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
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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.
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.
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