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The Changeling Prince (Spellbound #1)

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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 almo

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Harpercollins
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This and The Conjurer Princess are two of my favorite books of all time.
Liz Winn
Weiland, a lonely, subdued teenager, has been serving the sorceress Daria in her isolated mountain household for as long as he can remember. There are very few solid facts he knows about his life: one, is that he's probably around 16 years old. Another, is that he may have been born a wolf. But the thing he definitely knows for certain is that each and every day, his life, and those of his fellow servants, is constantly in mortal danger.

His mistress, the sorceress Daria, is a terrible human bein
Miss Clark
I only really enjoyed about a third of the book, so for that alone it gets a two. I like the two main characters, but I mostly only read this volume to find out the background of the characters for when they are met in The Conjurer Princess.
H Lynnea
Nov 04, 2014 H Lynnea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of fairy tales
Shelves: read-unowned
Quick summary: An enjoyable fairy-tale style book about shapeshifters, a wicked sorceress, and following your conscience, aimed at young adults.

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I'm a bit of a kid at heart. I love fairy-tale style stories, where magic is a real force and the idea that one doesn't have to be strong, but more often brave and clever. I suppose I never outgrew them. As such, I really enjoyed this book. The plot is well-conceived, though as an adult, one of the twists at the end wasn't much of a surprise
Aug 19, 2013 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes dark fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Several people have referred to this as a fairy tale, and I just want to clarify: this is not your Disney-happily-ever-after fairy tale; it is a Brother's Grimm style fairy tale, with darkness and suffering. Weiland is a wolf in a human body who is essentially a slave to Daria, a mistress who is unpredictable and often cruel. Much of Weiland's time is spent just trying to dodge her moods (and the pain that accompanies them), and the best he hopes for out of life is that Daria will let him die as ...more
Overall, "The Changeling Prince" was a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and writing style. The only thing I didn't like, and the reason I gave it three stars, was the abrupt and rather anti-climactic ending. Most of the book detailed a complex problem (Weiland being forced to serve Daria - it sounds simple, but really is not). In comparison, the solution was easy and over incredibly quickly, which left me feeling a bit disappointed.
Rachel Boling
This book was much darker than those I usually enjoy, but the main character, Weiland, pulled me in and kept me reading. He is a servant to an evil sorceress, but wants to be free of her. It is actually a prequel to another book, Conjurer Princess, where Weiland is a supporting character.
I believe this is one of the first of Vande Velde's books, and it's alright. There were some things that were predictable, and some rather large things that were unexpected but made sense. I feel like many of Vande Velde's later books are a little bit recipe-style, with a young lady who gets into trouble, meets a handsome young man, gets into more trouble, and gets out of it by wits and sheer dumb luck. This story is not at all like that; mainly because there is no real romance going on and the ...more
Weiland is a wolf who was turned into a human by the sorceress Daria. Now he is her slave who must do her bidding. He is not alone. There is a small army of animal-humans beneath Daria's power. However, when Weiland meets a thief named Shile, he begins to think that he can save himself from his servitude.

This is a cute story that revolves around believing in yourself. Shile helps teach Weiland that he decides who he will become, not Daria. As Weiland begins to believe in his in
This book was a good afternoon read. The main character is likeable and his experiences are interesting. Not an extremely challenging book (possibly written for Young Adults) although there are some graphic sections. It was still a wonderful book with a very wicked sorceress. A book that can adequately quench a thirst for a little bit of fantasy.
Ellen Dowdell
quite good fun! a fairy tale-esque jaunt with evil queens and lovable rogues.
Johna K-w
I really love Weiland and his moral ambiguity. It and Conjurer Princess (second bk, kinda) were fantastic.
Overall I thought it was OK, but I was having a hard time relating to the main character.
Caine Dorr
I really loved this book, and I'm not really into fantasy all that much.
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for
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