Rated of 5
Haunting, and so moving!
I began this book completely convinced that I would not like it. I could not have been more wrong. This is an immediate classic, and for anyone who grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings ... well you will love this book. It is haunting, and heartbreaking ... yet beautiful!
The story alternates by chapter, telling us the journey of Henry Day, and the changeling that stole him away. The changelings steal children and change their appearance so that they can live the life of the child that they have stolen. All the while, the parents may suspect something is amiss, but cannot figure out what has changed about their child. Henry is now living the life of a changeling. Frozen in time as a child, living with a pack of other wild little changelings. They long to live again as human beings, but must wait their turn... usually a century or so. The changeling that is living Henry's life struggles with the guilt of taking over Henry's life, and the fear of being discovered for who he really is. All changelings were originally little human children who were stolen by the changelings. This is a story of longing, childhood, love, and loss.
I am amazed that this is Keith Donohue's first novel. He writes so eloquently, and the descriptive quality of his writing put me right into the world that he's created. I lost myself completely in this book. In fact I cried, unexpectedly. For anyone unsure if they are able to enjoy a book about changelings, fairies, etc,, don't let that keep you from this simply amazing work of literature.