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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Changeling Sea - Patricia A. McKillip

Read for the Once Upon a Time IV Reading Challenge.

Peri has lost both her parents to the Sea – her father when he left one morning in his fishing boat, and her mother, because she has never stopped waiting for Peri's father to come home, and no longer lives in quite the same world as Peri. That’s when Peri decides to use what little magic she knows to hex the Sea. This simple little charm brings the sons of the king into her life, and much more magic than she ever dreamed of.

I don’t have a new way to describe how much I love reading McKillip’s words. She has an amazing ability to describe beauty in everyday moments, and this book is no exception to that. Better yet, this is the book about the sea I was expecting in McKillip's Something Rich and Strange, and had been a bit disappointed not to find. This story about the sea captures everything I love about the ocean, the creatures, the mercurial nature of the waves, the colors of sky above. And though it’s both a love story and a fairy tale, it’s not a slave to those conventions, and manages to be surprising until the very end. It’s a lovely little book, and I could read it again and again.

3 comments:

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

I have not read anything by this author as of yet but have a few of her books on my list. This sounds lovely...and I am on a mermaid theme right now.. does she include them in this book?
Cheers
Shellie

DesLily said...

I've only read her Earth Sea Trilogy but you make this sound like I need to check into it. ! Good review!

Megan said...

Shellie, there are brief mentions of mermaids in the story, but the main sea characters aren't really mermaids.