Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles #2
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on November 1, 2002
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, MG/YA
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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.
Note: This review will contain spoilers for Dealing with Dragons. Please read Dealing with Dragons before reading this review!
Yet another adorable submission to the Enchanted Forest Chronicles! I simply adored Searching for Dragons and I’ve decided I really need to finish the entire series.
In Searching for Dragons the reader gets to meet up with Cimorene (Dealing with Dragons) again. This time, Kazul (King of the Dragons) is missing and it’s up to Cimorene to find her.
One of the things I really enjoyed about Searching for Dragons was Mendenbar – in reality, the POVs in Searching for Dragons are pretty evenly split between Cimorene and Mendenbar. Mendenbar is King of the Enchanted Forest but he’s not a very (as he would say) stuffy king. He has no interest in formal events and parties and he only wants to make sure the Enchanted Forest is ruled as well as can be. Just like Cimorene, Mendenbar has uncommonly good sense. Mendenbar goes on a quest (it’s absurdly easy to start a quest in the Enchanted Forest) after he finds whole plots of magic and trees burned out of the Enchanted Forest.
Mendenbar’s quest takes him to Morwen the witch – who directs him to Kazul. Sadly, when Mendenbar arrives at Kazul’s cavern he learns that she’s missing…and that wizards probably have a lot to do with it. Mendenbar and Cimorene team up to find and rescue Kazul – and they have hilarious (but sensible) adventures along the way.
“Then how did the cat get in?” Cimorene asked, pointing at Morwen’s large silver-and-cream cat, which had climbed onto Kazul’s back and lay curled up between her wings.
“Cats are like that,” Morwen said. “When he comes out, I’ll ask him how he did it, if you want me to, but don’t expect too much in the way of an answer. Cats enjoy being mysterious.”
One of my favorite parts of Searching for Dragons was meeting the dwarf Herman (Rumpelstiltskin’s descendent) as well as the giants from Jack and the Beanstalk. The ending was adorable as well. Gosh, there’s not too much to be said other than I HAVE to buy copies of this series. They are too cute but empowering not to have.