Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Welcome to Saturday Shorts, in which we review shorter works such as short stories, novellas, middle-grade books, and graphic novels. Cimorene is back with an all-new adventure! In Searching for Dragons, she teams up with King Mendebar, the king of the forest on a search for her dragon, Kazul.
I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
Publisher’s Description: 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.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
Again, this story is full of action and witty banter. Its plot is simple, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable. I love the way the author plays with fairy tale tropes and twists them around with delightful spins.
Cimorene is naturally a badass all on her own, but Mendenbar is quite formidable, too. He’s got an interesting type of magic that allows him to pull on ley lines and use them to do whatever he wants. He’s also got a magical sword for when he can’t use his own power.
The romance between them is innocent and fun, lots of fun as he and Cimorene often butt heads on how to do things. But they understand each other well because neither one wants to be the stereotype that everyone else believes them to be.
You’ll love this fantasy! There are mischief-making wizards and super cool dragons, not to mention plenty of comical trouble along the way. I give this one four stars.
Our reviews in this series…
- Dealing with Dragons, Book 01
- Searching for Dragons, Book 02
- Calling on Dragons, Book 03
- Talking to Dragons, Book 04
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