Thursday, July 8, 2010

Introducing Patricia C. Wrede & Contest ***CLOSED***

I recently read and reviewed A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede and was surprised that a number of people who commented said that they were unfamiliar with her work. I think everyone should change that!

Ms. Wrede became a full time writer in 1985 and has produced a number of extraordinary books. She also has great advice for anyone who wants to become a writer. Her website has a wealth of information for beginning writers. I, however, am a reader and have no desire to become a writer so I am going to focus on some of my favorites of her books.

The Enchanted Forest Chronices includes Talking to Dragons, Dealing with Dragons, Calling on Dragons and Searching for Dragons. These are great stories for middle graders, YAs and adults. They all take fairy tale conventions and turn them on their ears. The writing is crisp and humorous. Dealing with Dragons tells the story of Cimorene who does not at all wish to be a proper princess and runs away to become a dragon's princess where she has to keep finding ways to discourage those knights who come to "rescue" her.

The Kate and Cecy books began as a writing exercise with Caroline Stevermer. Ms. Wrede and Ms. Stevermer wrote letters to each other in character. The story - Sorcery and Cecelia - takes place in an alternate Regency England where magic is acceptable. Kate and Cecy exchange letters when Kate goes off to London for the season and Cecy remains at home. The book became something of a cult classic after its publication in 1988 and was in much demand at used book stores and online paperback exchanges. (I personally own two autographed copies of the original paperback edition of this book in addition to the new hardcover edition.) It was reprinted in 2003 and followed by two sequels - The Grand Tour and The Mislaid Magician. Caroline Stevermer's new MG book Magic Below Stairs takes place in the same universe and includes some of the same characters.

Ms. Wrede's most recent book - Thirteenth Child - is the start of a new series. This series is called Frontier Magic and combines magic with the settlement of an alternate Midwestern United States. Eff is a thirteenth child which is thought to be incredibly unlucky. This tells about Eff's childhood from about age 5 to 18 and some of the things that happen when her family moves to the frontier and they come nearer the magical and mortal dangers like steam dragons, spectral .bears and saber-toothed cats.

I think all of these books are appropriate to people of any age and are wonderful. To get more information about these books, check out Ms. Wrede's website. She talks more about each of the books and how she came to write them.

Also because I love them so much, I am going to give one lucky reader a chance to get their own copies of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

  1. Be over the age of 13.
  2. Be or become a follower of this blog
  3. Live somewhere The Book Depository ships
  4. Contest Closed
This contest is International (as long as The Book Depository ships where you live) and will end on at 6 AM CDT July 23, 2010. While there is no bonus given for spreading the word, I would appreciate any help in getting the word out about Patricia C. Wrede and this contest.


  1. What a lovely contest. I'd love to read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. :) Thank you.

  2. Oooh, fascinating! I haven't heard of her till now (gasp!) and I'm thankful that you're giving the opportunity to read her work! Thank you!

  3. This is the first time I've ever heard of this author, thanks for introducing Wrede to us and for the chance to win The Enchanted Forest Chronicles!!

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  4. Wonderful contest! I started reading The Thirteenth Child, it is really good. Sad to say I haven't read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, but I have heard great things about them.

  5. I'm hugely excited to see you giving away this series =) Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  6. Just wanted to say hey - I'm not entering the contest - I have these - but I thought I would say hi! Good luck with the contest!

  7. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway!I'm sure it is a great book ;)

  8. She's a new author to me. Thank you for the interesting post and the chance to win her books! :)

  9. Oh wow. I've never heard of those books, but they sounds amazing!

  10. I've read the first in this series and really enjoyed it. Would love to read it again and the rest. Thank you for the give away.

  11. I am so excited about this giveaway! I first read Patricia Wrede in middle school and she is awesome! I would recommend her to anyone. Even if you don't win, you should pick up her books anyway! :D Thanks so much for hosting!

  12. I've never read this author before. I think I may have heard of her though. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. I like this contest.Thank you fo having it.


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