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' 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' 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 powerful debut from a young fantasy author, S.M. Wheeler's Sea Change is an exhilarating tale of adventure, resilience, and selflessness in the name of friendship.
"Wheeler' s stunning debut is a sophisticated fantasy whose lush descriptions, lyrical dialogue, and engaging structure are reminiscent of the very best fairy tales. This profoundly beautiful evolution of fairy tale elements will have readers eagerly awaiting Wheeler' s next book." (Publishers Weekly)
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The story deserved a better rating from me
Yes, because there is nothing particularly horrible about either, I will give more details below.
The story was creative, interesting, and unique, but p l o d d i n g.
There was a pause
between every sentence
that a more experienced performer
would put between every
It made the pacing
OK I am glad that Audible asked about editing, because here this the main reason that I gave this audiobook ratings in the pits.
The book "ends" halfway into the second half, after the sooper dramatic death of some baddie we have never heard of before, and the emotional burial scene of said stranger. Turns out, there are entire sections missing from the book. Poof. They just never showed up in the reading. Or did they? Some missing chapters seen to be there after the copyright info is read into the record, suddenly the story resumes ~~ somewhere.
This is a faulty recording and needs to be recalled/amended. I know somebody reads these reviews before they are published, so I will say this now. I intend to return this book if Audible does not recall this recording and fix this problem.
Too bad for the author, who is the one whose name is ultimately associated with a middling narrator and a suxxor recording.
Give writers some power over the performance and publication of audiobooks. We would get less dross in the marketplace.