October 26, 2012

Flora’s Fury by Ysabeau S. Wilce

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:20 am by suebe2

Flora’s Fury
by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Harcourt
AR 5.4

Flora just can’t shake the belief that somehow, somewhere Tiny Doom is still alive.

Never mind that her heart was cut out by a Birdie priest.  Never mind that she’s been missing for almost as long as Flora has been alive.  Flora is certain her mother is still alive and she’s going to prove it even if it means dabbling in the magic of the current and using forbidden Grammatica, words of magic and power.

Before Flora can take in what she has learned, the evidence is stolen by a man who isn’t just a man, he’s also a bear.  His mere existence as both bear and man is every bit as illegal as her mucking about in the Current and now Flora has to find out who and what he is even as she struggles to get back what he’s taken.  In this pursuit, she finds herself amid pirates, more magic than you can shake a sword at and more than a little romance.

As reviews go, this is probably a bit confusing and you feel like you’ve been dropped down in water over your head.  As good as this book is, that’s how you’re going to feel for more or less 50 pages if this is the first book in this series that you pick up.  You will probably eventually get your feet beneath you but it would probably be easier to simply start with book 1 (Flora’s Dare) and then book 2 (Flora Segunda) before proceeding to Flora’s Fury.

Is the journey worth it?  Every word, every page turn and the wait for each new volume.  Yes, yes and yes again.

Wilce has created a marvelously complicated world that is somewhat familiar and entirely amazing.  Wilce’s setting is a California that never was.  Imagine what would happen if the Aztec were never conquered and were also possessed of a terrible magic that they use to keep tribute nations in line.  Imagine what would happen if a handful of others also had this magic but magic itself was suspect and somewhat illegal.

Whatever you’ve managed to conjure up in your imagination, rest assured that it is nothing compared to the intricate plots and deeply drawn characters of Wilce’s imagination. Give these books to the young teen in your life, but don’t come complaining to me if she’d rather read them then do her chores.  You have, after all, been warned.

–SueBE

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