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Calling On Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles Book Three [Paperback]

Patricia Wrede
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Feb. 28 2003 Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Book 3)
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 . . . unless Cimorene finds a way to stop them. And some people think being queen is easy.

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Grade 5-9-- Another installment in Wrede's appealing fantasy series, this title will be best appreciated by those already familiar with her cast of characters and their previous adventures. However, those who first encounter Queen Cimorene, King Mendenbar, Morwen (an untypical witch), and Telemain (a very verbose magician), along with their various animal friends and familiars in this book will certainly be inspired to seek out Dealing with Dragons (1990) and Searching for Dragons (1991, both Harcourt). Once again the problem is wizards: they're draining the Enchanted Forest of its magic and, worse, they've invaded the castle and stolen Mendenbar's magical sword. The quest to retrieve it and restore the Enchanted Forest is filled with adventure, peril, and humor, despite the fact that the bulk of the story takes place in only a few days. Wrede's strengths are numerous: sparkling dialogue, amusingly fractured fairy-tale conventions, solid characterization, plenty of action, and truly terrific chapter headings. Both her vocabulary and her sense of humor are pleasingly sophisticated, making this a fun and challenging read. The end result is a captivating and convincing fantasy that sets the stage (and whets the appetite) for future adventures. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third ``Enchanted Forest Chronicle'' has the most perfunctory of plots, but fans of Dealing with Dragons and its 1991 sequel will be pleased nonetheless to revisit their favorite characters negotiating Wrede's effervescently logical magic. The evil wizards have stolen King Mendenbar's sword; its loss imperils the forest, and a doughty crew of seven sets out to rescue it: Morwen the witch and two of her talking cats; sensible Cimorene, now queen, and pregnant; magician Telemain, whose parodic technospeak is so relentlessly clever that it's a relief when he falls into a trance; Kazul the dragon; and a blue donkey, a former rabbit, hapless attractor for magic gone awry. There are other amusing new characters here--notably the confirmed traditionalist who helped steal the sword--but mostly the focus is on the comical repartee and the magic itself; a recalcitrant mirror's plaints when it's used as a telephone are laugh-aloud funny. Like return visits to Oz, this doesn't have the original punch but it's still good fun; a cliffhanger close promises another sequel. (Fiction. 11+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars On behalf of my daughter May 20 2012
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I bought this at the request of my 14-year-old daughter, who originally purchased and read Dealing with Dragons: Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book 1 four years ago, and had worn out the entire series with subsequent re-readings. She is a voluble kid, and lets us know when she enjoys something -- and when she thinks something is crap. Patricia C. Wrede has supplied my daughter with the real deal: funny, mischievous, and dramatically compelling stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How does one review a book this clever??? May 13 2004
This book, this whole series is absolutely amazing. The wit, the interesting perspectives, and the going against tradition are tremendously refreshing. From a young adult's point of view, this book is perfect fantasy. It has the same sorts of characters, dragons, princes, princesses, heroes and so on, but it shows them in such a new view. I know that I am tired of the same old princess stories, so when I found this series, I was really pleased that there was an author out there that thought that the stories could use a little revamping too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Just Fun to Read July 30 2003
Dealing was Cimorene's book. Searching was Mendanbar's book. Talking was Daystar's book and Calling is everyone's favorite witch, Morwen's book.
The Dragon King, Kazul (even though she's female. To have two names for the same job is just confusing) is missing! And of course it's the wizards who have done the doing and are burning the Enchanted Forest with their staffs. It's up to Cimorene, Kazul, Morwen, Morwen's feline friends, Telemain, and a blue flying donkey with overlarge wings who used to be a rabbit to find her and stop the wizards!
This book is just witty and fun. Ms. Wrede has a real talent of making a good, fun to read book. I wish that after the fourth book, Talking to Dragons, Ms. Wrede will make books like Tinkering with Dragons which can be from Telemain's perspective, or Listening to Dragons which can be from Kazul's perspective, or even Fighting with Dragons which could even be from Antorell's perspective, or maybe even Riding on Dragons from one of Morwen's cats perspective.
