Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles #3
Published by Magic Carpet Books on March 1, 2003
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, MG/YA
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Princess Cimorene is now Queen Cimorene...and she's faced with her first queenly crisis - the Enchanted Forest is threatened with complete destruction!
Those wicked wizards are back - and they've become very smart. (Sort of.) They intend to take over the Enchanted Forest once and for all...and what they have planned isn't pretty.
With a little help from Kazul the dragon king, Morwen the witch, Telemain the magician, two cats, and a blue, flying donkey-rabbit named - what else? - Killer, Cimorene might just be able to stop them.
And some people think being queen is easy.
Ugh. I did not enjoy this one as much as others. I’m only giving 3 stars (and not 2.5) because the read wasn’t the worse – but the ending KILLED most of my enjoyment.
The first two books of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles really set the tone for the series. Dealing with Dragons and Searching for Dragons are both based around gender role reversal – showing women/girls/princesses as more than just ornamentation – that they can think and act, adventure and lead, too. The first two books were pretty darn close to perfect…
…and then Calling on Dragons happened.
This book…has the same theme as the previous books: Cimorene is NOT a proper Queen and so she will go off adventuring. Cimorene’s husband, King Mendanbar, has to stay home and mind the kingdom. That part (and quite a few other parts) were simply hilarious (and right with this series’ cannon). Cimorene and her group have various comedic adventures which I quite enjoyed.
I also really loved the fact that Cimorene was pregnant during the entire adventure. She wasn’t sick – just pregnant – and I loved how matter of fact the book is about her being pregnant.
“…How did you convince him to stay here?”
“I told him you needed to rest.”
“You told him I needed to – Morwen! I’m not sick. I’m going to have a baby, that’s all, I feel fine,” Cimmorene hesitated. “Well, mostly. Sometimes in the mornings my stomach gets a little queasy. but that’s not the point.”
“No. The point is that Telemain needs rest.” Morwen pushed aside a low-hanging branch and looked at Cimorene. “Do you really want an overtired magician transporting you? I let someone do that. Once.”
“I ended up forty leagues west of where I wanted to be, and I had an upset stomach for a week afterward. No one had a spare broomstick, so I had to fly home on a borrowed rake. All forty leagues. In the rain. It’s the only time in my life I’ve been airsick.”
Cimorene shuddered. “I can see why you’d want to keep Telemain from overextending himself. I just wish you’d thought of some other way to do it.
Honestly, the book is fine…it’s the ending that kicks rocks. Seriously, it was a horrible ending. When I decided to read Calling on Dragons I noticed that this entry into the series had a LOT of low scores that I didn’t understand. Now I do (understand the low ratings) – the ending burned me up and I even forced my husband to listen to me rant about the ending of a YA/MG book. O_O
The ending of Calling on Dragons sent me DIRECTLY into Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4) – because the ending of Calling on Dragons kicked rocks. Seriously.