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Calling on Dragons (1993)

by Patricia C. Wrede

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Series: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles {Patricia C. Wrede} (3)

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Queen Cimorene turns to her friends Morwen, Telemain, and Kazul for help when troublesome wizards make their way back into the Enchanted Forest and begin to soak up its magic.
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 Name that Book: Adventures with a witch & her familiar3 unread / 3Autumnice, January 2013

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"Wrede's strengths are numerous: sparkling dialogue, amusingly fractured fairy-tale conventions, solid characterization, plenty of action, and truly terrific chapter headings." -SLJ

In this adventure, wizards are draining the Enchanted Forest of its magic, and have even managed to steal King Mendenbar's sword. Queen Cimorene (now pregnant), Morwen the witch (and her cats), Telemain the magician, Kazul the dragon, and a rabbit-turned-blue-donkey called Killer all hare off on the quest to retrieve the sword and banish the wizards. ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 16, 2023 |
I remember being so excited when this book came out. I had forgotten it had ended on such a bloody cliffhanger! My 12 year old self must have been devastated to have to wait yet again for the next book. Thankfully, I seem to recall it came out fairly soon after.

Okay, so much love for this book. Morwen's the POV character! Blue floating donkey with wings, named Killer! Cats being cats! Firewitch! And enough sly references to childhood stories to make me grin (Farmer MacDonald redoing the economic model of his father's farm, Rachel letting down her chair).

One thing that always bothered me... whatever happened to Killer? ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 28, 2022 |
I probably would have enjoyed this MUCH more as a paper book. The full cast audio version just really didn't do it for me -- between the annoying character voices and the stunted plot, it left me feeling restless and irritated. I kept thinking, ok, I know they said this is why they are doing x..., but why are they doing that? Ugh, Telemaine is speaking again. Really? Nine cats and they all need separate actors? And I hate the ending. I've never much cared for books that don't resolve within their own boundaries -- even series books, which I like, need to resolve the immediate action or adventure within the book or I get really cranky. Liked the first 2 books. May try to read the 4th. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Bringing this down to 4 stars because while I still find these books highly enjoyable I wouldnt call them 5 stars anymore (at least for me). ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
This book is definitely the weakest in the series. Maybe it's because Mendanbar is largely a silent character. Maybe it's because it's hard for a 14-year-old to sympathize with a pregnant action-heroine, and maybe it's just slow... ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
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Wrede, Patricia C.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Sève, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hartman, DaliaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hyman, Trina SchartCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paarma, Susanna(KÄÄnt.)secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puda, JeffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my nieces and nephews,
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Deep in the Enchanted Forest, in a neat grey house with a with a wide porch and a red roof, lived the witch Morwen and her nine cats.
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Queen Cimorene turns to her friends Morwen, Telemain, and Kazul for help when troublesome wizards make their way back into the Enchanted Forest and begin to soak up its magic.

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