This enjoyable fantasy collection is comprised of 10 stories that vary widely in tone and setting. Some are laced with humor, while others have melancholy overtones. The ten stories included are the following:
"Rikiki and the Wizard"
"The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn"
"Roses by Moonlight"
"The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd"
"Stronger Than Time"
Two tongue-in-cheek tales are set in the "Enchanted Forest" of the author's existing dragon book series. One of these selections involves a thoroughly conceited unicorn; one was inspired by the biblical parable of the prodigal son. Even readers who aren't drawn to the literature of sword and sorcery may enjoy "Utensile Strength," a humorous tale in which a wizard tries to create the ultimate weapon and ends up with the Frying Pan of Doom. Those familiar with the genre will find it even funnier.
"The Lorelei" offers a modern version of the German legend. Another takeoff on an old story gives readers a look at what would have happened to Sleeping Beauty's castle if the prince had failed to arrive on time.
Each selection stands alone, but also seems as if it might belong to some longer tale as yet untold. A chapter of notes from the author (of where her ideas stem from) concludes the book. While a few of the stories may have messages that are a bit too subtle for the intended audience, the volume as a whole should have high appeal for fantasy lovers and might lure some newcomers to the genre.
Title Book of Enchantments
Author Patricia C. Wrede
Reviewed By Purplycookie