Talking to Dragons
by Patricia C. Wrede
Daystars mother taught him a lot of things as he grew up, but chiefly, she taught him to be polite to people. Or at least, only to be rude
when there is a very good reason. For example, when Daystar is seventeen years old, a wizard comes to visit his mother, and she melts him
with a bucket of lemon-scented, soapy water. Immediately afterward, Mom hands Daystar a magic sword and throws him out of their house on the
edge of the Enchanted Forest. She refuses to tell him anything about what hes supposed to do, except (once again) to be polite.
Well, politeness pays for young Daystar as he tramps through the Enchanted Forest. It earns him the company of a hot-headed fire witch named
Shiara and a dragon who is too young to have a name. Together with a kitten given to them by the good witch Morwen, they journey towards
Daystar-knows-not-what, looking for an explanation of what he is supposed to do with the Sword of the Sleeping King. Even though he
doesnt know what hes doing, lots of other people seem to have a fair idea...including elves (good and bad), magicians (pretty good),
wizards (pretty bad), a fire witch with an invisible castle (really, really bad), and many other interesting creatures and people.
Danger, romance, good and bad luck, friendship, mystery, magic, and the looming shadow of war accompany our hero who doesnt know hes a
hero. Poor Daystarthe only way to succeed in his mission is not to know what he is supposed to do! He doesnt even know who he is. Maybe
this exchange is a clue...
Thank you very much, I said. But I really ought to tell you: Im not a lord.
The dwarf smiled tolerantly. Of course not, my lord. Is there anything else we can do for you?
If youve read Calling on Dragons
, youll have a good idea who
Daystar is and what he is supposed to do. The climax of this book brings the Enchanted Forest Chronicles to an exciting, romantic, and
magical end. Several readers have written to me that this series is what got them hooked on fantasy, even before they discovered
. I think it will bring pleasure to any fan of Harry tales, fairy tales, or just plain fun stories!
Recommended Age: 11+
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