I'm looking for a fantasy book with an unusual secondary character. She teaches the hero shape-shifting magic and walks with crutches. She is involved romantically with him, but dies, which leads to him trying to avenge her. The story takes place in a tower. I don't remember how that hero got into magic or that particular tower nor why the evil protagonist is, well, evil... the only striking character was that woman. thanks
Yes, the secondary character used crutches. Additional details I remember: She was described as striking, they could both become eagles ( not a werewolf story) the tower was both an academy and kinda military since they guarded something.
yeah! you nailed it! thank you!!! it's indeed E. Cooper's Wild Hunt.