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4.5 Stars: Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede is a light and fun fantasy read. It is juvenile fiction, ie for teens before YA was a thing, and it reflects the mentality of that age-range pre-YA. There is no emphasis on romance (though there is one starting to brew it seems!) and Searching for Dragons doesn’t take itself too seriously. Fairytale tropes pop up here and there purposefully turned on their heads, which is so fun to read! If you like light fantasy that is just trying to have fun, you have to check out this series. You also really don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one, though I do recommend the first book as well ;-).

Note: I borrowed Searching for Dragons from a friend.

4.5 Stars: Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #2)
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on November 1st, 2002
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 242 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper, meets her match in the not-quite-kingly Mendanbar. With the aid of a broken-down magic carpet and a leaky magical sword, the two tackle a series of dragon-nappings.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • My biggest complaint about the first book was the lack of a strongly defined plot. Searching for Dragons fixes this wonderfully with a fun and motivating plot that I was happy to accompany the characters on.
  • Some of my old favorites from Dealing with Dragons showed up, as well as new characters that I loved getting to know.
  • While Searching for Dragons is a second book, it doesn’t rely on the first book for much. You’ll miss a little bit of the history between characters, but there are no assumptions of knowledge that the plot hinges on.
  • We get to explore so much more of the world in Searching for Dragons and it was excellent! There was even a new type of magic, dun dun dunnn.
  • I loved the fairytale tropes that were dropped in in highly amusing ways. There is an Evil Step-parent league that someone is trying to get into (for the sandwiches and outings of course!), and so he’s trying to come up with something evil to do, but he isn’t actually all that good at being evil, haha.

Weaknesses:

  •  At times the fantasy was too light-hearted, since even the evil people were only kind of evil and melt from soapy water with lemon ;-).
  • I didn’t have any major feels while reading Searching for Dragons, though I suppose that can be expected.

Summary:

I am loving the Enchanted Forest Chronicles as breaks between the heftier novels. Searching for Dragons was just what I needed to make me laugh and be immersed in a fun but substantial world (plus dragons!). This is a series that I’m going to have to buy for myself so that I can reread when needing that uplifting feeling of a favorite book!

4.5 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

 

 Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

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Comments

  1. It’s been years since I read any Patricia Wrede. Sounds like I need to pick up her books again.

  2. I loved these books! I’m huge fan of re-tellings and I think the fairy tale tropes appeal to me for the same reason. Plus I laugh pretty much the entire time I’m reading them :)

    • I literally laugh out loud while reading these which doesn’t happen often with other books! I need to go buy the third book now >.>

  3. Adorable! I’ve been wanting to toss more lighter reads on my pile, think I’ll add this series to the list. Great review! [:

  4. I adore this series. It’s such fun, and I love how everyone’s so straight-forward and amusingly level-headed about everything, even when they’re being slightly ridiculous. I ought to have a reread of these books soon, just for fun.

    • Yes! All the characters are people I’d actually want to be friends with because they are just awesome people (and the whole friends with dragons and magic thing…. >.>) Oo, I’d totally join you on the reread, how long is the series anyway??

      • I think it’s only 4 books long, and they’re fairly short books to begin with. Hmm, now I’m thinking I really should dig them out and see who’d be interested in a book club/readalong type thing, just for fun!

  5. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    This sounds cute! There’s not much of a description, but I think it would be great for MG. Plus dragons!

    • Yeah, this series is light on descriptions unfortunately, but it is actually covering most of the premise since it’s such a short book ;-) Dragons!

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