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  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird; Reissue edition (April 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141312629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141312620
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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NO ONE REALLY KNEW where Peri lived the year after the sea took her father and cast his boat, shrouded in a tangle of fishing net, like an empty shell back onto the beach. Read the first page
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Patricia A. McKillip. I have totally fallen asleep reading some of her novels, and I have been totally entranced by some of her other novels. It's a rocky relationship. For example, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld . It's a beautiful fantastical piece of work. I was desperate enough to buy it though the only cover version that was available at that time was the uglier, 'computerized/C.G.-looking' one. This was back when I was paranoid about internet shopping because of the possibility of fraud and stuff. Anyway, other works she's written include Ombria in Shadow , Od Magic, The Tower at Stony Wood. I didn't like these, or I guess, I wasn't able to appreciate these works. She writes beautifully in them, no doubt, with liquid flowing, dream-like prose. But, while I read those works, I would fall asleep almost right away. And I would be confused as I fell asleep. Then, I'd wake up and hate myself for having fallen asleep over a book that had so much potential, not to mention good taste in cover art (usually Kinuko Y. Craft, I believe). So, I end up either avoiding her work or loving it.

Anyway, I recently re-read The Changeling Sea. It's on the 'loving' side of the relationship. The story is about a young girl, Peri, who's family has fallen apart because, she believes, of the sea. In a fit of anger, Peri throws these hexes into the sea and curses it. Soon after, all these strange things begin to happen and Peri's faded, disconnected life is suddenly full of intrigue and meaning and color.

It's such a lovely little slip of a book that I can carry in my purse. The story's a simple story and can be read in a dedicated few hours. It's got the 'little sea-side treasure' feel to it. It's ultimately a story about the Peri and all the magic and lore of the sea.
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By elfdart TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 25 2008
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this was a great story. i love this author, she just has a certain style that brings whatever she says to another level. this said, the story isn't perfect. the major relationships between the main character and those around her aren't very strong, not strong enough anyways. at the end, not to spoil it, but she asks someone to come back for her, but the relationship between them wasn't strong enough for her to ask that of him... or at least we the readers weren't privy to it. they don't have to be ridiculously close or anything, the perceived distance between the characters is fine, but the draw between characters must make sense to the reader. if the author spent more time fleshing out relationships i think the story would've been better, because the relationships are very compelling, we just know too little of them. peri says she enjoyed certain people's company because they needed her. unless she is so weak and needy that someone recognizing her existence would make her go crazy, which i don't think she was, there is a part of the story the readers don't know about, or have to fabricate for themselves. so in a way it felt like she was grasping at straws, and the introductions of some characters, namely the workers at the inn, were kind of awkward.
criticism aside, it was a wonderful story. the plot was well thought out and kept me interested. i thought the author did a great job of characterizing the sea. Kir was a great emphasis for this because he was half of the sea himself, so we had the sea both as itself and humanized in Kir. periwinkle was ok, not the strongest heroine but compelling in her own way. i liked her name though, periwinkle, you get few characters with such whimsical names.
it was a great story though. it was short, i read it in a couple of hours, and it left me feeling kind of whimsical .
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By A Customer on July 18 2004
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I've fully read 6 of McKillip's other books and this is definitely the best one yet. It was very difficult to put down, but I made myself do it, because I didn't want the story to end. The dreamlike quality of it was appropriately intoxicating, similar to Winter Rose.
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By Spy Groove on June 27 2004
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Just simply by opening the first page, you won't be able to leave the book alone.
From an unlikely heroine to the deep feeling weaved through the story, it makes you appreciate what a high fantasy story is really about. The Changeling Sea is definitely not a simple seem-too-simple story!!
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This is my favorite of Patricia's books (I have only read two of her books). I loved the main and supporting characters in this amazing book they had strong details in their characters. Also this book had an original plot that no one can resist and it is a good quick read! I loved it!!
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After all the mysterious and marvelous and occasionally sad events, I thought that the end was a bit- well, I thought I missed something. So I read it over a couple of times. And I found out I had not missed anything. The ending simply left me hanging. I wanted to know more.
And the romance between the magician and Peri is a little obtuse... You only notice in the last little few chapters of the book.
Other than that, it was a marvelous book, well written. It kept me floating, and I didn't sink below the realm of fantasy into the real world a single bit. (Pardon, that was the best analogy I could think up.) It was a fantasy world that was truly a fantasy world, and the text was appropriately dreamlike. And even though it was funny, it was funny in a good kind of way, not a way that would destroy the atmospere. I will read more of her books, and a sincerely recommend this one.
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