The Seventh Spell (Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales)

The Seventh Spell (Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales)

by Danielle E. Shipley, Yana Naumova

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Overview

A witch's attempt to cast one spell too many casts everyone touched by her previous spells into chaos. Scattered throughout each other's pasts, Sula and Edgwyn, Villem and Rosalba, and the rest of the magic's affected have a single chance to break this last enchantment before their "happily-ever-after"-s cease to have ever been.

The Seventh Spell
Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales

*****

An enchantress's curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast; a princess's pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell; bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk – all within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that's seen it all.

You've heard the stories – of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball; of frog princes, and swan princes, and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea. Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark's.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148134442
Publisher: Ever On Word
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: The Wilderhark Tales , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 219
File size: 615 KB

About the Author

Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing, publishing, and all that authorial jazz, she’s probably blogging about it at www.EverOnWord.wordpress.com.

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The Seventh Spell (Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Seventh Spell is the best Wilderhark Tale to date. The story is another fantastic foray into the neoclassical land from the creative mind of Danielle E. Shipley. We rejoin our friends from the previous two installments, Sula, Villem, Rosalba, and Edgwyn for an epic adventure. Misfortune befalls the group after a desperate Sula turns to the Anarchwitch for help in resolving a dire situation. In the world of Wilderhark, magic does have its limitations, and Sula's request pushes the Anarchwitch beyond her bounds. As a result, six previous spells are broken, and our heroes must band together with other surprise characters to set things right before time runs out. Danielle E. Shipley once again shows her incredible talent as a writer, giving us a new appreciation for old fashioned fairytales. I have enjoyed experiencing the development of the Wilderhark Tales series as a whole, and believe many others will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After a magical spell goes horribly wrong, all of the Anarchwitch’s earlier enchantments are recast. Denebdeor’s royals must now bring the afflicted princes and princesses together, or else remain enchanted for the rest of their lives… Compared to the first Wilderhark Tales books, The Seventh Spell differs in a number of ways. It’s a bit darker, for one thing, particularly in its opening chapter. It also follows several groups of characters at a time, resulting in far more points of view. Finally, this book is where the Anarchwitch truly became a character in her own right, as opposed to the mere plot device she started out as back in The Swan Prince. This latter development surprised me, but very much in a good way, and I can’t help but wonder how this character will evolve in future instalments. Another difference involves the style of storytelling on display. The earlier books often focussed on interactions between characters, with only a handful of overt obstacles appearing over their journey. Here, however, there is far more action. Denebdeor’s royal family find themselves in all kinds of difficulties over the course of the story, which really kept the pages turning for me. The above-mentioned changes do, however, leave a little less room for character development. New characters were hit particularly hard by this; while I enjoyed reading about them, particularly Gant o’ the Lute and Aurabella, it would have been nice to see them grow some more. That said, Ursula gets more development here than in either of the previous books, and this was the highlight of the entire novella for me: the reader is given a good hard look and Ursula’s various flaws, and you can’t help but feel good when she reaches her epiphany. The quality of writing, by the way, is as good as ever. Danielle Shipley really has a talent with the written word and reading her work is always a treat. As before, the novella maintains a jovial tone without ever seeming silly, making for a smooth and pleasant read. I do have a couple of criticisms, though neither are major. I’m still not quite convinced by the interactions between Ursula and the Anarchwitch, for one thing: Ursula simply seems a bit too ready to go to the witch, given the childhood trauma the witch inflicted on her. My second criticism is that the story is perhaps a little too short: there are several characters who don’t really get the time they deserved, as already mentioned, and lengthening the story would have solved this. Dispite the above, I enjoyed this novella very much and wholeheartedly recommend it along with the rest of the Wilderhark Tales series. I’m glad I had the change to read this, and I very much look forward to reading future works by this author.
rgdole More than 1 year ago
