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Talking to Dragons

(Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  33,798 ratings  ·  760 reviews
Always be polite to dragons!

That's what Daystar's mother taught him...and it's a very wise lesson--one that might just help him after his mom hands him a magic sword and kicks him out of the house. Especially because his house sits on the edge of the Enchanted Forest and his mother is Queen Cimorene.

But the tricky part is figuring out what he's supposed to do with the magi
Paperback, 255 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 1985)
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Megan The last line changes depending on whether you have the original standalone book, published in 1985, which ends with "started after Shiara," or the on…moreThe last line changes depending on whether you have the original standalone book, published in 1985, which ends with "started after Shiara," or the one that was tweaked to become Enchanted Forest #4, which ends with "followed happily after."(less)
Barry Haworth Agree with the other answer. This book was written first, but the author decided that the world was worth revisiting and wrote the rest of the series,…moreAgree with the other answer. This book was written first, but the author decided that the world was worth revisiting and wrote the rest of the series, which give the back story of many of the characters. As it happens I read this one first but I do not think I enjoyed the series any less for reading the first written but last set book first.
That said, I do prefer the other books in the series, especially the first two in story time, Dealing with Dragons and Searching for Dragons. When reading the series I generally read just those two.(less)

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Iryna *Book and Sword*
3.5/5 strs

This is my third time reading this one, and I took down half a star. Not because it's bad, but because it's quite weak comparing to the first 3 books.

The characters are still good and the humor is still there - the whole plot is just so repetitive. I was getting bored a lot, especially in the middle of the book.

Also, the reunion of son and father wasn't very reunion like? I wish he would have at least hugged him.
I have always felt meh about this 4rth book. Not bad, not good - jus't did
MrsJoseph *grouchy*

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.

Ahmed  Ejaz
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-lengths, 2016
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
The weakest of the series (and, surprisingly, the first book written chronologically). Daystar doesn't have a lot of emotional reaction to anything much. Shiara is rather spectacularly selfish - I rarely dislike what would amount to a 'defiant underdog' character, but she's just not enjoyable.. ...more
Sotiris Karaiskos
A very entertaining series of fantasy books for children - of all ages, as the familiar cliche says - that have many elements of classic fairy tales while the author offers us a hilarious parody of well-known myths, legends and fairy tales. Their way of writing is particularly interesting and is based mainly on the very clever confrontation between the heroes, each of which has something special. Surely in some places this humour is not particularly apt, there are some silly moments but in gener ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first three books in the series are in 3rd pov, but this one is in 1st pov. This really makes the flatness of the characters stand out.

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)
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
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, young-adult
I generally don't like time jumps, but I quite liked this book. Daystar and Shiara were very likable. After a weaker 3rd book, this one was back to the level of the first two books. I'm glad I re read this series from my childhood. It was a delight. ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book made me so so happy right when I needed it. It's hilarious, I love the new mc's and a new dragon and kitten! Will there ever be more?? ...more
Grace Crandall
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
That was quite possibly the most emotionally unfulfilling story I've ever read. ...more
Sara Saif
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

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
Marc Secchia
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grades, humour
I loved the first three. While this one had great humour the protagonist seemed too shallow for my liking, and the denouement too trite. A super series overall, somewhat dragged down by this final volume.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first read the blurb about this book and realized it would be about Cimorene's son, I was worried. Then I started reading and it was also in the first person, which was another change. However, I quickly realized that I enjoyed this book even better than the previous three in the trilogy, though it didn't have so much of the new magical ideas and items as the other ones.

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
Ryan Dash
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars. A quick read that kept the pages turning. The theme of politeness running throughout was humorous, and the careful manner in which information was revealed added tension and interest. The climax was excellent.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a well plotted and amusing end to the series.

"It has to be the King's sword, silly. There aren't any other swords that the earth obeys."

"What about Delvan's blade?"

"That's not a sword. It's an ax."

"And the earth doesn't obey it. It just shakes a lot."
✨ Gramy ✨
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fantasy that will whisk you away in an awesome adventure.

I really like it and would recommend it!
A bit better than the third one but not as good as the first 2.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the day when a wizard destroys the front door of their house, Daystar’s mother hands him a sword and tells him not to come home again until he can explain why she sent him away. Questing his way through the Enchanted Forest, Daystar befriends a lizard, a fire witch, and a young dragon, and encounters elves, dwarves, witches, wizards, and many others before his quest is complete and he learns the truth about his extraordinary sword.

Not my favorite of the series, but still a very good book, and
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reviewing the series more than the final book. I understand that I am not the demographic this book was written for, so I try to go easy on some of the inconsistencies.

The first book in the series is solidly my favorite. Who doesn’t love a princess passionately challenges the status quo and isn’t afraid to speak her mind? However, it was evident that the fourth book was written before the first three, as Cimerone’s strong characteristics weren’t carried through to the end of the series. Perhaps
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really glad I waited a few years to finish this series. This book picks up years after book three and has a new pov character. It meant everything I didn't remember mattered little towards my enjoyment of this story. I love how this series subverts fantasy tropes. It is funny and yet no-nonsense. I really enjoyed being back in this world. This is one of my favorite children's book series. ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good ending to the series!
A bit too snug and settled for my taste. Perfect for tweens.
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Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: I really enjoyed this book! Part of that was the switch to first person pov, which I adore.

Daystar is so polite and honorable. He has some of the more dangerous adventures (a baby dragon, exploding wizard staves, transdimensional doorway traps, a firewitch with anger issues, and an entire Enchanted Forest out to help him or harm him before he can get to the castle. I'm glad he doesn't spend half his time whining and asking what is going on. He actually figures out the mystery in
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
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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:
Jul 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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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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Enchanted Forest Chronicles (5 books)
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