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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons Paperback – Box set, July 1, 2003
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"What a charmer! A decidedly diverting novel with plenty of action and . . . laugh-out-loud reading pleasure."--Booklist (starred review)
"Full of excitement . . . and good humor. Wrede's delightful voice is all her own."--School Library Journal (starred review)
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But none of them will ever look quite the same after reading Patricia C. Wrede's "The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons," bringing together four charming little fantasy stories. Wrede cleverly pokes fun at all the things you've come to expect from princess tales, including the now-cliched rebellious princess trope.
"Dealing with Dragons" introduces Princess Cimorene, youngest daughter of the king of Linderwall. Like most medieval tomboys, Cimorene is considered rough, unseemly and stubborn -- she wants to fight with swords and learn magic. On the advice from a magic frog, she goes out in search of a dragon to be housekeeper for. But when she's not sending away valiant knights, she's dealing with some very troublesome wizards.
"Searching For Dragons" picks up when the dragon Kazul goes mysteriously missing. Cimorene is, unsurprisingly, very concerned about this and wants to find her. Enter Mendanbar, a young king as unconventional as Cimorene -- not to mention in need of a wife. But even though he goes along to find Kazul, with wizards and laughter all around, he'll find that he's much more interested in Cimorene.
"Calling on Dragons" skips ahead to when Cimorene and Mendanbar are mrried, and Queen Cimorene is pregnant. All is right, right? Wrong. Magic is vanishing in the Enchanted Forest; the king's sword has been stolen. To combat the troublesome wizards, Morwen the witch teams up with Cimorene, Kazul, Telemain the Magician, and a rabbit called Killer.Read more ›
I first encountered these books in sixth grade, when my teacher began to read Dealing with Dragons to my class. She never finished it, and I forget why I began to read it, but after I had finished it, I loved it. For a long time, I didn't even know that it was part of a series. I read and reread the book so many times that the paperback spine broke, and I had to finally replace it. When I did replace it, I bought the entire series.
I always tell people that this is a great series for young adults who like fantasy, and that the first book (Dealing with Dragons) can stand alone pretty well. It is a series that uses common tropes from fairy tales and fantasy myths, but satirizes and mocks them. For example, in Dealing with Dragons, Cimorene (the very IMPROPER princess) meets a talking frog... but one that she doesn't need to kiss, although he offhandedly remarks that he's met a couple enchanted frogs in the past. :)
The second book, Searching for Dragons, is a continuation to Dealing with Dragons, but it introduces a new character, Mendenbar, the ruler of the Enchanted Forest (and we discover why the series is called The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) and revisits some of the older characters. Calling on Dragons, which is one of my favorites in the series, focuses on the witch Morwen-- it is the silliest of all of them, in my opinion, mostly because of Morwen's cats. Finally, Talking to Dragons, which is my least favorite of the series, ties up some of the loose ends. Unfortunately, this final book takes place one generation from the lovable Mendenbar and Cimorene, and it is kind of disconcerning to lose them but keep Wrede's wit. But, the series is fun, the characters are (for the most part) wonderful and unforgettable, and it is a very creative (but underrated) fantasy series that I strongly recommend.
The first , Dealing with Dragons, follows the spunky, strong-willed, yet lovable Princess Cimorene on her journy to get away from her dreadfully normall kingdom and embark on an adventure, in wich she befriends dragons, meets witches, and melts some wizards. I thoughroly enjoyed this book! But be warned: after you pick up this one, you simply MUST read the others as well!
The second book, Searching for Dragons, focuses on Mendanbar, king of the enchanted forest, as he meets up with the same great characters from Dealing with Dragons and many equally great new characters on his journeys to save the enchanted forest. An amaizing tale, it's hard to see how Wrede was able to match the greatness of the first one, but yet she does, with great skill!
The third book, Calling on Dragons, is more centered around the witch, Morwen, as she teams up with dragons, donkey-rabbits, firewitches, and many other fun characters to rescue the King's magic sword from meddling wizards. Again, Wrede dazzles us with her ability to keep the story alive and exciting.
The fourth, and final, book in the series, Talking to Dragons, follows Cimorene's son, Daystar, on his quest to return order to the enchanted forest. Although he doesn't even know it, but it seems that everyone else does!! along the way he meets a young dragon and a hot-headed fire witch, who aid in his quest. Although my least favorite in the series (this book is told in the 1st person point-of-view) Wrede doesn't fail to give her readers a fun and captivating story!
I highly reccommend this set!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was so amazingly exciting! I first read it at 14 years old, between that and summer fun, I stretched it out for the whole summer! I would read it again, and I'm 34! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This series is fantastic. My boys started reading them via school and wanted to re-read them (rare) so I got the whole set. A definite keeper for our home library.Published 3 months ago by Jen
If you have kids, you should get this series. We read all the books in the car, everytime we went anywhere as a family. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PuceEmu
Cimorene is not your average princess. Her hair isn't blond and she doesn't swoon at the sight of handsome princes, and she certainly doesn't sew, or dance, or sing, or any of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vinca Books
My daughter is not a big fan of reading, but she truly enjoyed reading this series. She finished all 4 books in 4 weeks. She said she couldn't stop reading them.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
not as exciting as they could have been. My daughter liked it okay, but it failed to hold my interest... seemed slow and boring.Published 7 months ago by Leah C. Adamowicz