This series truly did improve by leaps and bounds… the Seventh Spell was such an incredible book… all the past characters are back and a few new ones thrown in as all the curses the anarchwitch has ever cast are suddenly being recast, tossed through time, and jumbled up… several new tales are seamlessly woven in with the ones we saw in the first 2 books… and as you slowly pick up the fairy tale references, and how they have been altered and reimagined… it is just a wonderful read that brings about the old childhood joy of magic and mystery that has you on the edge of your seat speeding through pages wanting to see if the spell can be broken… every character was so alive and each had their own individual personality… truly a great book… and I hope there are more to come…
EmeraldBarnes More than 1 year ago
The Seventh Spell is probably my favorite Wilderhark Tale thus far. Because if you think that in the previous two books that the characters had it bad, wait until you read this one! Ursula, our dearest Sula, has to call in the Anarchanwitch in order to, well cast a spell for reasons I won’t spoil, and of course, there are always repercussions. The spell that the Anarchanwitch casts is her seventh spell, and it messes up everything! All six spells that she has cast previously comes unraveling, and they all mesh together, making Edgwyn, Rosalba, Ursula, and Villem fight to right the spell before they’re stuck in the past and in their ways before the previous curses were lifted. I love that we have at least three different journeys happening at once in The Seventh Spell. Each character has to come face to face with their pasts and trying to find the ones that they each love. It’s an epic journey of overcoming curses, spells, and love being the answer to them all! And, like with book 2, Edgwyn is my absolute favorite character, but I have to say, I really loved Gant o’ the Lute, and I hope that he will show up in more of Ms. Shipley’s works! If you love fairy tales, it’d be a shame if you missed the Wilderhark series by Danielle Shipley, especially The Seventh Spell. My only complaint is that this book wasn’t long enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to receive, once again, an advanced reader copy of Danielle’s newest installment in her Wilderhark Series, The Seventh Spell.  As such, I have most definitely promised her a review. This review will take my usual format of the good, the mediocre, and the ugly. The Good: Well, I can honestly tell you that there was a lot of good in this book. A lot. The characters, just as in The Stone Kingdom, were awesome. I loved every single one of them, and I loved even more that we met characters that were clearly from tales that we’ve heard of before, but we actually got to know them. Gant-o’-the-Lute was by far my favorite character in this one. His acrobatic skills along with his outgoing personality made for a very fun character to read about, especially during his rescue of the king, which I can’t tell you guys much about without revealing entirely too much. As usual, Shipley’s writing style is phenomenal. To bring the characters and the story to life, she utilizes a touch of humor while still (somehow) retaining the seriousness of the situations. Much of the conversation is blown out of proportion in a way that, while completely inappropriate for our own time and place, feels very natural and perfect for the time and fairy-tale-like (I mean Wilderhark, of course) setting. The Mediocre: I do not have many things to say about mediocre-ness (is that even a word?). The one main thing that I felt was that, similar to what I said in my review of the first one, the book passed by entirely too fast. I could have used more adventure, more difficulty in Rosalba’s searches for the ones she is looking for. Why, Villem didn’t even really have to search. Gant-o’-the-Lute showed up to him and he did not even have to rescue Edgwyn from the castle or any other such adventurous item. I did quite enjoy the book, but I could have used so much more. As I understand it, this is a novella, along with the other two books in the series. I believe if Shipley elongated these books into novels, they would be much richer with adventure, tension, and even character emotion. But that’s just my opinion. The Ugly: I think my only big complaint about The Seventh Spell is that, despite the fact that the characters have aged somewhere around fifteen years (I know it says in the book, though I can’t quite remember the number) since The Stone Kingdom, they do not appear to act much older to me. That’s not to say that they never act any older, but for the most part, they appear to be the same age that they were in the last book.  Summary: This last complaint, of course, is minor in the whole scheme of things, because Shipley’s The Seventh Spell was a fantastic book. A little too short (I just wish there was more!) but fantastic all the same. While there were many character viewpoints that could be considered confusing, Shipley brought everything together with her unique and humorous writing style, adding an element to a rather serious event that most authors would not think to add. It was a fun read, though as I’ve mentioned several times, I think these books would be better as longer works and perhaps the characters weren’t represented quite as they should have been. But I still highly recommend it. Even if you have not read the previous books (though I suggest those as well) you should read it. Seriously.