Searching for Dragons
by Patricia C. Wrede
Book 2 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles continues the story begun in
Dealing with Dragons
, only from a new characters point of
view. Mendanbar, the young king of the Enchanted Forest, has a problem with princesses. Everyone expects him to marry one someday, but
they all seem hopelessly silly to him. He also thinks he has a problem with dragons, because suddenly whole patches of the Enchanted Forest
are turning up, burned to a crisp. So when Mendanbar sets out to ask Kazul, the King of the Dragons, about this, you can imagine his dismay
when he finds not Kazul, but Kazuls princess, at the dragons cave.
Princess Cimorene is not a typical princess, however. Mendanbar finds this out quickly, as the two set out together to find Kazul. The
Dragon King has been kidnapped by wizards, and it will take the special magic of the king of the Enchanted Forest, together with Cimorenes
many surprising talents, to get Kazul back. Along the way they are aided by a friendly witch named Morwen, a tech-talking magician named
Telemain, and many buckets of lemon-scented, soapy water. Dont ask; just read.
The second book of this series has all of the charms of the first: witty dialogue, a hilariously twisted take on your favorite (and least
favorite) fairy tales, loads of magical surprises, dangerous confrontations, bizarre creatures (to say nothing of cats), and one new
element: romance. The one, slight shortcoming of this book is a tendency of some scenes to run a little longer than they absolutely needed
to, and of the characters to talk just a wee bit more than necessary. But this is nothing compared to the many pleasures which will not only
keep you turning pages to the very end, but will also make you glad that there are two more books in the series!
Recommended Age: 11+
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