I am a huge fan of Garth Nix's stories having been only twelve when I first read Sabriel, I am still in awe of his storytelling skills all these years later. His latest edition is Frogkisser, a tale of a girl called Anya who has to go on an unexpected quest to get the now frog prince Denholm changed back into a prince. This is not at all what she had in mind and all she wants to do is go back to the library in the castle and read, but there are bigger things in store for her and a kingdom to save as well.
You get a real sense of adventure whilst reading Frogkisser and following Anya and her faithful dog Ardent on their quest. There's magic, mishap and a little bit of mayhem in store for them and a highly eclectic mix of characters from Ardent the talking dog, a boy turned into a human sized newt, a wizard, who isn't your stereotypical wizard and snow white and the seven dwarfs who definitely aren't you would expect. There is more than enough here to satisfy your imagination and I ended up loving every second.
Despite the seriousness of Anya's quest, there were a lot of funny and lighthearted moments during her adventure especially where the wizard was concerned and Gerald the Herald. As well as this there were a lot of morals in this story and Anya's view on things greatly changes as she meets more people and more responsibility is put upon her. There are great lessons to be learned and out worldview along with Anya's changes as we get further into her quest.
A brilliant fractured fairytale full of magic, adventure and a fantastic cast of characters.