Wilce, Ysabeau S. -- Flora's Dare

Spunky girl -- hang on, I've got the subtitle here -- "Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)". This series remains entertaining on the edge of twee, and when I say "edge", okay, I mean "hanging three feet below the edge from a tree root". However, it's hard to complain when racing along a plot that jumps through time and sacred space without pausing for breath. The Norse-Empire-on-the-Bay feels more solid than some hard-SF settings, from the disaffected teen music fans to the gleeful nicknames (Tiny Doom!) to the uncomfortable receiving lines at state dinners. (Nobody likes shaking hands with a Huitzil priest.)

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