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Dragon's Breath (Tales of the Frog Princess Book 2) by [Baker, E. D.]
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Grade 5-7-Quests, tests, hearts won and broken, encounters with dragons, and plenty of magic animate this breezy sequel to The Frog Princess (Bloomsbury, 2003). When evil hag Olivene not only refuses to change good witch Grassina's heartthrob Haywood back from being an otter, but also dispatches him to parts unknown, young witch-in-training Princess Emeralda (Emma) and formerly enchanted Prince Eadric are charged with gathering the ingredients needed for a curse-lifting potion: "A gossamer hair from mother-of-pearl,/The breath of a dragon green./A feather from an aged horse,/The husk of a magic bean." Nothing turns out to be quite what it seems-and thanks to a previous curse, the questors switch between human and frog whenever Emma sneezes. Oh, and the kingdom of Greater Greensward is also about to be invaded by the army of Emma's snotty ex-suitor, Prince Jorge. Eadric's focus on food, flirting, and fighting (exactly in that order) still makes him something of a male caricature, but at least he's brave and decent-hearted. As tasty as its prequel, this romantic confection ends with several ingenious twists and the possibility of further adventures. A treat for fans of Gail Carson Levine's books.
John Peters, New York Public Library
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“As tasty as its prequel, this romantic confection ends with several ingenious twists . . . A treat.” ―School Library Journal

“As magically adventurous as fantasy can get.” ―VOYA

Dragon's Breath continues the tradition of feisty princesses who turn the normal fantasy clichés inside-out. Self-aware and independent, Emma is a heroine to root for, the sort who never gives up.” ―Science Fiction Chronicle


Product Details

  • File Size: 1378 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UM5BNW
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I've read in the past year, and since I work in a bookstore I read a lot. I think Emma is the perfect example of what a good female character can be, and it's a story that I think girls everywhere will love. I'm sure boys will like it too, with all the dragons and giant spiders.

This book has so many great things going for it, my favorite thing being that Emma never uses violence to solve a problem unless she needs to, and always gives humans and animals the benefit of the doubt and lets them prove themselves before thinking badly of them.

The paperback is also very sturdy, and will hold up to repeated readings. And trust me, you'll read it repeatedly.
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The book Dragon's Breath by E.D. Baker is a fantastic book for those who like fantasies and also the romantic type. This author has a writing style that moves the story along quickly which is one of the reasons I liked this book.

It's about Princess Emma who goes on an expedition with her prince Eadric, her aunt Grassina, and her husband Haywood. Grassina's mother turned Haywood into an otter under the impression that he was not good enough for her. Wishing for Haywood as a human and not an otter, they all attempt to coax Grassina's mother to turn Haywood back. When they're effort makes the issue worse, they find the way to un-do the spell and decide to turn Haywood back themselves. Under pressure with a clock running they have to gather unusual ingredients for the spell. They barely make the cut in and a ghastly turnout ruins their chance to bring Haywood and Grassina the happily ever after they deserve.

I enjoyed this book because of the good ending and the way the author developed the characters. I enjoyed reading this book because I usually don't like fantasy books, but this one worked for me with the streak of romance woven in. I would give this book four stars for the moving pace, the well developed characters, and the balance between romance and fantasy.
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Dragon's Breath is an enjoyable read, with a writing style directed towards younger kids.

This is the story of a teen princess, Emma, who is learning magic and trying to get out of a betrothal. It is written in the first person, and starts off in the middle of things, which felt a bit awkward, but I realized later was because this is actually the third book in the series. It does, however, do a decent job of explaining things quickly and can be read by itself. The story is entertaining, and while the tone was lighthearted, the challenges therein were not trivial. Spells and magic are pretty juvenile, but since that is the target audience, that's not really a problem. It seems like in order to cast a spell, you just come up with a rhyming poem that demands or asks for what you want. There aren't really any rules about how the magic works or energy use or anything like that.

I expected the book to be quite predictable, but it was not. The story line surprised me several times along the way.

The biggest issue I had with the e-book are the many, many typos. This is unfortunately somewhat common in e-books, but that does not make it acceptable. OCR (optical character recognition) is all well and good for a cheap conversion, but it really must be accompanied by a thorough editing job.

Still, I highly recommend this book to young fantasy readers (age 12 - 14) and I'm sure the rest of the series is on par.
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We bought the Frog Princess from a school bookfair. I've been reading it to my 8 year old daughter. We both enjoyed the book so much, I bought the next two in the series on Amazon. These are wonderfully funny, engaging stories. This is a children's auther I would highly recommend.
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My six year old daughter loves these books. I read them to her and occasionally censor the violent parts.
The princess is on a quest to help turn her aunt's beloved (who was long ago turned into an otter by her grandmother) back into a human. It's one adventure after another with lots of thrilling moments.
Like all the kindle versions of these books, this one has lots of typos. It looks like someone scanned this from the print format.
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The novel is a sequel to the "Frog Princess," and that novel should be read first to understand the characters. Princess Emeralda, her friend Prince Eadric, and her aunt Grassina (the Green Witch) discover the ingredients needed to reverse the spell that turned the man Grassina loved into an otter. The problem is the fact that the spell requires a hair from mother-of-pearl, the husk of a magic bean, a horse feather, and the breath of a green dragon. Most of the novel deals with the adventures of Emeralda and Eadric as they go on a quest seeking the items. Along the way they acquire some dragon friends. And they need to hurry, as the army of an adjoining kingdom is preparing to invade the country.

The events come out a little different than planned. Grassina is not entirely sure she still wants Haywood whom she has not seen in human form for 20 years. Emeralda's grandmother is interferring, as she has never thought Haywood was good enough for Grassina - the reason she turned him into an otter. Things become complicated because some spells have hidden features that are unknown until activated. Also, you do have to be careful what you wish for, or you may get unwanted results.

As usual with fairy tales, the hero or heroine (in this case) prevail in the end.
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