The Changeling of Fenlen Forest
Katherine’s first YA fantasy novel, The Changeling of Fenlen Forest, was published by Great Plains Publications on 24 April 2019 in Canada and will be available on 1 July 2019 in the United States.
The Changeling of Fenlen Forest was longlisted for the 2020 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in the Young Adult division.
Elizabeth thinks she knows the gloomy Fenlen Forest. But when her treasured unicorn fawn, Sida, goes missing, Elizabeth tracks her into a strange land where the people think Elizabeth is a changeling, a malignant being who too closely resembles a missing girl.
If Elizabeth can find her fawn and uncover the fate of her lost double, can she stop the fear from turning into hate? To solve the deepening mystery, Elizabeth befriends a handsome, skeptical young shepherd whose stories hint at a dark secret lurking at the forest’s edge, and follows a herd of wild unicorns with the ability to unlock the past.
The Changeling of Fenlen Forest is for readers who like their unicorns powerful. Less rainbows and sparkles, more sharp horns and mystery.
“The Changeling of Fenlen Forest … won me over with its grounded details, unsentimental and sharply observed writing.” — Kenneth Oppel, author of Silverwing and Airborn
“The Changeling of Fenlen Forest proves to be an entertaining and mysterious read, one that will engage audiences and encourage a second reading to discover more secrets of the forest. ” — Recommended by CM Magazine
“Elegantly conceived and richly crafted, Magyarody has given us an enchanting tale of old world magic with relevant themes. A fun, mysterious ride for anyone who has dreamed of wandering into a dark forest, and perhaps never returning…” — Tyler Enfield, author of Hannah and the Magic Eye and the Wrush fantasy series.
“Textured and evocative Katherine Magyarody’s The Changeling of Fenlen Forest takes readers down a delicately unfolding journey of love, loss, and self-identity. Unicorns, superstitions, and a shrouded forest that hides its secrets darken the mystery of Elizabeth’s resemblance to a missing girl. Her journey will linger with readers long after the last page has been read.” —Natasha Deen, author of In the Key of Nira Ghani
Katherine won the 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and the Open Season Competition in Fiction at the Malahat Review for her short story, “Goldhawk.”
Open Seasons Award judge Kathy Page remarked: From the title onwards I felt this brief, pared-down story was a clear winner. … The writing is fluent and flexible, rich with the kinds of details and observations that ignite the reader’s senses and bring a story to life. There are no pyrotechnics or artificial cleverness.
Her story is anthologized in PEN America Best Debut Short Stories (Catapult, 2017). You can read the story on The Rumpus: http://therumpus.net/author/katherine-magyarody//. Her story, “Past Imperfect” won the 2016 Hart House Prose Competition.
Having grown up in a diasporic community, Katherine uses her writing to explore the personal, familial, and cultural histories that we remember, and the inconvenient truths that keep us awake at night.
Katherine is currently working on an academic study of awkward adolescence in nineteenth-century literature, a YA fantasy novel and a literary novel for adults. She is represented by Amy Tompkins at the Transatlantic Agency (http://transatlanticagency.com/clients/authors/katherine-magyarody/).
“A Conversation with PEN America Best Debut Short Story Author Katherine Magyarody.” Catapult Books. 29 June 2017. https://catapult.co/community/stories/a-conversation-with-katherine-magyarody-contributor-pen-america-best-debut-short-stories-2017
Review of PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017. Kirkus Reviews. 6 June 2017. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/yuka-igarashi/pen-america-best-debut-short-stories-2017/
“An Opaque Surface and an Open Secret: K’Ari Fisher in Conversation with Katherine Magyarody.” The Malahat Review. 10 February 2016. http://www.malahatreview.ca/interviews/magyarody_interview.html
“Open Season Award Winners for 2016.” The Malahat Review. 8 February 2016. http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/2016_winner.html