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Patricia C. Wrede

Patricia C. Wrede is a wonderful writer whose styles span from idiosyncratic fairy tales to Regency fantasy.


This is my favorite light fantasy series. In the series are: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons. The adventures of Cimorene, a most unusual princess, many cats, a nice witch, an overzealous wizard, a king, a sword, and a six-foot insubstantial rabbit-turned donkey with wings crowd the pages with plenty of surprises and fun. Quite a few fairy tales get make-overs throughout the series; my favorite is Searching for Dragons. Talking to Dragons was actually published before the rest in the late eighties, but with the exception of Calling on Dragons, which has a weak ending, they can be read separately.


This is the Regency fantasy duet-- Mairelon the Magician and Magician's Ward. They're sort of Fantasy of Manners, and feel very Regency. The protagonists are Mairelon, a street magician and occasional gentleman, and Kim, a street urchin rescued by Mairelon. They contain a good deal of mystery, and are generally quite enjoyable, if the characters are occasionally a little shallow.


This is co-written with Caroline Stevermer and is in the form of letters written back and forth between two characters in Regency England (with magic). Strange things are going on. Chocolate pots? Hair pins? Evil witches in the middle of the Season?


This is a fantastic retelling of the fairy tale with all the holes filled in. It's set in a just slightly different Elizabethan England, where the Widow Arden lives with her two daughters on the edge of Faerie. Readable and re-readable, particularly if you like the original fairy tale.

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