Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Cimorene is an atypical princess in a very typical prosperous kingdom. Unfortunately, this means she gets bored a lot because well regular princess things are boring (seriously who wants to play with their hair, ballroom dance, and curtsy all day). Her parents think this would all go easier if she were married off so she runs away to see some dragons (with dragons in the title what did you expect ^.^).
The lament about being a princess being a boring think might be a bit stock, but Wrede pulls it off with a surprising amount of humor. I love Cimorene; she's got a certain no nonsense attitude that goes over well with YA readers. The other characters, Kazul and Morwen are also quite entertaining.
This is a great intro book into fantasy even if it does make fun of some classic fantasy elements such as melting witches with soap and water. The main bad guys are the wizards, and they have this classic oily sheen of the type you might see on a con-man. What happens to them is hugely satisfying for the reader.
There are 4 books in this series. Reviews for the other ones are forthcoming.
Star Rating: 4.0/5.0
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