History Literature / EnchantedForestChronicles

7th Dec '17 11:20:18 PM Eievie
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The books in the series are ''Dealing with Dragons'' (1990), ''Searching for Dragons'' (1991), ''Calling on Dragons'' (1993), and ''Talking to Dragons'' (1985; revised version 1993).

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The books in the series are are:
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''Dealing with Dragons'' (1990), (1990)
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''Searching for Dragons'' (1991), (1991)
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''Calling on Dragons'' (1993), and ''Talking (1993)
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to Dragons'' (1985; revised version 1993).
1993).



2nd Nov '17 1:40:15 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* "Utensile Strength" - first published in ''Book of Enchantments'' (1996).

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* "Utensile Strength" - first published in ''Book of Enchantments'' (1996).(1996); set after ''Talking to Dragons''.



* AesopAmnesia: Averted by the protagonists, who learn from their experiences - for instance, in "Utensile Strength", it's stated that [[CallBack a wizard once stole something out of the armory]], which caused no end of trouble; since that mess was straightened out, Mendanbar has put up spells that prevent magic from being used too close to the armory (including his and Daystar's means of magical transport).



** Subverted with the talking frog that Cimorene meets in ''Dealing With Dragons'', though he's met a few who played it straight.



* CreepyUncle: Rothben the Great from "Utensile Strength", who usurped the throne of the Gracious Islands and wants to marry his niece to cement his power, much to her disgust.



** Also subverted since, with a few exceptions, most princesses are stupid, spineless, and generally useless. In all fairness, they're raised to be that way, but most of the protagonists find them annoying.

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** Also subverted since, with a few exceptions, exceptions [[spoiler:(such as Princess Annalisa in "Utensile Strength")]], most princesses are stupid, spineless, and generally useless. In all fairness, they're raised to be that way, but most of the protagonists find them annoying.



* FairyGodmother: Cimorene has one, who tries to convince her to act like a traditional princess and keeps in touch with her parents. When Cimorene tells her she's tired of being a princess, her fairy godmother insists she's just going through a phase and advises the King and Queen to marry her off as soon as possible. [[spoiler: Princess Annalisa from "Utensile Strength" also has one who, after Rothbern usurps power in her kingdom, helps her escape to the Enchanted Forest so she can hide as a scullery maid; Cimorene remarks that she's probably a traditionalist and didn't think about doing something actually helpful, like aiding Annalisa regain her kingdom.]]



** Buckets of soapy water (with lemon juice; don't forget the lemon juice) have an interesting effect on ... ''wizards.'' Not witches. (Although the one witch who's ever been in its path was a particularly tidy one and therefore not prone to melting.)
** The short story collection ''Book of Enchantments'' has an actual Frying Pan of Doom.

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** Buckets of soapy water (with lemon juice; don't forget the lemon juice) have an interesting effect on ...on... ''wizards.'' Not witches. (Although the one witch who's ever been in its path was a particularly tidy one and therefore not prone to melting.)
** The short story collection ''Book of Enchantments'' has an actual Frying Pan of Doom.Doom, which OnlyTheChosenMayWield, though others can ''hold'' it with the right safety measures.



** In''The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn'', the King of Oslett has advisors who do much the same: they try to convince his daughters that they're supposed to hate one another, and their stepmother that she's supposed to be unpleasant toward her stepdaughters. None of the royal family cares for their behavior; in fact, when Princess Elyssa leaves to seek her fortune, her father tells her that he hoped "she would give the councillors one in the eye".

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** In''The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn'', the King of Oslett has advisors who do much the same: they try to convince his daughters that they're supposed to hate one another, and their stepmother that she's supposed to be unpleasant toward her stepdaughters. None of the royal family cares for their behavior; in fact, when Princess Elyssa leaves to seek her fortune, her father tells her that he hoped "she would give the councillors one in the eye". They're ''still'' acting this way after her return with [[spoiler: Prince Riddle]].



* OnlyTheChosenMayWield:
** The Sword of the Kings of the Enchanted Forest, and only after the earth, air and water of the Enchanted Forest and the fire of the sword itself recognize them. It will allow other members of the King's family to hold it as a courtesy, but reacts negatively to anyone else touching it - even Morwen, who was trying to save Cimorene at the time, feels like she's grabbed hold of a red-hot poker when she touches the hilt (apparently the standard defensive means when it's outside the Forest). Months later, her hand still tingles when she remembers that incident.
** The Frying Pan of Doom from "Utensile Strength" has a variant on this sort of enchantment - it can only be ''used'' by the rightful wielder, but it can be ''held'' by anyone else if they're wearing an oven mitt (without one, they get badly burned).



* SculleryMaid: There's a RunningGag in "Utensile Strength" about Cimorene taking measures to ensure that the palace only hires kitchen maids who can actually do the work, and not disguised princesses on the make.

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* SculleryMaid: There's a RunningGag in "Utensile Strength" about Cimorene taking measures to ensure that the palace only hires kitchen maids who can actually do the work, and not disguised princesses on the make. [[spoiler: Due to not having time to interview all the new staff being hired to help during the tourney to find the rightful wielder of the Frying Pan of Doom, one slips past, though she's actually a capable worker.]]



