Books by Mississippi Writers 1996-2010
By J. Gregory Keyes Children of the Changeling, Book 1 Ballantine (Hardcover, $22.00, ISBN: 0345403932, 8/1996; Mass Mark Paperback, $5.99, ISBN: 0345396707, 4/1997) It's that story again: unsophisticated adolescent boy, spunky, curious princess, large landscape for them to tour, troublesome deities, a magic sword. J. Gregory Keyes's knowledge of epics, myths, and human cultures is a solid foundation for his series, making it far better than the average product: a story that might have happened sometime between the Ice Ages when numinous deities still dwelled in every tree, rock, and pool. The detailed social structures and customs feel more authentic, though they're also familiar―the urban monotheists, the shamanistic horseback nomads, and so on. The writing is workmanlike, but the anthropological soundness and echoes of ancient stories give life and dimension to the old archetypes.