Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #4)

Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #4)

by Patricia C. Wrede


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Daystar has never seen his mother, Cimorene, actually perform magic. Nor has he ever known her to enter the Enchanted Forest in all the years they have lived on its edge. That is, not until a wizard shows up at their cottage shortly after Daystar's sixteenth birthday. Much to Daystar's surprise, Cimorene melts the unsavory fellow. And the following day, she comes out of the Enchanted Forest carrying a sword. With that and little else, she sends him off into adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152842475
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Publication date: 09/28/1993
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series , #4
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

PATRICIA C. WREDE has written many novels, including Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot and The Grand Tour coauthored with Caroline Stevermer, as well as the four books in her own series, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
vegaheim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
book 4 in series (dealing w/dragons; searching for dragons; calling on dragons;
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daystar has lived with his mother at the edge of the Enchanted Forest, seeing princes and heroes stop by briefly in their questing. When the wizard Antorell shows up, however, things are a bit different. For one thing, his mother melts Antorell. For another, she goes in to the Forest and comes back with a sword about which she tells him little, just that he has to go in to the forest and figure out why he needs to be there. So Daystar sets out.I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dealing with Dragons, when I read it several years ago, and finally finished reading the series with this fourth book. Though it had been awhile since I read the others, I had no trouble following this one. In fact, readers who had never read the others may enjoy this one more since, like Daystar, they have very little knowledge of what he needs to do. I had a tough time thinking of Daystar as a believable sixteen-year-old. In addition to being unfailingly polite, just like his mother taught him, he's incredibly naive. I suppose I would be too if I'd lived with my mother at the edge of the forest and didn't really make friends with anybody, but it was a tough hurdle that I never really got over as I read his narration. Shiara, the fire-witch that Daystar meets in his travels, was a fun character that I liked despite, or maybe because of, her temper and willfulness. All in all, the series was a fun one that plays with conventional fantasy tropes, and I would recommend it to upper elementary or middle school fantasy readers.
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Talking to Dragons, fourth in Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles, is narrated by Daystar, who has grown up in a peasant's hut with his unusual mother. Cimorene has never told him their story or what happened to his father. One day, after a wizard shows up, Cimorene hands her son a sword and sends him off into the Enchanted Forest with no explanation of his mission. Daystar is a true son of Mendenbar; just like his father he is a passive, inane, and altogether uninteresting character. And hearing the story in his own words doesn't make it any better. Apparently Daystar has been so thoroughly cowed by his intelligent charismatic mysterious skilled enigmatic mother [/feminism!] that he has no personality of his own. The only thing the story really has going for it is the fact that there are fewer inept wizards around to pose an unconvincing threat to our heroes. Hurrah. I really don't understand why this series is fairly popular, and it's not a matter of me being too old to really appreciate it now. I read the series as a child and didn't care for it then. And when a series muffs its second chance, it's not getting a third from me.
incognito on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth and final book in a series of anachronistic, faintly parodic fantasy. Very fun, and I definitely enjoyed this one more than the second or third book - I'd say it's almost as good as the first. It resolved (finally!) several plot tangles started in previous books and upgraded the 'bad guys' a bit so they're back to being vaguely menacing instead of completely ridiculous (thank god). Again, I don't entirely like the way Wrede handles romance; I mean, while it's admirable that she's obviously trying to keep things from getting too mushy or bodice-rippery, to me she's taken it too far in the other direction and love seems to pop out of nowhere.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The conclusion to the series. Features Daystar, who sets off on a quest to do something or an other, meets a fire witch and a talking squirrel, fights off wizards, and finds out who he really is.
thc_luver6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't as good as the others but it keeps you hanging until the end. Very, very good read.
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never seem to enjoy the last book of a series as much as any of the other ones. Cimorene's son, Daystar (stupid name, IMO. What kind of hero has a hippy name?), is on a quest he knows nothing about, with very little guidance to help him out. He doesn't have his mother's spunk, and it seemed to me he kind of bumbled into success, rather than really earned it.
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L-space_Minder More than 1 year ago
I love the 'first' book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Dealing with Dragons) and am always amazed that Wrede wrote this one first. It has all the usual suspects, a fantastic talking lizard (it does, it really does) and resolves the cliff-hanger that was Book 3. Worth completing the collection.
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Twelve More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was in the fifth grade and it's still one of my favorites. This series was the one that originally got me into the the fiction/fantasy genre. It's the perfect book to start off on. The plot is complex without being confusing, and very exciting. I loved the characters and the way the story moved along. I would suggest this book to any young reader.
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Logan1949 More than 1 year ago
Excellent characterizations. This conclusion to the Enchanted Forest Chronicles is, unlike the previous volumes, written in first person. It relates the coming of age adventure of Daystar, Cimorene's sixteen year-old son, who doesn't know that he is the son of the King and Queen of the Enchanted Forest. Daystar and his fire-witch friend Shiara, and a young dragon are new characters. The old characters, his mother Cimorene, the witch Morwen, the Magician Telemain, the King (not Queen) of Dragons Kazul, are introduced in a reasonable way and all work together to free Daystar's father, Mendanbar, from the plots of the Society of Wizards and the still-inept wizard Antorell. I liked this book well enough to have read it at least five times and purchased it three times. It is well worth (re-)reading. Logan
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