Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4)
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Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  20,570 ratings  ·  339 reviews
"Mother taught me to be polite to dragons. . . ."

Daystar never thought he’d be walking through the Enchanted Forest with a magic sword, a fire-witch, and a baby dragon. He never dreamed his mother, Cimorene, would tell him to leave their home and not to return until his task was complete. Or that he alone held the power to release King Mendanbar and the Enchanted Forest f...more
Mass Market Paperback, 255 pages
Published September 28th 1992 by Harcourt Brace (first published July 1st 1988)
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I loved the first two books in this series, but the third and this, the fourth, books, seem to be geared to a younger and younger audience. And while I love a good middle grade fantasy story, I felt this one didn't have the complexity within the plot or characters that I would have liked, and that MG readers can handle.

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
Right now I'm a bit confused.

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)

Another thing which left me confused:
So even though this is chronologically the last book in the series, PC Wrede wrote it first - the first 3 are prequels. So as I was re-reading this book I kept thinking "why, this is really quite impressive the way that PC Wrede created such an elegantly seamless backstory to this book in the form of the first three books! And she's so effortlessly woven it into the details of this story when she didn't even really know what was going to be in them!" But then I got to the end of the book and the...more
In book 4 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the narrator is Daystar, Cimorene's son. He is on a sent on a quest with a magical sword. Along the way, he meets evil wizards, a fire witch named Shiara, and a young talking dragon.

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
YA Fantasy. Book three in this series ends on a cliffhanger and book four picks up sixteen years later. That was unexpected. We've also got a new narrator for this one: Daystar, a very polite, logical young man, whose mother slaps a sword in his hand and sends him off into the Enchanted Forest one day without really telling him why. His mother is, of course, Queen Cimorene, and his dad's off in a magical coma, but Daystar doesn't know any of that. He's just trying to make sense of this sudden ne...more
It's been sixteen years since the events in Calling On Dragons and Daystar has been raised by his mother Cimorene, not knowing his true heritage. When the wizards finally track them down, Cimorene sends Daystar with the magical sword into the Enchanted Forest on a mysterious quest.

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 first three books in the series are in 3rd pov, this 1st. This really makes the flatness of the characters stand out.

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
I would have preferred that Wrede end this series with the third book...moving on to the second generation of characters is usually not as fun. For me, the motivation of the main character just didn't seem strong enough, and while I realize that this fantasy series is meant to be lighter in tone than some of its more dramatic counterparts, the characters' emotions were a trifle too understated for my taste.
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
Emily Ellsworth
I enjoyed the first book in this series (Dealing with Dragons), but I became increasingly disappointed with the series. The last book was better than the third, but still lacked the quirky originality that I loved in the first book.
The fourth and final book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles was one of my favorites. Sixteen years after book three ends, we pick up the story as Cimorene hands her teenage son, Daystar a sword he's never seen before and tells him to journey into the Enchanted Forest and not to come back until he's accomplished something! Talk about tough love!

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
Finished! While I enjoyed this entire series, in a lot of ways I thought that Talking to Dragons was the weakest of the four books. Poor Daystar is essentially thrown into the deep end of the pool - er, Enchanted Forest - with no clue what's going on and stumbles around chancing on the right people and creatures and tasks and scraps of information. And he was sooooo nice. So nice, in fact, that he was a bit bland.

So many elements of the story just kind of "appeared" at the right time. I mean, i...more
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Argh. Okay, here's my beef - this book makes no sense in light of the first three! It's a good book on its own. And I know that it was published first, which is why there are so many inconsistencies... but reading the series in the designated order, I was doing double-takes throughout this entire book. It's not really fair, but still... *flails*

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
Kimberly Fields
By this point the Enchanted Forest Chronicles start to feel pretty repetitive. The ending was totally obvious from the very beginning of the book (and even from the ending of the last book). I thought Daystar was an annoying protagonist. Just once I would have liked to see him do something impetuous! It would have helped the reader to identify with him much more. Also, Shiara was a totally unsatisfying sidekick. She was so annoying I couldn't figure out why Daystar would actually fall in love wi...more
This last book of the series is from Daystar's perspective. He doesn't know anything about his mom's past, and has no idea who his father is. All he knows is that there was a wizard who came over, his mom melts the wizard, and she sends her son off with a sword into the Enchanted Forest as if he knows what he's supposed to do. I liked this book, and really enjoyed the descriptions throughout it. I didn't like that near the end of the book, they start to explain things that we don't need to know,...more
Allison Ruvidich
"Talking to Dragons," although the last book in the series, is the first book Patricia C. Wrede wrote, and it shows.
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
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This wonderful amazing phenomenal book is doubtless one of my favorites ever to grace my bookshelf! I first read it as a young fifth or sixth grader, and soon I had read it multiple times.
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.
Clare Fitzgerald
Finishing out the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Mark Oshiro, and therefore I, just got through the fourth volume in the series, Talking to Dragons.

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
Better than the third (much better) but not quite at the level of the first two.

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
Jun 17, 2009 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aaron
Recommended to Valerie by: Ian
Not only is this a family favorite, but I highly recommend the books on tape! They have helped us through many road trips. Funny, feminist, and dragons.
This was not as interesting as the other three books in the series, but was still a good story. This book had the characters from the other stories included, but the main character was Daystar, Cimorene's son. This change in perspective changed the nature of the series simply because it wasn't a princess taking care of herself instead of waiting to be rescued. However, the humor was still present and the narration for the audiobook was just as entertaining as the rest of the series. I'm sorry to...more
I never liked this one as a kid. I'd always be super enthused and race through the first three and then sort of dawdle and hem and haw through this one. I never felt like it really fit in, like characters did things they wouldn't do, that the mythology behind the sword made no sense and didn't correspond with the previous books (and also, not having Cimorene really in it. I wanted my damned bookish princess). Learning now, upon re-reading the whole series that this was written as a standalone bo...more
This was one of my favorite series as a kid and I still love it now, but this has always been my least favorite of the four books, and nothing about it changed my mind this time through. Not that it’s bad, but I do have some issues with it, and I don’t like Daystar as much as I enjoyed the other narrators.

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
Barbara ★
I didn't love this one but I did enjoy it. It was a little too childish unlike the others in the series which were a little more grown up. Surprisingly enough the main character in this one is a 16 year old boy but the antics of the people (and things) he met on his journey were very childish. I found it irritating at times but persevered just to find out if Daystar was going to save the King of the Enchanted Forest.

This is different than the other books in the series as it is a coming of age st...more
I was going to type a review, but my mind went blank. >.> Let's see - it was better than the previous book, had a lot more action (though rather tame for something with a war), and a long summary of events in the last chapter, which I didn't like. If the series had been memorable enough, why recap it? Felt like the author was unsure of her work or something, and felt a need to explain things and tie up lose ends which could not be more subtly incorporated as part of the narration. Kinda la...more
The first-person narrative was apparently something of an experiment, and it seems to be one Wrede decided didn't suit her, because few of her other writings (that I've seen) are in the first person.

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
Alex Murphy
This one isn't really my favorite in the series, perhaps it is because of how this one is written. This one has the first person perspective and all the others are third. Honestly this is my only complaint. Though it wasn't until like two days ago that I discovered that this book was written first, and all the others are only prequels.


Just totally and utterly mind blowing. Especially since in one of the chapters is them recapping all the other books it's crazy how well they...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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