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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The main character skips school, lies, forges, and steals, all for what she thinks is a good cause, of course.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild fantasy violence. Flora thinks she sees a man killed (she's wrong), and worries about being eaten by a monster.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drunkenness, cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that compared with most fantasies this is pretty mild -- no big battles, little real violence.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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