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Dealing with Dragons (1990)

by Patricia C. Wrede

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Series: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles {Patricia C. Wrede} (1)

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Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.
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I read this for an online book club. Fantasy is not a genre I usually read but I loved this. A feisty heroine, a female dragon, wicked wizards and a few lacklustre princes. Fantasy, adventure and humour. While reading this I wished I had a dragon and wondered if I knew any young girls I could give a copy of this book to. Intend to read the next 3 books in the series. ( )
  secondhandrose | Oct 31, 2023 |
Dealing with Dragons is the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I first read this series as a child and it stuck with me; not the details so much, but the feeling of the story. I'm now so excited to be reading it again with my daughter. :)

This book focuses on a character named Cimorene. She is a princess from a very traditional kingdom who is bored out of her mind with the role she's been born to. As a result, she decides to run away. This is a pretty standard trope of the rebel princess who seeks adventure and personal fulfillment over politics and power. Along the way she befriends a dragon named Kazul who agrees to "capture" her, another princess whose practicality outweighs her primness, and a very down-to-earth witch named Morwen.

The highlight of this story is the charming way in which it's written. Each situation is approached in such an absurd way, yet with such a "straight face" as it were, that you can't help but laugh. My only complaint is that Cimorene's attitude can come off a bit blase at times, making even the most climactic situations seem a bit trivial. Still, if you like dry wit, poking fun at classic fantasy tropes, and lighthearted adventure fit for kids and adults alike, this is a fun, fast read. ( )
  LRBraden | Aug 14, 2023 |
This was just good clean fun. Dealing with Dragons is about a girl who doesn't want to be a princess, so she runs away to do absolutely anything else and quickly finds herself working as a cook, maid, and librarian to a female dragon who plays an active role in dragon politics.

This is such a cozy book. I've never wanted to live in a cave until I read this. There's a lot of Cimorene reading and cooking, but there's also a great bit of plot that kicks off when wizards start showing up in places they don't belong. Its just a really good time, and the way Wrede tied up the end of the book was really masterful. Everything that felt like a joyful diversion earlier on in the novel became key in the end. ( )
  tanyaferrell | Feb 9, 2023 |
I had forgotten how much I loved this book, and the characters. I think Dealing with Dragons was the first book I read that really got me hooked onto fantasy. I remember checking it out from the library (and Searching for Dragons) repeatedly, and I remember when Calling for Dragons finally came out and my excitement.

Wrede took fantasy stereotypes and turned them on their heads for the juvenile crowd, and I was utterly hooked. Still am, in fact. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 28, 2022 |
Cute story, but I think the audio version lowered my rating a bit. The full cast performance made the overall recording quality uneven, and some of the voices sounded like they were saying their lines from across a room. I probably would have liked it more if I had read it.
The fairy tale satire thing was fun, and I think when this first came out, it would have felt quite original and fresh. I did love the idea of a princess voluntarily becoming a dragon’s “captive,” and being treated more as a valued employee than prisoner. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wrede, Patricia C.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Besnier, YvesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caldwell, LizNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coville, BruceActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coville, KatherineActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Delval, Marie-HélèneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dyer-Bennet, DavidAuthor's photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elliot, JohannaActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foster, NickActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golden, JoshActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golden, MattActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hankins, RussellActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hartman, DaliaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hyman, Trina SchartCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lape Jr., Willard E.Actorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Molesky, BillActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puda, JeffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quintal, Lana M.Actresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosenthal, Elise J.Actresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmuckler, CarolActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seve, Peter deCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For ALAN CARL and ANNIE BUJOLD, because they liked the other one a lot
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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. The climate was unremarkable. The knights kept their armor brightly polished mainly for show -- it had been centuries since a dragon had come east. There were the usual periodic problems with royal children and uninvited fairy godmothers, but they were always the sort of thing that could be cleared up by finding the proper prince or princess to marry the unfortunate child a few years later. All in all, Linderwall was a very prosperous and pleasant place.
Cimorene hated it.
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Dealing with Dragons was also published under the title Dragonsbane.
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Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.

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Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimorene has never met anyone (or anything) like the Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird, or a stone prince either. Princess Cimorene ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.
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