Trudy (later called Lady Fortitude) has been an orphan sice she was ten and she only finds solace in her childhood friend, Tips, who she has fallen in love with. He is recruited by Felis el Gato to be a soldier, or so the story goes. He really gets recruited to be a performer for Circus Primus, the Emporor’s famous circus. When Trudy crosses paths with Princess Wisdom “Dizzy”, Benevolence, the Queen Mother of Matagne and their cat, they travel to the Duchy Farina, the three, Tips, Trudy, and Dizzy that is, come together and have to stop an evil plot to take over the Queendom of Mantagne.
I love the way this book was written, it is interesting and very unique. The different perspectives meld together perfectly to form a cognate storyline. However, the characters and not fully defined and explained, I don’t understand the emotional path they follow, not the reasons for doing things. Also I would like some of the abbreviations to be explained instead of expecting the reader to figure it out. And lastly,
I do not believe the love between Tips and Dizzy. It seems like it’s supposed to be love at first sight but it is not explained that way in the story.
I liked this book very much, it was a joy to read and I can’t wait to start reading some of Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s other books.
— Mackinsey, age 14
About the Book:
Title: Wisdom’s Kiss
Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Release Date: 08/2011