BOOK 1: The Swan Prince by Danielle E. Shipley
The Stone Kingdom description:
“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 her kingdom’s restoration.
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.
A great improvement on the first book… this one achieved all that she was trying to beforehand… it is connected to the first for it deals with Sula and Deere’s daughter, Rosalba… it was funny and witty and the tale flowed so well… moving at a quick pace but giving you time to see the characters growth and change and it felt much more real in this case… what I loved best about this book was that it wasn’t just a retelling of a fairy tale… there are different ones all tangled up leaving you wondering how it will all come together… you go in thinking this will be Rapunzel… or maybe Sleeping Beauty… Cinderella? There were so many flowing through it it was like living in the world of the Grimm Brothers, never knowing where the next turn may take you… I couldn’t put it down and thoroughly enjoyed the world of curses and silly demands… and I hope the next book is just as good…