By: Garth Nix
Genre: Y - Children's, teenage & educational
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 22 Feb 2017
ISBN: 9781760293512


Walking 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 step-stepfather. 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...


Garth Nix takes his writing to an exciting new place in this modern fairy tale, containing many classic elements.

Princess Anya already had a stepmother, but when her father died she gained an evil sorcerer step-stepfather, hell bent on becoming the King of their Kingdom of Trallonia.

So begins Anya’s quest - a thrilling adventure, where she gains assistance from many unexpected sources, in her attempt to overthrow the evil sorcerer. But they must act quickly as his power is growing!

Filled with many transmogrified characters, boy turned newt, many knights turned into frogs, others turning into soldiers, and a group of loyal royal dogs who help rule the kingdom, this story has everything a great fairy tale needs (including flying carpets!).

With many humorous moments, this quest is one that will be a journey thoroughly enjoyed by readers 12 and older.

Reviewed by Rob