The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)

The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)

by Danielle E. Shipley, Yana Naumova

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The Sea's storm brought them together, and the Sea's rules will keep them apart, unless the mute but melodious Muirigan can find another to take her place, freeing her to pursue the human man she loves. But when her plan collides with the schemes of the sly South Wind, a princess's agenda to look for love in all the most fantastic places, and a prince whose head and heart have been long years at war, the result is a tragedy of errors from which the world might never recover.

~ The Surrogate Sea (Book Six 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: 2940151374446
Publisher: Ever On Word
Publication date: 03/11/2015
Series: The Wilderhark Tales , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB

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 homeschooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing, she’s probably blogging about it at

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The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Sigh* I struggled reading through this story for some reason. I think my main issue is that I couldn't relate to the main characters. Liliavaine is the main character, little sister of Laraspur (who I loved), but I didn't like Lily much in The Sun's Rival. I thought maybe she'd grow up and mature in this story but I didn't see it in this book. I couldn't get into her character or her actions. I also did not care at all for her love interest who lied and manipulated everyone. I love a good twist or deception but this one seemed like he got away with it and had little repercussions. I found it unbelievable how Lily fell in love and in such little time. I think more than 3 days would be needed to grow to love someone. Ion, who I thought was reasonable, was not at all reasonable in this story and it irked me with who he chose in the end. I had such high hopes for him because next to Lara, he was my next favorite of the siblings. I think both Denebdeor royals had chosen poorly and my heart drips with disappointment. I certainly felt bad for many people in this book. Very tragic how it ended and definitely not my preferred ending. With all of Shipley's other endings, I thought it would turn out differently but maybe she wanted to change things up a bit. She certainly did that with this story. Some things I did enjoy in this story is the way The Great Sea is allowed to move around. That's something I'd love to be able to do. Exploring the depths and even the heights of the world. I'm glad we got to see that and how the sea and wind work together. I also loved seeing Rosalba and Edgwyn again (my favorite Wilderhark couple) as well as Lumond and Lara. Shipley's writing is nice, but again I couldn't quite connect to the characters. I had high hopes with the meshing of two of my favorite fairy tales, the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, However, I was not satisfied with this story but perhaps that's just my view of the story. Perhaps you may enjoy more than I. If you're not a HEA fan you may like this story. It's a HFN but depending which characters you're rooting for in the story. 2.8 out of 5 for me! (An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
mirahound More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and powerful, this latest installment in the Wilderhark Tales kept me guessing until the end, and left me pondering just how much a happy ending is worth.
EmeraldBarnes More than 1 year ago
Seriously. These books just keep getting better and better! Danielle Shipley has done it again, and by again, I mean written a book that totally tugged at my heartstrings and made me love her characters more and more! The Surrogate Sea keeps to the tradition of The Sun's Rival by making parts of the earth, sky, and water come to life in human form. Princess Liliavaine is in search for more than a human to love. She's gotten the taste of the fantastic, and she wants more from her life. But when she receives more is it enough? Ionquin wants more for himself as well, having realized that his adventure with Laraspur had changed him. Not to mention falling in love with the one person he never expected to. Murigian just wants love, and when Lily comes in search of more, Murigan devises a plan to make the fantastic happen for Lily so she can go in pursuit of her one true love. The West Wind and the South Wind both have a specific agenda, and they will stop at nothing to get what it is they most desire - love. As these journeys all transcribe into one fantastic love story. Some will get hurt, some will fall in love, and some will change forever. What happens is one amazing story rolled into a fantastic fairy tale - The Surrogate Sea.