Illustrator: Peter de Sève
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on November 1st 2002
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade
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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.
OMG I love this book. I love this series. It’s among my top middle-grade books and it’s been so long since I’ve read it but man am I glad I did. It’s perfect.
This book is me. I am the personification of this book. It’s my exact writing style. The characters are me. The plot is me.
Ok, I’ll be specific. The way this book starts out is almost exactly like a short story I wrote when I was in fourth grade. The writing style is the same—very matter-of-fact, little explanation. “This is what is, and that’s just the way it is.” Very sensible. Like Cimorene. And the plot is the same—a princess running away because she’s tired of being a princess. I’m pretty sure I read this book after writing the story, because I wouldn’t have stolen the idea, but the coincidence seems uncanny. If that’s not enough to convince you that this book is me, there’s the entire rest of it, too.
I love Cimorene. She’s very reasonable and sensible, even more than myself, if that’s possible. She’s not annoying or wishy-washy at all. Very no-nonsense, like her witch friend Morwen. And she’s very clever. She doesn’t do things just because they’re proper. And she’s not interested in romance, but she’s good at match-making. This is so me right now.
And dragons. Dragons are the best. That’s pretty much a universal fact in the fantasy-lover world. And these dragons are so cool. They have their own history and customs and protocol and just way of life that is so fascinating. They’re properly intimidating but can be very nice and friendly. Or quirky. They all have such personalities.
Even the humans and wizards in the book have real personalities. They’re all likable even if they’re evil. They’re just so fun to read about. I was so pleased when Cimorene made a friend among the captive princesses, Alianora, View Spoiler » even though she ran off with the prince at the end. Yes, they were great for each other, but I hope they visit. They didn’t say anything about that, though. I don’t know. I hope Cimorene gets a new friend soon. « Hide SpoilerThey made a great pair.
I just loved how everything worked together. How the knights were, so stubborn in trying to rescue her just because of protocol. How every now and then you’d come across some strange happening, some piece of magic out-of-place, some item, or some wandering person on a quest. Just little bits of fairy tales dropping in, in your everyday life. Your normal life of working as a dragon’s housekeeper. Can I have this life, please? Can this be me? I want this so badly.
And then there are all the hidden plots to uncover. Such fun! And things fall into place quite nicely. There isn’t any real danger in this book. It’s mostly just fun. It’s a quick read, but addicting. It’s so easy to get immersed in the world! I’m going to start the next one right away. And I did have a great many laughs. It’s the perfect book.
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