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About the Author: Patricia C. Wrede

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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  1. says:

    "He doesn't seem very impressed," Cimorene commented in some amusement.
    "Why should he be?" Kazul said.
    "Well, you're a dragon," Cimorene answered, a little taken aback.
    "What difference does that make to a cat?"
    Before Harry Potter, there was Princess Cimorene, a dragon named Kazul, and the Enchanted Forest. I am no longer a 11-year old girl. I am a grown-ass woman, and I still love this book as much as I did the first time I read it.

    Share this book with your sisters, your daughters, your nieces. This is a wonderful book for a young girl, it sends so many positive messages. You don't have to be what people want you to be. You do not have to fit into the mold. You can be brave, headstrong, smart, without being stubborn, without being mean. There is no romance. There is a Prince Charming who, frankly, bores the living crap out of our intrepid young Princess Cimorene. You do not need a Prince Charming to make your own Happily Ever After. You can be in charge of your own destiny.

    This book grew with me through my childhood, and it remains with me as an adult. Some books I've read have made me think. Some books have made me cry. There is nothing so complex, so complicated about this little book; it just makes me happy.

    Summary: Princess Cimorene is a princess of the very pleasant kingdom of Linderwall. It's pretty, it's quite ordinary. There isn't much magic, thankfully, not too many evil stepmothers or witches, not too many dragon abductions, etc.
    All in all, Linderwall was a very prosperous and pleasant place.
    Cimorene hated it.
    Her older sister are all lovely and ladylike, each more beautiful than the last. Cimorene is not. She's too tall. Her hair is frizzy and brown. She's stubborn (on a good day). And she just won't stop learning inappropriate things. Magical lessons. Fencing. Fighting. Latin. All lessons that her disgruntled parents abruptly put a stop to once they find out, cause it just ain't proper for a princess, yo. And her fairy godmother is as useful as brains on a Kardashian.

    Cimorene puts up with it as best as she can, until the day her parents send her off to visit the very handsome, golden haired, blue-eyed, Ken doll of a Prince. Unfortunately, he's got nothing in between his ears, and when Cimorene finds out that her parents intend to make her MARRY the creature, well, that does it. She takes the advice of a magical frog, packs some useful and practical things, and runs away from home.

    Unfortunately, or fortunately, as it may be, the audience that the frog sends her to seek happens to be dragons. Very curious ones. Who might want to eat her (but they'd rather not...humans are so stringy). Using her wits, Cimorene talks her way into being a dragon's princess. Kazul is the awesome dragon, who agrees to take her on. Contrary to popular beliefs, not every dragon wants a princess.
    "It has to do with status. Dragons aren't required to have princesses, you see. Most of us don't. There are never enough to go around, and some of us prefer not to have to deal with the annoyances that come with them."
    "Knights," Cimorene guessed.
    "Among other things," Kazul said, nodding. "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. It's a nice way of showing everyone how rich you are, but you could make just as big an impression by having some of those fancy pastries with the smooth glazed icing and spun-sugar roses."
    Fortunately, thanks to her education, she is as well-equipped to cataloguing draconian libraries as well as she is whipping up an excellent dessert (Cimorene specializes in making cherries jubilee).

    Instead of being princessy and spending her days embroidering and doing stupid shit like that, Cimorene now spends her days cleaning out the dragon treasure troves, cataloguing (and polishing) old dragon treasures (some of them magical!). Along the way, she has to deal with the constant stream of idiotic Knights and Princes who want to rescue her (does anyone bother asking Cimorene if she wants to be rescued? No.), entertaining some other fluffy-headed fellow princesses
    "I'm Cimorene," Cimorene said. "I don't need comforting, and I'm not particularly sad or sorry to be here, but if you'd like to come in and have some tea, you're welcome to."
    The first two princesses looked as if they would have liked to be startled and appalled by this announcement but were much too well bred to show what they were feeling.
    ...among whom she unexpectedly finds a good friend, and dealing with, among other things, a jinn, a killer bird, a witch with many cats (or more appropriately, cats and their witch), and some wascally wizards. There is magic. There is mystery. There is a potential threat to the dragons for whom Cimorene has come to care deeply.

