A recommendation for fantasy fans – Dragons, Princesses, and Cherries Jubilee!   4 comments

If you are looking for an offbeat, fun fantasy, I have the book for you. Though aimed at young adults, Patricia C. Wrede’s novel Dealing with Dragons is a delight for all ages. In it, young Princess Cimorene runs away from an arranged betrothal and gets a job…working for a dragon! Cimorene is an unconventional princess in every way; she is tall, stubborn, outspoken, and likes to cook and organize. (She even organizes her dragon employer’s library!) When the dragons find themselves in peril from their wizard enemies, it is up to Cimorene to take the lead and save the day.

Fans of Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, and Peter S. Beagle will laugh out loud at Dealing with Dragons and its three additional adventures that make up The Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

For those of you in the Champaign-Urbana area, the Urbana Free Library, the Champaign Public Library, and the University of Illinois have all of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Parkland has Dealing with Dragons but not the entire set.

For more information on Ms. Wrede, you can visit her official website!

My battered copy of _Dealing with Dragons_.

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Posted July 6, 2011 by Alicia Schofield in review

4 responses to “A recommendation for fantasy fans – Dragons, Princesses, and Cherries Jubilee!

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  1. I loved this book when I was a kid! I expect it would be a great re-read as an adult too 🙂

    The part of the book I remember the most is a part where someone (I think a dragon?) points out that you don’t have to be male to be a king. That thought has stuck with me for over a decade.

    • It is a good reread as an adult! I don’t believe that the other three books in the series are as strong as the first, but they are still fun.

      Yes, for the dragons king is a job, not a gender-specific title. Kazul (Cimorene’s dragon boss) actually comments that queen is a dull job that no one wants. 😀

      Alicia

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