The second two volumes of Patricia C. Wrede's beloved, bestselling Enchanted Forest Chronicles!
This fourth entry in Wrede's diverting Enchanted Forest Chronicles takes place 16 years after the conclusion of "Calling on Dragons" , which ends as Cimorene is awaiting the birth of her son, the only one who will be able to rescue her husband, King Mendanbar. Daystar, now 16, lives at the edge of the Enchanted Forest with his mother, not knowing that she is the queen. When a wizard shows up and Cimorene melts him, Daystar's life takes a drastic turnabout: first Cimorene buckles an extraordinary sword around his waist and then tells him, "`Now, Daystar, I have a few things to tell you before you leave.'" She adds that he is to start with the Enchanted Forest and not come back until he can explain why he had to leave. With that farewell, Daystar dutifully sets off, though in a complete fog about where or why. His ensuing grand adventure is both suspenseful and hilarious, as he is joined in his quest by a hotheaded firewitch and a very young dragon in search of a princess of its own. The questers face unprincipled wizards and dangerous monsters, but with the help of Moren the witch, Telemain the magician, and Kazul the king of dragons (old friends of Cimorene's), King Mendanbar is rescued, and the wizards are once again driven from the forest. Although purported to be the series' conclusion, this does leave an opening for another episode.