The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)

The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)

by Danielle E. Shipley, Yana Naumova

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BN ID: 2940148717577
Publisher: Ever On Word
Publication date: 09/20/2013
Series: The Wilderhark Tales , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 179
File size: 450 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 Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KimberlyAKay More than 1 year ago
The second installment of the Wilderhark Tales, "The Stone Kingdom," rocks! (Badum-tsh) This latest creative spin on the classic fairytales twists them together in magical, unexpected ways. As Rosalba journeys to find true love, readers will gallop through wry wit, clever twists, and, of course, dashing love interests. How can a cursed princess, a witty tailor, and an opinionated horse converge to save one cursed kingdom? Find out! I'm not just horsing around when I say this book is "well worth Wyle!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Straight off my blog, The Musings of a Fantasy Writer's Life, here is my review: So here's the ins and outs of it. The beginning was a little dry, I had to push myself to keep reading, and when I did, I found it was quite fast-paced, which, of course, you'd expect from a novella, however, it went from background information to adventure in three seconds flat with no time in between for me to truly get to know any of the characters or the setting. Even for a novella, the pace was a little too fast for me. And there was lots of narration--which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but during the narration of the story of the Stone Kingdom, there was very little of what Rosalba felt and thought during that time, leaving me only to use Rosalba's actions to characterize her in the beginning. That, of course, changed quite quickly when the story took off. Upon saying all those bad, or rather, criticizing, items, The Stone Kingdom had by far the most eloquent, quirky and one of a kind voice I've ever heard. The author, while focusing more on narration than dialogue, description than character feelings, makes up for everything she lacks in the very voice she speaks with. While I did say previously that the beginning was rather dry, I pushed through not necessarily because I felt I had to, but because I was so intrigued by her writing that I couldn't help it! And her characters! Once I got to know them, which took only a short while, I fell in love with them. Without saying too much, of course, I can honestly tell you that Rosalba is the most interesting young woman I've ever read about in a story like this. The tales such a story is based on are about young women who need saving or who must become nice, respectable princesses. Rosalba, on the other hand, is a strong young woman who will become a nice, respectable princess...but not until after she's made sure her opinion on any subject is very clear and also made everyone in the room understand that while she may ask for help, she is a strong, independent woman. She stands out from the story because of this strength. And I think I've already said too much, but here's my take on Edgwyn, the tailor who she travels with: he is the kindest and most unselfish character I've ever met. And can I just add in, here, that if Edgwyn were a real person, I'd have dibs because I've been searching for a guy like that all my life.  So while The Stone Kingdom had its outs, the ins of it were so much stronger that it had me hooked. Did I mention I read it in a night? Its fast pace and its quirky voice make it hard to put down once you've picked it up. I highly recommend picking up your copy of The Stone Kingdom, book two of the Wilderhark Tales by Danielle E. Shipley when it releases on September 20, 2013! 
JM_Cottle More than 1 year ago
Ahh, it's good to be back in Denebdeor. I was briefly sad that Sula and Villem were not the main characters anymore, but Princess Rosalba and Edgwyn the tailor take up the story with just as much bravery and wit. Guessing at which fairy tale would show up next was my favorite part -- along with everything about Edgwyn, because he is fantastic -- and the princess learns several lessons about what real love looks like that make this book not only fun and funny, but relevant and wise. And these mysterious anarchwitches are making me very curious for what Book 3 will bring...
EmeraldBarnes More than 1 year ago
**minor spoilers alert ahead** The Stone Kingdom picks up a few years after the ending of Book One, The Swan Prince. Sula and Villem have married, and they have a young daughter. But of course, what is a fairy tale without some kind of enchantment by a witch? Sula comes to the same witch who cursed her in book one with an issue. The witch is kind enough to help her, but as you probably know, there are strings attached. One day, the entire kingdom is turned to stone. Fast forward 100 years in the future, and Rosalba, Crown Princess of the stone kingdom, is stuck in a tower with statues of people she loves. It all began with a magical stone, and it shall end with a magical moment. She meets a tailor, Edgwyn, and they have to go on a journey in search of her true love. The story had me captivated from the very first sentence, and I will go as far as to say that this one was better than the first. I absolutely adored Edgwyn and his sense of humor. And Rosalba is a very strong character. Ms. Shipley touches on so many fairy tales that I knew and love, but the way she brings them out is new and fun! This is a must read!