Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Posted May 9, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. WredeCalling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Illustrator: Peter de Sève
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles #3
Also in this series: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Talking to Dragons
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1st 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 244
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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two-stars

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.

Main points

Eh. I’m somewhat disappointed with this one. It felt like a whole lot of nothing. It was very meh. It didn’t feel as fun and magical as the first two—Oh, there was definitely tons of magic involved, but there was so much technical discussion that it kind of ruined it. The plot was sort of simple, until the very end when it got confusing. Compared to the first two, this book was just boring. The first two could very well have been taken as a duology, and a continuation could have been cool if it was interesting and like the first two. Some romance between Morwen and Telemain, for instance. More action inside the Enchanted Forest and less tramping around outside it and botching up transportation spells. (A bit like Harry Potter #7.) More fun characters. The two that we had were a bit bland. Killer was extremely annoying and not terribly useful, except at a few important times. Brandel the fire-witch was just bland.

It was cool to see it from Morwen’s POV. It was very hard in the first two to see her as a young woman, so this narration helped a bit. Plus we got all the fun conversation between the cats. But most of the time the cats’ talking took up way too much time. Between that and Telemain’s technical talk, it seemed like no conversation went anywhere. Cimorene wasn’t as fun because she was so worried about her husband the whole time and didn’t have a huge role in anything. And her husband had almost no role in this book at all.

Based on the (quite depressing) ending, it seems that this book was just a setup for the last book, which sounds like it should complete the quartet nicely if we take it as a whole and just sort of forget this book exists on its own. We’ll see. It also sort of seems like the last book was written first (or should have been first) and the previous three should have been prequels. It’s a bit backwards like that. But I won’t know until I’ve read it. Either way, I don’t think it’ll live up to the first two books. Frankly, I think the first one was the best one.

 reaction upon finishing

ugh. well, there’s always the next one.

this book in one word

meh

About Patricia C. Wrede

Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her second book at once, having become permanently hooked on writing by this time.
Her interests include sewing, embroidery, desultory attempts at gardening, chocolate, not mowing the lawn, High Tea, and, of course, reading.
She is a vegetarian, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her cats, Merlin, Brisen, and Nimue. She has no children, but as of this writing, she does have four nieces and four nephews ranging in age from seven months to twelve years old and in geographical location from Maine to Alabama.

Rating
Plot
three-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
three-stars
Cover
five-stars
Ending
three-stars
Overall: two-stars

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