Once Upon a Time #1: The Changeling Sea


My first read for Carl V’s Once Upon a Time VII challenge was Patricia McKillip’s The Changeling Sea. I love Patricia McKillip‘s writing and have read a number of her books. Her writing has been described as “lyrical” and I agree with that…she’s a wonderful storyteller with beautiful descriptions and language. This book was one of her early ones, written for young adults. It’s not my favorite of her works that I’ve read so far (that would be Something Rich and Strange!), but it was an enjoyable way to start out this reading challenge.

…there’s nothing in the world that doesn’t possess its share of magic. Even an empty shell, a lump of lead, an old dead leaf — you look at them and learn to see, and then to use, and after a while you can’t remember ever seeing the world any other way. Everything connects to something else.

Aarti, @ BookLust, highlighted this book on her blog a few years ago, and I thought it was a particularly nice review. Click here to read her review.


6 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time #1: The Changeling Sea

  1. lynnsbooks

    I also haven’t reading any of this author but am intending to do so for a challenge I’m taking part in – I was just reading another review of one of her books on this site (Ombria in Shadow) and was asking the reviewer if there is a particular one that I should start with – do you have a recommendation for my first read?
    Lynn 😀


  2. Robin Post author

    Chris, I think you’ll like her when you do.

    Lynn, I started with and loved Something Rich and Strange, and I also really enjoyed Solstice Wood. I still haven’t read what’s probably considered her major work, The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy! Enjoy! when you do start reading her.



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