Reviews of Changelings (2005)
Review by threeheronspond (2006-07-12)
The fourth novel in the series, Changelings, focuses on the lives of Sean and Yana's twins, Murel and Ronan, as they grow through childhood and approach adolescence, and become enmeshed in the theme of the series: the struggle of a relatively small group of people, animals and a sentient planet, who value life (well, except for fish) and seek to enhance it's existence, against the corruption of a corporate society interested almost solely in the accumulation of wealth and exerting the power which it grants in a materialist-dominated universe
In this volume the twins are relocated away from their parents and Petaybee, their home planet, ostensibly for their protection but are soon threatened by scientists who would kidnap them in order to learn of and exploit their shape-shifting ability.
This warm, life-affirming yarn enhances the story, as otters, sea turtles, and descendants of the indigenous peoples of the Hawaiian Islands are added to the cast. I followed it happily, only disturbed by the apparent inability of the authors to mainatain consistently the sexes of the twins' two guardian cats, Nanook and Coaxtl, a track-cat and snow leopard, respectively.