The Shape-Changer’s Wife

Posted by : atcampbell | On : February 4, 1997

The Shape-Changer’s Wife by Sharon Shinn

Four of us met to discuss another first novel, The Shape-Changer’s Wife by Sharon Shinn, at the FACT Office on February 4. It’s a story about a young magician apprenticed to a master sorcerer with a mysterious wife and a bizarre household staff. We felt that it was a skillfully written fantasy novel that would appeal to young adults. One person was reminded of The Sword in the Stone, both in tone and in certain plot elements. We found that although the story was well plotted and cleanly told, the characterization lacked depth. Overall we liked the book and enjoyed the novelty of reading a short standalone fantasy novel, and we’re curious what Ms. Shinn will write in the future.

–A. T. Campbell, III