Smoke and Mirrors: The Trueheart
After his mother’s death, Corbin discovers an impossible talent – he shapeshifts into a crow to escape being shipped off to one of two unpleasant familial connections. When he is discovered by Maxim Moritz Grobian, he doesn’t realize how rare it is to shapeshift without instruction at his young age, or how many strings are attached to the bits of knowledge Max doles out like precious treats. Soon enough, Corbin owes Max everything and it’s time to pay the debt. Corbin is given a mission that involves a mysterious girl, a powerful crystal and an army of Inquisitors set on keeping the mages from taking their rightful place in the world.