The Whim of the Dragon

The Whim of the Dragon

4.6 5
by Pamela Dean
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The Third and Final book of the Secret Country Trilogy!
 
Three things have the power to destroy the Secret Country: the Border Magic, the Crystal of Earth, and the whim of the dragon. The cousins Ted, Laura, Ruth, Patrick, and Ellen have faced the first two; now, summoned back to the Secret Country, they must face the third. The Country's

Overview

The Third and Final book of the Secret Country Trilogy!
 
Three things have the power to destroy the Secret Country: the Border Magic, the Crystal of Earth, and the whim of the dragon. The cousins Ted, Laura, Ruth, Patrick, and Ellen have faced the first two; now, summoned back to the Secret Country, they must face the third. The Country's most trusted counselors now know that the five are impostors, somehow thrust into the roles of royalty, but no one knows who has been playing with their destinies. The truth lies with only Chryse, the unicorn, and Belaparthalion, the dragon. But getting to them, and speaking with them, is more complex and dangerous than it seems….
 
“Pamela Dean’s Secret Country books are required reading for anyone who loves fantasy. Get them!”—Will Shetterly, author of Dogland

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Dragon is the third and final installment of "The Secret Country Trilogy." Unfortunately, it's one of those sequels which is very difficult to follow without intimate knowledge of the books which preceded it—and in the world of fantasy this is critical. Ted and his little sister Laura arrive back home in Real World, USA, from their recent adventures to discover that there's been a bit of a time discrepancy. They've landed months past the promised few lapse of minutes promised between the Hidden Land and reality. What to do? Return, of course, and sort it out. Thus they once more become enmeshed in the Byzantine politics and chaotic magic of the place behind mirrors. Pamela Dean recreates this world with zeal, enthusiastically mixing pseudo-medieval settings with her concept of "Shakespearian English." Better read parts one and two first if you've the strength for it. 2003 (orig. 1989), Firebird, Ages 10 to 14.
—Kathleen Karr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440684456
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/24/2003
Series:
Secret Country Trilogy , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
400,091
File size:
384 KB
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

Meet the Author



Pamela Dean was born in Illinois and raised in Illinois, Missouri, and Nebraska. She was read to from a very young age and has been addicted to reading ever since; she will read the cereal box or the tag on a cushion rather than sit quietly. She read a fair number of books that were over her head as a child, which led to a general liking for books that require several readings for real understanding.



She decided to be a writer in the fifth grade. Her first idea was to be a poet, and her first published piece of work was a poem called “After Sorcery,” which appeared in Seventeen Magazine sometime around 1969. However, when she realized that, at the age of thirty, she was still writing very good poetry for a fifteen-year-old, she gave up the idea.



She has a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.A. from SUNY-Binghamton, and quotes too much as a result. She wrote her master’s thesis on Shakespeare’s problem plays, and has never really been free of Shakespeare since. She enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, being an intermittent part of local science-fiction fandom, and attending the theater. She has no actual talent for any paying profression other than writing, insofar as writing can be said to be a paying profession. She lives in a cluttered duplex in Minneapolis with her husband, her chosen family, and five cats.



Visit Pamela at pddb.demesne.com

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Whim of the Dragon (Secret Country Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book concludes THE SECRET COUNTRY TRILOGY. It was pretty confusing, especially since the characters use a lot of 'thee's and 'thou's and such while they are talking. Besides that, it was a very good (if slightly dragging) book, and all fantasy lovers should read it.