History Literature / EnchantedForestChronicles

13th Apr '16 12:56:09 AM AnoneMouseJr.
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* "The Improper Princess" - first published in the anthology ''Secrets and Spells'' (1987), it was later expanded into ''Dealing With Dragons''.

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* "The Improper Princess" - first published in the anthology ''Secrets ''Spaceships and Spells'' (1987), it was later expanded into ''Dealing With Dragons''.
13th Apr '16 12:54:31 AM AnoneMouseJr.
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The books in the series are ''Dealing with Dragons'', ''Searching for Dragons'', ''Calling on Dragons'', and ''Talking to Dragons'', with two additional short stories, "Utensile Strength" and "The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn".

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

The four associated
short stories, "Utensile Strength" stories are:

* "The Improper Princess" - first published in the anthology ''Secrets
and Spells'' (1987), it was later expanded into ''Dealing With Dragons''.
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"The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn". Unicorn" - first published in the anthology ''The Unicorn Treasury'' (1988); reprinted in ''Book of Enchantments'' (1996).
* "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd" - first published in the anthology ''A Wizard's Dozen'' (1993); reprinted in ''Book of Enchantments'' (1996).
* "Utensile Strength" - first published in the anthology ''Book of Enchantments'' (1996).
11th Apr '16 12:41:19 AM AnoneMouseJr.
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The books in the series are ''Dealing with Dragons'', ''Searching for Dragons'', ''Calling on Dragons'', and ''Talking to Dragons'', with an additional short story, "Utensile Strength".

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The books in the series are ''Dealing with Dragons'', ''Searching for Dragons'', ''Calling on Dragons'', and ''Talking to Dragons'', with an two additional short story, stories, "Utensile Strength".Strength" and "The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn".



* CurseEscapeClause: The usual cure for being turned to stone is to be kissed, or via water from the Living Spring.

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* CurseEscapeClause: The usual cure for being turned to stone is to be kissed, or via water from the Living Spring. [[spoiler: Prince Riddle's transformation into a cat is more specific: it can only be reversed if he's kissed by a princess who's drunk water from a unicorn's pool. The queen who enchanted him did it specifically so he'd be forced to marry her extremely unpleasant daughter, who already met the requirement and could have broken the spell... had he not escaped and, eventually, found another princess who wound up becoming able to break the curse.]]



** Princess Elyssa and [[spoiler: Prince Riddle]] agree to get married after about a day or so of traveling together. [[spoiler: And about two minutes after she breaks the spell on him - he'd been turned into a cat previously.]]



* MadeOfTemptation: There are two dippers next to the Water of Healing. The correct one to use is plain tin. The other is gold and gem-encrusted, and turns you to stone if you pick it up. Every prince who goes on a quest for the Water of Healing is told to use the tin one, but most of them think they know better and turn to stone until one with sense comes along and uses some of the water on them. This happens again and again; even the prince Cimorene gets the story from in ''Dealing With Dragons'', who ''explicitly'' knew better, still gave in to the temptation to take the damn golden dipper off its hook to look at it... which is why he's "the stone prince."

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* MadeOfTemptation: There are two dippers next to the Water of Healing. The correct one to use is plain tin. The other is gold and gem-encrusted, and turns you to stone if you pick it up. Every prince who goes on a quest for the Water of Healing is told to use the tin one, but most of them think they know better and turn to stone until one with sense comes along and uses some of the water on them. This happens again and again; even the prince Cimorene gets the story from in ''Dealing With Dragons'', who ''explicitly'' knew better, still gave in to the temptation to take the damn golden dipper off its hook to look at it... which is why he's "the stone prince."prince". (To be fair, he didn't realize that just ''touching'' it was enough to activate the magic - he thought you had to actually try to ''use'' it before it would enchant you.)



** 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".



* OldRetainer: Willin

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* OldRetainer: WillinWillin the elf, to Mendanbar (and Cimorene after their marriage).



* ProphecyTwist: When the stone prince was born, it was foretold that he would do a king a great service, which caused a great deal of trouble as he tried to figure out what service and which king. In the end, he does a great service to the king of the dragons, more or less by accident and without realising it would count until somebody points it out afterward.

