Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede

Posted December 29, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. WredeBook of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on October 1st 2005
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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This witty and charming collection of ten short fantasies includes a story, set in the Enchanted Forest, about Queen Cimorene's Frying Pan of Doom; a zany yarn about a magical blue chipmunk with a passion for chestnuts; and an eerie tale of a caliph who turns his vizier's daughter into a wolf.

Main points

This book is…interesting. It’s hard to look at it as a cohesive book because all the short stories are so different. And they’re all written for different age groups. Some are kids’ stories, some for older audiences. Some are very dark, some make no sense, and some are just fun. I must say that my favorite was the last one, the one that brought back Cimorene and the Enchanted Forest. But a couple of the ones about princesses were good too. These stories felt like snippets of a lot of different mythologies. You never knew what to expect with each one. So, obviously, you’ll feel differently about each one, which makes this a hard book to review. I had previously looked at it as a sort of companion book to the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series, but it isn’t really at all, except for the story with Cimorene. I expected them all to be set in the same world, and that is what confused me going into it. But when I looked at it as a group of unrelated stories, it was easier to appreciate each one uniquely. Again, though, some I liked quite a bit more than others. As long as you go into it knowing what it is, you can form your own opinions genuinely. I’m afraid I don’t have much more in the way of a review. Just had to make sure you guys knew this stuff. It’s a fast read.

  reaction upon finishing

what a nice way to end that!

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: four-stars


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