The Fools' War

Lee Kisling, Author
Lee Kisling, Author HarperCollins Publishers $14 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-020836-3
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
Hardcover - 978-0-06-020837-0
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This overly elaborate fairy tale concerns a foolish king obsessed with a lady (``I love her like a madman'') who does not return his affections. The besotted ruler ignores the invading army of Turks outside his castle; seeks the magical, less than successful prayers of a blind wise man and a steadfast farmer in an attempt to win the lady's favor; and gets involved in a host of other subplots. Kisling's narrative rattles along in a loose, unconvincing manner, finally lurching to an unsatisfying and predictable conclusion. The author throws too many balls into the air and crams too many cliches into too short a tale. Further, he fails to infuse the story's disparate elements with any sense of wonder. Lloyd Alexander remains the undisputed champion of this kind of romp. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
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