Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. WredeATTENTION classic fantasy/fairytale fans: do you like stories about dragons, evil wizards, a good witch with clever cats, a feisty unconventional princess, a non-conformist king, magicians, a flying carpet, and a magical sword? If you said yes to any of those, then this series is worth your time. And the best part is, it won't take up a lot of your time because these books a quick reads and with only four books, you'd be caught up in no time!
Enchanted Forest Chronicles #2
Published November 1st 2002 by HMH Books
Kidnap a dragon? How daring!
Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper, is back--but where is Kazul the dragon? That's what Cimorene is determined to find out.
Luckily--or perhaps not-so-luckily--she's got help: Mendenbar, the not-very-kingly King of the Enchanted Forest, has joined her in her quest. So with the aid of a broken-down magic carpet, a leaky magical sword, and a few buckets of soapy lemon water, they set off across the Enchanted Forest to tackle the dragon-napping and save the King of the Dragons.
I read the first book in the series, Dealing with Dragons last year - if you missed my review, you can read it here - and have been looking forward to returning to the series ever since. With Searching for Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede reminded me why her books are so much fun. Beyond being relatively short books that pack a lot of beloved fantasy and fairytale elements within its pages, these stories navigate the usual tropes expertly, avoiding the more tired or dated ones and giving them a fresh twist. I switched it up this time though and listened to the sequel on audio. It was performed by a full cast, which was a first for me. I have to say that most of the voice actors did superb jobs but a few of the voices annoyed me...which in turn, made the characters seem annoying, though they wouldn't have come off that way if I'd read them myself.
These books feature a straightforward writing style that doesn't take itself too seriously. It isn't simplistic though, the storytelling is clever, humorous and thoroughly entertaining. This time around, the POV switches to Mendenbar, the young King of The Enchanted Forest. I was surprised that Cimorene didn't return as the main character but it isn't long until she and the King cross paths, brought together by separate mysteries that end up being connected. Mendenbar was a great narrator though and I got used to his voice quickly. As they set out to unravel the circumstances that brought them together, the make new friends, face new enemies and discover hidden secrets, even about themselves.
The best way to describe this series would be to say that the storytelling and plot have a classic fantasy feel, but the characters and tropes are updated to have more of a modern twist. While the first book is still my favorite (so far), I enjoyed the addition of Mendenbar, the return of all my other favorite characters and being reminded how awesome Cimore is. Where were princesses like her when I was growing up? Also, Searching for Dragons features a cat hitching a ride on a dragon! I'm sorry but it doesn't get any better than that. Hello new favorite thing ♥ I've already started on the third books.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars