Title: Calling On Dragons [Enchanted Forest Chronicles 3]
Author: Patricia C. Wrede
Genre: Children’s, Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Rating: 5 Stars
Princess Cimorene is now Queen Cimorene… and she’s faced with her first queenly crisis—the Enchanted Forest is threatened with complete destruction!
Those wizards are back—and they’ve become very smart. (Sort of.) They’ve figured out a way to take over the forest once and for all… and what they have planned isn’t pretty.
With a little help from Kazul the dragon king, Morwen the witch, Telemain the magician, two cats, and a blue, flying donkey-rabbit named—what else?—Killer, Cimorene might just be able to stop them.
And some people think that being a queen is easy.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I can’t help but love this book and the others in it’s series. It is one of the funniest fantasy stories I’ve ever read, and even though It’s meant for Juvenile readers, I enjoyed it every bit as much as the 10 year old I’ve been reading it to.
The characters in this series are witty, stubborn, and sometimes short-tempered. They are vibrant and funny, and sure to make any child grin from ear to ear. I’ll admit, I can’t decide which character I liked best: Fiddlesticks the cat who has an alarming penchant for fish and a decided lack of common sense, or his mirror, Killer, the rabbit who can’t help but nibble on bits of magical things when he finds them. It’s no surprise the poor blotchy rabbit has turned himself into a 7’11” (at the ears) hovering, blue, insubstantial donkey with oversized wings. Killer made me laugh throughout the book.
The story was filled with adventure, hijinks, danger, and grumbly self-important wizards that have to ruin everyone’s day. The writing was engaging, clear, and easy to follow. Reading it aloud to a 10 year old, I was being begged for just “one more chapter!” on a daily basis. Most days we ended up reading three or four instead of one as we had originally planned.
Overall, I loved this book. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Would I recommend it to others? Honestly, if you have a kid, I’d make it mandatory. Any child will love this book, and it’s filled with messages of self-empowerment (males and females both!) amidst all the silliness. I think you’ll love it every bit as much as I do.