Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547566870, 284pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
kingdom of Montagne. "Tips," a soldier, longs to keep his true identity a secret. "Fortitude," an orphaned maid, longs only for Tips.
These three souls might possibly attain their dreams while preserving their empire from ruin if only they can bear one another's company long enough to come up with a plan.
"Packed with double entendres, humorous dialogue and situations, and a black cat that will capture the reader’s imagination, this is a joyful, timeless fantasy that teens will savor." --Booklist, starred review"Readers who enjoy fairy-tale romance and intrigue with multiple strong heroines, an enigmatic cat, and a bit of reading challenge will adore this, and those who are already acquainted with Princess Ben will be glad to see her again."--Bulletin, starred review "Richly developed characters, humor, exciting plot twists, and, of course, magic combine to craft a most enjoyable read. Fans of Gail Carson Levine will be charmed by this witty, whimsical fantasy. Exceptional!"--School Library Journal, starred review