The scholarly princcesses, the very sensible dragons and irritating princes What else can a girl want Q There was a great deal of etiquette, from the proper way to curtsy before a visiting prince to how loudly it was permissible to scream when being carried off by a giant When she couldn t stand it any longer, she would go down to the castle armory and bully the armsmaster into giving her a fencing lesson.Q Well, I fence So it is too done by a princess Q Nothing interesting seems to be proper Q And that was the end of the magic lessons.The same thing happened over the Latin lessons from the court philosopher, the cooking lessons from the castle chef, the economics lessons from the court treasurer, and the juggling lessons from the court minstrel c Q Nowadays, all the princes are talking birds, or dogs, or hedgehogs c Q Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing Q Dragons are are fond of princesses, aren t they Very, said the dragon, and smiled.Q Being a dragon s princess is a perfectly respectable thing to do, so my parents couldn t complain.Q Well, I m not a proper princess, then, Cine snapped I make cherries jubilee, and I volunteer for dragons, and I conjugate Latin verbs or at least I would if anyone would let me So there Q She had always been interested in what the knights and dragons were supposed to say than in memorizing the places where she was supposed to scream.Q The fencing lessons were just the beginning, Cine assured him So you see why I m perfectly happy being a dragon s princess Q But what does a dragon want with a crepe pan Q There were two knights the following day, and four the day after that.On the fourth day there was only one, but he was exceptionally stubborn Q Aren t you a little slow she asked irritably There ve been eight knights here before you Eight the prince said, frowning I thought by now there d have been at least twelve Perhaps I d better come back later Q I didn t come here to argue I came to meet the person who keeps borrowing my crepe pan c Q I was going to say that it isn t wise to run away from your dragon I believe it s done all the time c Q it was best to be polite to anyone as large and toothy as a dragon, even if he wasn t being at all polite to her.Q a flood a few years later Some hero or other shoved a giant into a lake to drown him The silly clunch didn t realize that if he put something that big into a lake, the water would have to go somewhere Q It s not that easy to get into the Enchanted Forest, she explained At least, not if you re trying to get in Princes and youngest sons and particularly clever tailors stumble into it by accident all the time c Q Very few things are willing to mess with a dragon, even in the dark c Q Well, you re a dragon, What difference does that make to a cat c Q Will wonders never cease For once a human with sense is getting the forfeit Yes, you can take someone with you, as long as you re touching him Same for objects if you can carry it , you can take it with you You get one trip per feather That s all c Q She pored over the book all evening, and Cine found it fascinating to watch the dragon delicately turning pages with her claws c Q You Dragons Us That looks interesting Can I help Maybe opening jars would make him forget about You Dragons Us, for a while c Q Do you suppose he means it Why would he keep bellowing it at us if he didn t mean it c Q What he is matters not, It is enough that thou and he shall die Enough for whom c Q I never thought of that Well, start thinking now, Q But what do I do if someone comes in Duck into the banquet area And if someone comes in there, too, curl up in the corner and pretend you re a rock c Q In her experience, someone in a good mood did not throw things at visitors c This is the first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles My daughter read them when she was at the point where reading changes from being work to being fun So it was one of the first serious books 100 pages and no pictures that she read on her own for pleasure First my wife read the series aloud to her Then she read them all to herself Then she read this book out loud to me.The story is told from the point of view of Princess Cine She s a curious, intelligent girl who hates the stereotyped role she s expected to play as a princess she has to learn to needlepoint and dance, but isn t allowed to cook or fence or learn magic Finally, she runs away and winds up getting captured by a dragon, Kazul Unlike other captured princesses, who lament their situation and wait to be rescued by young knights they can then marry, Cine befriends her dragon and refuses to be rescued The plot thickens when some oily wizards show upThe character of Cine is engaging She is spunky and has a sarcastic wit that makes my daughter laugh I liked her almost from page one and was quickly sucked into the story The plot has some interesting twists, but there is never a sense of real peril From the beginning it s pretty clear who s good and who s bad, and that it will all work out in the end These characteristics all appeal to my then 8 year old daughter She also loves the humor and has adopted a similar style in some of her creative writing projects.The writing is clearly targeted at younger pre teen readers, but this is a fun story that many older readers will enjoy, too. 4.5 5 starsThis is my 4th time reading this Still good I did dock half a star down because second book is better than the first still, the whole series are amazing, even if I am well out of reading age for these books I enjoy them immensely After I got finished with the book, my first thought was why haven t they made a movie out of this yet And then I thought what if the casting is