** A real one is held in "Utensile Strength"

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** A real one is held in "Utensile Strength"Strength", intended to find the rightful wielder of a FryingPanOfDoom.
24th Oct '17 2:21:25 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: Minor example in ''Searching''. While out for a walk, Mendanbar meets a princess who tells him she got lost in the woods after stumbling across a wasteland. Since the forest doesn't border on a wasteland, Mendanbar asks her what on earth she's talking about, and she tells him, basically, "It's over there". He immediately goes to look, and what he finds there triggers the events of the book. The princess, who is never named, never gets mentioned again.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Minor example in ''Searching''. While out for a walk, The princess Mendanbar meets a princess who tells him she got lost in the woods after stumbling across woods, who is the first to inform him that there's a wasteland. Since giant patch of the forest doesn't border on a wasteland, Mendanbar asks her what on earth she's talking about, and she tells him, basically, "It's over there". He immediately goes that's been reduced to look, and what he finds there triggers the events of the book. The princess, who ashes, is never named, never gets mentioned again. Mendanbar never even tells anyone else that a completely unprepared young woman is wandering around the woods, let alone send someone to find her and make her go home; given the setting, she could have met any number of unpleasant fates.
24th Oct '17 1:40:47 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: Minor example in ''Searching''. While out for a walk, Mendanbar meets a princess who tells him she got lost in the woods after stumbling across a wasteland. Since the forest doesn't border on a wasteland, Mendanbar asks her what on earth she's talking about, and she tells him, basically, "It's over there". He immediately goes to look, and what he finds there triggers the events of the book. The princess, who is never named, never gets mentioned again.
15th Sep '17 8:15:02 PM Generality
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** The only "princess" skill that is of any use to Cimorene is protocol, but only because she learned cooking to go with it and know who to serve first.

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** The only "princess" skill that is of any use to Cimorene is protocol, but only because she learned cooking to go with it and know knows who to serve first.
15th Sep '17 8:13:11 PM Tyoria
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** The only "princess" skill that is of any use to Cimorene is protocol, but only because she learned cooking to go with it and know who
to serve first.

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** The only "princess" skill that is of any use to Cimorene is protocol, but only because she learned cooking to go with it and know who
who to serve first.
13th Sep '17 4:33:16 PM FranksGirl
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* TheLoad: Killer. A rabbit turned into a floating blue donkey, Killer spends the whole story whining about not getting enough to eat, eating things that are obviously magical and dangerous despite being warned numerous times and despite having suffered bad consequences already from it, whining about being in danger that his own actions have put him into & thus requiring rescue, whining about having to carry an incapacitated Telemain, and in general being an all-around useless pain to the heroes. The heroes only take him along because he's their link to and proof of the wizards' evil magic plot.
10th Sep '17 2:59:45 PM Tir
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* RebelliousPrincess: Zig-zagged. Cimorene doesn't rebel just because she'd rather play with swords and hates girly princess stuff as Rebellious Princesses tend to- she just sees nothing ''useful'' learning common princess skills such as dancing and embroidery. She prefers cooking and learning magic. She grits her teeth and learns the princess skills anyway... then runs away to avoid an unwanted marriage. Her training as a princess only comes in handy when dealing with the ranks of the various dragons, and when she wants to
pretend to be an "airhead" princess. She ends up becoming queen, and a very happy and efficient one at that.

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* RebelliousPrincess: Zig-zagged. Cimorene doesn't rebel just because she'd rather play with swords and hates girly princess stuff as Rebellious Princesses tend to- she just sees nothing ''useful'' learning common princess skills such as dancing and embroidery. She prefers cooking and learning magic. She grits her teeth and learns the princess skills anyway... then runs away to avoid an unwanted marriage. Her training as a princess only comes in handy when dealing with the ranks of the various dragons, and when she wants to
to pretend to be an "airhead" princess. She ends up becoming queen, and a very happy and efficient one at that.
13th Jul '17 9:36:11 AM book
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** The only "princess" skill that is of any use to Cimorene is protocol, but only because she learned cooking to go with it and know who
to serve first.



* RebelliousPrincess: Zig-zagged. Cimorene doesn't rebel just because she'd rather play with swords and hates girly princess stuff as Rebellious Princesses tend to- she just sees nothing ''useful'' learning common princess skills such as dancing and embroidery. She prefers cooking and learning magic, but she grits her teeth and learns it anyway.. She runs away to avoid an unwanted marriage but finds her princess skills come in handy or even save her life. She ends up becoming queen, and a very happy and efficient one at that.

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* RebelliousPrincess: Zig-zagged. Cimorene doesn't rebel just because she'd rather play with swords and hates girly princess stuff as Rebellious Princesses tend to- she just sees nothing ''useful'' learning common princess skills such as dancing and embroidery. She prefers cooking and learning magic, but she magic. She grits her teeth and learns it anyway.. She the princess skills anyway... then runs away to avoid an unwanted marriage but finds her marriage. Her training as a princess skills come only comes in handy or even save her life.when dealing with the ranks of the various dragons, and when she wants to
pretend to be an "airhead" princess.
She ends up becoming queen, and a very happy and efficient one at that.
13th Jun '17 6:33:14 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* "The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn" - first published in the anthology ''The Unicorn Treasury'' (1988) and reprinted in Wrede's collection''Book of Enchantments'' (1996).

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* "The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn" - first published in the anthology ''The Unicorn Treasury'' (1988) and reprinted in Wrede's collection''Book collection ''Book of Enchantments'' (1996).
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