Changeling Prince

Changeling Prince

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by Vivian Vande Velde
     
 
Welland was less than a slave. Slaves are human, and he was wolf,  allowed to assume human form only when it suited the sorceress Daria.

Daria kept an army of changelings — mostly wolf but some lynx or weasel, a bear or two, and at least one rat. She used them to hunt and kill. And sometimes to pretend to be human, so she could pretend to be a

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Welland was less than a slave. Slaves are human, and he was wolf,  allowed to assume human form only when it suited the sorceress Daria.

Daria kept an army of changelings — mostly wolf but some lynx or weasel, a bear or two, and at least one rat. She used them to hunt and kill. And sometimes to pretend to be human, so she could pretend to be a lady.

Weiland hated the lie almost as much as he hated the truth. Then he met a burglar, a thief named Shile, who offered to help him steal what he had never owned. His own troubled soul...

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy Eaton
Weiland lives a life of uncertainty. As a cub he was transformed from a wolf to a child by capricious sorceress Daria, who lives in a remote fortress. Now a young man-most of the time-he and the rest of the company exist at Daria's whim, never knowing when her displeasure will turn them back into their original animal forms. Every action, every response, every decision must be weighed carefully: what will irritate Daria the least? Daria's decision to move into town raises a whole new set of unfamiliar experiences. Weiland tentatively finds his way amid the townspeople and reluctantly befriends Shile, a thief, after they unexpectedly rescue each other from a dangerous situation. Weiland's growing revulsion and horror at Daria's increasingly wicked actions eventually compel him to take a stand against her. This fantasy follows Vande Velde's recent trend away from the more lighthearted tone of her earlier novels. Complex sentences require careful reading. Weiland's detailed agonies of indecision evoke compassion in the reader: everything could go either way; there are no right choices. The level of blood and violence increases throughout the book, without seeming gratuitous. While the title is confusing (there is no mention of "prince"), the plot raises thoughtful questions about individual responsibility. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061057052
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)

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Changeling Prince 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Changeling Prince, to my suprise, had nothing to do with a prince. It is about a wolf under a spell, that mankes him look human. The wolf, Weiland, is more human than wolf. When his mistress, the sorceress Daria, decides to move, she causes havoc in the city. Weiland must decide whether to die a wolf, die as a man, or live, and destroy lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is humanity the state of being human or having a conscience? In this tale of transformation and mental inprisonment, Weiland battles the diacotomy of his cruel human-born mistress and his own conscience within a wolf-born body. Highly recommended! I read it three times in the week I first picked it up off the library shelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't all that great. It was okay, but I wouldn't specially recommend it to anyone. But if you don't have anything else to read, it's okay. It's about a young man that was once a wolf, but now is a man. Whenever his mistress, Daria, wants to make him wolf again, she does so to punish him, anytime, anywhere. When she decides to live with "civilized" company, she begins to move her animal-men to a town. As she plots to kill the innocent to get ahead, the wolf-man must decide what is most important; his humanhood, or the lives of many innocent people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Befor last summer I never even considered touching a book unless it was force feed to me. I went to the library to get a drink from the fountain and decied to look around. I soon found myself on the 3rd chapter of Compains of the Night (also by V.V.V.) Soon after I read that book (4 times in one month) I checked out The Changeling Prince along with the Conjuer Princess. I couldn't put either of them down. I was lost in the ways and thoughts of Weiland. I deaply suggest reading any of the 3 or any book by V.V.V. Her books are well writen and have inspired me to write short stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good book for someone who's not sure they'll enjoy fantasy novels. This book mixes magic and medieval times, so there aren't many discriptions of magical items. The book has a wonderful plot, and you really get to feel what Weiland is feeling; The unsureness of Daria, anger and fear towards her, confusion, strength... This books is the 'sequel' to the Conjurer Princess, but it is actually a prequel, as it takes place before that book. I recomend this to everyone, because it is truly enjoyable.