Baker, E.D.. The Dragon Princess. Illustrated by NA. Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books,
2008. ISBN 978-1-59990-194-3. $16.99. 218 pp.
Reviewer: Anna Swenson
Reading Level: Intermediate, Young_adult
Genre: Fantasy Fiction; Humorous Fiction;
Subject: Princesses-Fiction; Dragons-Fiction; Magic-Fictions; Books--Reviews
Soon after Millie was born, she was able to turn into a dragon when upset. Now that she
is almost 15, she is ready to get married. The problem is that when she gets angry she still turns
into a dragon. Every suitor who visits has fled from her dragon form. Her parents take her to her
grandmother's castle where she hears about the Blue Witch from an old witch named Mudine.
According to Mudine, the Blue Witch can help Millie learn to control her temper. Millie sets off
to the mountains of the Icy North, along with her friends Francis and Zoë, a vampire. Along the
way she meets a troll named Simon-Leo. At the mountains of the Icy North, Millie encounters an
ice dragon named Audun, who says that his family is locked away in the castle. When they get to
the castle, they become suspicious of the weirdly -shaped walls and snowmen who watch the
witch unnoticed. Azuria, the Blue Witch, tells Millie how to control her power and reveals to
Millie that the snowmen are trying to steal an object of power from her. While Millie is walking
around the castle at night, she finds that the dragons are trapped inside ice. Millie tells Azuria
about the dragons and when they go to rescue them, the snowmen attack. Millie wakes up and
finds that she is stuck in ice. She eventually uses her fire to save herself and her friends. At the
end of the book she falls in love with Audun.
The Dragon Princess is a delightful fairytale with engaging characters and humor. The book
will entrance many readers with its tale of love and adventure. The people who have read the
other books in this series will enjoy this enchanting new addition, while newcomers will be
drawn into the series as well.
Volume 29, no. 5 (May/June 2009)
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