Flora Segunda

“You are yourself again. You have regained your Will.”

The best extended-title award has to go to Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce.

Like several GU stories, it takes place within a house – but what a house, with (as the title says) 11,000 rooms, all in decay and disrepair. Flora is turning 14, which means she will soon be sent to military training, a fate she does not welcome. One day, Flora enters the house’s forbidden elevator and gets lost – then stumbles upon the house’s magic butler Valefor, who was banished by her mother (hence the house’s state of disrepair). She foolishly lends Valefor some of her own essence in order to strengthen him, but he takes much more than she can spare. Flora and her companion Udo must then find a way to save her. A plot as twisting and complex as the house and inventive language and concepts throughout, it is perhaps a bit overwhelming in total, but still enjoyable.

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