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. This book has lots of magic Princess Ben is a witch , and actually does have lots of sweet romance. This might make this book appeal to more people — I thought it would be a lot like Harry Potter. The whole thing does read like a fairy tale, with princesses and betrayal and cats and magic. If you do like fairytales like I do this is the book for you. This is completely different from her Dairy Queen series. I have a hard time finding much of anything positive to say about the book.
When Princess Wisdom, on her way to her wedding, and her grandmother, Nonna Ben, stop at Trudy's inn, they enlist her to become a lady-in-waiting, as their ladies-in-waiting are suffering from food poisoning. I felt as if I only knew a little about each and some of them, Wisdom in particular, I didn't much care for. The author wrote Princess Ben, which I read well a over a year ago. Six years later, when both are grown and waiting to be reunited, fate and politics intervene. But it might be me. The story itself is really good. There is To be fair it warns you that it is written in many different voices.
By a third of the way through, I began skimming. I thought this way of telling the story showed ingenuity and was surprisingly effective. One thing's for sure, Murdock had quite the fun time coming up with names of towns, countries, even some battles; as you read and come across these names, they make for an extra giggle or two. If you ask me, this is not a very inventive way to develop a narrative, lazy even. The author wrote Princess Ben, which I read well a over a year ago. Multiple viewpoints allow for a well-rounded perspective on the action; there's always more than one side to any story and there will always be those who put their own spin or interpretation on events. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a modern fairy tale complete with hero, heroine, villain and various helpful minor characters.
Note to the author: plays are I liked this book enough to finish it and there were a number of things I thought Gilbert-Murdock did well. Albeit a bit recalcitrant to adjust to it at the beginning, I can say I quite enjoyed this book that has got some hilarious parts. I think I like her modern day books much better. I had not read Princess Ben yet, but I did after reading this. This book is great for anyone who loves or likes magic, strong female characters, romance, or dragons.
Unfortunately, it didn't quite all add up to a great story. What the two books do have in common is an emphasis on character, which might explain the different forms used in Wisdom's Kiss, actually. Princess Wisdom, known as Dizzy, longs for a life of adventure far beyond the staid old kingdom of Montagne. In order to save face and arrive with a smidgen of a retinue, they ask a serving girl, Trudy, take on the role of lady in waiting. Some have said that Wisdom's Kiss is a retelling of certain fairy tales, but I disagree.
Accompanied by the Queen Mother, Ben evolence and her cat Escoffier, her ladies in waiting and guards, they begin their trek. The Encyclopedia of Lax, giving background information about the various kingdoms and important people in the empire of Lax 5. How can I hope he will live happily ever after or Wisdom, when both of them appear so self-centered and uncaring about anyone but themselves? Most of the plot unfolds through characters memoirs written ex post facto, diary entries or letters written to others. Wisdom's Kiss is a children's fairy tale akin to Shannon Hale's and Jessica Day George's. I haven't read the first two and was somewhat lost in the beginning. I liked the syle in which the book was written, at first it was confuzing jumping from one document to another in order to tell a story but it totally worked in this book.
Tips, a soldier, longs to keep his true life secret from his family. In the little town of Bacio lives Trudy I'd like to start off by saying that this is the first book I've ever read by. My only previous experience with Murdock was Dairy Queen, which I did not like. The plot was excellent as was the world building and the characterizations. The second and third books of the trilolgy, while still worth reading, veered off the sports theme a bit, and in my humble opinion, lost a little something. The story definitely works in terms of plot though, especially when all threads come perfectly together in the end.
Maybe the book's intended audience - children - will enjoy it more? An incredibly creative tale told with diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, even a stage play, all woven together into a grand adventure. Suddenly, Trudy finds herself as Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Wisdom, or Dizzy for short. . Too soon, Trudy and Tips meet again, but Tips has been keeping secrets. I'm pretty sure I can tell you that this is nothing like , because this is a children's book. Also, this is apparently the third in a series. She seemed ditzy, irresponsible, and selfish.