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* ProphecyTwist: When the stone prince was born, it was foretold that he would do a king a great service, which caused a great deal of trouble as he tried to figure out what service and which king. In the end, he does a great service to the king of the dragons, more or less by accident and without realising realizing it would count until somebody points it out afterward.



** In "The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn", the titular princess actually arranges with her stepmother to go away and work as a maid for another queen (a friend of her stepmother's) because they're both tired of her father's advisors always pestering her to act the way they think she should, but the cat, who knows her intended employer is an extremely unpleasant person, ends up causing her to wind up in the Enchanted Forest instead.



* SolitarySorceress: At least one in every book. Of the regular characters, Morwen and Telemain handily qualify, especially in ''Talking to Dragons''. There's also the reluctantly helpful fire-witch in ''Calling'' who inherited the tower from his sister who in turn got it from her sorceress mentor, and the evil fire-witch in ''Talking'' who lives in an invisible, randomly-teleporting castle and attacks passersby to [[TakenForGranite turn them to stone]] and add to her collection.

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* SolitarySorceress: At least one in every book. Of the regular characters, Morwen and Telemain handily qualify, especially in ''Talking to Dragons''. There's also Brandel, the reluctantly helpful fire-witch in ''Calling'' ''Calling'', who inherited the tower from his sister who in turn got it from her sorceress mentor, and the evil fire-witch in ''Talking'' who lives in an invisible, randomly-teleporting castle and attacks passersby to [[TakenForGranite turn them to stone]] and add to her collection.



* StayInTheKitchen: Princesses are expected to act in "proper" ways, which generally mean being ditzy and useless and waiting for a prince to save them from something and marry them. Cimorene is considered "difficult" by everyone in the castle she grew up in, because her practical mind lead her to wanting to do things that actually served a purpose and let her take care of herself. Subverted in ''Searching for Dragons'', when Cimorene has just met Mendabar and tells him she thinks Kazul is trapped in the Enchanted Forest and is going to go search for her. Mendabar tells her she shouldn't do that, to which Cimorene angrily asks him if it's because he thinks it's improper behavior for a princess. He tells her no, it's because he's king of the forest and thus knows that it's an incredibly dangerous place, full of dangerous stuff she's probably never seen before, and plus as the close friend and assistant of the already-disappeared king of dragons, her getting lost or killed or enchanted would likely spark ''massive'' political problems between the dragons and the citizens of the forest. Cimorene is amazed, because this is the first time someone ever gave her a legitimate reason not to do something. (She still goes, but accepts Mendabar's offer to come along and help her out).

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* StayInTheKitchen: Princesses are expected to act in "proper" ways, which generally mean being ditzy and useless and waiting for a prince to save them from something and marry them. Cimorene is considered "difficult" by everyone in the castle she grew up in, because her practical mind lead her to wanting to do things that actually served a purpose and let her take care of herself. Subverted in ''Searching for Dragons'', when Cimorene has just met Mendabar and tells him she thinks Kazul is trapped in the Enchanted Forest and is going to go search for her. Mendabar tells her she shouldn't do that, to which Cimorene angrily asks him if it's because he thinks it's improper behavior for a princess. He tells her no, it's because he's king of the forest and thus knows that it's an incredibly dangerous place, full of dangerous stuff she's probably never seen before, and plus as the close friend and assistant of the already-disappeared king of dragons, her getting lost or killed or enchanted would likely spark ''massive'' political problems between the dragons and the citizens of the forest.forest, which is the very thing they're trying to avoid. Cimorene is amazed, because this is the first time someone ever gave her a legitimate reason not to do something. (She still goes, but accepts Mendabar's offer to come along and help her out).



** Magicians are usually seen as confusing

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** Magicians are usually seen as confusingconfusing.



* {{Unicorn}}s: ...are rather narcissistic.

