Once a horse, still learning human ways...only Dun Lady's Jess has the insight--and heart--to save her world from a rogue wizard bent on revenge.
"Durgin tells this deeply insightful and touching tale with a deft clarity. Her eye for detail will delight and astonish you..." --Hypatia's Hoard ~~~~~
Jess, once a horse called Dun Lady's Jess, is still struggling to integrate her human and equine selves when the wizard Arlen discovers someone in Camolen is callously turning wild creatures into bewildered and maddened human slaves.
It's unsettling enough that Camolen's wizards can't find the rogue magic user--but the trouble has just started. A dangerous wizard escapes, Arlen's hold comes under attack, and an entire company of peacekeepers disappears. Jess soon realizes that she and her friends are at the center of events that threaten to leave her trapped helplessly in equine form while her friends fall victim to revenge and the Council of Wizards slowly loses control of Camolen.
Other books in this series: Barrenlands, Dun Lady's Jess, Changespell Legacy
"Doranna Durgin is one of the freshest new voices in fantasy fiction. Her style is clean, uncluttered, and effortless. Changespell is a full-bore, straight-ahead, fast and furious read. I want more!" --Jennifer Roberson, author of the Karavans and Sword Dancer series
Praise for Dun Lady's Jess (Book I)
"....Dun Lady's Jess is unique. Durgin has created a character who is utterly believable as both horse and horse-in-human-body. The setup is brilliant: the magic that causes the transformation is not in the horse, but external, and the creature that is Dun Lady's Jess must adapt, must find an identity that works in both paradigms. Humans who encounter her, in either body, must also adapt to the reality that created her and that she represents. She cannot be, any longer, just another mare...she cannot be, ever, just another woman...." --Excerpt from Elizabeth Moon's Forward for Dun Lady's Jess
"A thrill ride with a fantasy twist, neatly done by a knowledgeable author - short, sweet, and paced at a gallop, Dun Lady's Jess can't help but to win you over." --Janny Wurts
"Horses, heroics, and magic--a great combination! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dun Lady's Jess, a spirited and daring novel. I couldn't put it down." --Kristen Britain, author of the Green Rider series
"Dun Lady's Jess is a wonderful read for those who are horse fans and those who are just plain fantasy fans or fans of great writing." --Josepha Sherman, bestselling author/editor
"Dun Lady's Jess is everything a great fantasy ought to be: Exciting, moving, and utterly original. Doranna Durgin has spun a marvelous tale, set it in a world that feels as real as our own, and populated that world with characters who will stay with you long after you read the final page. An excellent book, which I highly recommend." --David Coe, author of Winds of the Forelands & the LonTobyn Chronicle
"Jess is a tale of wonderfully diverse and riveting characters embroiled in extraordinary events, told with a deftness and care few authors can achieve. Once you begin, you won't be able to put it down until you know what happens -- and then you'll wish it never stopped. I highly recommend it." --Diana Pharoah Francis, author of Path of Blood
"Dun Lady's Jess is an adventure story with heart. It's a unique idea, imaginatively explored. The characters are charming, and humanly flawed. The accurate equestrian touches are a pleasure to encounter, and Jess' reactions, particularly while she's still getting her feed under her, are surprisingly yet completely believable. Doranna Durgin offers the reader an unusual viewpoint of impressive versimilitude." --Vonda McIntyre, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of The Moon and the Sun
Doranna's quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey since that her first award-winning novel, spanning genres over 35 novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories.
Beyond that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided...
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Reviews for Changespell
In Camelon, the nasty wizard Willand has escaped and is up to her old tricks, and it's once again going to fall to Jess, Carey, Jaime and their friends to stop her. Since the events of Dun Lady's Jess, Jess and her foor-footed alter-ego Lady have mostly come to terms with the Changespell that rendered a courier's fleet-footed mare a two-legged human. Now working at a courier stable in Kymmet, Jess has learned to change herself into Lady, but finds Lady's dependence on others to transform back distressing. Also distressing is her unrequited affection for Carey. When a newly Changed man appears on Arlen's lands, Jess, as the only other known Changed human, along with her companions is thrown back into the thick of things. Someone is attempting to create an army of Changed, and this time, saving the world depends on Lady.A solid follow-up to the series opener, and with plot roots hearkening back to Durgin's earlier Barrenlands.read more
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