Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

Everything Cimorene finds interesting “isn't done” by princesses, and as for the prince she's supposed to marry, Therandil is boring. She runs away and volunteers to be the princess of the dragon Kazul. They are well suited except for the continual interruptions by knights and princes intent on rescue, captive princesses whining, and smarmy wizards up to no good.

Kazul explains: “So having a princess in residence has become a minor mark of high status among dragons.” 
“A minor mark?”
Kazul smiled, “I'm afraid so. It's the equivalent of, oh, serving expensive imported fruit at dinner.”

Then the King of the Dragons dies and Cimorene stumbles across a plot to subvert the selection of the next king. To save the dragons from a usurper, she will need a witch, a prince almost turned to stone, and many buckets of soapy water with lemon.

Dealing with Dragons is the first book of four in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. As the story continues in Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons, it loses some of its lightheartedness and readers come to care more deeply about the characters. Wrede integrates fantasy with comedy of manners here and in her collaborations with Caroline Stevermer.  Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones also has a heroine who discovers she can do what “isn't done” by proper young ladies.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

This was one of my favorite books when I was young!