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Wilderhark Tales: The Swan Prince (The Wilderhark Tales) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 24, 2013
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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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If you like fairytales, this one won't disappoint you. All the well-loved fairytale themes are present (magic, true love, attractive men...), but mixed with memorable characters, and unexpected twists. Sula, the main character, has a voice that will truly enchant you (Yeah, I admit it, I read it all in one night, so sue me!). While Villem and Sigmund will sneak their way into your heart (at least if you're a female. If male, please see Sula's description again). It's easy to read, and fast paced, making it suitable for those of all ages (particularly the young, or young at heart).
I'd tell you more about my favorite part, but since that was THE WHOLE THING, you'll just have to get your hands on a copy, and see for yourself why it's so wonderful. :)
I liked it so much, I bought book 2 within 5 minutes of finishing :)
The characters beg for more time to unfold, more room to breathe. The storytelling is great and the twists and turns are excellently revealed, but I wish it were a longer telling. I suppose I must look forward instead to the next Wilderhark book in a few months... and hoping as the series goes on that Shipley will grace us with even more details and more fun in a mixed-up fairy tale world.
Completed: August 4, 2013
Publishing Info: May 31st 2013 by Ever On Word
Source: ebook provided by author for review
Genre: Fantasy, fairy tales
Firstly, thank you to Danielle Shipley for providing me with a copy of THE SWAN PRINCE to review! If you guys don’t know Danielle, you should totally say hello on Twitter because she’s pretty awesome and just a lovely person!
Okay, now down to the review. THE SWAN PRINCE is a young adult fantasy/fairy tale novella that starts off with the young doctor Villem Deere and the mystery of a teenaged Sula who is found in the woods with her leg stuck in a bear trap. Deere feels she’s a nice enough girl, but he knows something is amiss since her skinny leg wasn’t immediately destroyed by the trap. We then get into the story of Sula, Sigmund, and Villem and how their stories intertwine and mesh with one another.
I’ve got to say… I love fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, and new invented fairy tales so THE SWAN PRINCE was right up my alley. THE SWAN PRINCE has all of your typical fairy tale “must-haves”: princes, princesses, witches, spells, mysteries, and romance. Danielle Shipley did a fantastic job of creating a fairy tale world and the characters in it. At first, I had a hard time with Sula because she was such a stubborn girl, but I realized that’s how she’s supposed to be and she needs to find a way to make a transformation… In more ways than one. I loved the insight and detective work from Villem Deere as well as sympathy and patience. And I loved the interactions between Sigmund and Sula (which I don’t want to say too much about because I don’t want to give any big plot points away)!
Danielle’s writing is beautiful — it has the sense of age with it, like this fairy tale has already been told thousands and thousands of times already and is already near and dear to so many people’s hearts. Each plot point, each twist, each word is carefully thought out and strategically placed and yet everything just flows together so lovely, lyrically, and naturally. I honestly felt like I was reading an old fairy tale that’s been in existence for years and years already. It was quite a pleasure to read!
I also really enjoyed that The Wilderhark Tales are a collection of novellas. I could have easily read Danielle’s work for many, many more pages, but the story neatly sums up in the proper amount of pages and Danielle doesn’t push to make the story longer just to make it a “proper” full-length novel. THE SWAN PRINCE is something you could easily read in one sitting and spend the rest of the day dreaming about.
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Wow, this was a wonderful read! My only real complaint was that it was so short! I enjoyed the lyrical language that Shipley used in the book.Read more