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The Stone Kingdom

(The Wilderhark Tales #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  9 reviews
“Love and prince,
Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;
For blood begins,
But naught can be put right by blood alone.”

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle to find the second half of the key to
Paperback, 179 pages
Published September 20th 2013 by Ever On Word (first published September 12th 2013)
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Emerald Barnes
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
**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
Erika Beebe
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Stone Kingdom is a highly vivid, carefully formulated story, written in a time frame similar to early fairy tale writers like Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Perrault, and the Brothers Grimm. You might have heard of The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, or Rapunzel, and if you love these types of stories with lessons about life, you’ll definitely love Shipley’s The Stone Kingdom.

The Good.
Her writing style. Clean and pointed, Shipley draws you in with her brilliant character and landsca
Michelle Proulx
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a short, sweet, and delightful novella. The heroine, Rosalba, is everything a princess should be — kind, beautiful, caring, and rather feisty on top of that. She falls into the classic fairy tale trap of doing something she really shouldn’t, and the kingdom pays the price for her mistake. Luckily, help arrives in the form of the chubby but helpful tailor Edgwyn — an endearing young man who is probably my favourite character in the story. He’s everything you want in a fairy tale prince, ...more
Michael A. Gunter
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are many fairy-tale rewrites. Some are good, some aren't. Some are funny, others are tragedies. Some are strictly rewrites, while others delve to far into the 'mushier' side of the romance (for me).

"The Stone Kingdom", however, is a gem. The mix of several fairy tales is clever and natural, as is the blend of humor and romance. The comedy never overwhelms the plot, while the romance never feels forced.

The best part of this story is the characters. Most fairy tales introduce their character
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
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 mys
Kimberly Kay
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
A worthy sequel to The Swan Prince, I found this story as riveting as the first book. Again, the same complaint with the first book was that it was too short! As mentioned in the first review I feel Shipley does a wonderful job writing in a lyrical, fairy tale manner. I do feel that the ending was rushed and cut short. I would have loved to see how things played out to the end. Instead the author cuts things short. Nice and clean I suppose but left me wanting more and wondering what happened to ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can sum up this review easily: The Stone Kingdom is great, but not quite as great as its predecessor. It was a quick and pleasant read, which I enjoyed from beginning to end, but it didn’t leave quite as large an impression in me as The Swan Prince did. Even so, it’s a fine book in its own right and is very much worthy as a sequel, so I’d very much recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first book.

This time, the story follows Ursula’s daughter, Rosalba, as she strives to free her kingdom from
Amy Aelleah
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first one! The biggest 'problem' I had with the first one - really nothing more than a learning curve to get around - was the way the pov would follow different characters throughout a scene. Kind of like movies/shows do. Well, with this book, the perspective only switches - I think - at the beginning of chapters. Which made me very happy.

I love the characters at least as much as the first book and can't wait to see what comes next!
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Danielle E. Shipley – author of fairy tales retold, legends reimagined, and other expressions of wishful thinking. In the past, she’s worked as a librarian in a kindergarten, a Towne Crier in a Renaissance Faire, and a butler in Germany. In another universe, she’s a tenor on Broadway, a wandering minstrel, or at the very least a Dark Lord singing about world domination. Born, raised, and homeschoo ...more

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