Books by Patricia C. Wrede

ACROSS THE GREAT BARRIER by Patricia C. Wrede
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Splendid worldbuilding and deliciously complex characterization continue to be the hallmarks of this standout fantasy. (Steampunk. 12-18)"
Eff, now a young woman, has overcome her fear that she is fatally unlucky; now it's time for her to figure out who she's going to be (Thirteenth Child, 2009). Read full book review >
THIRTEENTH CHILD by Patricia C. Wrede
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"The culminating adventure of this volume—an expedition to investigate a plague of destructive grubs—ties up Eff's coming-of-age with a frontier-style bow while leaving her poised for more adventures—many more, readers will hope. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Wrede is back, with a magical alternative history set in the Columbian West, some years after the Secession War. Read full book review >
THE MISLAID MAGICIAN, OR, TEN YEARS AFTER by Patricia C. Wrede
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A thoroughly enchanting confection. (Fantasy. YA)"
Another delightful epistolary fantasy set in an alternate, magical 19th-century England. Read full book review >
THE GRAND TOUR by Patricia C. Wrede
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Like the cucumber sandwiches on which the characters nibble, an elegant and refreshing treat, but ultimately unsubstantial. (Fantasy. YA)"
A frothy follow–up to Sorcery and Cecelia (2003) serves another sweet syllabub of historical fantasy. Read full book review >
SORCERY & CECELIA by Patricia C. Wrede
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2003

"Although Miranda and Sir Hilary exist mainly to be villainous, and the remaining characters serve mainly as plot devices or running jokes, this clever romp will appeal to fans of Regency romance and light fantasy. (Fantasy. YA)"
Long out-of-print, a cult epistolary fantasy makes a welcome return. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN'S WARD by Patricia C. Wrede
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Something of an improvement over Mairelon the Magician (1991), but still leisurely, YA-ish, and lacking innovation."
 No, not a hospital drama about ailing wizards, but another yarn set in a fantasy Regency England featuring Richard Merrill, a.k.a. Read full book review >
BOOK OF ENCHANTMENTS by Patricia C. Wrede
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1996

 A collection of magical short stories by an author best known for her humorous Enchanted Forest Chronicles, in which spunky young heroines turn the knight-in-shining-armordamsel-in-distress paradigm on its head. Read full book review >
TALKING TO DRAGONS by Patricia C. Wrede
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The series is getting a little formulaic, and—despite the title—the dragons are now distinctly minor players here; still, the characters and their effervescent dialogue continue to charm. (Fiction. 12+)"
 According to the jacket, this is the ``conclusion to Wrede's Enchanted Forest Series''—but don't bet on it. Read full book review >
CALLING ON DRAGONS by Patricia C. Wrede
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Like return visits to Oz, this doesn't have the original punch but it's still good fun; a cliffhanger close promises another sequel. (Fiction. 11+)"
 The third ``Enchanted Forest Chronicle'' has the most perfunctory of plots, but fans of Dealing with Dragons and its 1991 sequel will be pleased nonetheless to revisit their favorite characters negotiating Wrede's effervescently logical magic. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR DRAGONS by Patricia C. Wrede
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A refreshing romp. (Fiction. 10+)"
 Sensible princess Cimorene meets sensible king Mendanbar of the Enchanted Forest, and they sensibly decide to get married— but not before each mistakes the other for those greatest of twits, the pompous hero and the simpering princess; they take a bumpy ride on a broken-down magic carpet to rescue Kazul, King of the Dragons; they meet Telemain, a research magician who never uses one word when ten will do; and they defeat the dastardly wizards attempting to suck all the magic from the Enchanted Forest. Read full book review >
MAIRELON THE MAGICIAN by Patricia C. Wrede
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 19, 1991

"Peopled by an instantly forgettable cast of thousands, and with a backdrop that makes no historical or fantastical impression or even sense: a dreary, juvenile nonentity."
 Period English fantasy from the author of Snow White and Rose Red (1989), wherein young street waif Kim, a girl disguised as a boy, takes up with traveling magician Mairelon and his lugubrious coachman Hunch after she is paid by a toff to search Mairelon's wagon and is caught in the act. Read full book review >
DEALING WITH DRAGONS by Patricia C. Wrede
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1990

"The touch of feminist persuasion only adds to the story's charm."
Princess Cimorene hates deportment and advanced curtseying, but she's denied lessons in magic, swordsmanship, or cooking—so she runs away and applies for a job as Dragon's princess. Read full book review >
SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED by Patricia C. Wrede
Released: May 1, 1989

Another in the series (various contributing authors) retelling classic fairy tales. Read full book review >