Shapechanger's Song

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Shapechangers

They were the Cheysuli, a race of magical warriors gifted with the ability to assume animal shape at will. For centuries they had been allies to the King of Homana, treasured champions of the realm. Until a king’s daughter ran away with a Cheysuli liege man and caused a war of annihilation against the Cheysuli race. Twenty-five years later the Cheysuli were hunted exiles in their own land, feared for their sorcery, their ...

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Overview


Shapechangers

They were the Cheysuli, a race of magical warriors gifted with the ability to assume animal shape at will. For centuries they had been allies to the King of Homana, treasured champions of the realm. Until a king’s daughter ran away with a Cheysuli liege man and caused a war of annihilation against the Cheysuli race. Twenty-five years later the Cheysuli were hunted exiles in their own land, feared for their sorcery, their shapechanging.

This is the story of Alix, the daughter of that ill-fated union between Homanan princess and Cheysuli warrior, and her struggle to master the call of magic in her blood, and accept her place in an ancient prophecy she cannot deny.

The Song of Homana

For five long years the land of Homana had been strangling in the grasp of a usurper king—its people ravaged by strife, poverty and despair; its magical race, the Cheysuli, forced to flee or face extermination at the hands of their evil counterparts, the sorcerous Ilhini.

The time had come for Prince Carillon, Homana’s rightful ruler, to return from exile with his Cheysuli liege man, free his land from the evil domination of the tyrant Bellam and his villainous magicians, restore the Cheysuli to their rightful position of grace, and claim his birthright. To do this, he would not only have to raise an army, but overcome the fear and prejudice of an ignorant population and answer the call of a prophecy he never chose to serve!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886779764
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Cheysuli Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Omnibus
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 815,230
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Roberson is the author of the Sword-Dancer Saga and the Chronicles of the Cheysuli, and collaborated with Melanie Rawn and Kate Elliott on the historical fantasy The Golden Key, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. She has also published three historical novels, and several in other genres. An exhibitor and breeder of Cardigan Welsh Corgis, she lives on acreage in Northern Arizona with eight dogs and two cats. She is currently working on the third Karavans novel, with prologue available at her website, http://www.cheysuli.com/author/Index.html.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2007

    amazing

    this book is extremely captivating from page one, and keeps you entranced and constantly turning the pages. the hints of 'what is yet to come' are sure to make you finish this book and eagerly read the next one. i cant wait to finish this series to see what becomes of all the beloved characters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    good start

    This is one of my favortie series' and it gets even better in the sequels (better characters are introduced)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

    Not so much...

    I was looking for a new author and found this series. I am halfway through shapechanger, and I am very frustrated. This is her first book and it is obvious by the dialogue. 191 pages in and they've had the same conversation over and over again!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    This series is in depth and keep you hooked from one book to the

    This series is in depth and keep you hooked from one book to the next. This book is unique in today's genre the shapechanger is unlike any other characters that i have encountered over the 30 yrs and hundereds of books that I have read. Don't let the cover and today shapchaner ideas of a werewolf give you preconcieved ideas. The shapechanger are an honorable race. There are four races in the series, good, bad, and two neutral, but keep an eye out as everything is now what it seems. The author has a depth of imgaination that will lead you on a journey that you will not guess how adventure will unfold like many other books of this genre.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    Redundant

    Even if I don't like a book, I aways force myself to finish it; in this case, I don't think I will ever pick it back up. The storytelling was disjointed, repetitive, and entirely too long-winded. However, my biggest complaint was the senseless turmoil between the two main characters (whom were extremely one-note). I hate writing harsh reviews like this, but despite the great initial idea, I just didn't like it. That said, Roberson's Tiger and Del series was extremely fun and memorable, and totally worth the read. For great books on animal affinities, check out "Moon Called" by Patricia Briggs (werecreatures), the "Immortals" series by Tamora Pierce. You might even like a young adult series by K.A. Applegate known as the "Animorphs" series.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Still my Favorite

    I have had this book in my own personal library for nearly 5 years. Whenever I run out of something interesting to read I fall back onto this series. It has everything a person could want in a long lasting enjoyable story. I will always recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    bookworm

    I really enjoyed this book and the entire series. The series was a bit long and did tend to overlap information, but I'm sure Roberson was just trying to keep the facts organized. There is so much detail and depth in the characters and the story. I am sad that I am done with the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    -Mystifying-

    Fabulous! That's all you basically have to say for this book. I was rummaging through my sister's piles of Fantasy books, and this one caught my eye. This book is very unique in the way it was developed by the author, and I highly recommend it for a good fantasy read! Trust me, I'm a scifi/fantasy fan and this one will be good enough to make space in your bookshelves. Simply Outstanding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    WOW!

    Why I haven't heard more on this book or the series is beyond me. This book and the whole series for that matter is one of the finest pieces of literature I have ever read. Roberson draws the reader in and paints a picture of grand proportion in their mind. If you want to read one of the most amazing stories ever written then the Shapechangers song is it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    A Lasting Story

    I am fairly new to fantasy fiction, but I think the Cheysuli series must be one of the best out there. It has a real timelessness to it, noble characters and some of the best themes in literature -- tolerance, loyalty, honor. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    Amazing series

    I was fortunate enough to stumble across this series after the release of the omnibus versions (saving me the torture of trying to find out-of-print versions). What an amazing series. I am not, by habit,a fan of sci-fi or fantasy, but I was hooked! The series moves at a good pace, with every attention paid to detail, and the characters are incredibly well written. They are so complex and textured, that I finished the series over a year ago and can still picture what each character would look like, thanks to the authors marvelous depictions. Please hurry with the 'prequel' and any other additions to this great series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Outstanding

    This is the BEST book I have ever read, and is my favourite out of all 8 books. "Shapechanger" made me laugh, cry ... I got so attached to every single one of the characters ~ Jennifer Roberson weaves an amazing tale and brings to life an outstanding and itneresting world.

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