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Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles Paperback – April 21, 2011
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"One of the best...books I have read in awhile." - Readers Helping Authors
"Changeling by Karen Dales was an amazing read...(it)kept me on the edge of my seat. I cant' wait to read the next one to see where his path will lead." - Sizzling Hot Books
"...full of wonderful characters... I highly recommend this book, it is very unique..."
- Paranormal Romance Guild
"In a word: AWESOME! ...you will not be disappointed." - Kyle Hannah, Author of Time Assassins.
About the Author
Karen Dales is the Award Winning Author of the widely acclaimed "The Chosen Chronicles", having won Siren Books' Award for Best Horror and Best Overall 2010. "The Chosen Chronicles" includes "Changeling", "Angel of Death", "Shadow of Death", and "Thanatos". She is currently at work on the next book in "The Chosen Chronicles" as well as a historical fiction novel.
Karen Dales teaches Creative Writing for the City of Toronto.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she shares her life with her three cats, one son and a husband.
Visit her website at karendales.com
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Boy, am I glad I gave this book a try! Dales chronicles the tale of a boy who was born very different than those around him. And because of this, his life is forfeit. But by the grace of the Good Gods, someone saves the life of this tiny child who looks so very different from everyone else around him. His new "mother" warns him of the dangers of allowing others to see him, that they will hurt them both should he ever allow himself to be seen. As you can imagine, he is seen, and a terrible tragedy changes his life forever. But all is not lost. A savior of sorts has come to help the boy to find his place in the world.
The only awkward thing I found that would pull me from the story at times was the over-use of "the boy". I understand that the author kept him nameless for a reason but I wonder if a different phrase would have made it flow a little better in some places.
But it only detracts in a minor way form the beauty of the story and the main character's struggles with unspeakable pain and watching him grow into a formidable man. I look forward to reading more from this author.
The Changeling will keep you up way past your bedtime, reading "just a little more" so you can find out what happens next.
Karen Dales is a fantastic author. You'll be doing yourself a favor by reading this novel -- whether you like vamp lit or not. It's just great fiction. Period.
Dales' particular talent is in writing scenes of great drama where you feel very strongly for the characters. Her descriptions of various physical assaults are only too real, especially the maltreatment of the boy. She's done her research of the history of the British Isles and it shows in The Changeling. It's a good dark read for creepy autumn nights when the wind is blowing and tree branches are scratching at the window.
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