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Sea Change

Sea Change

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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.
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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Publish date: Jun 18, 2013
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Tis is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events por-trayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are usedfictitiously.SEA CHANGECopyright © 2013 by Shannon M. Wheeler All rights reserved. A or Book Published by om Doherty Associates, LLC175 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10010  ww.tor-forge.com or
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is a registered trademark of om Doherty Associates, LLC.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data  Wheeler, S. M.Sea Change / S.M. Wheeler.—First edition.p. cm.“A om Doherty Associates book.”ISBN 978-0-7653-3314-8 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4299-6733-4 (e-book)1. Kraken—Fiction. 2. Friendship—Fiction. 3. Quests(Expeditions)—Fiction. 4. Fantasy fiction. I. itle.PS3623.H447S43 2013813'.6—dc232012043818or books may be purchased for educational, business, or promotional use. Forinformation on bulk purchases, please contact Macmillan Corporate and Pre-mium Sales Department at 1-800-221-7945 extension 5442 or write specialmarkets@macmillan.com.First Edition: June 2013Printed in the United States of America 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 
 Acid flowed at the table more often than wine and had long since ceased to cause Lilly alarm; her attention remained on the soupeven as Father asked, “Does the thought of me still pain your head,love?” 
Cool, Mother replied, “I fear I am coming down with somestrange illness, for I suffer still. I should go to the baths and—”His habit was to swallow such lies with a drought of the li-quor at hand, but tonight the bottle had been emptied already.“And by what means will you have a child of mine while rest-ing there?” He laughed, a deep, drink-rough noise. “Mourning the parting, will you lie with me the night before—then abort whatever is thus got and have a bastard by another man, toreturn to this house and claim—”“Lilly.” Mother looked to her, fire on her tongue such thatall her husband’s anger seemed but sparks. Here was not the woman who called Lilly 
sweetheart 
and cradled her face be-tween her hands; in such a temper, she looked taller than

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Publishers Weekly reviewed this
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, had 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. Each step of the quest transforms and changes her, and as she encounters witches, bandits, and trolls, she reinvents herself. Unfailingly polite yet possessing an iron will, Lilly overcomes numerous trials, but the cost is great. With an almost poetic sensibility, Wheeler explores gender, sexuality, friendship, and love, offering up complex characters and emotional depth all laced with subtle magic. This profoundly beautiful evolution of fairy tale elements will have readers eagerly awaiting Wheeler's next book. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2013-04-29, Publishers Weekly
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Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.allthingsuf.comSEA CHANGE takes the alien brutality of Grimm’s tales, washes them smooth and small with the hush of the sea, and transmutes the familiar pieces of magic and friendship, villainy and madness, love and happily ever after into something altogether new. Haunting, heart wrenching, and beautiful, SEA CHANGE is a book I won’t soon forget… or entirely understand.The story opens with a young Lilly and Octavius, human and kraken, each sharing glimpses of their own worlds with their best friend. Just as any young children try to decode the lives and strange rules of the adults around them, they each trade stories about land and sea. Spying on a village at Midsummer Festival or watching merpeople kill and devour their prey, to this young pair it all seems exotic. To a fantasy reader, both sides of the exchange will have their familiar elements, but all of it takes on a new and alien beauty when viewed through the smokey sea glass of Wheeler’s prose. Like our own world, SEA CHANGE can be both beautiful and terrible, and the characters around Lilly are as mysterious and nuanced and broken as any true adult.I am not a fan of sad endings in books, especially when I feel I’ve emotionally suffered alongside the characters for no reason. Though SEA CHANGE is dark and realistic, though wounds don’t miraculously heal and true sacrifices are made, it also offers a sense of beauty and truth. It hurts when something precious is lost, but the act of loving it in the first place is its own kind of gift. Not a book for children, but rather, a book that reminds adults of the pain and beauty of being a child. Wheeler tempted me to fall in love, to feel once more the youthful, pure passion of a childhood best friend, and that gift is worth all the growing pains in the world.Sexual Content: Kissing, references to sex, an attempted rape.
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
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, had 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. Each step of the quest transforms and changes her, and as she encounters witches, bandits, and trolls, she reinvents herself. Unfailingly polite yet possessing an iron will, Lilly overcomes numerous trials, but the cost is great. With an almost poetic sensibility, Wheeler explores gender, sexuality, friendship, and love, offering up complex characters and emotional depth all laced with subtle magic. This profoundly beautiful evolution of fairy tale elements will have readers eagerly awaiting Wheeler's next book. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2013-04-29, Publishers Weekly
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