Another Late Breaking Book Review!

9 Aug

We at the Grimm Report had the honor of reviewing the next book in the Wilderhark Tales by author Danielle E. Shipley, The Stone Kingdom. Rather than risk a riot among our staff again over who got first crack on the advanced reader copy, we hired out someone whose known to have held a vast collection of literary classics, The Beast. Unfortunately his wife Belle unloaded the collection in a garage sale prior to a move to the suburbs. Now The Beast fumbles around his e-reader, scratching the surface now and again with his paws. But we digress.

What did The Beast think of The Stone Kingdom? Miss Shipley’s first foray into fairytales was a great success. Her second appears to be easily as good, if not better. And yes, Miss Shipley, you may quote us on that.

The Stone Kingdom is a charming tale from the creative mind of Danielle E. Shipley. It’s main plot involves a young princess, Rosalba, whose threatened by an evil witch that promises to throw the girls life into turmoil by the age of fifteen. Despite the King’s and Queen’s best efforts, a curse befalls Rosalba, trapping her in a tower while subjects of the kingdom turn to stone. A traveling tailor, Edgwyn, happens upon the kingdom and Rosalba. He aids her in her quest to break the curse, fostering a friendship between the two along the way. While I won’t give away the solution, I will say that the conclusion was very satisfying. And for me, somewhat relatable.

I did have the good fortune of conversing with Miss Shipley over the Twitter. I tweeted. A first for The Beast. Anyway, Miss Shipley has spent a number of years developing a passion for writing fantasy. Her enthusiasm comes through in her stories, which are themselves a celebration of the fairytale genre. In fact her upcoming third book of the Wilderhark Tales will feature her take on, “Several prominent fairytale notables.” I can’t wait to see what she has in store. May I suggest a certain furry Frenchman? Who wouldn’t love that?

The Beast


From the publisher:

Stone Kingdom Cover, front

“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.

The Stone Kingdom
Book Two 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.

About the Author:

Danielle E. Shipley Author Photo

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 young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it at

Book Details:

Full Title: “The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)”
ISBN: 978-0-9891846-1-8
Genre: Young Adult Fairytale
Length: Novella (179 pages)
Release Date: September 20th, 2013
Future availability: Paperback ( and eBook ( and
Add “The Stone Kingdom” to your Goodreads shelf today!


One Response to “Another Late Breaking Book Review!”

  1. deshipley 08/09/2013 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you, Grimm Reporters! And Beast, it was lovely meeting you via Twitter. Give my regards to Belle (who, according to at least one online quiz, is my best princess match). ;D

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