    The Setting, the Plot, All That Good Stuff: This is a very short book, and there is not a single dull moment. There is not a lot of introspection, but there is an exceeding display of Cimorene's competency. She is a person of action, and she fills the book with her energy. The book is driven by Cimorene's initiative, and she is always on the move, be it finding a fire-proofing spell in an ancient spellbook, or outwitting some poor Prince Charming's misguided attempt to rescue her, to fooling some nefarious wizards who think she is a typical princess. The setting is magical, but it is not exceedingly detailed, just enough to build up the imagination.

    The Main Character: Cimorene and her dragon are the stars of this book, and they make me love it. I recommended this book for young readers, and it is just so darned appropriate for an impressionable young woman. She is an awesome main character. She is book-smart, and she is not perfect. She is a librarian at heart, a researcher who relies on her skills in research and her thirst for knowledge rather than outright brilliance. Cimorene is relatable and reliable, smart, witty, absolutely pragmatic and practical without ever becoming bitchy and annoying in the least. And however resourceful Cimorene is, she knows when to call for help when she needs it.

    Every young girl should have a copy of this book (and this series).

  2. says:

    The scholarly princcesses, the very sensible dragons and irritating princes... What else can a girl want?

    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.
    "Well, I fence… So it is too done by a princess."
    Nothing interesting seems to be proper…
    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)
    Nowadays, all the princes are talking birds, or dogs, or hedgehogs. (c)
    Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing
    "Dragons are… are fond of princesses, aren't they?"
    "Very," said the dragon, and smiled.
    "Being a dragon's princess is a perfectly respectable thing to do, so my parents couldn't complain.
    "Well, I'm not a proper princess, then," Cimorene 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!"
    She had always been more interested in what the knights and dragons were supposed to say than in memorizing the places where she was supposed to scream.
    "The fencing lessons were just the beginning," Cimorene assured him.
    "So you see why I'm perfectly happy being a dragon's princess."
    "But what does a dragon want with a crepe pan?"
    There were two knights the following day, and four more the day after that.
    On the fourth day there was only one, but he was exceptionally stubborn…
    "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."
    I didn't come here to argue… I came to meet the person who keeps borrowing my crepe pan. (c)
    "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)
    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.
    … 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. (с)
    "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)
    Very few things are willing to mess with a dragon, even in the dark. (c)
    "Well, you're a dragon," ...
    "What difference does that make to a cat?" (c)
    "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)
    She pored over the book all evening, and Cimorene found it fascinating to watch the dragon delicately turning pages with her claws. (c)
    "You. Dragons. Us. That looks interesting. Can I help?" … Maybe opening jars would make him forget about You. Dragons. Us, for a while. (c)
    "Do you suppose he means it?" ...
    "Why would he keep bellowing it at us if he didn't mean it?" (c)
    "What he is matters not," ... "It is enough that thou and he shall die."
    "Enough for whom?" (c)
    I never thought of that."
    "Well, start thinking now," (с)
    "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)
    In her experience, someone in a good mood did not throw things at visitors. (c)

  3. says:

    4.5/5 stars

    This 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 cheap?
    Oh, 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 Cimorene 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 Cimorene, 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 more Cimorenes.


  4. says:

    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, Cimorene. 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 more 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. says:

    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 Cimorene. 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, Cimorene befriends her dragon and refuses to be rescued. The plot thickens when some oily wizards show up...

    The character of Cimorene 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.

  6. says:

    My daughter is but 9 months old and I already daydream about when I'll introduce her to this series.

    5 stars. A formative book from my own childhood which deserves everybody's attention not only for featuring a strong young female lead but doing so in a wonderfully detailed reinvention of the typical fantasy setting.

  7. says:

    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 Cimorene 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," Cimorene 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," Cimorene 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 bottle
    A black cloud of smoke poured out of the jar. As Cimorene and Therandil watched, it condensed into a dark-skinned giant wearing only a turban and a loin-cloth. He was more 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 Cimorene.

    "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?" Cimorene said, outraged.

    "Thy lover," the jinn said uncomfortably. "The man who stands beside thee."

    "I know what you meant," Cimorene said. "But he isn't my lover, or my fiance, or my boyfriend or anything, and I refuse to be killed with him."

    "But Cimorene, you know perfectly well—" Therandil started.

    "You hush," Cimorene 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," Cimorene said succinctly.

    "Cimorene, 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?" Cimorene 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," Cimorene 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," Cimorene 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," Cimorene 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!"


  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    [5.0 Stars] Re-Read 2016
    I 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!

  10. says:

    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 more 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 Cimorene's fellow princess, to the neighboring witch who lends her soufflé 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 12/26/14

    She 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.

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