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Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #3)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  28,358 ratings  ·  422 reviews
They're back! Except Princess Cimorene is now Queen Cimorene of the Enchanted Forest and she is on a very important mission with Kazul the dragon king, Morwn the witch, Telemain the magician, two cats, and a blue, flying donkey-rabbit named Killer. It's not going to be easy.

The wizards have become very smart (sort of) and have found a way to capture the most powerful sourc
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Published 2003 by Listening Library (first published 1993)
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Calling on Dragons, though it does give us great background information on witches in general and Morwen in particular, is by far the weakest entry in the series.

My dislike, or perhaps I should say my lack of liking, for this book is primarily due to the character Killer, an enchanted bunny that Morwen finds in her garden. He's a hopping, talking MacGuffin; because a wizard was involved with his enchantment, Morwen takes him to the castle to consult with Mendanbar and Cimorene (who, incidentall
I enjoyed "Calling on Dragons" but not nearly as much as the first two. Now, I wasn't able to read this nearly as quickly as I was the previous two, so I'm sure I lost a bit of the flow because I had to stop and start so much. But, I just felt the book plodded more than its predecessors, and that every time we got close to something interesting, the story would back off and resort to something funny, or take that climax moment and start explaining something that really didn't need to be explaine ...more
Clare Fitzgerald
Calling on Dragons was possibly my favorite one of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles books when I was younger. It’s a little bit darker and a little bit weirder than the other ones, but this is offset by a heightened number of sassy talking animals.

Calling on Dragons is told from the perspective of the witch Morwen, who has been previously established as totally awesome in the first two volumes. While it’s great to hear a story from Morwen’s perspective just because Morwen is awesome, the real tr
3 Stars


This series is SO incredibly cute! I have to admit that books 1 and 2 are my favorites but I think the entire series is worth the read. It is a Young Adult fantasy series that (mostly) stars a woman and has a little bit of gendered role reversal. Cute!

Caveat: Books 3 and 4 are pretty annoying and book 3 (this one) has THE WORSE ENDING. Seriously. If you decide not to read them, give me a call and I'll give you the run-down. Have water handy, lol.
9 October, 2007

cliffhanger ending, wow

5 September, 2015

I am perhaps most inclined to love this volume because Morwen, a witch with lots of cats she can talk to and books. But that stupid rabbit is annoying as hell and just won't ever stop whining. It's like being trapped in a car with the worst toddler imaginable for eternity.

Not bad, but nowhere near as good as the first two.

In Calling on Dragons, the ever annoying Society of Wizards decides to become a serious threat to Mendanbar, Cimorene and the entire Enchanted Forest. They want the magic that's omnipresent in the forest and have decided that they're not going to let Mendanbar and his magic sword prevent them from getting it. So when the sword gets stolen, Cimorene, the witch Morwen, the magician Telemain, the dragon king Kazul and an assorted number of beasts i
Although I am so reluctant to recommend books in which a Dragon is turned into a protagonist, (curious why? Excellent non-fiction on the topic of myth and popular culture today is "A Landscape With Dragons"--highly recommend it to parents who have children heavily invested in fantasy literature. You don't have to agree with all his points to realize that he is raising an issue than many parents might not even know is there. I cannot help but love these b ...more
The third book in the series changes the 'main character' once again. This time it's Morwen and she brings her chatty cats to the story. The wizards have found a way around sucking up the magic in the Enchanted Forest and have stolen of Mendenbar's sword from right under his own castle. Morwen, Cimorene, Kazul and Telemain head off to retrieve the sword to restore the damage to the Enchanted Forest. I find that the series has lost a bit of its magic and I wasn't as easily amused. Cimorene is con ...more
Cliffhanger!!! Definitely a fun read, from Old MacDonald to Rapunzel (actually Rachel's and she had a chair) tower. Silliness abounds and also some action. And in this one we get to hear what Morwen's cats say.

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Harold Ogle
Sep 23, 2013 Harold Ogle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of humor, fans of fantasy, cat lovers
How much we enjoy a book has such a big dependence on everything else that's happening to us, including what we've just read before it. Coming off of Daniel Abraham, I realized that I wasn't enjoying this book nearly as much as the previous two "Enchanted Forest Chronicles" I stopped.

I set the book aside for a few days and did other things. Then, when I resumed the book after that break, I enjoyed it so much more. This book was fun enough that I spent time recounting some of the silli
In book 3 of Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the sword belonging to the King of the Enchanted Forest is stolen by those dastardly wizards. Cimorene and her companions must find it before it drains all of the magic from the enchanted forest!

My favorite line from this book is Brandel the fire witch describing his sister Rachel. She lived in a tower with a sorceress to learn magic - the only access was by lowering a chair from an upper story window. Heroes never believed she wanted to be there - they
I found this book so difficult to get through, mostly because of the characters. The cats were somewhat interesting, although perhaps there were more personalities than are necessary for the story, and I enjoyed seeing things from Morwen's point of view. Telemain's "incomprehensible" explanation became a tiring gimmick. But the addition of Killer, the stupid character who always blunders into trouble, was just painful. So much of this story was predictable and clichéd, so I liked that the ending ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Lela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lela by: Mrs. Hannah
I liked the variety of characters in this book. The cats and Killer were a lot of fun. I have to admit that I'm getting a little tired of the conflict always feeling the same. The wizards are being bad; we're going on a journey to melt them. This book does leave some things unresolved though, and so it seems like the next book will build on the conflict instead of starting over from strange-behavior-maybe-it's-a-wizard. I've read the books before, but I don't remember the plots at all, so it's a ...more
I read this book for the first time when I was about 9 or 10. I read it aloud to my little sister while we stayed up late together when my parents decided I was old enough that they didn't need to hire a babysitter. We both decided our favourite cat was Fiddlesticks.

