Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4)
One day, Daystar's mom, Cimorene, hands him a magic sword and kicks him out of the house. Daystar doesn't know what he is supposed to do with the magic sword, but knowing Cimorene, he's sure it must involve a dragon or two!
This edition was published as #13 in the MagicQuest series by Ace Books, a reissuing of classic young adult fantasy novels.
The main focus of this tale seemed to be to encourage politeness. And while I love that theme, it did feel a bit heavy handed at times.
For 16 years of age, I felt our protagonist...more
The story was alright but I felt like it wasn't as good as the other books. By 'good' I mean, well-plotted, funny or interesting. There were still some twists to the usual fairy tales but not as much as before and I got the feeling that it was mainly about Daystar and his sword. This is because (view spoiler)[ a voice keeps saying 'Hail the Bearer of the Sword!' and things like that which end up being redundant (hide spoiler)]
Another thing which left me confused:
The first time I started this book, I had not read any of the others. I read about 30 pages in a restaurant while waiting for my food because it was the only book I had with me. I didn't finish because I don't really like to read things out of order - but I was intrigued...more
This was a little different, with Daystar being the first-person narrator. He's a very interesting narrator, and brings a fresh perspective on things. I was a little annoyed that no one would tell him anything and ever...more
The main character has no thoughts. No signs of intelligence or life. Kid's a 16 year old boy scout who can only have the barest of hints of interest in the girl who's suppose to be his love interest. He's super polite, careful, and just has no real feel. He just simply isn't human or alive by any means.
What I mean when I say the main male protag is simply isn't alive or human...more
Love the humor. Love the breezy adventure and endearing characters. Each book focuses on different folks, but the sequence events counts, and I do not recommend trying to read them as stand-alones. The ending of #2 is a bit worrisome, and the ending of #3 is a cliff-hanger, and #4 does have some intensity not necessarily suitable for the youngest readers. On the whole, they're clean and fun, I'd say fine for...more
Along the way, he discovers a somewhat rude Fire Witch who has a hard time controlling her magic and an assortment of wizards (always bad news), witches,...more
So many elements of the story just kind of "appeared" at the right time. I mean, i...more
Okay, so yeah - Wrede completely and utterly failed at having the previous series lead up to this book, or at sufficiently revising this one. One of the...more
THE WRITING: was weird. Very weird. Wrede used some variant of "I thought", "he/she looked", or "I felt", I am not kidding you, at least twice a page. Unlike the other books in this series, this one was written from the perspective of Daystar, the baffled son of Mendanbar and Cimorene. I felt Wrede's use of first person was very clumsy and unwieldy; it didn't work nearly as well as...more
The fantasy setting is definitely for kids. It's light, magical, and generally fun. The "bad" characters are bad in a fairy-tale kind of way, and yet the archetypal hero and heroine's roles are complex enough to be interesting. This novel takes many fairy-tale stereotypes and turns them on their heads.
Talking to Dragons is the one I read the least frequently when I was younger, and as a result, it is the one I had forgotten the most about. I remembered that it took place several years after the end of Calling on Dragons, and that the main character was Daystar, and something about a fire-witch, and obviously that it wrapped up the whole Wizards Hav...more
Oddly, this book is written in first person where the rest are written in third; it's not a problem, necessarily, but I did find it a little weird.
The plot seemed to move along much more swiftly than Calling on Dragons. Plus, there was a nice balance between old characters (Morwen, Telemain, Kazul, Antorell) and new (Shiara, the young dragon, Suz).
The ending wrapped everything up very neatly, and followed naturally f...more
First off, who names their kid Daystar? I know this book is fantasy and all, but I feel like Daystar is a strange name in this world. I could see it working for the My Little Pony universe, but...more
This is different than the other books in the series as it is a coming of age st...more
The naif going off on an inexplicable quest is a fairly common motif for fantasy, and one of the problems I had was that Daystar was too competent from the beginning for it to be quite reasonable to suppose that he was as ignorant as he needs to be to successfully complete his quest. He knows a lot m...more