Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4)
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 ...more
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My feelings are just out of control after reading the last book of this series. Maybe that's because this is my first series I have ever completed OR maybe I am over happy after reading a series of 4 books because this is my biggest series I had ever started. I don't know the exact reason. Never mind, who cares! I just wanted a good series and I think I have read one.
Before saying anything else I must say this series is totally for children. Maybe some teens or adults will not ...more
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars
I've put the entire review for this final book in the series below. Hope you enjoy (cause you know I only posted this for you, lol)!
NOTE: This review contains spoilers for the previous three (3) books in this series. Please read those books prior to reading this review.
Talking to Dragons is the fourth and final installation in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. It's been a fun ride and I'm a little sad to see it end.
This series has been surprisingly wonderful! I still believe that the best book was the first one but the rest were equally magnificent. The books were light and chucklesome. Never once did I feel that things were slow or boring in all 4 books and I was glued to the spot reading. The story flowed effortlessly and managed to make perfect sense even with all the ridiculousness.
The last book takes place roughly 16 years after the third one. This time it’s Cimorene’s son, Daystar, we follow as he at ...more
The main character has no thoughts. No signs of intelligence or life. The kid is a 16 year old boy scout who only shows the barest of hints of interest in the girl who is suppose to be his love interest [they end up together at the end yet it just feels forced as there isn't any flirting or romantic interest expressed in any other way etc throughout the book) ...more
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
Daystar is now a teen and it's time for him to go help free his father, who has been magically bound his entire life. Un ...more
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
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 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.
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
My girlf told me that this was the first book that Wrede ever wrote, and gosh, it shows.
1. What kind of a name is DAYSTAR??????
2. He is dumb as a rock.
3. The writing's clunky as hell.
4. Cimorene is off-screen for most of it, and she's the best character.
....so skip this one and just stick with the first three. You could read the last few pages if you really want to know how it ends. (view spoiler)[They all live happily ever after. (hide spoiler)]
While wri ...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
So many elements of the story just kind of "appeared" at the right time. I mean, i ...more
CHARACTERS: I am afraid to say that I did not like ANY of the new characters in this book. They were boring, not funny, and drove me crazy. In fact, I hated them so much that I'll have to say I liked Antorell better. My favorite characters were still Telemain, Morwen, and some of Morwen's cats, though the cats ...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
1. This is the end in the beginning. If that makes no sense, then you didn't read any of the introductions or bother to look up the series at any point. What it means is that 'Talking to Dragons' was the first book of the 'Enchanted Forest Chronicles' to be written. Which is why it is different from any of the others.
2. This was the third novel Patricia C. Wrede wrote. ...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