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Flora's Fury: How a Girl of Spirit and a Red Dog Confound Their Friends, Astound Their Enemies, and Learn the Importance of Packing Light Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


 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


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 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

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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015205409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In addition to the Flora novels, Ysabeau's stories have appeared in various anthologies, including "Steampunk!"; "The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror"; "Eclipse 1"; "Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" and "The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy".

She has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and been a James Tiptree finalist. In 2008, "Flora's Dare" was awarded the Andre Norton Award.

In her spare time, Ysabeau enjoys chewing, sleeping, and folding paper-towels into napkins. Someday she hopes to go down the Colorado River in a barrel.

She currently lives in Northern California with her husband, child and border collie. They do not, alas, have a butler.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H Waterhouse on May 10, 2012
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Good resolution to YA love triangle or BEST resolution to YA love triangle? BEST.

Well, it's not really a resolution. Flora obviously still has work to do at the end of the book, but her dilemma between PrettyBoy and FurryBoy is handled as both in-character and a brilliant sendup of the problem in other books. But listen to how she describes it.

"Udo and Sieur Wraathmyr glared at each other. Neither one looked at me. In all the cheap romance novels, the heroine is always thrilled when her rivals fight. In real life, it was just horribly embarrassing. I was not the last piece of bacon."

Flora/Nyana is trying to track down her mother, and along the way, she meets dangerous denizens, attractive delivery men, and gorgeous pirates. She's baked in the sun, assaulted by were-panthers, and has heartfelt hissyfits about how no one tells her ANYTHING. At no point does she overcome her motion-sickness.

The thing I like best about Flora is that even when she makes a bad decision, it's because she thinks about her options. The pirates have been sent by her mother to kidnap her? That's what THEY say, she's going to go off on her own, thanks.

I really appreciate the Nini Mo ... koans? scattered through the book. "That day, that sorrow", she says "Dare, win, or disappear." "Everyone has a talent."

Also, I cackled out loud when I found a little bit of Kipling buried in a scene in a remote and dusty outpost fort. "A cup for the dead already, and hurrah for the next to die." I think Kipling would have enjoyed this world, and reading Nini Mo stories. STOP THE PRESSES! I went to look it up and realized that all these years I have thought Kipling wrote "The Revel", but it turns out to have been written by one Bartholomew Dowling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Trent on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have never actually entered a review for anything, but I love this book, this series, so much that I'm compelled to do so. The FLORA series is a marvel of invention. If you've not read it, there's a little BUY button over there you should be using. It's filled with magic, plot twists that would shame the wiliest, twistiest serpent, and a main character who never quits. And what I think readers should know is that this kind of wildly inventive and sublime fantasy is disappearing. If you want to see MORE of this type of thing, then by all means buy the books, shout about them to the heavens, and encourage authors to give you more of what you want! I for one want many, many, many more FLORA books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diana on September 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I will start off by urging everyone who loves YA fantasy to read this highly inventive series with a strong vivid central character. Start with the first book. Some points:

1. A couple of reviewers complained Flora's Fury was hard to understand if read alone. Well, yeah. It's the third book in a series. Which brings me to:
2. This is marketed as the end of a trilogy but it's not. It wraps up the plot points within this book, mostly (except the love triangle) but sets up for the next conflict. Most importantly, the overarching conflict - Califa's independence, Flora's full realization of her own magical abilities are not resolved (several characters say she has tons of magic swirling around in her blood, and she speaks powerful Grammaticka without knowing why).
3. Several other reviewers say rather condescendingly that this is good for a 12 or 13 year old girl--I disagree completely. While this is certainly good for that age, it is also great for older readers. In fact the series suffers from inept marketing, eg saying it is for 8-10th graders. As one reader points out, there is substantial cursing in the book, although it is changed by a vowel to make it a nonsense word. Still. Also, many of the conflicts are emotionally charged - her parentage, repeated murder and killings, attempted rape, secrets/lies, ethics - and would be best appreciated by someone older. And you don't have to be a girl to read this--I resent that assumption that if the central character is a girl, the book should be read by girls. We never say that for fantasy books with male protagonists.
4. I found this third book certainly inventive, but some plot devices were overused, particularly the secret identity/motive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
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This is a really well done YA fantasy series. (Note that this is the third book in the series, and they must be read in order!). It stars Flora, aka Nini, aka a few other names and nicknames, who is the scion of a old but now almost extinct noble household. She is indeed a "Girl of Spirit".

In the previous books Flora discovered All is Not as It Seems, especially as the woman she knew as her Mother, the inimitable General "Buck" is not really her Mother, and that "the Birdies' are out to sacrifice her- except that they don't know who she is.

Now Flora is a Lieutenant in the Army- a aide de camp- for her adoptive Mother the Commander-in-Chief. Flora's life is now caught up in the minutia of Army routine- not to mention being a babysitter for her half-brother. But what Flora really wants to be is a heroic Ranger, just like her real Mother, "Nini".

This desire- and the desire to find her real Mother (who is presumed by all but Our Heroine to be dead) sets off a chain of improbable, fantastic and dangerous adventures.

My only complaint here is that this book took far too long in the writing, so that I had to go back and re-read the other two first.

Yes, there is some romance here, but nothing that a advanced 8yo couldn't handle. There's also some smoking and drinking. Unlike some other young female protagonists, a girl could do worse than emulating Flora.
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