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Changeling by Roger Zelazny (1980)

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This was a great quick read. It was done in a simple style, yet was very layered as a story. In this book you have the two switched at birth, now grown up young men finding their places in their alien worlds. They are both outcasts of a sort.

A great tragedy causes the wizard Mor to realize it was an error to switch the babies at birth, and to try to rectify the situation, brings back the one from the modern world into the wizard world. The two meet, and at first seem like they might be friends. But alas, trouble over a pretty girl divides the "brothers" before they can unite, and they are set against each other.

All in all, there are some standard plot devices in this brief summary. But the way it is handled by Zelazny is entertaining and fresh. Both of these switched at birth men are interesting characters in that they could easily be heroes, or villains. A lot of that depends on chance, and their reactions to the worlds around them.

The extra cast was delightful. From the thief Mouseglove to the dragons Moonbird and Smoke, and even the torn soul Nora, we are entertained from beginning to end in this fun 'end of the world as we know it' scenerio. ( )
  Texas_Reaver | Mar 31, 2013 |
Interesting blind of scifi and fantasy. Seems a bit 'pulpy', but there's nothing wrong with a bit of that once in a while. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is the first of two books Zelazny wrote in this series. I'm sorry he didn't complete any more. Again, he's mixed Fantasy with SF into a very interesting tapestry that's a quick, fun & interesting read. He's put a somewhat unique spin on well worn subjects & brought them into conflict & out again.Madwand is the second book & I almost wish I hadn't read it. Not that it wasn't as good as this one, but I could easily live with this book as a stand alone book. Madwand ends on a cliff hanger that will never be resolved because the master has left us. Some others have tried to finish his works & except for Betancourt's prequel to Amber series, I don't think they've done a very good job. Even Betancourt's works haven't been universally approved, although I like them. Worst of all, his series will likely never be finished. The fifth & final book of the series was written & the publisher folded before releasing it. The new publisher has no interest in publishing it. SHAME!!! (Oberon is left in a tight fix at the end of book 4 - how does he get out of it?!!!) ( )
1 vote jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
Though it does involve magic this book has nothing to do with elves or other fairy creatures. The title is derived from the fact that two of the main characters had been switched at birth.

Although I am a big fan of the sketchy sorts of pen drawings found in certain editions of this book (and it's sequal "Madwand") the actual story it's self has little to recommend it. IMHO the "Amber" books are a much better representation of Zelazny's work.

- Peter K. ( )
1 vote Kisners42 | Jul 5, 2007 |
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Two stories by the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Roger Zelazny following the development of an evil wizard's baby taken to earth unaware of his dark magic past. He returns to his home land and is a powerful sorcerer, but he has many enemies and one want him dead...In 'Changling', the people had long suffered under Det Morson's power...lived in terror of his dragons and other minions. When at last, the wizard Mor joined the fight, Det and his infamous Rondoval castle were destroyed. But the victory was not complete, for the conquerors found a baby amidst the rubble: Det's son, Pol. Unwilling to kill the child, Mor took him to a world where the ways of magic were considered mere legends - a world called Earth. Years later, the boy grew to become Daniel Chain, a nightclub guitarist possessing mental energies he doesn't understand. But those mental abilities will soon determine his fate in a terrifying clash of power...on a world which, as yet, he knows nothing about. In 'Madwand' Pol Detson, son of Lord Det of Rondovel, has come home. He is now a powerful sorceror of unsurpassed natural ability - in a world where the power of magic is the only kind that matters. But Pol is still an untrained talent, a 'madwand'. To take control of his powers, to rule in his father's place, he must survive arduous training and a fantastic initiation into the rites of sorcery. As friends, Pol has one dragon and one thief. As enemies, he has the most powerful wizards of the land. And at least one of them wants him dead.

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