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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1-4)

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Collected together for the first time are Patricia C. Wrede's hilarious adventure stories about Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper. Every one of Cimorene's adventures is included in its paperback edition--"Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, " and "Talking to Dragons"--in one handsome package that's perfect for gift giving.
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Published July 1st 2003 by Harcourt Brace and Company (first published 1990)
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Jun 17, 2009 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All fans of humorous fantasy
This series is absolutely one of the fantasy genre's treasures! It's wonderfully light-hearted and humorous; the author revels in puncturing any number of fairy-tale conventions. Princess Cimorene, for instance, isn't kidnapped and enslaved by a dragon --she voluntarily becomes housekeeper for the Dragon King to escape an arranged marriage. (And the draconian king is female; dragons use that title for monarchs of either gender to keep things "simple.") But though her main characters often don't ...more
This is some of the best young adult fantasy out there, especially if you like some humor in your fantasy. In the first book, the main character gets fed up with her life as a princess. When she tries to learn to fence, she's told it's unladylike, so she has to stop. When she tries to coook, she's told it's unladylike, so she has to stop. So, we begin the story with the main character running away to find a dragon to live with. She does find one, and she spends much of the book making cherries j ...more
Oct 10, 2008 Tortla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like fairy tales and witty little stories
Only just recently, it has come to my attention that the final book in this series was actually written FIRST. THIS BLEW MY MIND. The final book ties everything together so very neatly...Goodness gracious my perception of the world is crumbling around my widdle ears. OK so, these books are all really good aside from the whole my not being aware of the chronology of the publication and whatnot. They're all dragony and delicious. And also, it's like one giant fairy tale of awesome. Also, there are ...more
Jan 02, 2008 Laurie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy, teen, kid-stuff
This is a series for people who like fantasy with a dash of humor and a strong female heroine who is perfectly willing to tell the slightly stupid handsome prince he can kindly throw himself off a cliff. Add some dragons, a few wicked wizard, one very forward thinking witch, a floating blue donkey with a 6-foot wing span, and an entire kindgom made of magical threads and you might begin to understand the stories. Wrede has a way of pulling in a few old fairy tale favorites while forging a story ...more
I recently finished reading these books with my ten year old daughter. I read them years ago, so I didn't remember much plot, just that they are fun fantasy. And they are--light and witty, funny, creative, and strong female characters. I didn't like the last book as well. It didn't seem as well written and I missed Cimorene as a main character. But it was needed to finish the story. It was fun to enjoy the books together. We no longer have much of an oral tradition in our society, so it's easy t ...more
If I were on a desert island with the choice of only one set of books to take with me for a summer I would take these. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles are some of the best young adult fantasy I have ever read. They are definitely the crown jewel of my childhood reading experience ( apologies to JK Rowling). But why am I reading them now you ask? Well after all of the Sterne, Marquis de Sade, Blake, Descartes and all manner of randomly dense reading required to be an English major--I NEE ...more
So I was waiting for my latest book club's choice to arrive in the mail, and knowing that it was a serious choice this month, I decided to relive some young adult books that used to be great favorites of mine. I own a very ratty hardcover copy of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, but recently purchased the newly released paperbacks in a box set. Perfect time to read them.

These vary in how much I like them. The first one I've read more than the rest, and do like a lot. It features a feisty prince
I never read Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings, or the Chronicles of Narnia, I read The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. And to this day I haven't been able to figure out why these adventure stories aren't films already. Very fun.
Okay, time for a Nostalgia Review!

Recently somewhere on the depths of the internet I came across a list of "badass women of fantasy" or something like that, and Cimorene from this series was on there. And I was like, I remember her! She was awesome! And I was possessed by a sudden desire to reread these books because I hate doing things that I need to do. So that's what I did! Each book is only about 100 - 200 pages long, and it took me around 3 hours to read each one. Unsurprising, given the ta
Tara Montgomery
I loved these books in grade school and I love them still. The author does a great job of making fun of what is considered a typical fairytale. Princesses take classes on how to scream correctly when a dragon carries them off & knights are constantly trying to find a damsel in distress to rescue (even if they don't wish to be).