wrong, what if they don t follow the book, what if cgi is cheapOh, the horrors So now I am actually happy that they haven t, no need to ruin THE BEST MIDDLE GRADE FANTASY EVER Can you tell that I am a fan To not make this review too long as I would like to review the whole series on my blog sometime I will just say that Cine is the best female character ever invented Girls, if you need a hero, look no further This book was first published in 1990 and since then there were many great female role models, but comparing to Cine, they all are trying a little too hard If you are looking for a great easy fantasy book that includes princesses, dragons and magic without being cookie cutter look no further Read this book, and then make your daughter read it Because the world needs Cines.My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG If you think you know what a princess story is, think again.There s a magic to this series I haven t experienced since reading Harry Potter It s one of the most playful books I ve ever read, constantly making jokes out of well known tropes and famous fairy tales Plus it s a mystery in which the prime suspects are a dragon with bad wizard allergies and a prince made of stone The entire universe is as quirky as the suspects and although there s some plot holes and a lot of things that seem to happen for no reason, like J.K Rowling, Patricia C Wrede has the narrative authority to somehow pull it off.But best of all is the main character, Cine She s a princess that s had it with the pampered life and runs off to do some dirty work and be a servant to a dragon And although princes try to rescue her left and right, she doesn t want to be a damsel in distress She proves she s than that when she unravels a mystery and saves the dragons from their conniving foes in the nick of time.The way the author constantly plays with this theme of transcending societal expectations is freaking awesome I think anyone who dreams big but is still a kid at heart would find this insanely enjoyable I know I sure did. 5.0 Stars Re Read 2016I adore this book I always will It was one of my favorites series growing up and still is to this day I implore you all to check it out I would place this book somewhere between The Ordinary Princess and the Harry Potter series in terms of complexity of plot, age appropriateness and the amount of fun I had reading it I really enjoyed reading this book and likely would have given it 5 stars if I had read it at a younger age say at the age of 8 years or so As it is, after Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, it s hard to give this book 5 stars Having said that, this is a very interesting story of a Princess who detests traditional princessy stuff and decides to volunteer to work cook clean for a dragon Throw in the requisite witches and wizards and an underlying conspiracy and you end up with this very enjoyable book A great present for young girls and boys.August 2019 Just reread it I was too stingy back in 2008 when I gave it 4 stars It certainly deserves 5 stars I think so I m changing my previous rating the comparison to Harry Potter isn t really fair given the length of HP. A princess who does not want to be captured by dragons and rescued by princes.Instead she works for a dragon and tells the would be rescuing princes to go away All the etiquette a young princess needs to know.The King and Queen did the best they could They hired the most superior tutors and governesses to teach Cine all the things a princess ought to know dancing, embroidery, drawing, and etiquette There was a great deal of etiquette, from the proper way to curtsy before a visiting prince to how loudly it was permissible to scream when being carried off by a giant The bleak employment prospects of a princess who does not want to marry an empty headed prince Her skills are The frog looked at her disapprovingly Can t you do anything I can curtsy, Cine said disgustedly I know seventeen different country dances, nine ways to agree with an ambassador from Cathay without actually promising him anything, and one hundred and forty three embroidery stitches And I can make cherries jubilee Cherries jubilee asked the frog, and snapped at a passing fly The castle chef taught me, before Father made him stop, Cine explained.The frog munched briefly, then swallowed and said, I suppose there s no help for it You ll have to run away The jinn in the bottleA black cloud of smoke poured out of the jar As Cine and Therandil watched, it condensed into a dark skinned giant wearing only a turban and a loin cloth He was than twice as tall as Therandil, and the comers of his mouth were turned down in a stem frown What is it whispered Therandil Trouble, said Cine Thou speakest truly, 0 Daughter of Wisdom, said the giant in a booming voice that filled the cave For I am a jinn, who was imprisoned in that jar, and I am the instrument of thy death and that of thy paramour My what Cine said, outraged Thy lover, the jinn said uncomfortably The man who stands beside thee I know what you meant, Cine said But he isn t my lover, or my fiance, or my boyfriend or anything, and I refuse to be killed with him But Cine, you know perfectly well Therandil started You hush, Cine said You ve made enough of a mess already If he is not thy paramour, nor any of those other things, then what is he the jinn asked suspiciously A nuisance, Cine said succinctly Cine, you re not being very kind, Therandil said What he is matters not, the jinn said grandly after a moment s heavy thought It is enough that thou and he shall die Enough for whom Cine said.The jinn blinked at her For me Tis my will that thou and he shall die by my hand Thou hast but to choose the