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Daring Do and the Eternal Flower: 02/10/19

Daring Do and the Eternal Flower

Daring Do and the Eternal Flower by A.K. Yearling is the second in a trilogy inspired by the books and author mentioned in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The conceit in the cartoon is that A.K. Yearling is the pseudonym of Daring Do — meaning that her popular adventures are more fact than fiction.

In this adventure, Daring is after a special flower that when found grants immortality to the finder. But it's nearly impossible to find, always hiding when spotted and never blooming in the same place twice. She though has some clues in the form on a leaf and her father's journal.

Of course I should have been thinking of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The details are the same: the promise of immortality and the collaboration between father and adult child. The leaves though, which act as a compass, reminded me instead of Curse of the Black Pearl and the father's journal (and the more or less absent father) reminded me of the early seasons of Supernatural.

Despite the obvious connection with the cartoon series — the motivation being one of brand proliferation, the book is a fun read. It is what it is but if you need an afternoon of escape, it will provide it.

Four stars

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