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Parents' Guide to

Flora Segunda

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Mild fantasy doesn't quite know where it's going.

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Wilce based this book on short stories she wrote, and it shows -- it reads like a mishmash of ideas, and frequently loses narrative propulsion as the author explores some byway.

That said, FLORA SEGUNDA is not without charm. Both major and secondary characters are winning, and Wilce's quirky imagination gives the fantasy world she creates the flavor of something new. Her way of combining formal fantasy-speak with made-up words and phrases based in different languages, and anachronistic expressions from our own world, shouldn't work, but somehow does, infusing the book with a lightly humorous feeling. Readers who love fantasy, but could do without the "battle between good and evil" storylines and the violence they entail, may find this odd duck of a novel curiously satisfying.

Book Details

  • Author: Ysabeau S. Wilce
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace
  • Publication date: January 1, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 431
  • Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: December 5, 2019

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