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Introduction

I love Patricia C. Wrede’s books, and maybe, so do you. Perhaps you were introduced to her when you read one of her Enchanted Forest Chronicles series, like Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One. Well, you’ve clicked the right link to get a broad overview of all her books. (By the way, her last name is pronounced “Reedy.”)


The Lyra Novels

Technically a “series” because they take place in the same world, all of the Lyra novels are true standalones, with different characters and plots for each one of them. There is practically no overlap, for although they take place in the same world they take place in different time periods and places in that world. There is definitely no need to read these novels in any order that people artificially place them in. The easiest two to get used to be The Raven Ring: A Lyra Novel (Tor Fantasy) and Shadows over Lyra, which is a compilation of the three Lyra novels Shadow Magic, Daughter Of Witches (Lyra, Book 2), and The Harp of Imach Thyssel. I like having them separate, but Shadows over Lyra has a timeline and added notes on Lyra! However, most of the series is out of print as of this update. Another novel in the series is the wonderful Caught In Crystal. This series is darker fantasy than "The Enchanted Forest Chronicles," so readers who are looking only for laughs are warned away. However, I highly recommend them.


The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

If you haven’t read these yet, give yourself a treat! These books are humorous, original stories about princesses, kings, dragons, and all that ”good stuff.” The Chronicles are set in the Mountains of Morning and the Enchanted Forest, and they have been primarily marketed to young adults. Start with Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One. Proceed to Searching for Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book Two. Then read the third in the series (where you finally can hear what the cats are saying!), Calling on Dragons (Read with Me Paperbacks). Lastly, read the current conclusion to the series Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles). If you want more, get Book of Enchantments, a collection of short stories. Two of the stories take place in the world of the Enchanted Forest, and the others range from seriously melancholy (and beautifully written) to tongue-in-cheek.


Regency Fantasy

Wrede has written two and two halves books of fantasy that take place in Regency England…just not the kind of Regency England that was in our past. The two novels she wrote on her own have the same characters in them. My favorite of the duo is the first, Mairelon the Magician. However, many people like the second better The Magician's Ward, probably because it has a romantic ending. A great Regency fantasy called Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot was co-written with Caroline Stevermer and recently republished. I highly recommend it. A sequel to it is out now, The Grand Tour. And if you like Stevermer, make sure to read my favorite Stevermer novel A College of Magics.


Frontier Magic Trilogy

Fans should be should be thrilled to find out about her new series, a projected trilogy following a young woman named Eff who lives in a magical alternate frontier setting. I enjoyed the world and character set up in Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic (Quality)) and the continuing story in Across the Great Barrier (Frontier Magic, Book 2). Just this summer the third book in the trilogy The Far West (Frontier Magic) was released, and I can't wait to read it.


Miscellaneous

Wrede also wrote The Seven Towers and Snow White and Rose Red (The Fairy Tale Series). They are both unconnected to any of her series. The first one reminds me of both her Lyra novels at some points and Enchanted Forest Chronicles at others. The second is an adult fairy tale retelling, part of the same series as Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose. Finally, for you ardent Star Wars fans, Wrede wrote the novelizations for kids of both Ep. I and Ep. II, The Phantom Menace (Star Wars Episode I) and Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Junior Novelization). I also recently discovered that Bruce Coville's Book of Magic 2: More Tales to Cast a Spell on You has a short story by Wrede called "The Cinders Case," which I haven't read.


Conclusion

I hope this guide helped you sort out Patricia C. Wrede’s books. As you can see, many of her books have been out of print, although the ebook market has been remedying that. If you feel as I do that all fantasy readers should have access to these books, write the publishers and ask them to place the books back on the shelves! Enjoy your reading!

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