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* {{Unicorn}}s: ...are rather narcissistic. The title unicorn of "The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn" actually tries to force Princess Elyssa to stay with him as his handmaiden so she can spend her days "appreciating his beauty". By the end of the story, he does get a (different) princess to be his handmaiden, who turns out to be even more conceited than he is.


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** Averted by the stepmother in "The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn", who actually cares for her three stepdaughters and is annoyed that her husband's advisors keep trying to persuade her to turn them into swans or throw them out of the castle while their father is away. She ''does'' wind up sending her middle stepdaughter to work for an extremely unpleasant fellow queen... whom she hadn't met face-to-face in twenty-five years, and was unaware of her changed attitude. She was quite upset with said fellow queen, who was also an old friend, when she learned the truth.
22nd Mar '16 6:03:08 AM Bissek
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* DisposableFiance: Therandil is a case of Bland Perfection. Cimorene starts trying to dispose of him the moment she learns that he ''is'' her fiance.
18th Mar '16 6:03:40 AM Bissek
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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Prince Therandil for Cimorene. In fact, he's so shallow that she runs away and moves in with a dragon to get out of marrying him (The betrothal was her father's idea). She eventually gets rid of him by convincing him to rescue a different princess being held by another dragon. He sees nothing wrong with this, and becomes interested in this new princess after learning only four things about her: first name, name of her kingdom, hair color, and a description of her crown. Once he's gone, the only time Therandil gets mentioned at all is when Cimorene explains how she got rid of him to her friends.

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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Prince Therandil for Cimorene. In fact, he's so shallow only counts as a love interest because her parents thought she needed to be married off to somebody and selected Therandil because his family was the first to make an offer, despite the fact that Cimorene disliked him so much that it took conscious effort on her part just to be civil to him. When all efforts to convince her parents and her unwanted fiance to break off the marriage didn't work, she runs ran away and moves in took sanctuary with a dragon Kazul, only to get out of marrying him (The betrothal was her father's idea). find Therandil showing up to 'rescue' her, mainly because he feels culturally obliged to do so despite the fact that she's perfectly happy where she is. She eventually gets rid of him by convincing him to rescue and marry a different princess being held by another dragon. He sees nothing wrong with this, and becomes interested in this new princess after learning only four things about her: first name, name of her kingdom, hair color, and a description of her crown. Once he's gone, the only time Therandil gets mentioned at all is when Cimorene explains how she got rid of him to her friends.
11th Feb '16 11:24:25 AM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy: This, combined with good old common sense, is near to a superpower in the setting. All of the protagonists have it, and almost no one else does, giving them a tremendous advantage most of the time.



* WrongGenreSavvy: A lot of characters get into trouble because they don't know ''which'' fairy tale they're supposed to be in.
5th Dec '15 7:19:58 PM cheedo
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* RebelliousPrincess: Cimorene, in ''spades''.
** Zig-zagged. Cimorene doesn't rebel just because she's bored or 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 efficent one at that.

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* RebelliousPrincess: Cimorene, in ''spades''.
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Zig-zagged. Cimorene doesn't rebel just because she's bored or 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 efficent one at that.
5th Dec '15 7:19:05 PM cheedo
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** Zig-zagged. Cimorene doesn't rebel just because she's bored or 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 efficent one at that.
26th Nov '15 1:00:13 PM NOYB
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* YoungestChildWins: Discussed. The stone prince was turned to stone while attempting a quest to obtain the magical cure for a king's illness; he tells Cimorene that in retrospect he ought to have realised that, as two of the king's three sons had already attempted the quest and failed, nobody was going to succeed except the third son.

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* YoungestChildWins: Discussed. The stone prince was turned to stone while attempting a quest to obtain the magical cure for a king's illness; he tells Cimorene that in retrospect he ought to have realised that, that as two of the king's three sons had already attempted the quest and failed, nobody was going to succeed except the third son.
20th Nov '15 2:10:17 PM kazokuhouou
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* RagsToRoyalty: Cimorene deliberately invokes this when she decides to go work for a dragon. Later, she's a more traditional Snow White-esque example when she goes into hiding. Daystar is a Sleeping Beauty variant: he didn't even know he was a prince until he saved his father.
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