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
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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.
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.)
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