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Changeling Hardcover – 17 Aug 2006
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The city is portrayed with great wit and invention,(and obvious affection for the human version of New York). The inhabitants are colourful and intriguing. You also get a real feel for Faery, a twisting land with odd nonsensical rules, where life and death frequently depends upon the results of a game. And where everybody cheats. All the time.
This is a book that's suitable both for children and for adults who like fairytales. If I've rated this with only 3 stars, it's because the character of the first person narrator, Neef the changeling child, is a little too naive and simple for my own tastes. But if you enjoy classic fairytales, you'll probably like this a lot.
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Neef is a human child who was exchanged for a fairy when in her cradle. She lives in Central Park, in "New York Between," with a white rat for a fairy godmother, and a pooka for a fairy godfather. This is New York City book. The action moves all over Central Park, up to Broadway, over to Wall Street, into the harbor, and even onto the New York Between version of the subway. Neef and her new friend, known as Changeling, face dangers and use their wits and talents to survive. The resolution is satisfying, even if the last-minute save is pretty obvious, and by the end, you're really pulling for both girls to make it home.
A thoroughly fun read with a lot of energy. Note that I read the Kindle version, and it was in excellent shape as far as formatting.