Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Published March 2017 by Allen & Unwin
RRP AUD $19.99
Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser.
Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It’s not her frog, it’s her sister’s. And it’s not a frog, it’s actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya’s sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a ‘sister promise’ that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form…
So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs.
Before Frogkisser! I had heard of Garth Nix, since I’ve read his co-written series, TroubleTwisters, and really enjoyed them. I hadn’t really heard anything about this book, besides seeing it a few times around on Goodreads. It arrived in the mail with a cute little letter and some other little treats, and after reading the letter I had high expectations for this book, and I’m so happy it didn’t disappoint! It was so entertaining, and I loved how legal systems were woven into a fantasy world, haha!
Garth’s writing was fun and easy to read, he created a magical world, but also managed to flawlessly weave in modern elements?? I don’t know how it worked so well, but it did. I’m also not sure why, but for some reason I was so amused to have discussions for a Bill of Rights mixed in with a fantasy adventure HAHAHA. ALSO there were so many dogs in this story BLESS and they held a position of great importance, and I loved it. I WAS SO DOWN FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF DOGS IN THIS BOOK!! Dogs are life ❤
I loved the characters, fairy tales were cleverly woven into the story, with very, ahem, modern changes to the characters! I’m not going to go into super detail, to avoid spoilers, but I will just say that gender roles aren’t super important. Anya was a fresh, no-nonsense princess and I loved it. She was empowering and clever, she learned so much about her kingdom and what the people wanted.
I don’t really know what else to say, because I feel like it would be more fun to go into the book without any expectations or clear ideas about what happens. Just enjoy the ride!! 😀
The only real reason why I have it 4 and a half stars is because the book would occasionally go off on a tangent and I kinda zoned out a little bit in those parts, but besides that overall, I loved how fun this story was, and I wouldn’t change anything. It’s a solid, adventurous, WHOLESOME story. I also gave this book to my mum to read and she really enjoyed it, so it’s a delightful tale for all ages 😊
I received a review copy from the publisher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
GARTH NIX was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth’s books include the award-winning young adult fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen and Clariel; the dystopian novel Shade’s Children; and the space opera A Confusion of Princes. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence; the Keys to the Kingdom series; and the Troubletwisters series and Spirit Animals: Blood Ties (co-written with Sean Williams). More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Times and The Australian, and his work has been translated into more than forty-one languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.