August 13, 2008

Review: Flora's Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce

Flora’s Dare is the sequel to Flora Segunda and although there are quite a few references to book one, this book is a stand alone.

Flora is a typical teenage girl living in the Magikal city of Califa. Her parents expect her to follow the family tradition of joining the Califa army when she comes of age however Flora’s secret goal is to become a Ranger. To do this she has to master the Magikal language of Gramatica. Flora is determined to find a teacher so that she can become as powerful as her Ranger hero Nini Mo.

Flora’s plans are all changed as she’s attacked by tentacle that comes up through the plumbing while attending a concert with her best friend Udo. She narrowly escapes the tentacle and figures out that the creature in the plumbing is the Lolgia monster trapped under the city long ago by a woman threatening to overthrow the government by unleashing the monster.

Now Flora has to team up with Lord Axacaya who promises teach Flora Gramatica. Together they can free the monster and save the city. As the story unfolds Flora loses her best friend, gets grounded for passing curfew, travels in time, gets betrayed by someone close to her, discovers the truth about her family and of course saves the city.

At first I was hesitant about reading this book. It’s second in a series that I hadn’t read and it is 511 pages. However once I started it was hard to put down. Wilce writes a funny story that is great for both YA and adult readers of fantasy books. The Magikal city of Califa is very believable and Flora’s daring adventures keep you turning pages until the end. I will definitely be reading book one and eagerly awaiting book three in the sequel.


Anonymous said...

I thought this book fun and delightful! A must read for 2008!

cheryl c said...

Harry Potter fans might really enjoy this book! It sounds like a delightful fantasy.