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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, magic filled page-turner, 23 Feb 1997
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Aubrey, a young magician, has learned just about all he can from his current mentor and decides to become the apprentice of Glyrendon a feared but extremely
talented shapechanger. Little does he realize he is about to enter into a very
strange world.

Upon arriving at Glyrenden's home he is puzzled to learn that the wizard is out of town for an unspecified amount of time and is further surprised when he encounters the weird, unpersonable inhabitants of the home. Aubrey, a good natured fellow, decides to make the best of his situation and spends the time getting to know Glyrenden's odd wife, Lilith.

She becomes a mystery, almost an obsession to Aubrey. Determined to break through to her and find the cause of her sorrow he uses his shapechanging knowledge and risks everything he is to help her.

Although I figured out what Lilith's secret was long before Aubrey did this did not lesson my enjoyment of the tale.

The Shapechanger's Wife is a delightful, fairytale-like, page turner filled with magic and the wonders of nature. It also has an enchanting ending open to the readers own interpretation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and poignant; a delightful and unforgettable read., 11 Jan 1999
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The Shape-Changer's Wife is a simple, powerful story of fascination, love, and moral courage. The likeable hero, Aubrey, a gifted student wizard, has run up against a situation that tries his strongest points - his straightforward morality, and his magic. The language of this lovely story flows like a poem or a song, and enhances the emotional chords of the tale. Descriptions are sensuous and visceral, and the reader cannot help identifying with Aubrey throughout his internal odyssey. One to read and re-read, and even to read aloud. Rare.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not high-fantasy and I like it!, 9 Jun 1997
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Although I love good fantasy, I personally am very tired of the genre. It's fixated on long stories and complicated worlds that typically span trilogies or more. The enemy is always evil and extremely powerful.

Sharon Shinn has restored my faith that fantasy can do more than regurgitate the same old story over and over.

"The Shape-Changer's Wife" is simple, personal and to the point. The protagonist, Aubrey is really struggling with himself, not the antagonist. Aubrey's real victory and true character is revealed after the antagonist is gone.

Sharon Shinn's prose at times is wonderful and seductive.

There are times when Aubrey is a little on the slow side, but it's not too anoying. And there were times when he seemed to forget thahe was in a world where magic existed and he himself could do miraculous things. But these things are easy to over look in a story as great as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing, 1 July 2006
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xenofan "xenofan" (Kansas, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Shape-Changer's Wife (Paperback)
This is a wondeful book.

My main gripe with it is the length - this book could simply have done with being longer. It doesn't suffer too greatly as a result, but there could have been so much more added, in terms of character development, given a little more time.

The tone was very melancholy and mysterious, and I found myself eagerly reading, wanting to find out what happens next. I pretty much had the "twist" guessed before the end, but that didnt' spoil things at all.

I did feel that the book should have ended at the end-I would have preferred to not see an epilogue at the end.
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