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The Changeling's Fortune

(Winter's Blight #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Previous cover edition of ASIN B07CGK7XRP

When Deirdre's destructive faery magic is unlocked, she must learn the truth of her parentage if she ever hopes to control it.

Seventeen-year-old orphan Deirdre moves to Neo-London, a city created after an attack by Unseelie faeries, and becomes caught in the tension between the city faeries and the human military.

After having her
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published May 25th 2018
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A fantastic read! I love the characters in this novel and the worldbuilding. Definitely a paranormal book you want to add to your TBR!
A half-Roma boy and a secretly fairy girl become friends at school in Neo London. I like the idea behind the world: after a cataclysm, fairies are back to uneasily living side by side with humans. But the writing felt too clunky and the girl character was so naive she was annoying, so I gave up 25% of the way.
C.P. Cabaniss
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This book is the first in a projected six book series (books two and three are already released). This first installment acts as an introduction to the world and characters, introducing the mysteries and magic that promise to make a fascinating and fun adventure.

Each of the main characters is distinct with clear motivations. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters.

There was also a death in this that was really well done. I won't go into detail, but I found this portion of the story v
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I look forward to future volumes. For YA and adults.

Winter's Blight is a six-book series, of which two volumes have been published so far, THE CHANGELING'S FORTUNE and THE RENEGADE SON, by M.C. Aquila and K.C. Lannon. This is a joint review of both, spoiler-free. This is epic fantasy done right. Book 1 ends at a satisfying stopping point, although the story obviously continues. Book 2 ends with a cliffhanger, but if you enjoyed Book 1 enough to read Book 2 (and you will!), you are alr
The Mysterious Reader
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just binge read through The Changeling's Fortune and The Renegade Son, the first two books of M.C. Aquila and K.C. Lannon’s Winter's Blight series. What a fantastic - and totally addictive - trip. Im not going to try to summarize this wonderfully convoluted and complex tale so far as I don’t want to either mess up the description or spoil anything by accident. Instead go read the publisher’s blurbs as they give you what you’ll need. Instead I will simply note that Deirdre, Iain and James, the ...more
Erhi Divina
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Long story short : I LIKED IT! .7 STARSSSS

Short story long:

This story started with a background story and a very promising mystery to be solved by the readers as we go along the book. We follow not just Deirdre's perspective, but also James', Iain's, and both James' and Iain's father's point of views. Each has their own judgments and distinct characteristics. Each are intertwined in a raging political and military battle between humans and magical creatures.

The Changeling's Fortune has a complex
J.R. Schuyler
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(I wrote this review last year but forgot to publish it.)

The Changeling’s Fortune is an endearing tale about Deidre, a seventeen-year-old orphan, and her adventures in Neo-London and beyond. First of all, I have to say that I LOVED the characters. All of them. Deidre has a peppy personality, which is usually hit or miss for me, but in this book it was definitely a hit. The brotherly banter between James and Iain was excellent, too, as were their interactions with other characters. It was thoroug
Lilly-May Rosenrot
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy.
I was a bit hesitant when starting this book, as i've never read an ARC before (not a final version that would be sold to the public.)

That being said, i do think that this is a good fantasy book and i definitely recommend it to fans of the genre.

The world that Lannon and Aquila created is very interesting, and the worldbuilding was good, in my opinion, especially considering that this is the first book in the series. It combines the modern world with fantasy wo
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have received this novel from one of the authors. This novel is perfect to read to my future children before they go to sleep. The conflict reminds me of X-Men. But, the authors have used faeries not mutants. I may have outgrown the characters because I’m too old already, but I am sure the children can relate to the very interesting and well-developed characters. I find it very interesting the way their mother disappeared; it is very mysterious because no one knows what happened to her. I love ...more
Krista Switzer
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting and exciting book! I loved the characters and the unique world it was set in. It was interesting to see the foundation for the series and as the book ends, you can see how exciting the series will become. It leaves you interested to find out more about what will happen to the characters and to find out more about the world the novel is set in. I liked the different POV's and how it let you see more of the story than if it was told only by the main character. Each characte ...more
Written In Red Book Blog
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kim
This book is well written and was a first read for me by this author. This is not my typical type of read but it was good. I recommend it to those who like this type of genre.
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprising and engaging

I honestly didn’t expect to like this story but found myself quickly caught up in the diversity of characters and unusual plot. I’m actually a little upset by this. If this is your usual genre (it is far from mine) you should enjoy it immensely. For everyone else, don’t skip it thinking it’s just some flimsy piece of work with a bunch of fanciful creatures running around. There are lots of magical critters, sure. (Kind of goes with the territory, yeah.) The best books to m
Dana Wood
I wanted to like this book. There were too many characters that were introduced and the focused jumped around to 4 different MC. The father was not well developed other than he hated fairies. No reason was given for his strange treatment of either of his sons. It was as if he was bi polar. I liked the girl MC but again not enough development. The world building was confusing as well.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is an interesting dystopian type novel set in a future where the city of London has been obliterated and Portsmouth (of all places) is the new (neo) London. It's an interesting start but fairly long winded in places but I'm hoping the reasons for that will become apparent in the next one.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was more interesting than I thought it would be. A fairy child raised in a human orphanage unaware of her heritage. I liked the world that this book set up and the motivations of the characters. I would read more in this series.
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recently-read
Did briefly forget that I'd read this one until I saw it in my recent books, which is not a great point in its favor, but it was still nice to read and I can enjoy any story where 'cops are bad' is a plot point. It might be something more memorable with the addition of the sequels! ...more
Valerie Worster
Not bad

Maybe a little slow for me. And writing in a “tell me” style rather than “show me”. I don’t think I’ll continue.
Gail Beth Le Vine

An interesting mix of Romany and Faery characters. Two young people helping each other find a way to learn about their heritages.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Bookbub freebie. It's the start of an epic journey... ...more
SA Krishnan
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A slow beginning. But excellent world building and it helps in understanding the characters and the choices that they make. Any fantasy reader would thoroughly enjoy the story.
Holly Mavigliano

Interesting book, but moves really slowly and I wasn't really immersed in the story. I ended up quoting about half way through
Laura Haslett
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was very fun to read, even for this older than YA reader. The world building is interesting and the book moves along nicely. Bring on book 2!
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to put down. Low evenly and is believable. Bought book 2 immediately after finishing.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an enchanting read. The world built in this book is amazing. The book seemed slow in some parts but the story was just unfolding. I really like this book and cant wait to read the next one.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading and I really enjoyed and can’t wait to start book two. Great for both YA (these type boos were missing for me growing up) and adults.
Ginna Roupe
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the world that Lannon and Aquila have created here. The first in the series, this book is your ticket to enter into a world torn by a war between faeries, with humans caught in the middle. This book explores the world through the eyes of Deidre a young woman entering the iron clad city of Neo-London for the first time and from the perspectives of the two young men she meets there. Together the three discover secrets about their past and the world they live in. The book sets the scene for ...more
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M. C. Aquila graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in English. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA but currently resides in South Carolina. When she is not co-writing the Winter's Blight series, she tutors both native and ESL students in English, giving her a renewed love for the strange wonderfulness of the language. She also enjoys drawing daily, baking recklessly, hiking in the Blue Ridge ...more

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