The Changeling

ISBN: 1590301943
ISBN 13: 9781590301944
By: Kate Horsley

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Kate Horsley tells the story of a young girl's search for identity in a brutal and unforgiving world. Set in an impoverished village in rural Ireland in the 1300s, Horsley's heroine must reckon with gender confusion, the hypocrisy of the Church, and widespread disease.

Reader's Thoughts


So far it seems really good. I got through 43 pages during my lunch half hour, and that was with distractions. I'm looking forward to sitting down and immersing myself completely. :)Ok.. I loved the book... until the last 20 pages. Then. It changed. It went Awry. In the worst possible way. I may have to write myself a new ending.


worth the time, good story- light enough to be mind wash & deep enough to be hard to put down.


It is interesting to read about gender issues in the muck of poor 14th century Ireland. It's a nice little story

Lhizz Browne

Very lyrical writing and an intriguing premise. It is a timely reminder, along with Connie Willis' "Doomsday Book", of the impact that the Black Death had on the culture and outlook of the people living at the time.

Patina Harrell

ok so i liied i didn;t read this book completely...i just can't, i really enjoyed pagan nun and i liked this book but after renewing it twice i think i have to give up and admit it just isn't the time to read it....i hope some of you have better luck and I hope to one day come back to this book


This book is about transitions in life. It takes place around the black plague in Europe. I tells of one woman's strenghth the survive the time, and the changes that occur based on the choices she makes. It's a very intriguing book and recommend it mostly to women.

Chelsea Mannie

brilliant and beautifully sad

Maree Kniest

I love this book so much. I have read it twice and it is an incredible story with a very well imagined main character. It is a book that you will wish could go on and on.


This was the second time reading The Changeling of Finnistuath. The first time I read it was 9 years ago when it was first published. I remembered liking it, so thought I would re-read. I suppose that a more seasoned reading palate and some years of life experience have effected my response to this book.The story starts out well enough with a very interesting scenario, and set in a great time period. Sadly, I became less enchanted by the book this second time around. The narrative is very involved, it felt like it took forever to read. There are long passages that follow the thoughts and actions of several side characters, a midwife, lord's son etc. This was somewhat interesting, but seemed overdone and tiresome after a bit. SPOILERS TO FOLLOWThe worst part for me was as the story is nearing the end. Whereas time is rather crawling for the characters throughout the body of the book, towards the end years leap ahead in a few pages. Suddenly Grey is older, her son ages to sexual maturity and is quickly killed...I don't know, I just felt like this "older" personification of Grey didn't fit with the character I had been reading about through the majority of the book. Then the passages of her lengthy mourning and nomadic lifestyle vaguely described, I felt like the book kept going on and on when it could have ended chapters earlier with more satisfaction. This may be interesting for a one time read, but definitely not a keeper for me.


Fantastic, but I enjoyed Horsley's first book more.

Susan Chisholm

Wonderful storytelling. Intriguing place in history. I don't finish books that don't pull me in. Or rather when the storytelling falters, i skip to the end. I absolutely drooled over every word on every page of this novel. Horsely is an ambitious researcher with an active imagination that i want to peek in on regularly.

Deborah Drake

Another strong historical fiction that inspires deep thinking about the genders, spiritualisty vs religion and love. A page turner from the start for me.

Esther Visser

I love this book so much! Well worth the read :)


Pretty good - there is a real sense of time and period in the book, though it turned out to be pretty relentlessly depressing.


While I liked the concept and the plot of this novel, I think it would have greatly benefited by having the narrative be more closely tied with the protagonist. Grey, the protagonist, is such an interesting character, first being raised to believe she was a boy, then finding forbidden love, eventually becoming mother, wife, and warrior. I would have loved to have been more inside Grey's (what must have been) tumultuous mind. However, Horsley tends to write very distantly from her characters and you get the sense that you are observing the story from a great distance without ever really knowing the characters.

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