Tuesday, December 6, 2011
In Case You Missed It - The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C Wrede
Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart. . . .
And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon . . . and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for.
Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper, meets her match in the not-quite-kingly Mendanbar. With the aid of a broken-down magic carpet and a leaky magical sword, the two tackle a series of dragon-nappings.
Those wicked wizards are back—and they've become very smart. (Sort of.) They intend to take over the Enchanted Forest once and for all . . . unless Cimorene finds a way to stop them. And some people think being queen is easy.
One day, Daystar's mom, Cimorene, hands him a magic sword and kicks him out of the house. Daystar doesn't know what he is supposed to dowith the magic sword, but knowing Cimorene, he's sure it must involve a dragon or two!
Patricia C Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles were originally published between 1989 and 1993. They have been reissued several times since then and the stories have stood up to the test of time. These are fantastic, light-hearted fantasy that are easy to read and full of amusing characters and interesting situations.
Cimorene is exactly the sort of character I love - smart, sassy and not willing to accept the status quo without a fight. She's not afraid to go out on her own and find what she's looking for, even if it means playing kitchen maid to a dragon! The dragons are imperious, large and wonderful, with such different personalities they start to feel almost human. There are a host of other characters that appear in and out of the four books in the series - too many to mention, but all wonderful.
If you're up for some light, humourous dragon fun, try this series out for size. You should still be able to find it without too much trouble. It's one of my favourites.