Sea Change - S. M. Wheeler
By S.M. Wheeler (Blog, Twitter, Goodreads)
A Tor Hard Cover
On Sale: June 18, 2013
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The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.
Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly's quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.
A powerfully written debut from a young fantasy author, Sea Change is an exhilarating tale of adventure, resilience, and selflessness in the name of friendship.
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This was a very interesting read for me, it is most certainly one of the most original that I have read in a long time. I have never read a book which features a Kraken and I really loved Octavius in this book. He was such a wonderful and kind character that it was impossible to dislike him. This fairy tale-esque story is incredibly moving and emotional - I found myself praying that Lilly would succeed throughout. Sea Change is eloquently written with the use of truly poetical language. It was a beautiful read; I haven't read a book this beautifully written in a long time.
Sea Change follows the journey of Lilly through adolescence as she is shunned by her father because of her love of the sea and her true friend, Octavius. A tale which is heartbreaking to read, we see the impact of the rough family life that she had upon her and how she reacts upon being thrown out of the family. The turning point of the novel is when Octavius is captured and Lilly must complete several quests in order to free him once again. The impact of this on Lilly is incredible as we see her transform from a young and dreamy girl to a tough and hard working character. Not once does she lose sight of the importance of freeing the Kraken.
I loved the tension the novel held and the constant questions I had running through my mind. What characters can we trust? What is the next step? Can she successfully complete this quest? It was a really lovely read. Ocassionally I found the book to be a little murky (which is why it is a 3*) but I did enjoy the read. It dealt with many issues such as expectations, adolescence, gender, prejudice and is certainly well worth a read! The ending unveils many shocking facts and we learn of reasoning behind many of the occurrences within Sea Change.
A fantasy novel which is guaranteed to tug on your heart strings, I definitely recommend this.
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