Dealing with Dragons

Princess Cimorene of the kingdom of Linderwall decides that being a princess is too boring and confining, leaves home to work for the dragon Kazul,
A delightful, humorous set of four fantasy books by Patricia C. Wrede for young adults. The first three books (Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, and Calling on Dragons) are a wry take on fairy tales and a feminist telling of the exploits of the princess Cimorene as she runs away to join the dragons, thwarts evil plans, and marries the King of the Enchanted Forest. In the final book (Talking to Dragons), Cimorene's son, Daystar, sets off on an adventure to find himself and save the wor ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: no one
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede: I purchased this book at a coffee shop book sale. It was a very enjoyable book. It was light, fun, and a refreshing break from the norm. Cimorene is a princess who wants more out of life than an arranged marriage, and training in etiquette and manners. She is criticized for not following rules and doing activities that are not proper, such as martial arts and cooking and magic. While most princesses are kidnapped by dragons and utilized as se ...more
Teresa Garcia
This series was suggested to me by a loved one that knows how much I love dragons. Reading the full series took me around four days, since most of the time I was able to settle and just let myself be immersed in the story. I was very impressed with the tongue in cheek humorous writing style, the level of description, and how well developed all of the characters were. Even Antorelle. I especially liked Cimorene and Morwen, they remind me of myself, my mother, and my daughter.

This series is full o
(Book 1) In the kingdom of Linderwall, princesses do not learn Latin. They do not learn magic. And they certainly don’t learn how to wield a sword. (It is most improper.) But Princess Cimorene is not the kingdom’s most proper princess. She wants more out of life than to learn the best way to bat her eyes or how loudly to scream when being abducted by giants. So when she finds out that she has just been betrothed to the world’s dullest prince, she does the only thing she can think out: she turns ...more
Rachel Barnard
This series was one of my favorites growing up. I loved how Cimorene was a princess who was strong and stubborn and had wonderful adventures. I loved the enchanting characters and settings. I loved the way it was written.

Re-reading this series as an adult I have a new perspective. It is still a lovely read and I still adore Cimorene however I was given the impression that the consequences didn't matter and any characters could do whatever they wanted within their defined roles. The characters w
Hilarious read, which made me actually laugh out loud at some points. Aimed at a younger audience, but enjoyable for all ages. Book 1 was particularly hilarious to me, but I enjoyed all the books.

I discovered that I'd already read the second book in this series, Searching for Dragons, 9 years ago! I'd borrowed it from my school's library, and tried to find it again but wasn't able to because I thought the title was Dragon Quest for some reason. So I was really excited to discover that I was rea
Anne Taenamyr
Aug 10, 2014 Anne Taenamyr rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one
I first read this series back in Jr High as part of the school's summer reading program, but fell in love with it. I was so happy to find it again.

It starts off as the story of a Princess who is basically bored with being just a Princess so she runs away... and finds a dragon. No spoilers in this review, but it's a fantastic read!

The book series tells of her adventures and her friends. From dragons and witches to a rabbit named Killer the characters are alive and vibrant, and will really make
i loved these books!!!!! you don't have to read the first one to understand the second or third or fourth one. they are hilarious books with a lot of magic in them. they aren't that serious, but that is what makes them fun to read!!!!!
I added this box to my list, to have a mark of the whole set. But I was thinking, just recently, that it is time to reread the whole thing.

