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Sea Change

by S.M. Wheeler

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Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler
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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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"Starred Review. 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." - Publishers Weekly

"A weird, operatic coming-of-age fantasy streaked with sexuality, pain and heroism." - Kirkus Reviews

"Sea Change is the very best kind of fairy tale: sharp, shimmering, thorny, and true. A beautiful debut about monsters, friendship, and the blurry lines between." - Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin

"A harrowing fairy tale of loss, sacrifice, and growth." - Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead

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S.M. Wheeler

S.M. Wheeler lives in California. This is her first novel.

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