BOOK 1: The Swan Prince by Danielle E. Shipley
BOOK 2: The Stone Kingdom
BOOK 3: The Seventh Spell
BOOK 4: The Song Caster
The Sun’s Rival description:
Next to the uncommon beauty of her sisters, Princess Laraspur feels invisible, until she learns the two most powerful kings in the world have their eyes fixed upon her. But the ensuing double-courtship goes horribly awry, requiring Laraspur to brave the secret perils of earth, sea, and sky, on a quest that will try the very essence of her being.
In some ways this book probably doesn’t deserve 5 stars. There aren’t any big surprises, no twists, I mean everything is basically laid out right at the beginning. And yet this book felt more like a fairy tale than any of the others. The closest fairy tale that I know to compare this to would be East of the Sun, West of the Moon, but only vaguely. Because, while the others were clearly retellings, and even going a bit silly about it at times, this wasn’t one that was glaringly obvious, if it is copying any at all. However, in the way this story is told, simply but full of the magical elements, and the journey told using 3 parts in the adventure, really makes this feel like it could’ve been something you’d find by the Grimm Brothers. Well, with a bit more developed characters. Plus I loved that this is dealing with Rosalba and Edgwyn’s children, and that it isn’t the oldest, who is the most beautiful finding a prince. Instead, it’s the 2nd oldest, who always feels in the shadow of her more beautiful sisters. Which allowed it to take the pieces of fairy tales we know so well, namely dealing with one’s beauty, and really approaching it from a new angle. Altogether, wonderfully done.