I think the girls have all of them on their shelves, but I'd better check.
So, the premise is quite simple : young Cimorene is a princess, supposed to act as such, marry a prince, and not talk (or think) too much. Except she doesn't really agree that is the life she should live ; and so she takes a few handkerchieves, goes to a dragon named Kazul, and volunteers to be her princess.
The book is a fairy tail, and it has witches, wizards, princes and princesses, knights, talking animals, an enchanted forest, mag
Jamie Rose
I read these books in junior high and I remember really loving them. I think they really opened me up to my love for fantasy novels.
This series is great. I've read it a few times even as an adult. :)
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles was one of my first loves as a young reader, and definitely does not receive the kind of attention it should for its wonderful story and characters. It truly is a hidden treasure in the children's fantasy genre.

The series follow the witty, light-hearted adventures of Princess Cinmorene, an incredibly clever, fiesty and independent young princess, and her dragon, Kazul.

It definitely has a younger tone to it, comparable to that of the earlier Harry Potter books, mat
I rediscovered the first volume, Dealing with Dragons, which I really enjoyed when I was a kid, and after a short online search, found out it was part of a series and ordered the whole box off amazon.
After having read through the latter three books in one week now, I am ready to give my verdict.
At 23, I am probably a little too old for this, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the books and plan on reading them to my future children.
The wacky and whimsical wit paired with the believable characters,
This was my very first fantasy series of books I read back in middle school. I've always enjoyed reading, but I can say these books were my very first and introduced me to the science fiction/fantasy genre. I remember picking up these books at the school's library and was so engrossed with the story I couldn't put the book down during lecture. This was before Harry Potter of course :)

There are four books in the series:

1)Dealing with Dragons
2)Searching for Dragons
3)Calling on Dragons
4)Talking to
My absolute favorite books from 4th-6th grade...reading Dealing with Dragons will probably tell you a lot about me. Smart, independent Princess Cimorene is bored of palace life, dreads her impending marriage to an idiot, and wishes her dad would just let her take fencing lessons. So she runs off and becomes the assistant of Kazul--a dragon. Adventures--involving evil wizards, sensible witches, defective magic carpets, stone princes, scruffy-haired magician kings, the always indispensable firepro ...more
Erica Robinson
This is a series I love a lot! I first read it when I was pretty young, so it is one of those series that is near and dear to my heart. It was one of those series that really helped cement my love of reading, so it will always be special to me. But not only that, this book is also really good! Cause let's face it, some books feed our book-lust when we are young and turn us into avid readers that weren't very good to begin with...they just happened to speak to us. This is not one of those books - ...more
Sep 13, 2007 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
The four books in this witty, imaginative fantasy / adventure series follow the adventures of Cimorene, a princess who refuses to be proper.

In Dealing with Dragons, Princess Cimorene, a tomboy who is nothing like her beautiful and proper sisters, runs away to live with a dragon. It is hard for her to get any work done, however, because princes keep coming to rescue her, even though she insists that she does not need to be rescued. And then there are the annoying wizards trying to steal magic...

Jul 20, 2007 Kitte rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
This series has all the characters you know and love from childhood fairytales, but it stands the stories on their heads, or rather it tells them from another perspective.

Take for instance Rumplestiltskin, who in her books is a kindly troll with a tender heart that is too soft to say no when he is begged to take the firstborn of the maidens he helps spin straw into gold and his subsequent trouble with trying to house, feed and cloth them all. He needs the gold to take care of his family. He can
Valeria Andrea
Jan 18, 2012 Valeria Andrea is currently reading it
My mom got the whole pack of 4 books because she thought the looked SO cute!, but the truth is that a week after that I saw the poor pack standing ALL ALONE in the counter, so I pityly took them to my room.
HA! They are not that cute at all mom!

*Dealing With Dragons

Actualy, reading the first book, "Dealing with Dragons", reminded me of the time I read Narnia! & that was, like, a lot of years ago when I was in middle school!
So, Cimorene is a Princess that is sick of being a Princess & t
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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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Other Books in the Series

Enchanted Forest Chronicles (4 books)
  • Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1)
  • Searching for Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #2)
  • Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3)
  • Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4)
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1) Searching for Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #2) Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3) Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4) Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)

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