manner of thy death Old age, Cine said promptly When you don t meet other people s expectations. The soothsayer took one look at me and said that I would grow up to do a great service for a king I ve been stuck with his blasted prophecy ever since It doesn t sound so terrible to me, Cine said It wasn t, at first, the stone prince admitted I had special tutors in all sorts of interesting things to prepare me for being of great service to a king My father even sent me to a special school for people who re supposed to do special things Did you do well I was the top of my class, the stone prince said with a flash of pride His face fell again That s part of the problem I don t understand, Cine said This way And can you walk a little faster, please I m in a hurry It s been three years since I graduated, and everyone s still waiting for me to do something spectacular, the stone prince said, lengthening his stride The rest of my dassmates are already making names for themselves George started killing dragons right away, and Art went straight home and pulled some sort of magic sword out of a rock Even the ones nobody expected to amount to much have done something All Jack wanted to do was go back to his mother s farm and raise beans, and he ended up stealing a magic harp and killing a giant and all sorts of things I m the only one who hasn t succeeded A humorous tale with exciting scary bits that ends Happily ever after until the next adventure Enjoy I picked up this book after seeing it featured in A Mighty Girl s excellent list of kick ass Princess books, and thought it might make a good Christmas gift for a fantasy loving little sister Of course I had to read it first, the way you have to taste the cookie dough, to make sure it s just right And of course, Little Sister caught me at it What s that A book I m reading She executes a perfect pre teen exasperated sigh and eye roll I KNOW it s a book What s it about I decide to test the waters It s about a princess who doesn t like being a princess all she does is sit around wearing crowns and embroidering, and she thinks it s boring So she runs away to live with a dragon She has to trick the knights and princes who try to come rescue her, because they don t realize she doesn t need to be rescued Her eyes light up Cool She pronounces it like the kids do these days, as if it were spelled kewl And after finishing the book, I have to agree with that assessment This is a snappy, fast paced adventure, packed full of both action and wit, and humorously subverts fairy tale tropes at every turn The writing is crisp and clear, the story well plotted and not too predictable I guessed certain elements were going to be important later, but not exactly how they would come into play The heroine is an absolute delight a strong minded, sensible person who Gets Things Done and doesn t give a fig whether it s the respectable thing for a Princess to do I was reminded than once of Terry Pratchett s Tiffany Aching The Wee Free Men Discworld, 30 , another of my favorite fantasy Mighty Girls In fact, this book is full of great female characters from Cine s fellow princess, to the neighboring witch who lends her souffl dishes and spells, to the Dragon Kazul herself I love the dragons egalitarian take on government either a male or female dragon can be chosen as Dragon King They have a Queen too, who also is chosen regardless of gender, but nobody cares to be Queen much Positions of authority like the privilege of being a dragon at all, it seems are chosen entirely on merit, not social status and Kazul wisely extends that judgment based on merit system to her Princess as well.As the kids say, cool.I could go on about all the other reasons this book is wonderful, but I believe I ll just finish my story, as it speaks pretty well for itself When I set the book down and left the room for a minute, I came back to find that Little Sister had hijacked my seat and belongings She sat brazenly wearing my coat, my knit hat flopping over her ears and her nose buried in my book She d already reached the second chapter Her laughing protests at being ousted became sincere when I teasingly but firmly pried the book from her fingers But I need to know what happens next Sorry, Sis, you ll have to wait til Christmas Update 12 26 14She loved it.Upon tearing open the wrapping and seeing it, Sis actually shouted I LOVE this book despite having only read the first chapter and a bit and wanted to sit down and read it then and there I don t know where she gets it from. Amazing EPub, Dealing With Dragons By Patricia C Wrede This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Dealing With Dragons, Essay By Patricia C Wrede Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You This is my happy book I read it when I was in middle school and I love it because its not your average fairy tale Yes you have princess s and prince s and yes you have dragons and wizards and magic but it s not exactly like the common tale of where the prince slays the dragon with the wizard to help him act clever to save the damsel in distress and or princess No no it s of the princess becomes friends with a dragon and when a prince comes and saves her she tells them to go away.Sick and tired of hearing about the heroic charming prince Then read this book.Plus its an easy read and be prepared for full of smiles and laughs.
Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children She started writing in seventh grade She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974 She finished it five years later and started her se
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- Dealing with Dragons
- Patricia C. Wrede
- 12 October 2018 Patricia C. Wrede