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Changeling Sea [Mass Market Paperback]

Patricia A Mckillip
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April 1 2003 Firebird Fantasy
Since the day her father's fishing boat returned without him, Peri and her mother have mourned his loss. Her mother sinks into a deep depression and spends her days gazing out at the sea. Unable to control her anger and sadness any longer, Peri uses the small magic she knows to hex the sea. And suddenly into her drab life come the King's sons-changelings with strange ties to the underwater kingdom-a young magician, and, finally, love.

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The sea has taken everything away from Periwinkle; it has drowned her fisherman father and left her mother barely able to cope. So Periwinkle, a chambermaid at the inn of a small fishing village, decides to hex the sea. It works surprisingly well, disrupting the sea queen's magic. A chained sea monster appears from the depths, and the king's melancholy son, Kir, nearly drowns trying to get to the country under the sea. With the help of the magician Lyo, Periwinkle uncovers and reverses the sea queen's curse. Beautifully sustained metaphors and an even tone make this fantasy, like McKillip's The Forgotten Beasts of Eld , a pleasure to read. Further, McKillip's deft characterization and smooth, tender resolution result in a memorable, often poignant novel. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 6 Up An enchanting fantasy that is tinged with realism and romance, set in an ordinary, pre-industrial fishing village, with a heroine seen by herself and everyone else as even less than ordinaryan unkempt and uncared for child turning woman in spite of herself. Peri's fifteenth year has been a difficult one. First her fisherman father was lost at sea, then her mother became so haunted by the loss that she stopped caring for and communicating with Peri, and finally even the old woman whom Peri relied on for comfort disappeared. Peri spends her days scrubbing floors at the local inn and trying to hex the sea for causing her losses. When the King and his retinue come to the island, unhappy Prince Kir comes to Peri's lonely beach and begs her help in delivering his message to the sea. Strange things begin happening in the sea, including the appearance of a huge sea dragon held captive by a golden chain, and the villagers ask a magician for help. With Peri's help, he unravels the tangle of events and results that began more than 17 years ago, when the king loved a sea-woman but married a human queen. Peri's coming of age and coming to terms with herself and her surroundings are an important part of the story. Lyo, the magician, is a human sort of magician, wise but skeptical, powerful but also vulnerable. What begins with isolated and occasionally jarring events and appearances gradually enfolds the village and the story in a fog of mystery and magic that clears only when the situation is resolved via Lyo's wisdom and Peri's love. Rewarding and engaging. Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, Pa.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Magical, but a little anticlimax June 13 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical, moving, enchanting: vintage McKillip July 22 1999
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A magical, moving, and completely original story, peopled with quirkily charming characters. Unlike most fantasy novels, this isn't about wielding swords and spells to save the world, but about the power and wonder of both magic and human relationships. Peri is a likable, offbeat heroine, and the choice she makes regarding the three men who come into her life, the magician, the prince, and the sea dragon, is believable and heartwarming. All the characters, even the most minor ones, have their own lives and agendas, bringing to life the vividly imagined setting of a fishing village on the edge of enchantment. Dialogue is sometimes poetic, sometimes funny, but always well-phrased. The balance in this book between the little moments of daily life and the beauty of magic and feeling reminded me of movies like The Secret Garden and John Sayles' The Secret of Roan Inish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McKillip on top form May 13 2003
By Liloo
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Patricia McKillip's The Book of Atrix Wolfe was the first fantasy book I ever read (in French). Years after that, I am still hooked on her books.
The Changeling Sea is at heart a fairy tale: two princes gets swapped at birth and none of them is happy with the situation, until a young girl starts meddling. It displays all of McKillip's strengths: strong characterization (every character from Carey and Mare at the inn to the sea-woman herself are wonderfully drawn, and behave convincingly), a plot that, while being vaguely familiar, is still fresh enough to make you read on, and finally, McKillip's hallmark, her style, as ethereal and beautiful as the sea itself.
Buy it, read it, and then go and buy all of McKillip's other books.
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To begin with, the main character, Peri, is not really a Cinderella. She may scrub floors, but Ms. McKillip uses Periwinkle to draw her readers into the story. She is so ordinary and so natural, that readers can easily identify with her. And in the end when she turns out to possess a special magic within herself, readers feel a little more special as well. After having fallen in love with the unreachable sea prince, she neither "lives happily ever after" nor dies as a star crossed lover. Instead she goes on to discover that princes aren't the only catches worth landing. This novel is not only fascinating to read, but it provides a setting for self discovery as well. The style is appropriate for any age of self discoverer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful. An incredibly original concept. Nov. 12 1997
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A wonderful tale narrated in a simple, but incredibly elegant style. Wizards, princes, witches... they are all here. Classical elements in a fantasy tale displayed in very original fashion. A captivating story, as much for its marvelous simplicity and ingenuity as for the masterful writing of its author. A veritable work of art which should be read and appreciated by any true fan of fantasy literature. Patricia McKillip has given us a great piece of work in this book, such originality is hard to come by in this field nowadays. Thank you Patricia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McKillip is a master... April 12 2003
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Despite the age reccomendations on this book (9 to 12), McKillip's story is a wonderful fairy tale for any reader, as are all of her other works.
The Changling Sea is an excellent combination of fantasy and reality - the balance of hard working villagers and magical beings from another world make this story not only enchanting, but lovely in its realism.
Fans of McKillip will of course love this story. For children and adults who have never read her: this is a great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's GREAT May 20 2003
By A Customer
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Beautifuly written, extremly fascinating. A story about a girl who lose the people she loved- the sea took her fisher father,and since that day her mother is gazing at the sea, not aware that she has a 15 years old daughter. determind to have her parents back, Peri is hexing the sea with a charm she learned from a wise woman she knew- an old woman who went out one day and never came back, not long after Peri's father had gone. worth reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sea, the sea, it calls to me...
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. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2010 by Sharry
4.0 out of 5 stars magical
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. Read more
Published on March 25 2008 by elfdart
5.0 out of 5 stars Best One Yet!!!
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... Read more
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hexed!!
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... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Spy Groove
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone loves a periwinkle
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... Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by Icy Vamp
5.0 out of 5 stars A sea-born fairy tale
It's a large story for such a slim book. I found this jewel hidden in the paperback shelves, saw the cover, and brought it home. It took me to the exact kind of fantasy I wanted. Read more
Published on June 2 2000 by irene
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic story for all!
Tell me who doesn't like a story with a bit of magic, monsters and romance! Well, this story has all these features and it is written so well that one never seems to lose interest. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 1997 by Michelle Nagy
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