Dealing with Dragons
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart - and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon - and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for."
Dealing with Dragons is the first novel in the fantasy Enchanted Forest Chronicles series by Patricia C. Wrede.
I honestly had no idea what this book was or when I added it to my TBR. I picked this up because I needed a book for the Olympic Games Readathon that was set in the wilderness, and this popped up. I was expecting it to be a bit out of its time considering it was published in 1990, but I rather enjoyed reading this to my surprise.
This was simple and a bit ridiculous at times, but I was never bored and had a blast reading from Cimorene's POV. She was what I consider to be an Arya Stark-type character. She didn't want to be a princess and wanted to do things that were less boring and more practical such as archery and learning magic. I liked that she was very logical and did not hesitate to talk back to people when needed. She got me with this line - "Isn't he handsome. Yes, but he isn't anything else."
The only thing that bothered me was that the theme of 'things that just aren't done' was kind of beaten into the ground a bit because of the number of times it was said. Thankfully, that died down eventually.
If you want a quick read about magic and dragons, try this out as it just might surprise you.