HARVEST OF CHAGELINGS by Warren Richelle, cover art by Matt Hughes. Urbana, IL; Golden Gryphon Press; 2007. 1st edition hardcover.
Ten years ago Ben Tyson, a librarian living in Garner, NC, met and loved Valeria, a Daoine Sidhe woman. Valeria's death left Ben to raise their child, Malachi, alone, and for ten years the two of them lived a fairly ordinary life. Everything changed when Malachi turned ten and began to manifest his fey powers, but without the control a full-blooded fairy would have. Ben has to get his son through the nearest gate to Faerie before these powers kill him. But, where is the gate? Where are the other three children Malachi dreams of earth, fire, and water to his air? Why are there reports of such things as dragon sightings and why are bookstores selling out of titles on the occult and witchcraft? All Ben knows is the date the gate can next be opened, Halloween. What he doesn't know is that the powers in Faerie have called home the descendents of changelings left here generations ago. Ben doesn't know there are evil forces in both universes trying to prevent this return.
More than a straightforward fairy tale, this is a story of the Other: those who are different physically, mentally, and in their lifestyles. The four part-fairy children are taunted by their classmates because of these differences; two have been abused by their parents. All four are outsiders. As they find each other, they find they must learn how to survive together, and unite to overcome the apathy and prejudice of humans, as well as the evil Fomorii.
"Harvest of Changelings is an original and fascinating blend of Faerie and Christian belief, with a final battle that will leave you tingling. Classic fantasy as it should be written."
Nancy Kress, three-time Nebula winner, author of the Probability series.
"A lonely librarian watches his golden-haired, beautiful neighbor fly joyously in a storm . . . a boy discovers that he can will the hands on a clock to move forward and let out class early for the day . . . a hungry young man yearns for the power to control others and finds it in pursuit of black magic . . . Warren Rochelle's new novel sweeps us into itself with a sharp, clear story, strong writing, and glittering characters. His world fuses a modern landscape of lonely, orphaned people with the wonder of an ancient mythos of faerie and magic. I felt as if I could fly myself."
Jim Grimsley, author of the 2000 Lambda Literary Award in Fantasy for Kirith Kirin.
"Manly Wade Wellman dowsed for magic in the North Carolina mountains; Warren Rochelle targets a far more unlikely patch of the Tar Heel landscape the suburban tramping ground of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and taps a gusher straight from the realm of Faerie."
Andy Duncan, author of the World Fantasy Award-winning Beluthahatchie and Other Stories.
"When universes collide the world of humanity and the world of Faerie there will be fireworks. Harvest of Changelings captures the suspense and excitement of that fateful clash with bright vividness. Along with the pyrotechnics, we find a cast of strong and sympathetic characters that I would want to have on my side. Perhaps a new beatitude is discovered: the broken shall mend the earth. Warren Rochelles new novel is a beautiful, dangerous experience."
Fred Chappell, two-time World Fantasy Award winner, author of I am One of You Forever.
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