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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.
Paperback, 1056 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Hmh Books for Young Readers (first published 1990)
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Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy
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
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: kid-stuff, fantasy, teen
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
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 04, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, my-childhood
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
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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,
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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,
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dragons
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.
Jun 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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!!!!!
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series is great. I've read it a few times even as an adult. :)
Sarah Kelsey
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
These are fun to read. I really like the central character in the first book. She's the princess who doesn't want to get married. LOVE that! This is a nice modern fairy tale series.
Jamie Rose
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
B. A. Bunner
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I just love this series. Patricia has such an imaginative way of giving shape to magic. Fire magic, Enchanted Forest magic, dragon magic, and wizard magic--each with their own presence. I also love how each book in the four-part series is written from the perspective of a different person. I have series that I'm working on where I might actually try the same approach...
Patricia's other books on magic (Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward, respectively) have an even different shape to it
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an omnibus containing all 4 of the dragon stories:

Dealing With Dragons
Cimorene runs away because she is bored with with the sort of things a princess is expected to learn, and her parents stop her from learning the interesting things like magic and fencing and cooking. Also she doesn't want to marry the boring prince selected for her. She finds herself in a group of dragons and is adopted by Kazul, becoming the dragon's princess voluntarily. She and Kazul get along very well, but the v
Ashleigh Cartmill
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the kind of book I wish I could go back and hand to my nine-year-old self so she could grow up loving it. It has been instantly added to my list of all time favorite books because it is FANTASTIC! The characters are extremely likable and practical and just awesome. It makes you root for everyone except the bad guys and you always want them to fail. I also love how a lot of the worldbuilding is based on classic fairytale tropes and brief descriptions. Cimorene is the princess we all ...more
Julie Stegelmann
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great series featuring an independent and fun heroine, that I first read when I was 12. An easy re-read now, but still fun and brought back memories- nice to know it's still out there as a book featuring a female heroine who will accept help from others but doesn't need rescuing- the other characters are all unique and funny, too.
Rebecca McChesney
I found my old friend

I originally read Dealing With Dragons when I was in 4th or 5th grade, and it has always been one of my favorites. When I found out that not only was it part of a series, but that it was available as a boxed set, I had to read it immediately. This set will always hold a special place in my heart, and I look forward to reading it again many times.
Elisabeth Kauffman
I wish the fourth book's protagonist had been a girl instead of a boy. It would have made the whole thing just a fraction more enjoyable. Overall I appreciated the stories and the spunky female characters within them.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great young adult collection with feisty powerful women turning the damsel in distress paradigm on its head.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
a cute set of books, it incorporates fairy tales
Shobhana Stoyanov
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute. Light, funny and well written.
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Ea Solinas
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Fairy tales and high fantasy have their own tropes -- wizards, witches, princesses, dragons and princes coming to the rescue of damsels.

But none of them will ever look quite the same after reading Patricia C. Wrede's "The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons," bringing together four charming little fantasy stories. Wrede cleverly pokes fun at all the things you've come to expect from princess tales, including the now-
Rachel Barnard
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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...

Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
(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
Amanda (Highlights And Hot Chocolate)
Cimorene is not your average princess. Her hair isn't blond and she doesn't swoon at the sight of handsome princes, and she certainly doesn't sew, or dance, or sing, or any of the other hundred things a princess is supposed to do. So she runs away and volunteers to be a dragon's princess. Her parents are appalled. Her fiance is confused. Cimorene couldn't be happier. Until the wizards show up of course. Then Cimorene's life gets so complicated that she gets exhausted just trying to explain it to ...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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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)
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