In this second book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Cimorene’s fans are introduced to Mendanbar, King of the Enchanted Forest. Very much still a callow youth, he imposes his preference for the simple, active life on his new role as king, disappointing his steward, the elf Willin, who has anticipated a resumption of pomp and formality. The discovery of a patch in the Enchanted Forest laid waste by wizards starts him on a quest that soon leads him to Cimorene. The two join forces to find the missing Kazul, and begin a series of misadventures that include riding a defective magic carpet decorated with pink bears, melting several wizards with Cimorene’s infallible formula of soapy water and lemon juice, and advising a giant who is bored with pillaging to go into the consulting business.
I really like the characters that Patricia Wrede creates in this series. Not only is Cimorene really strong as a princess, but she meets her match in the King, Mendanbar, and continues to deal with fun side characters like dragons, giants, and Rumplestiltskin’s family! Enjoy. – Jessica, Teen Librarian