Friday, August 26, 2016

Book review - The Changelings

Title: The Changelings
Author: Christina Soontornvat
Genre: fantasy
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Summary(provided by publisher): Izzy’s family has just moved to the most boring town in the country. But as time goes on, strange things start to happen; odd piles of stones appear around Izzy’s house, and her little sister Hen comes home full of stories about the witch next door.
Then, Hen disappears into the woods. She’s been whisked away to the land of Faerie, and it’s up to Izzy to save her. Joined there by a band of outlaw Changelings, Izzy and her new friends set out on a joint search-and-rescue mission across this foreign land which is at turns alluringly magical and utterly terrifying.

My opinion: I'm not entirely sure this book has enough world-building. Fantasy novels depend on the reader's ability to understand a fictional location. We get a simple explanation here but nothing with any depth. I'd have liked a better understanding of the world of Avahlon, it's intricacies and the way humans and faeries relate to one another.
On the positive side, characters have a decent level of depth. The grow in small ways, begin to understand one another better.
I'd say its a good choice for budding fantasy fans, less so for those who already read the genre intensively.

More information: The Changelings releases September 1.
Advanced reader copy provided by NetGalley.

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