Part of my love for this book may be nostalgia, but I still re-read it every couple of years and enjoy it every single time. I would also highly recommend the entire series for anyone wanting to introduce a young girl to some charac
Rain Misoa
Sep 09, 2015 Rain Misoa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rain by: Library
I love this installment as well, even if it did give me feels.

To read my full review, click here.
Fun. Fun. Fun. For the whole family although Killer drove me positively mad.
This one was not quite as good as the other two - I found the cats to be a touch gratuitous, Killer's complaining got annoying, and it just wasn't as funny as the first two. However, the rating gets bumped up to five stars for having the guts to go with the ending that it did. A fairy tale for kids (even a parody of one) is so obviously supposed to have a happy ending, that I never even questioned that there would be one. So I applaud Patricia Wrede for daring to be different with this book and ...more
Contrary to what you see on the cover, this book actually focuses on Morwen, the witch. Yeah, most of the cast from books 1 and 2 pop in for a bit, and Morwen's story certainly goes along with theirs. But Morwen is someone you probably know a lot less about than you think, and this is a book I wasn't looking to read, but completely fell in love with.

Like the other books in this series, there is plenty of humor and fairy tale parody for everyone. Pick it up if you need something to make you smile
When Morwen finds traces of wizards in the Enchanted Forest---evidence despite the impossibility that the wizards have somehow found a way around the restrictions King Mendanbar and Telemain set up---she knows something major has gone wrong. And how. With the wizards at least partially able to drain the Enchanted Forest again, Morwen, Cimerone, Telemain, and Kazul (along with two of Morwen's cats and an enchanted rabbit named Killer) leave to hunt down the solution.

This book shifts to Morwen's p
Cary Morton
I can’t help but love this book and the others in it’s series. It is one of the funniest fantasy stories I’ve ever read, and even though It’s meant for Juvenile readers, I enjoyed it every bit as much as the 10 year old I’ve been reading it to.

The characters in this series are witty, stubborn, and sometimes short-tempered. They are vibrant and funny, and sure to make any child grin from ear to ear. I’ll admit, I can’t decide which character I liked best: Fiddlesticks the cat who has an alarming
This book merely sets up events for book 4. It's rather boring with little to no action happening it. Nothing worth reading.

The first two books things just conveniently works out for the heroes, and it does here in the 3rd and 4th until the author realizes she needs 'something of interest' to happen. Then it's like, oh, I guess I'll have this happen, and no matter what magic was able to do in the past, NOTHING can be for this stupid shield. Just gotta wait 17 years. Considering what other magic
Probably my favorite of this series, as it focuses on the witch Morwen and her many cats. =)
Oh that ending. What a cliffhanger. I MUST FIND OUT WHAT'LL HAPPEN IN THE NEXT BOOK! I didn't expect the story to end that way at all. Poor Mendanbar and Cimorene... The ending was alright, but it was bitter sweet.

What I liked most about the story was that it was in Morwen's point of view. It kept the story really interesting for me, since I've always loved Morwen's character! I like how we can understand what her cats are saying through her too. All her cats are unique and have colorful persona
Emily Collins
Telemain = no. 1 new favorite character no one can convince me otherwise.
Still really love this book, but I feel like the titles are becoming deceptive? Every book involves less and less in terms of Dragons. Really just Kazul at this point, which is cool and all but even she is only there for like half the book. Don't read the book for the dragons; read it for the awesome magicians and witches and kitties.
I couldn't quite give this one three stars, though I wanted to. It felt like the story was getting old at this point, like the energy was used up in the first two books. There just wasn't enough to sustain the story, and too much was left unexplained. There was a particular problem with the motivation of the villains - I couldn't follow why they were doing what they were doing, and the explanations fell flat.
Book 1 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles came up in another book group I'm part of, so I ended up getting the full series, and reading it while I was away for a couple of days with work. They were very fast reads, and I ended up with nothing left for the 5 hour train journey home afterwards, which was a little annoying, but I enjoyed discovering these. I understand they're a classic kids series in the US, but they were new to me. A princess who doesn't want to do the things a proper princess do ...more
Synopsis: The wicked wizards are again trying to take over the enchanted forest. This leads Cimorene and her friends on a quest to find the king's magic sword.

My Review: Great book for kids, but for me the dialog in this book was especially annoying. The book ends with a big cliffhanger though, so I'll have to track down the 4th book of the series and find out how everything ends.

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! That ending! It's a good thing I have book 4 waiting for me at home!

Anywho, as for this book, I loved it! It was fun to get more from Morwen's point of view, and I absolutely love Telemain, Killer, and the cats. Again I must bemoan that fact that I never read these books as a young fantasy lover. Oh well. At least I get to enjoy them now!
Mahon and I decided to go on and listen to the rest of the tapes in Wrede's series, since our library has them all. We didn't have 2 yet so skipped right on to 3 and 4. This was our least favorite by far... I never liked it as a kid, and neither of us much liked it this time around, either. Plus - the casted voices for all the animals were sooooooo annoying.
Jesus Flores
Calling on Dragons
So witch Morwen finds a giant rabbit and discover wizard are back into the enchanted forest causing problems, so she goes to talk to Mendabar and Cimorene with Telemain, and find Kazul there too, they find the wizards have stolen Mendabar sword and that Cimorene is pregnant. So Cimorene, Kazul, Telemain, Morwen, some of her cats and the giant rabbit now turned into a blue flying donkey go on a quest to recover the sword, on the way Telemain transporting spell fails and hey end
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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 se ...more
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