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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.

Tropes found in this series include:

 "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...
  • Normally I Would Be Dead Now: Flora's dare
  • 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. One of the cases where the brutality of the now-in-power group may lend itself to Unfortunate Implications -- the Huitzils seem to be Always Chaotic Evil and literally baby-eating (well, people-eating, really).
  • 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.
  • Servile Snarker: Valefor
  • 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.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Zu Zu -- well, it's her nickname, but it's spelled with a "the", all right.
  • Switched At Birth
  • The Warlord
  • Whip It Good: Butcher Brakespeare, whose nickname, "Azota", means "whip" and is based on her habit of whipping subordinates who disobeyed her.
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