemes (and their fallout), as well as her somewhat missing-in-action sister Idden. If that was not enough, Flora has just discovered the source of some deadly earthquakes that have occured.

I loved the writing, it was fresh and clip and the action was absolutely non-stop. I read this book in less than 3 days and enjoyed every minute of it. Yeah for Flora!!!! Girl Power!!! and all that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Boy's Own Adventure, except with a GIRL July 15 2013
By Cissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love this series. The world is both different and familiar, and well-thought out. Flora is a fascinating protag, up for ALL the adventures... but sill 14 years old and sometimes that shows. Her family is odd.

It's not really steampunk, but people who like steampunk will probably like these novels too.

I think they're YA; however, I also loved them and plan to share them with my husband.

OK, Flora can be silly at times... but she's 14. How many of us were sensible at that age??? and the plots are a lot of fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daring Segunda Oct. 24 2012
By Chris Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This delightful fancy is laced with colors, flavors,and otherworldly creatures,set in old California AKA Califa. Any native Californian will recognize the Spanish culture, Aztec alchemy,and landmarks of the state. Add the bravado of old matinee westerns, swashbucklers and slapstick comedy and you have a delightful read. The characters are engaging and lovable: Flora will charm and entertain as well as teach a few new inventive vocabulary words. Though written for a youthful audience, this book will be enjoyed by all with a spirit of adventure. Loved all three books in the series. Try to read them in order. Delish consumed one right after the other:)
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