The Salamander Spell (The Tales of the Frog Princess #5)
Find out how it all began in this prequel to The Tales of the Frog Princess
Grassina has always lived in the shadow of her perfect older sister, Chartreuse. But when a terrible spell leaves the Kingdom of Greater Greensward in great danger, it is Grassina who finds the magic to set things right. This hilarious prequel to The Tales of the Frog Princess series introduces n...more
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By: E.D. Baker
Review By: Paige Tornow
The Frog Princess Series is back with another amazing story. Emma's aunt Grassina stars in the book, The Salamander Spell. Grassina is about fifteen years old, and is living in her sisters shadow...already. Her sister Chartreuce has it all. Looks, suitors, the kingdom, and even magic, or so it's thought. Life seems almost bearable for Grassina, until her parents have a fight. To make up for it. her father brings her mother a beautiful ...more
MY favorite part was when grassina met haywood it was soooo cute. HAVE FUN READING
Grassina is the second fiddle princess to her sister Chartruese, in the Kingdom of Greensward. Noticing a pattern, yet? Don't - that's pretty much as far as it goes. Except to say that Greensward has always been protected from mythological creatures by a good Green Witch: usually the first born of the girls in the ...more
But anyway, Its been about five years since I finished the original four Frog Princess books so I can't really compare them to this prequel. I remember I did like them, and I was expecting to like this too but I was disappointed. This book also pales in comparison to A Question of Magic, E.D. Baker's version of Baba Yaga that just came out.
I spent most of the book waiting for the story to begin. It felt like I was reading a perpetual introduction and I couldn't wait for t ...more
I like the humour of this series. The Salamander Spell is the fifth book of The Tales of the Frog Princess series but chronologically preceeds the first book, The Frog Princess. After my first reading of the series, I felt that the books are best read in the publishing order and that is how I am re-reading them. However, 3/4 of the ...more
No, this is not a story about Princess Emeralda and Prince Eadric.
This new story, which is a prequel to THE TALES OF THE FROG PRINCESS, visits Princess Emeralda's aunt....as a teenager!
Living in Greater Greensward with her mother, father, and sister, Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much. Chartreuse was first born, which means she will be both Queen and Green Witch. All Grassina is expected to do is to marry a prince.
When the King gives their ...more
Princess Chartreuse and Princess Grassina live with Queen Olivene and King Aldrid in Greater Greensward. The queen is trying to teach Chartreuse the ways of magic to prepare her for becoming the next queen and the Green Witch but she has yet to show any magic. There are also a bunch of suitor princes in the castle, vying to marry the two princesses. The family curse changes the queen into a mean hag, leaving the kingd ...more
This book was supposed to be the prequel to the Frog Princess series. Maybe I don't understand how prequels are supposed to work. But, I really felt like she had explained so much of what would happen in this story in her other books, that making this story into a whole book was pretty pointle ...more
A prequel to the series.
Grassina: a young princess. 2nd daughter. Loves nature.
Chartreuse: older sister who will become queen and the Green Witch, though she hasn't shown any signs of magic.
Pippa: a talking, venomous snake who is Grassina's friend.
Haywood: a boy wizard who lives on the marsh island. Befriends Grassina when she runs away.
He uses his red salamander to light fires to rid enemy monsters.
A spell has overcome her mother who now is a crazy witch an no longer the Green Witch.
Dragons an ...more
E.D. Baker's creativity continues to take the fairy tale creatures and spin them out in a new, vibrant world. The family dramas and disagreements make this accessible, the adventures make it fun, and the romance is sweet. (The books have convinced by 8-year-old that romance in real life is gross, but romance in books is fun. A classmate she's had a "crush" o ...more
Prequel to The Frog Princess. Fans of the series will enjoy the background provided here--how Olivene became a hag, the relationship between Grassina and Chartreuse, and the way that Haywood and Grassina met and fell in love.
There are no new plot developments here. The book's purpose is simply to fill in the backstories of characters who appear in the series. Fans of the series will love it, but I would recommend starting with The Frog Princess and working int ...more
Among the things explained were:
a. How Queen Olivene contracted the family curse.
b. Why her Mother chose her Father, (Prince Limelyn) to marry.
c. How Grassina and Haywood met and fell in love.
d. How Grassina became the Green Witch!
If you like magic with a touch of romance and humor, you will simply love ...more
The name choice for the book was...odd. The Salamander Spell itself was barely mentioned in the story, featured only in a small section of a scene late in the book, and wasn't the core purpose of the story.
I'm not actually sure I think the author writes good romantic examples for girls, but they're not the worst out there. Just lots of princesses who find their true loves at ...more
Elizabeth was born in Buffalo, New York and spent most of the next eighteen yea ...more