I blogged last week about “Tales of the Frog Princess” and its second volume, Dragon’s Breath. The series continues with Once Upon A Curse, wherein Emma travels back in time to prevent an evil spell being cast upon her forebearers. A vial of dragon’s breath, left over from the previous book, powers her up for the time travel.
A number of fun switch-arounds occur as the wonderful, heroic ancestor Emma had always heard about turns out to be vain and selfish. Emma also helps to establish the dragon colony she had visited in the previous book, by persuading a marauding dragon to move to the Purple Mountains instead of ravaging her homeland.
Perhaps more interesting, Emma discovers that being a Dragon Friend is more than just a title. Being around so many dragons is changing her magic — mostly to Emma’s advantage.
Though she fails to stop the original curse, at least she finds out the terms to break it. Returning home, Emma must confront the wicked tricks of her Aunt Grassina, a good woman turned evil by the curse. Almost by accident, Emma finds the strength she needs to defend her home when she turns into a dragon herself!
Again, I won’t spoil the fun by giving away whether the curse is broken or how. The books are a quick, easy read for kids 12-14 and adults who are looking for a pleasant break from reality.