Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Posted May 8, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. WredeSearching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Illustrator: Peter de Sève
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Dealing with Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on November 1st 2002
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Pages: 242
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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Kidnap a dragon? How daring!How stupid.
Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper, is back--but where is Kazul the dragon? That's what Cimorene is determined to find out.
Luckily--or perhaps not-so-luckily--she's got help: Mendenbar, the not-very-kingly King of the Enchanted Forest, has joined her in her quest. So with the aid of a broken-down magic carpet, a leaky magical sword, and a few buckets of soapy lemon water, they set off across the Enchanted Forest to tackle the dragon-napping and save the King of the Dragons.

Main points

Another lovely installment! This one was almost as good as the first one. It was really quite close. I finally got the ship I wanted.

I was a bit miffed at first because it was told from the POV of the King of the Enchanted Forest, but I liked him almost immediately. I miss Cimorene, but she was still there, and I could guess her thoughts well enough. We meet a few more fun characters in this one. Every single one is likable and unique. It’s very easy to make friends. And it seems that Cimorene and Mendanbar can’t help helping everyone wherever they go. And it helps to have an all-powerful sword.

Yes, again, there wasn’t any real danger. Just a lot of things to figure out. The plot was a little more interesting than in the first one. I still enjoyed all the cameos from old fairy tales.

And the romance finally happened, of course. It was right and proper and perfect. Didn’t take up too much space at all. Just the way I like it. I’m really curious to see how this will affect the rest of the books, though. I don’t remember as well. I feel like the story so far could easily be taken as a duology, but I am very eager to read more. (I’ve read the first two straight in a row today and it’s very difficult to prevent myself picking up the third.)

 reaction upon finishing

must…resist….picking up…next….book

this book in one word


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.

Overall: five-stars


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