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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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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.Read more ›
I also love that she is not a supposedly reluctant meddler. She LIVES to meddle. And this causes all sorts of problems- and solutions- for her and for everyone else. (I have long felt a true avatar of Eris would be a teenaged girl... and probably one trying to do the Right Thing.)
The romantic triangle was semi-resolved in an excellent way, but one that will clearly have implications in the future. (It is pretty clear that this trilogy is not the end of the series.) So were most of the plot threads from the previous 2 novels, though they too leave many possibilities open for future tales.
The world is an interesting alternative history, sort of; it's set in a VERY alternative California, where the Aztecs are the main political power. It's intriguing but- as is true of the magical systems- our perception of the whole is choppy since it's through the eyes of a teen.
Don't start here- you won't understand half the action, at least. If these books sound like fun- and they are- start with "Flora Segunda".
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this series. The author does an outstanding job in creating strong characters, who can pull your heartstrings. Witty and adventurous this is a must read series. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Luis Beguiristain
The conclusion to the trilogy never fails to induce emotion! During some parts, I found myself holding back tears while reading in the break room at work. The action is non-stop! Read morePublished 23 months ago by E. Picheco
i personally loved this series... and am ever so impatiently awaiting more. Flora is a realistic character, in a richly imaginative world (yes it is not just inside the house. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by rt
really good. I love everything about it. you have no idea what's going to happen next. flora is a great characterPublished on March 29, 2014 by a guy
I will start with that its a good read. and frustrating. it just stops at the end. an entire universe, complex characters, a moral, and then its over. I want another book!Published on March 5, 2014 by Patrea L. Pabst
I love these books!!! By far my favorite book series. I highly recommend this series (Flora Segunda, Floras Dare, Floras Fury) to anyone looking for epic, fun, and fantastical... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Wes K.
Flora is older and has decided she needs to find her real mother (even though she is supposed to be dead). Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer