Crowchanger: Changers of Chandris Book 1

By AC Smyth

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action & adventure | Paperback, eBook


For centuries, the Irenthi have ruled Chandris—the island where a race of shape-changers draw on a mountain’s energy to enable their abilities. Sylas can shape-change—or at least, he shows the signs. After a year of studying, changing eludes him. On the brink of being sent away, the changers’ most notable healer offers him an apprenticeship. He can’t miss this opportunity, though it means leaving his ambitious and possessive lover behind. But trouble is brewing. Sylas’s usually peaceful Chesammos race are in revolt. His lover’s people are their hated oppressors. And the shape-changers are caught in the middle. Sylas will be seen as a traitor whatever he chooses: to his king; to his lover; to his people. As conflict approaches he must decide: Is he Chesammos, shape-changer, or a nobleman’s plaything?



It took rather longer than most people for AC Smyth to work out what she wanted to be when she grew up. An early reader, books were always part of her life. But she excelled at maths and science at school and, without the wit to hide it, ended up steered towards the sciences. A miserable three years reading physics at university ensued. After jobs in editing/abstracting, IT (completing the hat-trick of government, manufacturing, and service sector appointments), and (bizarrely) teaching gymnastics to toddlers, she is back where she started. With books. Online friends finally got fed up of her suggesting plot lines for their fan-fiction, and suggested she write her own damn story. So she did. And another. And another. And then wrote for another fandom. But somewhere along the way, playing in other people's sandboxes lost its appeal, and her fan-fictions became less canon and more original. The next step towards writing original fiction was volunteering to help write as part of a collaborative SF project, and then she embarked on her first NaNoWriMo, which gave the framework for the Changers of Chandris series. That series has since taken on a life of its own, not unlike Woody Allen's instant pudding in Sleeper. When not writing, she is usually reading, and it's usually fantasy. Her shelves contain early influences like Katherine Kurtz, Anne McCaffrey and Marion Zimmer Bradley, as well as newer favourites like Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Carey and many others. She also owns the obligatory fantasy writer's cats, and displays her geek credentials by having named them after Lord of the Rings characters.


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It took rather longer than most people for AC Smyth to work out what she wanted to be when she grew up. An early reader, books were always part of her life. But she excelled at maths and science at school and, without the wit to hide it, ended up steered towards the sciences. A miserable three years reading physics at university ensued. After jobs in editing/abstracting, IT (completing the h...


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