Flora Fyrdraaca is sick of her life. Her mother–a general in the military–is never home, and Flora is forced to maintain Crackpot Hall–her family’s home–which is rapidly falling into disrepair because her mother banned the butler. One day, Flora takes a shortcut through her house and stumbles upon Valefor, the family butler. Her actions will plunge her and her friends into a grand adventure that none are really prepared for.
This was a really fun book! I really enjoyed Wilce’s world–which has a little magic, a splash of political intrigue, and interesting customs that she feeds the reader throughout the story. I enjoyed exploring the setting almost as much as I enjoyed the plot. Wilce has written a very tight plot that hints at things, but will not let you see its entirety. The narrator Flora is especially well constructed, and I like how well Wilce has developed her point of view, yet there are still enough details for the reader to make her own conclusions. I greatly enjoyed this book, although I think that sixth and seventh graders would especially like the series.