The final book of this series was very good. Cimorene has been living outside of the Enchanted Forest raising her son, Daystar. When the wizard, Antorell, finds her she realizes that it is time to send her son into the Enchanted Forest. She retrieves the magic sword, and give it to him, sending him off with no instructions, informing him only that he must find his own way and discover the purpose for the trek himself.
As he strolls through the forest, he meets a fire witch, Shiara, who has angered the council of wizards who are chasing her. The two travel together, meeting elves, both good and bad; a lizard named Suz who befriends them; the witch, Morwen, who heals Daystar when he is injured; and the magician, Telemain. A furry kitten, named Nightwitch by Shiara, accompanies the two. They have several adventures and Daystar discovers the purpose for his travels through the forest. The dragon king, Kazul, plays a small part in this final book.
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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.
Two rules one must always remember when traveling in the Enchanted Forest: always be polite and never say yes to a favor until you know what you're being asked to do. So begins this delightful rendition of Patricia C. Wrede's Talking to Dragons. In book four of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the next generation starts as Queen Cimorene sends her 16-year-old son, Daystar, into the forest with nothing but a magic sword. His mission is to help King Mendanbar escape from an evil wizard's spell. But Daystar has yet to learn that the King is his own father. As the youth wanders around, he meets Shiara, a high-strung but loveable fire-witch, and a host of new and old characters from Cimorene's past. Readers will not be disappointed in Daystar, the new main character and his companion Shiara, who has all the makings of a future princess. While this work can satisfy on its own, readers may want to brush up on the previous novels in the series: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, and Calling on Dragons.
"Talking To Dragons," a fantastic, fanciful odyssey with a company of dragons, elves, witches, felines and magicians deserves a fabulous presentation, which is exactly what it is given with this full cast of able players. It's a listener's delight.
Billed as the concluding episode in Wrede's acclaimed Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book Four opens to find King Mendanbar still imprisoned. Queen Cimorene has been living almost in seclusion at the edge of the Enchanted Forest with their son Daystar.
Now that Daystar is deemed old enough to rescue his father a multitude of challenges await him. Alone he must traverse the Enchanted Forest with a magic sword, a fire-witch, and a baby dragon. There are many who will challenge him.
It's all in the name of good excitement presented with crackling dialogue and imaginative situations. When it comes to fantasy, Wrede knows her magic spells.