The Changespell Saga Vol. I
When hikers Dayna and Eric find a naked and terrified young woman, they’re sure she’s the victim of foul play. But the truth is much more shocking: she isn’t human at all. She’s Dun Lady’s Jess, a horse transformed into this new shape by the spell that brought her and her rider, to whom she is utterly devoted, into this world.
Possessed now of human intelligence but still a horse deep inside, Jess desperately searches this world for her master and rider, using her fiery equine spirit to take on human idiosyncrasies–and human threats.
Winner of the Compton Crook Award for Best First SF/F/H; with special forward by Elizabeth Moon, and brand new remarks from Jess’s second edition editor, Julie Czerneda
“….Dun Lady’s Jess is unique. Durgin has created a character who is utterly believable as both horse and horse-in-human-body… She cannot be, any longer, just another mare…she cannot be, ever, just another woman….” –Excerpt from Elizabeth Moon’s Forward for Dun Lady’s Jess
“A thrill ride with a fantasy twist, neatly done by a knowledgeable author – short, sweet, and paced at a gallop, Dun Lady’s Jess can’t help but to win you over.” –Janny Wurts
“Horses, heroics, and magic — a great combination! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dun Lady’s Jess, a spirited and daring novel. I couldn’t put it down.” –Kristen Britain, author of the Green Rider series
“Dun Lady’s Jess is everything a great fantasy ought to be: Exciting, moving, and utterly original.” –David Coe, author of Winds of the LonTobyn Chronicle
“Jess is a tale of wonderfully diverse and riveting characters embroiled in extraordinary events, told with a deftness and care few authors can achieve.” –Diana Pharoah Francis, author of Path of Blood
“Dun Lady’s Jess is an adventure story with heart. It’s a unique idea, imaginatively explored. The characters are charming, and humanly flawed… Doranna Durgin offers the reader an unusual viewpoint of impressive verisimilitude.” –Vonda N. McIntyre, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of The Moon and the Sun
“Durgin never fails to entertain with solid characters, good action, well-conceived plots, compelling narrative — and her expert background in horses always provides a real — and realistic! — treat for readers. Jess is one of the most complex and likeable characters in fantasy fiction.” –Jennifer Roberson, author of the Sword Dancer serie
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