Title: Dragon’s Breath
Author: E.D. Baker
Series: The Tales of the Frog Princess #2
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fairy tales, Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: When nothing came out, his eyes took on a wild look.
Princess Emeralda, whose magic is still not quite perfect, is determined to get her favourite aunt, Grassina, back together again with her old beau-turned-otter, Haywood.
But this seemingly simple task becomes an epic quest when Emma discovers the recipe for breaking the spell:
A gossamer hair from mother of pearl,
The breath of a dragon, green.
A feather from an aged horse,
The husk of a magic bean.
From a trip to the bottom of the fishbowl sea to an incredible adventure at the Dragon Olympics, Emma and Prince Eadric, her formerly froggy friend, defy the wily witches and wizards of the magical world and prove that Emma is a witch very much worthy of her inherited powers.
A fast-paced and hilarious companion to The Frog Princess.
As a follow up to The Frog Princess, this is brilliant. It is just as funny, cute and witty as the first story and it takes us further into Emma and Eadric’s world of magic and mayhem. On a journey to break her Grandmother’s spell over Haywood, Emma and Eadric travel all across the magical kingdom to find four incredibly obscure ingredients.
I kind of loved the fact that the ingredients to reverse Olivene’s spell were so obscure and difficult. The poetry in the spell alone was fun to read, but the journey to actually obtain the ingredients… it took my favourite royal couple to many, many corners of the magical world. As I always do, I enjoyed the ways in which our reality is layered into a magical one. It made everything seem at once fantastic, and recognisable at the same time. Especially the magic markets – that is the kind of place that I would really love to visit.
Emma’s transformation from blundering witch-in-training to powerful witch in her own right kind of took me by surprise. I thought that her transformation from girl would take a lot longer in this series. Yet, instead of feeling cumbersome and as a means to a happy ending. It worked really, really well. It was entirely believable and I can’t wait to open the pages of the next book in this series.
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