The Shape-Changers Wife Author:Sharon Shinn From the dust jacket: "Aubrey was a gifted young mage hungry for knowledge, and he had been certain that Cyril, his renowned mentor, could teach him all that he so desperately wanted to learn. But when it came to transmogrification, or shape-changing, the old man flatly refused and suggested an apprenticeship with Glyrenden, the King's sorcerer-... more »a master of the art. Glyrenden was haughty, ambitions, enormously powerful-and bitterly jealous of other wizards. He doled out instruciton slowly, always holding back. Yet Glyrenden guarded his deepest secrets with meticuous care and a certain dark amusement--and the shape-changer's greatest secret concerned his wife, Lilith. She was beautiful and strange--quite unlike the other women Aubrey had known. And it puzzled him that Glyrenden treated her more like a cherished possession than a beloved wife, while Lilith, for her part, seemed indifferent to her husband's presence--or absence."
Aubrey kept his distance, yet his feelings for her grew, "even though he knew Glyrenden was a dangerous man to cross...and even though, somehow, he knew that Lilith was far stranger than she seemed."« less