Changeling by Debbie Herbert


She thought she was a witch…she’s more.

Skye’s a teen witch who sucks at spells and works at a metaphysical store, The Green Fairy. Strange things are happening there at night: black specks of movement out of the corner of her eye, mysterious buzzing noises, unidentified dragonfly-like carcasses in the basement, and a hidden cache of absinthe (aka fairy crack).

Kheelan is a human changeling. Raised with the fairies, he’s viewed as an inferior species whose only use is to serve his kidnappers. He’s been totally screwed by the Fae and his only goal in life is freedom. When he meets Skye, he sees an opportunity to escape. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by feelings for this quirky witch.

Skye stumbles upon the remains of dead fairies at the store and is approached by Kheelan who has been sent to investigate the pixie murders. Skye falls for him–only to discover he’s using her to win his freedom. He tells her she is half-fairy and has secret powers, but Skye finds it hard to believe when she can never get a spell to work.

As Samhain, the witch’s Halloween, draws near she must make a bold move to claim her heritage and power, restore order in the fairy realm, and try to win Kheelan’s freedom and love. Absinthe, autism and augury meld into a paranormal cauldron where fairies are sly tricksters waiting to trap you in their Realm.


I received a copy of Changeling on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review… and thank goodness I did, because I loved Changeling! There is so much going on with the plot, and the story hits so many of the notes that I love to see in fantasy books. Inexplicable happenings! Witches! Fairies! And I loved that these fairies had a dark and twisty side.

I really enjoyed the mystery and suspence throughout, as well as how quickly the plot moved along. There was always so much going on and it was so easy to read this book in just a few sittings.

My only real criticism is that the blurb summarized a bit more of the plot than I would have liked. My not-real criticism is that I kept accidentally xalling Kheelan, Kahlesi in my head. So, it’s safe to say there’s not much I would have changed. This was such a great read.

Highly recommended!


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