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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: 11 x 1.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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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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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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By A Customer on 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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