TPG reviews: The Surrogate Sea, by Danielle E. Shipley
Another fine Wilderhark entry
My rating: 9/10
The Surrogate Sea is a true gem of a novella, perfect for picking up at the end of a long day. Danielle Shipley’s writing flows as smoothly as ever here, resulting in a nice quick read that will easily be over in just a few days. Lovers of fairy tales should pick it up at once, as should lovers of anything that is just a little bit different.
This novella is, in essence, a love story – and one in which nearly everyone involved has severe personality flaws. Characters pursue their desire for love with little regard for their peers, while others plot and scheme behind the scenes. Things quickly spiral out of control, and the narrative pulls no punches as to the consequences. I was kept guessing right the way through, and found myself rooting for a number of different characters as the story progressed.
This is, I should point out, the sixth book in a series; as such, it’s really best to start from the first book rather than here. Even so, you do not have to have read the earlier books in the series to understand this one. The characters and setting are both introduced in such a way as to let new readers leap right on in.
So go ahead and leap into the world of Wilderhark, and enjoy the ride.