Ms. Wrede if you're out there we want to see more Enchanted Forest Chronicales Books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure July 28 2003
This book was a great story from beginning to end, following the marriage of Cimorene and Mendanbar, it is shown from Morwen the witch's point of view and tells of new troubles going on in the Enchanted Forest. There is a war brewing and with an ending that will leave you begging for more. Once you finish this book you will absolutely have to continue to the fourth book from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great series; average book July 14 2003
I really wanted to like "Calling on Dragons." There's so much good to say about it; I love the cats, I really like Morwen and Telemain, it's great to see a bit of Cimorene and Mendanbar's marriage.
But there's something missing from this book that the others have. And I'm not sure what it is. It's not wit; this book is as witty as the others. It's not charm; it's very charming in spots. And it's certainly not the satire, as this is just as satirical as the others.
Perhaps it tries too hard. I know that has to sound rather odd, but bear with me. One character Cimorene and Morwen meet up with on their travels is a rabbit named Killer. Killer dyes his hair; now, _that's_ funny! But after that, Killer goes through a gauntlet of problems, getting dyed blue, turning into a donkey, then a donkey with huge ears that floats, etc. Basically, Killer's a one-joke character, whose joke goes a little stale. ......
I'd rather have read more about Morwen's cats, as they made chapter one extremely enjoyable. Or about Morwen and Telemain's unusual relationship. Or a bit more about how Cimorene and Mendanbar get along.
Still, average Wrede beats many other authors. And this is a great series.
However, I read book 4 without book 3 and figured things out just fine (because I couldn't _find_ book 3); maybe others would be able to navigate the jump between book 2 and 4 as well. I'm not sure.
So, I'd give this three stars, and recommend it because of the series, not because of this book by itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a Killer fantasy July 2 2003
The third book of the four Enchanted Forest Chronicles continues the clever stories of Cimorene, Mendanbar, and company. Each volume is sucessive, so reading them in order is a good idea. Morwen, the practical witch who brought all the characters together one way or another, is a major player this time (along with her equally sensible cats). This one takes place after the events involving a magic sword that controls King Mendanbar's Enchanted Forest. The sword has been stolen and the rescue team consists of Cimorene, Morwen, her cats, Telemain, Kazul, and Killer the rabbit-donkey.
The ladies are great role models of intelligence, reason, and strength. All of which they need when they encounter fire witches, hungry vines, and a whole lot of mud. Telemain and Killer provide the comic relief.
Again, Patricia Wrede is in fine form with her trademark sly humor and fairy tale jokes. The detail and plot are complete *and* completely fun. Many fantasy books get bogged down in their own importance. Wrede never takes it that seriously, all the while maintaining a high degree of authorial responsibility. This is particularly important in this book because it ends on a cliff hanger that gets resolved in the final book. Again, Wrede does not disappoint. Her books, which I first read in junior high, have been the perfect comfort reading to cheer me up and take me away to a world every bit as convincing as other great fantasies like Narnia, the Dark is Rising books, and Jane Yolen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a Killer fantasy
The third book of the four Enchanted Forest Chronicles continues the clever stories of Cimorene, Mendanbar, and company. Read more
Published on March 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars loved them all!!!
i recommend buying them all. they are really really good!! I read them all and now buying them so that i can read them whenever i feel like it!! Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars A great series but not a great book
I love these books (and I first read them when I was 35 years old). Of the four, though, this is certainly the weakest. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2002 by Mike Garrison
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book
The book I read is called Calling On Dragons by Patricia G. Wrede. This book is about the characters trying to return a magical sword back to the Enchanted Forest. Read more
Published on April 16 2002 by 8th grader from scpa
4.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful Enchanted Forest story
Yet again, Wrede has produced an interesting, funny, thoroughly enjoyable work of fantasy. The troublemaking wizards are back again, despite multiple meltings in the past, and are... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2001 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic is in the Air.....
The third installment in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles was no disappointment. The book starts out with Morwen living with her not one but nine cats. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2001 by hiphopgirl_1000
4.0 out of 5 stars good book bad ending
It was a good book but I did not like the ending. My favorites were Kazul and Trouble. This is the only book I have read in this series. Read more
Published on July 18 2001
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