Synopses & Reviews
Princess Poppy, the bouncing baby daughter of Queen Marigold and King Christian of Zandelphia-Beaurivage, is in terrible danger. The kingdoms former torturer-in-chief and poisoner-in-chief have joined forces to kidnap the baby as an act of revenge for their exile! Can a ragtag parade of rescuers—including the king and queen, the evil kidnappers mortified children, five dogs, a white elephant, and a washed-up wizard—save Princess Poppy in time?
"Murdock (Dairy Queen) reworks now standard elements of the modern fairy tale reluctant princess, haughty prince, evil queen, portentous prophesies for this frothy coming-of-age story. Princess Ben (short for Benevolence) is effectively orphaned after assassins kill her uncle the king and her mother, and her father disappears. Now heiress to Montagne's throne, Ben is forced into the tutelage of her aunt, Queen Sophia, with a regimen of dance lessons, embroidery and dieting, all in order to be married off to Florian, crown prince of menacing Drachensbett. After their umpteenth clash, the queen locks Ben in a tower, where Ben discovers a hidden portal, a wizarding room and a book of spells. Through her forays in magic, Ben learns that if Drachensbett's leaders can't marry their way into controlling Montagne, they will take it by force, and she will have to use her smarts to save her country. There's no new ground broken the sardonic, witty repartee between Ben and Florian would fit right into a Shrek sequel but the story (think poor man's Gail Carson Levine) is thoroughly entertaining. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008
"A delicious confection for fans of the previous operettas, reminiscent in tone and content to Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles."
"An upbeat fairy-tale adventure, this final installment in the trilogy is sure to entertain fans of the first two books."
—School Library Journal
"Ferris leisurely combines elements of adventure, fantasy, romance, and humor."
Benevolence is not your typical princess and Princess Ben is certainly not your typical fairy tale. With her parents lost to unknown assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia, who is intent on marrying her off to the first available specimen of imbecilic manhood.” Starved and miserable, locked in the castles highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Bens private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat facing the castle and indeed the entire country. Can Princess Ben save her kingdom from annihilation and herself from permanent enslavement?
Catherine Gilbert Murdocks talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.
Benevolence is not your typical princess.
With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castles highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Bens private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?
*[A] deliciously frothy fairy tale.”Horn Book Magazine, starred review
*The wild adventure, intricately imagined setting, memorable characters, and romance will charm readers, especially fans of Gail Carson Levines Fairest.”Booklist, starred review
The companion to Jean Ferris's madcap Once Upon a Marigold and Twice Upon a Marigold offers evil plot-twists, sweet romance, and the kidnapping of the royal princess.
About the Author
Catherine Murdock grew up on a small farm in Connecticut and now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, two brilliant unicycling children, several cats, and a one-acre yard that she is slowly transforming into a wee, but flourishing ecosystem. She is the author of several books, including the popular Dairy Queen series starring lovable heroine D. J. Schwenk, Princess Ben, and Wisdom's Kiss.