Hi Everyone and Happy Monday. I am still down a functioning thumb, but I am back at work. Now I have to get busy writing reviews for all the books I managed to read while recuperating. Let’s kick off what will hopefully be a week of reviews with Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch. I received an advanced reader’s copy from Netgalley.com.
Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock September 2011
Princess Wisdom, aka Dizzy, longs for adventure and excitement. Her future mother-in-law, the conniving Duchess Wilhelmina, longs to control Dizzy’s home kingdom. Unaware of the duchess’ schemes, a wedding is arranged between Dizzy and the Baron of Farina. Dizzy, accompanied by her grandmother, Ben sets off to join her future husband. Along the way they meet Trudy, a red-haired orphan with the unusual magical gift of sight. Trudy, or Lady Fortitude, reluctantly joins the party as a lady in waiting. It is Trudy’s hope to be reunited with her long-lost love, Tips. Of course, nothing goes according to plan when mistaken identities and treasonous plans are revealed. It quickly becomes obvious that the thing that can save the day is a touch of witchcraft.
This charming and humorous fairy tale-esque offering from the author of Dairy Queen and Princess Ben is full of magic, romance, betrayal, and treachery. There is also an extraordinary cat. While I appreciated all the wordplay, literary references, rich vocabulary, and beautiful fonts and page decorations, I found the eight points of view to be distracting and at times redundant and unnecessary. I enjoyed the happily ever after ending (it’s a fairy tale, happily ever after is expected, not a spoiler) and the glossary of unusual terms provided. Fans of The Princess Bride, fairy tales and good old comedy of errors with appreciate this story. This is a clean read, suitable for younger readers, but clever and sophisticated enough to entertain older readers.
Pair with The Princess Bride by William Goldman, A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn, or Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede.