Review: “The Dragon Princess” by E.D. Baker

For the love of books

The kingdom of Greater Greensward has changed during the many years that Princess Emma and Prince Eadric have been married.  Magic continues to be respected by this kingdom’s inhabitants, dragons are now welcome visitors to the land, and the royal family tree is growing with new members.

First, there is Francis, the son of Grassina and Haywood and a wizard-in-the-making.  Millie is his cousin and the daughter of Emma and Eadric.  She also transforms into a fearsome dragon whenever she loses her temper, an incident that has repeatedly happened since her birth.  Even her mother’s powerful magic cannot help Mille.  When a change in events forces her to spend her upcoming birthday in Eadric’s kingdom of Montevista, Millie eventually rebels against her parents’ “desertion” and embarks on a journey with Francis and her vampire friend Zoe to find an answer to her problem.  The Dragon Princess not only introduces a new heroine, i.e. Millie, and new characters but also describes the nature of magic and the varieties of dragons in greater detail than ever before.  Abominable snowmen and a wyvern are only some of the magical creatures and beings included in this sixth volume in the Tales of the Frog Princess series.  Ignis fatuus, a.k.a. will o’the wisp, is another notable mystery that the author, E.D. Baker, creatively comments on in her story.  The setting stretches from Greater Greensward to an icy northern land while the storyline has original adventures as well as reminiscent humor and romance.

On the other hand, it is disappointing that the characters of Emma and Eadric play minor roles in this novel.  They seldom interact with their daughter in the story; Millie may be this novel’s heroine, but it is unfortunate not to see what effects maturity and parenthood have had on Emma and Eadric.  Have these two protagonists, significant throughout the series, changed at all after those numerous years skipped by the author?  That question is ignored in The Dragon Princess, except for the increased age of any familiar character.  Nevertheless, Mille’s odyssey reflects that of her mother, and her temperament is a combination of traits taken from her parents.  Francis and Zoe are also vicarious versions of their respective parents.  All in all, the magical charisma within the series is successfully sustained in The Dragon Princess.

Original review: Part 6: ‘Tales of the Frog Princess’, Examiner.com

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