5 out of 5 stars.
I adore these books. They are hilarious and touching and wonderful. Patricia C. Wrede has taken fairy tale tropes and turned them on their heads. Instead of waiting around for a prince, Princess Cimorene decides to run away and get kidnapped by a dragon. The life of a dragon’s princess turns out to be more exciting than her boring life learning sewing and dancing, so she tries to drive away all of the princes that come to rescue her. Cimorene is strong, smart and kind. She is just the kind of princess I would want a daughter of mine to emulate. I love fairy tale rewrites and, while this is not a rewrite of a specific fairy tale, I love the dose of inspiring feminism that Wrede has injected into a genre where, too often, the princess just has to sit around and wait.