Friday, May 04, 2007

The Whim of the Dragon

The Whim of the Dragon (The Secret Country Trilogy, Vol. 3)

Pamela Dean

Date: 2005-07-21 17:22:49   —   $6.29   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy, Juvenile

So after a decade of literally knowing nothing of a third book, I found out the existence of The Whim of the Dragon. My friend Stephanie, a graduate student, managed to get a copy through interlibrary loan and very kindly lent it to me for a week. I read it through twice, back to back (a practice I had not done since I was a child) as I knew it would be a while before I managed to get a copy of my own.

Imagine how pleased I was to find out they were coming back into print.

With this book, the cousins are forced to endure the consequences of their actions, and to find out what it means to meddle with fantasy. They have admitted who they really are and the few they have taken into confidence— the wizard Fence, the regent Randolph, and a few others— have to cope with the fact that their royal children may be gone for good. But there is still danger to be played out, and better with facsimiles than none at all, so they gather themselves for the last acts of a story designed by neither the cousins nor the people of the land.

Love this book. Really, really love this book. It's got everything, including a wonderful ending that makes a hard choice a little easier to bear, and the farewells cut a little less.

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