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All her life Wren has hoped for an adventure. Now she has one-with a kidnapped princess, a handsome prince, and a magician. What does it matter if the princess is only Tess, her best friend from the orphanage; if the prince is a youngest son with no chance of becoming king; and the magician is an apprentice? Wren leads the other three over mountains and past killing spells, fighting battles along the way. But then she finds herself up against some shape-changing magic that may ...

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Overview

All her life Wren has hoped for an adventure. Now she has one-with a kidnapped princess, a handsome prince, and a magician. What does it matter if the princess is only Tess, her best friend from the orphanage; if the prince is a youngest son with no chance of becoming king; and the magician is an apprentice? Wren leads the other three over mountains and past killing spells, fighting battles along the way. But then she finds herself up against some shape-changing magic that may end her life as a human forever!

With the help of a prince and an apprentice wizard, Wren strives to rescue her best friend, a princess named Tess, from the fortress of a wicked king.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-- Solidly constructed and divertingly revealed, the fantasy world Wren inhabits is full of magic, royalty, strange beasts, and engaging characters. From the first page when Tess announces to her friend Wren that she is a princess in hiding because of danger from evil Andreus, readers are enmeshed in the concerns of the kingdom of Meldrith. As Andreus' powerful magic ensnares Tess, Wren sets out to rescue her, accompanied an apprentice magician, and later by others. Magic is integral to the plot yet there are rules that are followed in a logical way throughout. If the characters seem less fleshed out than one would like, or if there is little reflection or growth along the way, fantasy adherents will mind very little. Since the ending does not tie all the threads together tidily, there is a chance that further tales of Meldrith will follow and that readers will then see greater depth of characters and of the realm that are really only introduced in this fast-paced, well-defined adventure. An absorbing and intriguing story. --Carol A. Edwards, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440407737
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Series: Wren Series , #1
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

History of Sartorias-deles\ series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at www.sherwoodsmith.net.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    THANK YOU for Republishing!

    I am pre-ordering three copies of this book--one for me and one each for my two daughters (so when they grow up and leave home they don't take MY copy!!). This book is a delight for any child (and enjoyable to read to them), but you never outgrow it. I have read this book to my daughters repeatedly, but we always had to get it from the library (I actually have it on loan right now!). Please republish the rest of the trilogy and allow Sherwood to continue the story into a fourth book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    This book is for Everybody!

    I know a lot of reviews focus on story and how much they love this book, so I'll try to fill in the holes. First, it's terrible this book is out of print. I heard the lousy covers deterred readers, PLEASE ignore the cover of this book. It's terrible, but the story inside is under-rated in its excellence.
    Now to fill in holes. First, the main characters are Wren, a 12 yr old girl with magical potential, Tyron an extremely gifted Mage apprentice-age 13? I think and Connor, a 14 yr. old prince swordsman and communer with animals and nature. Now, despite the ages, you may think this is a teen book. It's NOT. The storyline they journey through focuses on a very adult world of war, evil sorcerers, bandits and deathly peril. No kids stuff here. There are funny moments, Wren is as amusing as she is brave and daring, but the humor is a facet, not the theme.
    What kills me is these books deserve so many more adult readers, at least the first book. Wren's dearest freind, Princess Teressa, is kidnapped by a wicked Mage, King Andreus who is one of the most interesting and complicated villains I've read yet. It's such a pity you don't see more of him in this book - and in the whole series. If I had one complaint about this series, that would be it. Anyways, Wren, Prince Connor and Mage Tyron need to travel on a dangerous and surprise-filled journey to Andreus' realm to save Teressa before Andreus can break the Princess and brainwash her into his evil apprentice. As the story progresses, the plot only becomes more complicated, which I love. You find out nearly all of the characters have secret pasts that all twist and turn into each other's lives. Andreus has a former apprentice who fell in love with the king and in the end helps the teens. Two ancient mages are secretly working the strings in the backround and the story has lots of plot twists and unexpected happenings that are interesting without being unbeilievable. The ending is great and closes well for #2.
    But, really, this book is worth the attention of adult readers. The second and third books aren't as good, in my opinion, but you can read the fourth book, "Wren Journeymage" on the website of the author Sherwood Smith. Unfortunatley, Smith is having a hard time finding a publisher for book 4, which is a shame, because the series seems to "grow up," a great deal by #4. So, if you like 1-3, please advocate on her Site for the publication of #4. She needs to find a different publisher or something. In #1, we see a tiny mention of Andreus' mentor, which is expanded upon in #4. I hope if 4 comes out, we'll see this "Sorcerer King" in #5. So, please, read, enjoy and check our her Website to read #4. Happy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Still a good book...

    The beginning of a rich plot with hidden secrets, Sherwood Smith's Wren to the Rescue reminds us what we would do for a friend when they're in need. It also emits a powerful need to know ourselves, find our weaknesses and strengths, and begin anew with that knowledge. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a bit of light fantasy reading, and I assure you that it will get you thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2006

    Good

    I got this book because I loved Sheerwood Smith's other book but this book kind of dissapointed me. I thought that it could have been better. But it is exciting and adventureous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    Wonderful!

    I will admit i picked this book up because of its cover. For many years i have been a fan of fanasty, and am glad that i picked this book. This was a humorful story with unique characters. Each character had his or her own personality. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    keary's review yeah!

    i really enjoyed this book it was very well written. thought i would have liked this book more if smith had gone more in depth with the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    Great Book

    I loved this book, Wren is now one of my favorite characters and I dont have many of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Great Fantasy!

    I picked up this book because I enjojed 'Crown Duel' and 'Court Duel' and hoped this would be as good. Even better, it surpassed them! Wren is funny, loyal, and persistant. I can't wait to read the next two!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    Good fantasy!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a very delightful fantasy story! It can be a tad slow in some parts, but it has a diverting storyline and wonderful characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2001

    Its worth trying

    Wren to the rescue is one of my all time favorite books. Its so great, and when I read it, I really never did put it down. Its SO amazing, and full of adventure and fantasy. Please try it, I know its out of print, but try to find a copy, because its a really good book.

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    Posted December 18, 2008

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