I love this book, and have read it many times since I first read it when i was in my teens. The most important thing about this book is the way it reinvents the traditional faerytale form and imbues it with a deeper and more beautiful magic. THE CHANGELING SEA is a story about love, and loss, and also about the beauty and danger of the sea. Most of all, it is about people and the way they hide themselves or find themselves. The story wanders through the lives of a gypsey magician, two changeling Princes, a sea monster, a Faery Queen of the Sea and the mourning King of a sea-locked kingdom. It's most impiortant character is Peri (Periwinkle), a young girl who's father and mother have been taken from her by the sea in different ways. Her father lost in a storm and his fishing boat washed up on the beach. Her mother retreated into a dream of the kingdom under the ocean where her husband, she believes, may still live. It is Peri's anger and yearning which cause the magic of the sea to begin to unravel, and eventually cause a sea-change in the lives of many others, both hgih and low.