Ailsa is dead. Leaving Morven the last surviving changeling in the village. Everyone knows it is only a matter of time before she too is dead. Desperate to find out why the fairies steal human babies, and to save her own life, she leaves her family behind, travelling north into the fairy kingdoms with her best friend.
They soon find that making their way through vast magical forests, across kelpie-ridden lochs and over seemingly endless mountain ranges is more than they were prepared for. Despite the countless evenings spent listening to stories about adventures, fairies and magic, they find themselves out of their depth. Fighting to stay alive.
Meanwhile in the fairy kingdoms, Princess Freya of Culhuinn struggles to cope with life now that her love has been taken from her. Whilst Queen Euna of Norbroch spends more time lost in her memories than she does ruling her kingdom.
One changeling’s journey to save her life will alter their world forever.
A year or so ago, I was lucky enough to meet Christine through Bookstagram. We quickly bonded over reading and writing, and have since supported another with our writing endeavors.
I remember back when I was writing my second book, Christine was telling me how she was thinking of writing her own novel. I encouraged her to give it a try, and through our writing process, we both kept each other inspired and motivated. And here, about a year later, Christine’s novel, The Changeling’s Journey, is in my hands.
I’m so, so incredibly proud and happy for Christine, and so lucky to have been with her through the entire process. I throughly enjoyed reading The Changeling’s Journey, a novel heavily based on Scottish folklore, which YES PLEASE.
The Changeling’s Journey is a fun story of adventure told from three perspectives: Morven, Freya, and Euna. In this fictional world (based on Scotland), humans serve the faeries, but the changeling’s of the land remain a mystery.
Morven, a changeling herself, wants to know where she and the other changeling’s came from, and why she has outlived all of them. This question on her mind propels her to journey up north to the faerie kingdom with her friend Glen. From there, they encounter various characters and mythical creatures, including kelpies and will o’ wisps. There is love, action, and adventure—everything you could ask for.
While Morven is off on her adventures, Freya mourns over the loss of loved one, unable to remove herself from the past. Nieve suffers from the abuse of her father and the heartache of her true love, who by the way, is a girl. Christine features many gay characters throughout her novel, which is something we can all appreciate.
Again, this was a really fun adventure novel, but it still does deal with some more serious subject matter, like abuse and death. However this novel does take place pre-Christrianty, therefore there is no discrimination against gays (AS IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE), so that was refreshing. The characters interacted really well with one another and felt quite raw in their thoughts and feelings.
I loved the addition of mythological creatures and the use of magic. I do wish that these fantastical elements, along with the characters, were developed a bit more, but I suspect these things will be fleshed out in future novels.
And even though this wasn’t technically Scotland, I loved how Christine based it on Scotland and used the same slang and mythology. This is a culture we don’t see much of in the world of arts, so I was happy to finally read a book with the Scottish culture.
If you’re looking for an easy tale of adventure with some fantastical and mythical elements, then The Changeling’s Journey is for you! And I mean, look at that cover. How could you resist?
I hope you all enjoyed this quick little review and consider picking The Changeling’s Journey up yourself. (I recommend you do.) Do let me know what your thoughts are if or when you have read this fantastical journey yourself!