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Once again, in this third book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the saga switches to a new point of view: the young, rather non-traditional, witch Morwen, who has nine cats (none of them black), and who can understand every word they say. The interplay among the cats creates a steady pulse of wry humor throughout the book, but its only incidental to what the story is actually about. It is, of course, another adventure featuring former Princess, now Queen Cimorene of the Enchanted Forest.
Two things stand between the ethically- (and some would add, intellectually-) challenged wizards and total control of the magic that sustains the Enchanted Forest. The first thing is King Mendanbar, who has a unique gift for pulling the magical strings that hold the forest together. The second thing is a sword that has been in Mendanbars family for generations.
Well, now the wizards have stolen one of themthe swordand poor Mendanbar cant do a thing about it, because if he leaves the forest now, it will be defenseless against the wizards and their power-sucking staves. Yet only a member of the royal family can retrieve the sword, and that leaves only one person: the radiantly pregnant Queen Cimorene.
Its a dangerous, risky mission for the mother of a future king or queen. But Cimorene does not have to do it alone. She will have help from Morwen and her cats, of course. Then there is the magician Telemain, who takes a very scientific view of magic; the dragon king Kazul, who is dying to have some wizards for dinner; an ill-tempered fire witch; and a rabbit named Killer, who (through a series of magical mishaps) gradually transforms into a seven-foot-tall, bright blue, floating donkey with oversized wings.
If I tell you one more thing, it will be one too many. Youll just have to read the rest for yourself. Do so, really. I think youll like it, if for no other reason than its such a cool idea to have a gargoyle answering your magic mirror…