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Flora Segunda is a series of young-adult fantasy novels by Ysabeau S. Wilce.

Flora Fyrdraaca is the scion of a once-glorious family, but since Califa lost the War and her mother banished the magical butler who kept Crackpot Hall in order, Flora has been reduced to babysitting her crazy alcoholic father and mucking out the stables (as well as performing every other unpleasant chore that needs doing). As if this weren't bad enough, she's approaching her 14th birthday, the age at which all Fyrdraacas are expected to enter military training — but Flora would much rather be a Ranger, a spy who uses magic. When she accidentally stumbles across the banished butler, she thinks restoring him will solve at least a few of these problems. It doesn't.

The novels in the series are:

Tropes found in this series include:

  • Action Girl: Califa seems to be a very militaristic society that doesn't discriminate based on gender at all, so there are a lot of these, including Flora's mother, who's the Warlord's Commanding General.
  • Aerith and Bob: Flora and Udo, for example, are attested names; Idden and Reverdy, not so much. And then there's Juliet Buchanan Fyrdraaca ov Fyrdraaca, who seems to encapsulate the trope quite nicely in a single name.
  • Anachronism Stew: Technology seems mostly 1800sish at best, but the youth culture is very modern (even if their rock bands do feature banjos instead of guitars and use magic for amplification).
  • Fiery Redhead: Flora herself, for starters. Hotspur and General Haðraaða Segunda/Butcher Brakespeare/Azota/whatever you want to call her, as well.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Flora doesn't show much romantic interest in Udo... until he hooks up with The Zu Zu.
  • Happily Adopted: Flora herself, once she finds out that Butcher Brakespere was her real mother. Despite knowing that her Mamma isn't her mother, she knows Mamma will always be her Mamma, no matter what.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Quetzals are the Half-Human Hybrid result of human women mating with male eagles. Even in a world where magic exists, it's hard to figure out how that one would work.
  • In Which a Trope Is Described: Both the title, "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." and the chapter headings:
"Mamma. Sleeping Late. An Overdue Library Book. The Elevator."
"Lost. Many Empty Rooms. Very Dusty Towels."
"Surprise. Denizens & Butlers. Many, Many Books."
The Eschatamonmicon,
Rangering for Everyody!

An Invaluable Collection of Eight Hundred
Practical Receipts, Sigils, and Instructs
Ranger, Adepts, Sorcerers, Mages, Bibliomantics,
Scounts, Hierophants, Gnostics, Chaoists, Priestesses, Sibyls,
Sages, Achons, Anthropagists, Avatars, Trackers,
and People Generally,
Containing a Rational Guide to
Evocation, Invocation, Augoeides, Smithing, Epiclesis,
Camping, Divinaion, Equipage, Retroactive Enchantment,
Mule Packing, Geas, Adoration, Cutting for Sign,
Bibliomancy, Transubstantiation, Hitches, Vortices,
Prophecy, Libel & Dreams, etc.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: Not used much (if at all) in the first book, but practically omnipresent in the second, especially around Tiny Doom. (Though one wonders why it's necessary when Califan swearing seems to consist of words like "fike" and "scit"...)
  • Never Found the Body: Butcher Brakespeare (or whatever name you want to call her by). Supposedly this is because the Huitzils ate her, but...
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The so-called Republic of Califa was never democratic as far as we can tell. Before the Warlord conquered it and turned it into a military dictatorship, it was under the seemingly just as oppressive control of the Pontifexa. Any truly republican origins before this have not yet been revealed by the author.
  • Persecution Flip: The Califans, who seem mostly European-flavored despite a few Latin American cultural elements (and being native to pseudo-California), have been defeated and are controlled by the pseudo-Aztec Huitzils.
  • Promotion to Parent: Flora when Buck is away — though she's the youngest child; the one she's parenting is actually her dad. Udo also seems to be left alone with his many, many younger siblings a lot.
  • Puppet State: The main characters' country, Califa, is a vassal state of the Huitzil empire, because it was pretty much that or be conquered entirely. Many people are still less than happy about it, though.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Flora Segunda is a replacement for the First Flora, her older sister who was captured along with her father during the war and is presumably dead.
  • Shaped Like Itself: There's a bit in the first book about Flora seeing "Paimon's monstrous visage in all its monstrousness" or something along those lines.