Although the familiar themes of fantasy are present in this novel, the characters are not princes or sorcerers but ordinary people with seemingly ordinary lives. Ben Tyson, a librarian, met and loved Valeria, a fairy woman; but her death left Ben to raise their child, Malachi, alone. The two of them lived a quiet life until Malachi turned 10 and began to manifest previously unknown powers. Now the lords of Fairy have called home the changelings they left in the universe generations ago, waking up long-dormant DNA and fay blood. More than a straightforward fantasy novel, this tale's underlying current deals with people that are different--physically, mentally, and in their choice of lifestyle. The fairy children are seen as outsiders to mainstream culture, and as they become aware of each other they must unite to overcome the apathy and prejudice of humans, as well as the evil Fomorii, before it is too late.
Warren Rochelle is an associate professor of English at the University of Mary Washington. He is the author of Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin and The Wild Boy. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.