Creator / Patricia C. Wrede

Patricia C. Wrede is an American fantasy writer whose works include the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

Her other works include two series of Regency Fantasy (one beginning with Mairelon the Magician and the other, co-written with Caroline Stevermer, with Sorcery & Cecelia), and a series set in the world of Lyra, as well as a number of stand-alone novels (including The Seven Towers) and numerous short stories.

Works by Patricia C. Wrede with their own trope pages include:

Other works by Patricia C. Wrede provide examples of:

  • Arabian Nights Days: "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd" is set in an unnamed fantasy land with Arabian Nights trappings.
  • Beam-O-War: The Wizard Duel in The Seven Towers, with a twist: after watching for a while, the protagonist realises that the wizards aren't trying to push each others' beams away, but drag them closer. It's explained afterward that if one wizard succeeds in reeling in the other's beam, he is then able to drain his opponent's power.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: Caliph Arenschadd in "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd" is a wizard. His rule is mostly benevolent apart from his tendency to put curses on people when he loses his temper, and even that is generally regarded as better than, say, chopping people's heads off, since none of the curses are lethal and most are more annoying than really harmful.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Amberglas in The Seven Towers, although this is at least partly Obfuscating Stupidity. Her constant rambling digressions seem to be genuine, but she's much sharper (and more powerful) than she gives the impression of being, and frequently she has important things to say if you can sort them out from the nonsense.
  • Curse: "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd" features a variety of imaginative examples.
  • Curse That Cures: In "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd", a curse is used to cure another curse—Tumpkin realizes the family's curse-induced lycanthropy can be cured by inciting the Caliph to curse them with something else, since the Caliph's curses only work one at a time.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Several, including "The Cinders Case".
  • Historical Fantasy: Several, including Snow White and Rose Red, an adaptation of the fairy tale of the same name.
  • King Incognito: In "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd", the vizier's daughter befriends a boy she meets in the palace garden and assumes is one of the pages. He turns out to be the son of the Caliph.
  • One Curse Limit: In "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd", the cure for the unbreakable curse the family is under turns out to be having a different curse put on them, which displaces the first.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: In "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd", the protagonist meets a boy who's reluctant to tell her his real name, so she dubs him 'Tumpkin' on the grounds that she has to call him something. At the end of the story, she finds out who he really is, but the audience doesn't get to learn his real name, because she keeps calling him by the name they became friends by.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: In The Seven Towers, Prince Eltiron's domineering father betroths him to Princess Crystalorn from a neighboring kingdom. Both characters are horrified by the idea, but once they meet and survive the book's plot together, they're much more in favour.
  • Sense Freak: In "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd", people who are cursed to turn into wolves are immediately enthralled with the awesome sensations of hearing and smell.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Tumpkin in "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd".
  • Twice Told Tale:
    • Snow White and Rose Red, a novel-length retelling of "Snow-White and Rose-Red" which updates the setting to Elizabethan England and casts John Dee as the villain.
    • "Stronger Than Death", retelling "Sleeping Beauty" gone wrong.
  • Widow Witch: The Widow Arden in Snow White and Rose Red.
  • Wizard Duel: In The Seven Towers.

Alternative Title(s): Patricia C Wrede