Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Posted May 10, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. WredeTalking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Illustrator: Peter de Sève
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4
Also in this series: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1st 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 255
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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four-stars

Always be polite to dragons!
That's what Daystar's mother taught him...and it's a very wise lesson--one that might just help him after his mom hands him a magic sword and kicks him out of the house. Especially because his house sits on the edge of the Enchanted Forest and his mother is Queen Cimorene.
But the tricky part is figuring out what he's supposed to do with the magic sword. Where is he supposed to go? And why does everyone he meets seem to know who he is?
It's going to take a particularly hotheaded fire-witch, a very verbose lizard, and a badly behaved baby dragon to help him figure it all out.
And those good manners certainly won't hurt!

Main points

 Okay, I guess this was about as good an ending as I could have expected. It was better than the previous one, even if not quite as good as the first two. Interestingly, it was the only one written in first person, which does add to the idea that this is the main book and the others are really just prequels. Hmm.

I liked Daystar, though his politeness verged on boring. He was just as proper about etiquette as the princesses and knights were, even if they were sticklers to the point of frustration. I did not really like Shiara. Someone who hates being polite that much…Man, I wouldn’t be able to put up with her. It just wasn’t reasonable.

I liked the plot a bit better. It was so sad though that Cimorene and Mendanbar had to be apart for 17 years. So depressing. That’s a long time, especially since they were only properly married for one year! Mendanbar missed his son’s entire childhood! Now they’re old! (But not as old as Morwen, which is even more depressing.) Anyway, Daystar’s adventures were fun. I like the Enchanted Forest. It was more fun in this book than the previous one. Met a lot more fun people. I like Suz the lizard very much.

In any case, while the characters were meh, the plot was good and it was still a page-turner. It was a good albeit not fantastic conclusion to the series.

 reaction upon finishing

Well, I guess that’s all right then.

this book in one word

(merely) satisfactory

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
four-stars
Characters
three-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
five-stars
Romance
one-half-stars
Ending
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars
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