The Wizard's Wife
Becky Gauger
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Buy *The Wizard's Wife: AErin of Grendelire* online The Wizard's Wife: AErin of Grendelire
Becky Gauger
384 pages
May 2002
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Somehow, Marela had found herself abandoned by her travel group in the middle of the forest. Not knowing if they disappeared voluntarily or have been abducted or worse, she sets out in search of them. Soon she happens upon a hidden keep high in the clifftops which is the home of the wizard AErin. To pass the bitterly cold winter months, Marela allows AErin to teach that there is more to him than first appearances would first suggest and that magic can teach her more than she would first believe.

Spring brings a wedding between AErin and Marela, and they go on his yearly trip around the kingdom. Yet Marela still wonders what happened to the people she had been traveling with; even her brilliant husband does not know the answer to that question. Unfortunately, they are soon distracted from their search for answers by a dragon that must be slain - and then Marela is kidnapped.

The love affair between Marela and AErin is well-written. Gauger has captured the free and easy comfort of true loves teasing each other; their playfulness is very believable. The dialogue sets the strong emotions in place between them. Their characters are also strongly written and are each given strong storylines. AErin is not necessarily given the stronger part just because he is the man.

The plot is good overall, although it does lag in spots. The secondary characters are fleshed out; often writers focus so much on their primary characters that they leave their secondary ones hanging. Again, Gauger utilizes dialogue quite well to guide the story along with the minor characters. The use of wizardry and knightly verbiage keeps it very interesting for those history buffs among the readers. The Wizardís Wife is a ultimately a very pleasant read.

© 2004 by Camden Alexander for Curled Up With a Good Book

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