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Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles) [Mass Market Paperback]

Patricia C. Wrede
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29 April 1999 Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Book 1)
This young adult fantasy novel has become a modern classic. Rather than marry a boring prince, Princess Cimerone runs away from her kingdom and becomes an assistant to the dragon Kazul. "School Library Journal" Best Book of 1990.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic US; Reprint edition (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590457225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590457224
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Work of Fantasy 30 Nov 2002
This is a delightful little book of fantasy. I think all of us like to escape from time to time to a world such as that of the Enchanted Forest and the Mountains of Morning. Although this world is inhabited by dragons and bothersome wizards, it is still an airy, light-filled world that captivates the imagination. Cimorene is a princess who has no interest in learning the things a princess is supposed to learn; she would rather learn fencing, magic, cooking, and other things forbidden by her parents. Her parents finally give up on changing her ways of thinking and decide to marry her off to the prince of a neighboring realm. Rather than submit to this unwanted fate, she takes the advice of a friendly frog and volunteers to serve as a dragon's princess. The dragon Kazul accepts her offer, and Cimorene goes to work organizing Kazul's treasure rooms, cataloguing the scrolls in her library, and making cherries jubilee and other foods for her. Several princes, including her betrothed, come calling to rescue her, and she has to continually explain to them that she does not want to be rescued. Cimorene comes to discover a plot between the Wizard Society and one turncoat dragon, and it is largely up to her and the princess Alianora, working in conjunction with Kazul, the witch Morwen, and a stone prince to sort out the plan and goals of this dastardly plot and prevent the dragons from granting kingship to the traitor. Even when things are hairy, Cimorene keeps her wits about her, foiling much of the action with her own extraordinary determination.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest book of the millenium!! 31 Aug 1999
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This book is simply the greatest I have ever read! This summer I read for school and I want to read the rest of the series. I was caught with the hook and reeled in. If you haven't read this book you're a total nut. I realize that I am just a twelve year old girl who people probably won't listen to but my friend recommended the book to me and I will recommend it to as many people as possible. I have never read a book by Patricia C. Wrede but now her books will always be in my house. Cimorene is my new hero and I think that Therindil is hilariously stupid. Morwen and Kazul were great friends to Cimorene even though she was just there to work for Kazul!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical- Beyond Words! 27 July 1998
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Cimorene is a character that comes around once in a blue moon! Though I believe that the second book (Searching for Dragons) is my favorite, this first book in the series, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, gives a satisfing beginning. The other books follow in this order- Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons. Half the fun of these books are noticing the mixed-up fairy-tales! The story: Princess Cimorene of Linderwall is not your odinary princess. She doesn't like being a princess and when her parents want her to marry a boring, rather uncharateristic prince, she decides to run away. Accepting some advice for a frog, she offers to be a dragon's princess, and the dragon Kazul takes her in. She finds herself happily setting in to a life of cooking cherries jubilee, visiting witches and meeting jiins. But, when wizards turn into up in her life and the King of the Dragons is suddenly killed, Cimorene and her new-found friends decided to take matte! rs into her own hands. This book will leave you dying for more, so I guess you'll have to read the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fantastic! 4 April 1999
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This is a well-written, fantastic book. I am not a stranger to this series; I have read every book. It was only after completing the series that I looked back and realized that this one is the best. This book, and this series for that matter, is good for someone who likes fantasy, as well as a kind of wry humor about old fairy tales and the way things always used to work in them. Meet Cimorene, a princess from a "proper" kingdom who just isn't proper. She isn't interested in learning dancing or embroidery, or the proper moments to scream when being carried off by giants. She prefers learning about magic, taking fencing lessons, and many other un-princess-like activities that her fairy godmother and parents agree just "isn't done." When her parents, behind her back, arrange for he to marry a perfectly proper, and very dumb, prince, Cimorene is furious. Taking the advice of the enchanted toad she encountered, she runs off to VOLUNTARILY become the princess of a dragon, something that certainly is never done. Read about Cimorene's adventures with the dragons, encounters with annoying wizards, and desperate efforts to discourage the manly knights and princes to just LEAVE HER ALONE. Plenty of excellent reading. Great book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good humorous fantasy 18 Nov 1998
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Cimorene is a good female role model and this story is an interesting twist on the story we all know, about a princess being captured by an evil dragon and being rescued by a prince. Instead, Cimorene runs away to live with the dragon and has trouble chasing away all the annoying rescuers! I read it a pretty long time ago, but I remember it was better than I expected. I like fantasy a lot, but I really hate when it gets into mythical creatures--centaurs, unicorns, dragons &c. My fantasy choices are more along the lines of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Even so, this book was really funny and even exciting in parts and anyone who wants a nice light-hearted fantasy with strong female characters should give it a try. You'll probably laugh out loud in some parts. I don't know if you'll want to read all of the books though. I haven't but I might give it a try. --Grace, age 14
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5.0 out of 5 stars Also called Dragon's Bane
I'm 25 and still love this book, though I have it under the name of Dragon's Bane
Published on 27 Jun 2009 by raven_guest
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
The story begins with Cimorene, the youngest daughter of the Kind of Linderwall. Cimorene was very tall with jet black hair unlike the rest of her other sisters. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2002 by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC READ
This book was great, and if you are having doubts about getting it don't, i am a really fussy person when it comes to books and have found hardley any books to my liking. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2001 by lidaboouk@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars We liked this book so much we couldn't put it down
Dealing with dragons ! is so good my nose got stuck ! It was so good I couldn't put it down! The funniest fantasy,Fairy story In history! Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The most interesting set of books I've ever read!
These books written by Patricia C. Wrede are the best. I read Talking to Dragons 2 years ago and now I'm hooked. I've read Talkign To Dragons CAlling on Dragons and Dragonsbane! Read more
Published on 18 Oct 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars You CAN'T put down this book!
After reading this book,I had to get my hands on the other 3 books.But make sheer you get all 3 at the same time because,the 3ed book ends in a hook.
Published on 3 Sep 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY AWESOME!
I loved this book! It is so funny how they weave other fairytales into the story! THis book is as great as Harry Potter
Published on 31 Aug 1999
Published on 18 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series ever written!!
This book (and all of the others) are a masterpiece. I absolutely love them. Patricia C. Wrede makes everything come to life. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you can really get into!
I loved this book and every other book in it's series! The author really did an extaordinary job of describing everything in the book, I almost believed the characters were... Read more
Published on 17 July 1999
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