A brand new release, I’ve not yet read this book but wanted to share because it seems such a promising fairytale adventure…I’m always enticed by a good fairytale.
The following quote is a mashup of three separate reviews that hopefully captures the full and fantastical extent of this debut novel.
From Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal Reviews:
“Wheeler’s stunning debut is a sophisticated fantasy whose lush descriptions, lyrical dialogue, and engaging structure are reminiscent of the very best fairy tales. Lilly, a nobleman’s daughter, is a solitary, resourceful, and intelligent girl, her face covered by such a potent birthmark her talents remain forever hidden to the gaping eyes of others. She has one true friend while growing up: Octavius, a gentle kraken who is closer to her than her emotionally distant parents ever could be. When Octavius is captured and sold to a circus, Lilly embarks on an epic journey to win back his freedom. Her selfless pursuit leads her to a troll in need of female organs, a witch in search of her skin, a duo of bandits looking for companionship, a landowner endowed with mystical capabilities and bewitching beauty, and Octavius himself, trapped in a circus side show. Also involved are automata, an undead corpse, a magic coat, and a mule that has been transformed into a boy named Horace, who has magic power.”
I discovered this book thanks to its ultra-cool book trailer at http://booktrailers.ning.com/video/sea-change-by-s-m-wheeler-book-trailer
My hold has been placed 🙂