Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3)
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Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #3)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  22,929 ratings  ·  334 reviews
A Princess's work is never done—not even when she becomes a queen!

Princess Cimorene is now Queen Cimorene ...and she's faced with her first queenly crisis—the Enchanted Forest is threatened with complete destruction!

Those wizards are back—and they've become very smart. (Sort of.) They've figured out a way to take over the forest once and for all...and what they have planne...more
Audiobook, 6 pages
Published April 23rd 2002 by Listening Library (first published 1993)
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Ann
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
Kathryn
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...more
Joy
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. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10...) I cannot help but love these b...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...more
Julie
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" books...so 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...more
Amy
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...more
Reen
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...more
hpboy13
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
Brittany
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...more
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...more
Val
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...more
Lily
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...more
Faith
Hm. I didn't like this one as much as the previous two. It just feels...like less happens?

First of all, it was nice to finally here what the cats have to say. Also nice to see more of Morwen. However the scenes in the beginning where all nine cats are present and weighing in get to be a little much.

I thought, from the first chapter, that the drama with the witches would play a bigger role. Unfortunately the plot quickly shifted to focus on the theft of Mendanbar's sword.

I guess my major problem...more
Meg
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.
Tyler
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.

Meredith
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!
Cindy
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.
Cheryl in CC NV
I've done reading the whole series, so will copy these comments to 3rd and 4th book, too.

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
Samantha
Everything seems peaceful in the Enchanted Forest. King Mendanbar and Cimorene have married, and the Enchanted Forest has a spell in place to keep the wizards from doing too much harm. Until Morwen discovers dead patches of forest, which leads to the discovery the very powerful magical sword of Mendanbar’s has been stolen. Now the witch Morwen, the magician Telemain, Queen Cimorene, the king of the dragons Kazul, two cats, a donkey who was once a rabbit must embark on a quest to find the sword a...more
Emmalynn Herbstritt
I had a good laugh at Killer and how he really liked to eat magical plants and foods. It is truely insane. I found it sad that Mendanbar is stuck where ever he is until Daystar is old enough to handle the sword. I am sure that Cimorene is worried sick about Mendanbar, but at least she knows she can do nothing to help him until Daystar grows up. Which is going to be some time. I am really starting to dislike wizards. So far, the only wizards I actually like are from Harry Potter and The Hobbit/Lo...more
Jaret
Another humorous episode in the Enchanted Forest series. The humorous dialog and twists on classic fairy tale characters were all present. The highlight of this episode though is Killer--a rabbit magically transformed repeatedly due to his insatiable appetite. The narrator that brought his voice to life for readers did an excellent job. My main complaint about this episode was that Wrede seemed to leave the storyline unfinished. I know she was leaving an opening for the next book, but this one d...more
Eryn
A nice little series. Easy to read, not your typical princesses and a bit of a jab at traditional fairy tales etc.
Laura
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Meghan
Feb 28, 2014 Meghan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
I listened to the audio version and I thought it was really fun to hear all the characters voices especially the cats. I loved Killer! I did not like the voice of Morwen, she sounded really mean. In this book the Society of Wizards and "the mist" team up and stole King Mendenbar's magic sword. When the sword is taken out of the enchanted forest it leaks
Magic. The Wizards can then use the magic from the forest to become stronger but destroying the forest in the process. Mendenbar's stays at the...more
Sonja
Ahh, I am a bit disappointed. I really loved the first two parts of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, especially the first one; it was so fresh and different and entertaining. The characters were interesting and the storyline, too. In this part sadly most of that appeal has been lost for me.

I understand that it's a book aimed primarily at younger readers, but Calling on Dragons (as opposed to the previous two installments) seems overly simplified. The characters are fairly one-dimensional, the di...more
Elaine
Title: Calling on Dragons.

Author: Patricia C. Wrede.

Genre: Children's, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Sequel, Fairy Tale Retelling, Humor.

Plot: The happily married King and Queen of the Enchanted Forest are expecting their first baby. They spend their time at the sea side or in the castle as Cimorene enjoys being queen and Mendanbar fusses over her. But things aren't all happy and peaceful everywhere. The witch Morwen has a series of minor problems that soon escalate into a much bigger problem. With...more
Emily
This book was not as good as the first two. I love that it is from Morwen's point of view because I love Morwen and experiencing all her cats' personalities was hilarious. I also appreciated the time jump and the overall story. Now for my issues.

I can't really stand Killer! Sometimes he was funny but usually he was just awful. I maintained little pity for him, no matter what troubles befell him and I ended up wishing he was less prominently featured. I also wasn't sure I understood the point of...more
Mary Catelli
the fourth and last book in The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, if you start with Talking to Dragons, which I recommend.

Told from Morwen's point of view, starting with a rabbit that grew six feet tall. After she starts investigating its reports of the magic that does it, it eats one of her cabbages, which turns it into a donkey. Setting out with the news of the wizard behind the first spell, to see what can be done, she finds at the castle that, at first, Mendanbar is over-zealous about Cimorene, b...more
Valerie
This book might have ended up with the title The Quest for The Invisible Dusk-blooming Chokevine, if the practice of including the word 'dragons' in the title hadn't been already established by this point. So much of the nominal quest gets sidetracked by things like getting cuttings of the chokevines, fixing broken magic mirrors, etc, that the main quest often gets lost in the shuffle.

Though there is at least one dragon in this book (Kazul), there aren't many others until very late in the story....more
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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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