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Delia Sherman Books In Order

Publication Order of Swords of Riverside Series (with Ellen Kushner) Books

The Fall of the Kings (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Changeling Books

Changeling (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Through a Brazen Mirror (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Porcelain Dove (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Freedom Maze (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Evil Wizard Smallbone (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Young Woman in a Garden (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Detective (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Delia Sherman (born with the full name Cordelia Caroline Sherman) was born in Tokyo, Japan sometime in the year of 1951; she was raised in New York City. It was here that she went to The Chapin School. She would get a Masters of Arts from Brown University in 1975 and a PhD in 1981 (from Brown as well). Sherman also got her B.A. at Vassar in 1972. Sherman taught, while writing her dissertation, at Boston University (teaching Freshman Composition as well as Fantasy as Literature). She also lectured at Northeastern University in the subject of Composition. She is the author of fantasy stories and an editor of different anthologies. Sherman is a member of Endicott Studio. Her stories, for both adults and kids, appear in anthologies all the time. Sherman has judged different awards. Sherman lives with her wife (and sometime collaborator) Ellen Kushner, the couple married in the year 1996. From 1996 until 2004, she worked as a consulting editor at a publishing company called Tor Books. Since the year 1993, she has worked full time as a writer, she has been a lecturer and a teacher.

She is the winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, she was given the award for the novel “The Porcelain Dove”; she would win this same award in 2012. “The Freedom Maze” won the Prometheus Award for libertarian science fiction. She has also won the Andre Norton Award.

Sherman has worked with her wife, Ellen Kushner quite a bit, and not just with her writing. They were both instructors at the Clarion Workshop. She has also been involved in the Interstitial art movement (this is any work of art that is difficult to categorize within a single artistic discipline); this is another thing that she did with Kushner. Sherman is the first president and a founding member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation.

Sherman likes to travel a lot, and is a social writer. These are things that come in handy because if she could not write anywhere (which she can), she would never finish a single story.

“Changeling” is the first novel in the “Changeling” series and was released in the year 2006. This series of books is for kids in grades fith through eight. Neef is a human baby that was stolen by fairies and replaced with another human baby (or changeling, as they are called). She lives in a world alongside our own (in Manhattan, New York between), in a home to some creatures of folklore. She has protection from her fairy godmother, but that goes away when she breaks a Fairy Law, and must face the challenge that the Green Lady of Central Park has for her. Or she will be sacrificed. Time runs out, while Neef is determined to fight back.

Fans of the novel found that they loved reading the book throughout and found that Neef makes perfect sense for how someone in her position would turn out in her situation as a changeling. The novel is funny and fresh and the quest was well handled. The novel was well written and proved to be a fun twist on magical lands and fairy tales. Some felt that Sherman does a great job of blending children’s literature and pop culture, and is packed to the brim full of allusions to different kids books, fairy tale motifs, and contemporary culture. There is a cleverness to the way the story is told. Not to mention the fact, that no reader will be able to look at New York the same after reading the book.

“The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen” is the second novel in the “Changeling” series and was released in the year 2009. Neef is about to start Changeling school. Even though she survived the quest that threatened her life, that does not mean that she is ready for school. While she is at Miss Van Loon’s, she meets counterparts of her’s that come from all over Manhattan, learns some of the basics of diplomacy. She of course gets into trouble. She must recover the Magic Mirror, or New York Harbor’s Mermaid Queen will turn all of the fresh water in the city to salt. Which will kill everyone.

Fans of the novel found this read to have magical parts, scary parts, and adventurous parts; making for a complete and fun read. The books in the series are not just for kids, but adults too. It will give both the older generations and the younger something to bond over and talk about. The novel gives the hero from part one of the series more things to contend with, and she even meets some more people to help her. It is a good way to expose kids to myths and characters that they may not get a chance to. It is also a chance for older readers to be reminded of some of the myths and fairy tales that they might have heard in their youth.

“The Porcelain Dove” is Sherman’s second novel that was first released in the year 1993. This novel is narrated by different characters, and is one of the three novels that Sherman has written for adults from the Fantasy of Manners. Like a French duchess and a chambermaid that is irrepressible. It is both a authentic memoir from the eighteenth century and a fairy tale in the classic sense. It is about devotion, intrigue, and superstition.

Fans of the novel found that it is delightful and well written. And it is an exquisite novel of fiction. Sherman is a great writer that sets the bar very high for herself. There are a lot of layers here: layers of personal relationships (both personal and political), layers of understanding and perception. The novel grabs a hold of you early on and does not let go of you at all. This would be a novel some would take with them to a desert island, should they ever have to go. Some would add that the novel is not for everyone, but those that the novel is written for, will never forget to include it among their favorite all time books.

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