Shapechanger's Song - Chronicles of the Cheysuli 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Alix is a young lady, raised by a cropper who she believes is her father. She is kidnapped along with the heir to the Homana throne by one of the outlawed cheysuli. While held by the cheysuli, a race of shapechangers, Alix learns that she is the daughter of Lindir, who ran away with a cheysuli years ago. That action precipitated a decree by her father, the ruler of Homana, to exterminate the entire race of cheysuli. Alix resists truth, and her attraction to Duncan, the chief of the cheysuli group that captured her. Carillon, the heir is released, but Alix is forced to stay with the cheysuli. She soon learns that she is in fact the daughter of Lindir, and she has gifts of the ancients. She can hear and speak to all the Lir (bond animals to the cheysuli). When Homana is attacked by enemies and Carillon captured, Alix defies Duncan to go to his aid, even though by now she is married to Duncan and carries his child. The ruler of Homana is killed, and Carillon flees to exile with the cheysuli.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   falling in love with the enemy Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can change shapes    -   can talk to animals Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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