This first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series introduces Cimorene, a tough and unconventional princess.
In the castle she should learn to embroidery, dance and how to be saved by fearless princes; in fact she prefers learning how to fence, latin, how to cook and to do magic. This behaviour is always displeased by her parents, because “it’s not do” for a princess.
The straw that broke the camel’s back is the set up marriage with a traditional and dull prince: Cimorene will prefer to leave the castle and her parents to volunteer being a dragon princess.
Her new life is full of change and allow her not being a standard princess: Cimorene wisdom and pragmatism will help in finding solutions to various issues without her crying like her peers.
The novel is very nice and provides an ironic view of some typical fairy tales themes, like showing us what is expected from prince and princess and what is inappropriate for them and at the same time how it’s possible to avoid being like all the others by following our own talents.
The main character in this sense it’s a very positive element: a girl who knows what she wants and extremely practical, determined but at the same time able to help her friend in need.
* Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede ★★★★☆
*I read this book in English