Princess Wisdom, known as Dizzy, longs for a life of adventure far beyond the staid old kingdom of Montagne.
Tips, a soldier, longs to keep his true life secret from his family.
Fortitude, an orphaned maid, longs only for Tips.
These three passionate souls might just attain their dreams while preserving Montagne from certain destruction; if only they can tolerate each othe...more
What distinguishes this tale from others in the genre is the book's format. Wisdom's Kiss is an assemblage of letters, diaries, a play, memoirs, encyclopedic entries, etc. Generally, I am quite fond of such narrative, as long as all formats are essential to the story and do not create redundancy. Here, howev ...more
I'm pretty sure I can tell you that this is nothing like Dairy Queen, because this is a children's book. And a really weird one at that.
In the little town of Bacio lives Trudy ...more
Wisdom's Kiss is even more unconventional than her other books, and I would highly recommend it for brave readers. The storytelling is unusual with each character narrating their part in 2-3 page chapters, alternating between the script of a stage play, letters from one character to another, diary entries and heirloom stories passed on to a younger generation.
The characters are ...more
I am very sorry to say this book drove me crazy. I'm 2/3 of the way through and it's been a constant struggle. The story is told in an epistolary form (one of my favorites) but there are too many POVs. EIGHT! And a lot of it is a redundant telling of the story, which makes a very thin, weak plot unnecessarily long. There was quite a bit of humor and wit in the story, but it didn't make up for the weakness of the story or the char ...more
Six years later, when both are grown and waiting to be reunited, fate and politics intervene. Suddenly, Tr ...more
What I didn't like was the style. The author told the story of (Wisdom? Trudy? Queen Ben? The Cat?) with 8 different POVs, one of which was written in screenplay form. (Note to the author: plays are ...more
This book had a lot of great potential, but it ended up falling flat in a lot of ways. It took me a while to get into it because of all the different characters and perspectives, but eventually the action picked up a bit and I was intrigued. Then something specific happened with two of the characters (which I can’t reveal without being spoiler-y) and I seriously began to resent this book. I kept hoping it might get better, but it really didn’t.
My first major complaint is all the differe ...more
Unfortunately, it didn't quite all add up to a great story. It seems that the sum of the parts are far less than the whole in this case. It feels as if without the literary gymnastics, which are fun so I'm not complaining, this wouldn't be much of a story. Maybe because of the various focuses, it didn't feel t ...more
This is the true story of the event known as Wisdom’s Kiss in which: a Kingdom was saved, hearts were broken, a Circus flourished, magical shenanigans were deployed and true love was found.
In the Kingdom of Montagne, Princess Wisdom wishes for a life of adventure but finds herself about to settle down and get married; Fortitude, an orphaned kitchen maid, awaits for her childhood sweetheart to return from his travels; Tips, a soldier, misses his l ...more
The cover of this book has the words “A Thrilling and Romantic Adventure Incorporating Magic, Villainy and a Cat”. These words say it all.
Princess Wisdom (Dizzy) becomes engaged to the man who has arrived to court her sister, Queen of Montagne. She travels with her grandmother (Ben - Queen Mother of Montagne) to her betrothed’s home. Crisis after crisis delays their arrival, eventually stranding them in an inn in Bacio with their ladi ...more
There are many different players and many different parts and the ending isn't at all as I hoped it would be. The main characters Trudy, Tips (Tomas) and Wisdom aka Dizzy. Not to mention Nonna Ben, Teddy, Felis and the list goes on.
The book is largely clips from Trudy and Tips life from childhood to approximately 18 would be my guess. There is ...more
And not that the writing is bad. I just couldn't get into it. Most likely it was the variety of formats that threw me off - I never felt as if I got invested in any one character because things constantly shifted as far as view point and meth ...more
I really did not enjoy this book at all.
No seriously, there is nothing about this book I can talk up.
It was that bad.
How many different points of view are too many?
Three, four, five? Try eight.
Once you take into account the diary entries, the encyclopedia entries, the letters, the play, the main characters, blah, blah, blah.
FAR TOO MANY voices and often overlapping storytelling makes for very confusing and boring reading.
It was a real CHORE to get through and to be h ...more
I found the ending to be oh, so slightly ...more
It's also a format that can hit or miss, depending on how it's handled. And Catherine Gilbert Murdock's second fantasy novel "Wisdom's Kiss" (a sequel of sorts to "Princess Ben") doesn't quite hit the mark. Her prose is delightfully witty and charming, but the shifting barrage of letters, plays and journal entries never lets us get too close to the main character ...more
I've read princess Ben which is set in the same world a few generat ...more
1. The chapters were confusing at first because it kept changing views.
2. At first, I had a hard time getting into the book, but by the time Trudy (the main character) goes to the castle I was hooked. I wanted her to find her true love. But then....
3. For some reason I really didn't like Dizzy/Wisdom. I not sure why, I just found something unlikable about her. I was right.
4. Nooooooooooooooo! Li ...more
It’s written as a mix of primary (diaries! letters!) and secondary (accounts from someone who heard about the thing!) and tertiary (encyclopedias!) sources. This allows Murdock to develop characters in an INSTANT - Tips' misspellings and cross-outs, Ben's humor and concern, Dizzy's impulsiveness - as well as ground the story within her own fictional world. The ...more
A definite recommend to anyone!